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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.


15
Apr

Snatcher Demo 1 released

Thunderstruck has revealed his latest, amazing homebrew project and released a first demo of a port of "Snatcher" for the Virtual Boy. Snatcher is a cyberpunk graphic adventure game by Hideo Kojima from 1988. This demo is fully playable up to the point where you leave for Alton Plaza, it comes with stereoscopic backgrounds and very high quality PCM music and sound effects! Features:
  • Dynamic dialog system with alternating answers
  • Environment-aware inventory system
  • Stereoscopic background images
  • PCM music and sound effects
  • Fully funtional in-game computer "Jordan"
  • Fully functional shooting games

Click here for additional information, the download and release discussion.

15
Mar

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.

28
Feb

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.
28
Jan

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.

3
Jan

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?


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