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#1
Re: Weird visor
Posted on: 10/19 17:49
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Thanks. Glad to know my hunch was correct. I guess it makes sense that some Blockbusters would have sold off their display units along with the rest of their VBs.
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#2
Weird visor
Posted on: 10/19 4:22
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I came across something slightly odd that I was hoping someone here could explain.

I bought a semi-working Virtual Boy in a Blockbuster case.

(I paid $300 Canadian, in case anyone is curious. No stand, just the head unit, visor, controller, battery pack and Mario's Tennis. Left display needs repair. The case is in very good condition with all foam, stickers, etc. I figure it was an alright deal considering what the cases are going for on eBay nowadays, even in bad condition. But it was a splurge for sure.)

When I pulled off the visor I noticed that there's something odd about it. There are little screws in it, and on the back is a metal plate with an adhesive strip. It looks like it was rigged to be permanently affixed to the head unit. Also, I noticed that the serial on the head unit was pretty low.

Pics of everything are at the bottom of the post.

Do all ex-rental units look like this, or is it possible this is a demo unit that somehow ended up in a Blockbuster case?

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#3
Virtual Boy in Luigi's Mansion 3
Posted on: 10/17 3:16
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I guess now that the Switch has put Sony in its place (for the time being, at any rate) it's finally okay to... make Nintendo's biggest-ever product failure the centrepiece of a tentpole game:

https://kotaku.com/luigis-latest-parod ... the-best-one-y-1839072375

I was not that excited about this game before, but now I am. Anyone else?
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#4
Re: Bandai Wonderswan
Posted on: 9/21 0:24
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I'd recommend grabbing Klonoa if you can find it. It's fun, playable without Japanese reading comprehension, and it makes good use of the Wonderswan's vertical/horizontal orientation switch ability.
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#5
Re: Replacement Stand Spring
Posted on: 8/27 0:44
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Just wanted to chime in to say that the Hyperkin stand is excellent. A near-perfect replica of the original. If you're reluctant to buy it because you think it will look or feel cheap: it won't.
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#6
Re: Open Source Command Line FlashBoy Programmer
Posted on: 3/10 1:04
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I just tried out the Mac version with a few different ROMs, some padded and some unpadded. I didn't encounter any problems. The games loaded right up, exactly as expected.

This is really excellent, because it makes the Flashboy a ton easier for me to use. Thank you for the effort you put into this app.

Let me know if there's any further testing you'd like done in MacOS.
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#7
Re: Flashboy+ NEED mini usb cable
Posted on: 1/5 1:22
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The one that came with my PS3 has always worked fine for me.
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#8
Re: WTB: Repro Jack Bros., Waterworld, and 3-D tetris
Posted on: 2018/12/19 3:46
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You could probably get a Japanese copy of Jack Bros for less than the price of a repro.
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#9
Re: My Virtual Boy
Posted on: 2018/9/10 15:50
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Okay, well. I'm glad it's normal, at least.

It does worry me a little that the wire sheathing fails under normal strain, though. I wonder if the engineer who picked out the wires was the same one who decided to glue on the display ribbons?
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#10
My Virtual Boy's wire insulation is cracking
Posted on: 2018/9/10 2:08
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I opened up my Virtual Boy today to check on some weirdness with one of the speakers, and while I was poking around inside, I noticed that some insulation on some of the wires is starting to crack.

Take a look at the attached picture. Those green wires, where they bend to meet the motherboard, all have maybe half a millimetre of exposed wire. I noticed there were some cracks forming on the wires on the sound PCB as well, where they bend to meet the connectors.

Has anyone else noticed this happening with their Virtual Boys? If so, does anyone know what causes it, other than pure mechanical stress on the wire?

And am I right in assuming that this problem will get worse over time?

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