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#1
Re: Virtual Fishing Prototype ROM
Geschrieben am: 16.02.2020 21:04
Nintendoid!
Dabei seit 28.05.2004
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Well, the BA3A board is not a prototype cart. It is a development and testing cart and not uber rare. I had 2 of these myself when I was collecting VB stuff.
This kind of cart was used by Nintendo and 3rd party companies mainly for testing since development was done on a debugger. Also such carts were given to magazines for review purposes.
The Virtual Boy died quite fast so it is possible that a review copy was left with the press and found is way to collectors over the years.
It is also possible that a testing copy of the final version of the game was left on the board after development of the title was done. Pack-in-Video Co. Ltd. made only this one VB game. Some time after that, the VB development stuff was propably put in trash and maybe one testing copy found its way to collectors.
I would call it a Testing or Preview Copy/Sample if legit and rate it with maybe 800 USD max.
Preview copies and Samples are a common thing on the SNES/SFC/Sega and they cost far less than unreleased stuff or real beta version.

The Texas Instruments Eproms are a bit strange indeed.
The game and its developer are japanese. The game was never intended for a US release. The origin of this card must be japan. A other eprom brand would sound more plausible but it can still be legit. If we can not verify the maker date of the eproms it will be hard to find out.
The fact is, with a BA3A board in your hands, you can basicially put anything on it if you know how to program eproms. The backstory of this card is really missing here.
BA3A boards were on yahoo auctions from time to time.
Some came with games, some were empty. It is very hard to say.

In any case, I admire Schwancks efforts but he also took a great risk here. For that price there are way to less information available and also the seller was not even covering the windows of the eproms. How careless is that?!? A real valuable beta/proto could have been damaged. Even if just a few bits get erased, the harm is done. The not covered windows could indicated that the seller knew that nothing special was on it or he has just no idea how to handle such things.
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#2
Re: Virtual Fishing Prototype ROM
Geschrieben am: 16.02.2020 19:11
Nintendoid!
Dabei seit 28.05.2004
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The board is a official and genuine VB eprom board.
The Data on it... well it is hard to verify if it was flashed in 1995 or recently.
If the binary matches with the final version of the game you can not call that a prototype anymore. It would be more of a review version if legit.
With the final version of the game and no other content on it, the board is not worth 2000 USD. :(
The board alone maybe 350-500.
In my opionion, for that much money, the seller should have given much more proof of the content.

You should propably open a case in ebay.

That said, I dont think that even a real prototype (early version of the game) of Virtual Fishing would be worth 2000 USD.
That is way to much for such an "unimportant" title.
A prototype of Zero Racer or Dragon Hopper would be worth it or even some more.
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#3
Re: VB Decade Case
Geschrieben am: 22.01.2020 14:20
Nintendoid!
Dabei seit 28.05.2004
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You can put a repro of these titles in there :)
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#4
Re: VirtualCable Installation
Geschrieben am: 17.06.2019 12:58
Nintendoid!
Dabei seit 28.05.2004
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That is cool.
The Tutorial is also very good.
(What is you problem with the 6s? It makes very good pictures for its age. :) )
However, the connections are really small/thin.
The cable itself is a absolute plus but the whole is not for a beginner as @RetroDan already pointed out. If you have never used a soldering iron before, please do not start with this job here. That would be very unwise XD

@RetroDan, for the tutorial it would be good to know what kind or soldering iron you have used and what temperature.
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#5
Re: Furrtek Virtual boy video out mod
Geschrieben am: 03.06.2019 14:15
Nintendoid!
Dabei seit 28.05.2004
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Zitat:

nmalinoski schrieb:
Zitat:

RetroDan wrote:
Zitat:

Fire-WSP wrote:
I am still in need for this Chip/Board to replace the Mirrior Unit. Is somebody out there who can make them?


Looks pretty simple - just an ATtiny25 on a small board. I could probably manage it, no problem.

If you want to do a small run, I'd be in for two.


I would take two aswell :)
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#6
Re: Furrtek Virtual boy video out mod
Geschrieben am: 02.06.2019 20:58
Nintendoid!
Dabei seit 28.05.2004
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I am still in need for this Chip/Board to replace the Mirrior Unit. Is somebody out there who can make them?
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#7
Re: Garage sale find virtual boy in rental case with paper work
Geschrieben am: 06.05.2019 20:29
Nintendoid!
Dabei seit 28.05.2004
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What is such a Rental Case worth today anyway?
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#8
Re: VirtualTap is awesome!!
Geschrieben am: 05.05.2019 21:13
Nintendoid!
Dabei seit 28.05.2004
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If you do a upgraded version, try to implement a 50hz Scart RGB mode. VB is 50Hz and all PAL TVs are. The official Video Boy was also only in PAL. (Can 50Hz work with VGA too?)
That "native" mode should avoid most side effects the 60Hz conversation has.
Also while I can solder myself, I do not really like it.
The solder pads for the RGB/VGA cable on the VirtualTap were quite small. Maybe you can make them a little bigger. :)

Optional:
- maybe it should be possible to choose any color for the picture
- board with input for both screens and two VGA outputs to connect for example 2 projectors in order to get a 3D picture.

Optional crazy:
Take a new 3DS XL screen and hook the VB up to it :D

BTW, does somebody here is able to burn one of this small chips
for me, so that I can disconnect the mirror unit from the board?
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#9
Re: Unseen internal mock up Virtual Boy box?
Geschrieben am: 23.04.2019 22:05
Nintendoid!
Dabei seit 28.05.2004
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Propably a half size mockup.
To show an idea this would be enough.
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#10
Re: Virtual Boy Easter Egg on Labo VR
Geschrieben am: 13.04.2019 20:33
Nintendoid!
Dabei seit 28.05.2004
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That Easter Egg is maybe a way for Nintendo to eiter tease possible VB content in the future or they want to check and see how much interest it creates for the VB. I am sure many people have not even seen a Virtual Boy or know the name.

There was always some tiny VB stuff in some games like Smash Bros or Animal Crossing. But that were only statues or items for your decoration. Wario Ware had some VB inspired stuff but that Video above is the first time that Nintendo is really demonstrating the System in 3D. I think that is a big step, because so far Nintendo tried to avoid bigger VB content. I have hope to see some official VB emulation at one point.
Afterall, emulation have become a quite easy and cheap way to make older games run and Nintendo had great success with the NES and SNES Mini.
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