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#11
Re: FB+ swapping the battery -- how?
Posted on: 2011/4/13 12:04
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Lester Knight wrote:
some good news for FB+ users. below is a response from richard.

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BTW it does not require any soldering to replace the battery, it fits in a holder on the PCB. All you need is the screwdriver for the 2 screws that hold the cart together.


I missed this when you posted it, so... Really?! I didn't know they made holders that small. I might have to ask Richard where he bought them and see if I can get mine hands on some for all my Gameboy save batteries that have died...
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#12
Re: The VB Glitchy Display Problem
Posted on: 2011/4/12 21:26
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I wouldn't risk heating up the whole system, as the case (among other parts) probably can't take the heat. Wrapping it in a towel won't work because there aren't any parts inside the Virtual Boy that produce excessive heat. (Note that there aren't any vents on the case that a towel would block.) All the fixes for the ribbon cables have to be applied directly to the ribbon cables themselves, so if I were you, I would just go without Virtual Boy for a few days until your bits get there.
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#13
Re: Virtual Boy Price Inflation: Your Opinion?
Posted on: 2011/4/12 7:32
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VirtualJockey wrote:
I would also like to note that VB prices are probably driven up because Fwirt stole my Vertical Force (Hard Mode) highscore 2 days ago


I'll bet I could have gotten it even higher if I'd spent more than 30 minutes on it... I figured I should start putting some high scores up...

But all that aside, I agree that the Virtual Boy was undervalued, but I think it's being overvalued at the moment. I wouldn't say that there are any Virtual Boy games that are as much of a masterpiece as say, Super Metroid, but even common VB games are selling for as much as a copy of SM goes for. I also think rarity is not as much of an issue as it's made out to be. Although Virtual Boy stuff is uncommon, there still should be enough copies of most games to go around (Aside from Virtual Lab and Space Invaders). In some ways, I think it was good for the VB community that the system was kind of obscure, as it guaranteed that all the hardcore fans would be able to find copies of the games they wanted. I just wish I had picked up a copy of Nester's or 3D Tetris back when I could afford it.
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#14
Virtual Boy Price Inflation: Your Opinion?
Posted on: 2011/4/12 3:30
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Is it just me, or has Virtual Boy stuff become really expensive lately?

I remember that back when I bought my first VB 4 or 5 years ago, I got a system in very good condition with 2 games, an unbroken stand, the foam visor, etc. for $20 shipped. I then picked up another VB which didn't have a controller, was missing the foam visor, and had a broken stand for a mere $5 with free shipping. Recently, I set up one of my systems so that it's much more convenient to play, and started playing some of the games I'd never paid much attention to. Since then, I've fallen in love with my Virtual Boy all over again (It's just so cool ) and have been looking to start collecting again and maybe buy some of the games I don't have. However, I was shocked by the prices I ran into on eBay. It seems like I can't find a system in decent shape for less than $50, and even common games like Teleroboxer are going for $10-$15. It's as if prices have more than doubled in the last few years. One of the other things I've noticed is that some sellers are choosing fixed price "Buy it Now!" style listings, and setting outrageous prices. I just saw a loose copy of Teleroboxer with a ripped label listed at $25! Amazon doesn't seem to be any cheaper...

How does everyone feel about this? Has Virtual Boy stuff become way too expensive, or is there just no place in the VB market for cheap gamers anymore? Do you think that these prices are just going to keep rising, or is the current 3D fad driving this price increase?

EDIT: Also, this was supposed to be a poll... I filled out the poll form and it just didn't show up...
Edited by Fwirt on 2011/4/12 3:42
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#15
Re: Virtual Boy won't turn on
Posted on: 2011/4/11 4:41
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If you have your volume up, both Mario's Tennis and Teleroboxer (very common games) have music at the warning screen, so you could use those to make sure it's not a more serious problem.
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#16
Re: Raphnet Now Sells VB Controller to USB Circuits!
Posted on: 2011/4/7 23:54
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Huh, I emailed him my updated source archive back when I posted that, but he never emailed me back about it or updated the firmware version on the DIY page, so I assumed he never received it or didn't care. It's funny to see that product in the store now, I wonder if he merged my code or wrote a version himself... Either way, that's pretty cool. It's a whole different experience playing with a real VB pad, so hopefully that option will be accessible to more people now.
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#17
Teleroboxer Time Attack High Score Mode?
Posted on: 2011/4/7 23:46
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I know I'm not one to talk since I've never even submitted a high score (I plan on rectifying that in the next few days...) but I noticed yesterday that Teleroboxer only has one high score "mode" listed, whereas most if not all other games have 2 or more. Teleroboxer also keeps track of how long you've been playing, so does anyone else think it might be fun to have a "Speedrun" or "Time Attack" high score listing? Your score would be how long it took you to beat the game (8 victories).
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#18
Re: ThinkGeek April 1st Contest
Posted on: 2011/4/2 1:19
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Vaughanabe13 wrote:
Thanks for the heads up and thus, making your chances of winning a little bit worse!


Eh, don't mention it. I thought about keeping it to myself, but everyone would probably have found out by the end of the day anyway. I figure there's already going to be a few thousand entries, so why not increase the chances of it going to someone who will actually appreciate it?
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#19
ThinkGeek April 1st Contest
Posted on: 2011/4/1 9:08
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Today only, ThinkGeek is holding a contest that's free for anyone to enter, and the first prize is a boxed Virtual Boy with 4 games! The funny thing is, it's obviously supposed to be a joke, but I'm sure anyone at this site would actually be excited if they won... (Including myself)

Oh yeah, it also comes with a $1000 gift certificate to ThinkGeek... And the runner-up prize is a 3DS, which is okay I guess.

Check it out!

I also thought it was funny that after you enter, there's a YouTube video of a VB commercial with the PVB watermark on it... Frankly I think they should've gone with the "Needs your eyes" one. That has got to be one of the best commercials ever made...
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#20
Re: top 5 favorite consoles
Posted on: 2011/4/1 7:56
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This is a tough one for me... I'd probably go with

1: SNES
2: Dreamcast
3: Virtual Boy
4: Nintendo 64
5: Sega Genesis

... and then Gamecube.
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