Welcome to the third dimension! On this site you will learn everything about Nintendo's Virtual Reality experiment, the Virtual Boy. Released back in 1995 only in Japan and North America, the system failed all along the line and disappeared from the market less than a year later, quietly and without any official word. Only 22 games were released for the Virtual Boy during its short lifespan. Here we want to build a memorial for this unique oddity of videogame history. Dedicated to its brilliant creator, Gunpei Yokoi.


Virtual Fall multicart ROM released

Last year, after the end of the Virtual Fall Coding Competition, a multicart with (almost) all submitted projects was secretly being made and sent to everybody involved in the event as a surprise.

Thunderstruck, who had accomplished the difficult task of compiling all ROMs into one, has now released the ROM found on the cartridges for everybody else to enjoy.


VB Guide 1 Scans

Thanks to Benjamin Stevens, we got high-res scans of the rare first edition of the privately published Japanese VB Guide from July 1996 for you.

In other news, Ben is currently translating lots of Japanese articles and flyers of unreleased games into English, unearthing tons of new information. In this process, he is also creating crispy high res scans of these artices from Famitsu and the included screenshots. Here's the respective forum thread.

Hyper Fighting is out there

Apparently, complete-in-box copies of Mr. Anon's and MK's incredibly well-crafted homebrew game "Hyper Fighting" are now out there in the wild, as impressions of the game are starting to pop up here and there. At the time of writing, we have no further info from the team behind this, but it seems that the game won't see a public release due to the obvious copyright dilemma. For now, we can only gaze in awe at the imagery lucky owners of the few existing copies share with the world.

The above photos come from Vectrex Roli. speedyink has even shared a full video review.


Happy #VirtualFest, everybody!

Happy new year! It's 2015 and it will certainly be a great year for all you fellow Virtual Boy fans! Not only will your favorite website turn 15 years old in a few days, but this year will also mark 20 years since the Virtual Boy hit the market in 1995.

The community here at Planet Virtual Boy is going to celebrate the Virtual Boy's 20th anniversary all year long with all kinds of cool projects. New homebrew games & tools, fanart, music, ROM hacks, competitions... whatever we can come up with. It's #VirtualFest!

Please see the official thread for an always up-to-date list of #VirtualFest projects. Of course, the greatest projects will also hit the frontpage news.

So, what will be your project?


Matej's V810 assembler released

HorvatM has released a new, superior assembler for the V810 processor used in the Virtual Boy, called simply "Matej's V810 assembler" or "MV810ASM" in short.

It has a working expression evaluator, local labels/identifiers, can automatically assign addresses to global variables, supports VB-specific instructions, recognizes both the "$" and "r" way of referring to registers, automatically aligns everything, has clear error messages, and you can just use it in any way you want. It also has a ROM-hacking mode with which you can apply a hack to a ROM in one step, no hex editing required.

You can get it for multiple platforms on Matej's Website. For more info and discussions check out the respective forum thread.

Also check out the source to Matej's Faceball control scheme hack for a practical ROM hacking example.

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