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Love at first sight ?
Posted on: 2007/8/11 7:45
Nintendoid!
Joined 2007/7/29
111 Posts
Long Time User (12 Years)
I imagine this has been posted before, but im just curious as to where everyone first ran into VB and became interested.


Back in about 99, I remember being at my friends house where i saw something at the top of his tv shelf. I asked him what it was n he gave me a brief run-down on it. He told me it was a Virtual Boy and that i could try it out if i wanted. So i played Red Alarm for around 30 mins while i heard his parents saying "you pulled that old thing down ?" "you sure didnt play that enough". I liked it, but i needed more. I played Mario Tennis afterwards, fueling my interest.

I almost forgot about VB until 2003, when i somehow stumbled upon Ferry's site and began to read up on the console. I then became interested again, buying my 1st unit locally under heavy negative commentary from the staff at the store at which i bought it, claiming it caused eye problems and it was a failure. I simply told the guy that it was what i wanted. I bought it with an AC adapter, Mario Tennis, Red Alarm, Verticle Force, and Wario Land for about 50$ in mint cond. with the games being loose.

To shorten the sad parts, i sold the console and a heavily grown collection in 05 for a little over 400$. Since then, i have bought another VB recently with a few games and plan on waiting for the FlashBoy to be released so that i may pay one price to access the handful of games that were out of reach previously.
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#2
Re: Love at first sight ?
Posted on: 2007/8/11 8:23
PVB Elite
Joined 2003/7/25
USA
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Back in 95 when it was released I was interested, but didn't want to spend the $180, so a friend and I rented the console from Blockbuster and played it a ton, but decided it still wasn't worth the price. I played it whenever I went to a store that had one on display, but then when they were put on clearance for $25 we both bought the system and all the games we could find (at first we thought we could link them, but even solo it was worth the cheap price). We went to Toys R Us, Blockbuster, Electronics Boutique, KB Toys, etc and bought up all the cheap games from the bargain bins.

It had always been a fun console to me, but I didn't really get back into it until around 2000 when I started collecting some of the games I hadn't picked up, and also begain looking into hacking the system. That's when I really got hooked.

DogP
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#3
Re: Love at first sight ?
Posted on: 2007/8/11 22:58
VB Gamer
Joined 2006/12/14
USA
44 Posts
Long Time User (12 Years)
I first heard about it all the way back in 1996, when I was only nine years old. I didn't pay much attention to it at the moment, however, because me and my brother were hyped up about the upcoming Nintendo 64 (something I'd later realize that the VB suffered from a LOT; being in the shadow of the N64). It went out of sight and out of mind until 7 months ago, when I saw videos about the games on YouTube, and people's videotaped reviews of how it works and the games that went with it. It sounded even more interesting than the Game Boy (to me, anyway), so I looked around on the internet for more information about this console (which is how I found Planet Virtual Boy). As a result of all this research, I finally decided to invest in one for my upcoming 21st birthday. So you could say PVB helped me make my final decision.
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#4
Re: Love at first sight ?
Posted on: 2007/8/12 2:22
VUE(xpert)
Joined 2006/9/29
USA
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The first time I ever saw a Virtual Boy was at my (strange) cousin's house. I found VB Wario Land in a drawer and, to make a long story short, he found his VB and scrounged up some batteries. It had just started up when my parents decided it was time to leave. That was sometime back around '96? I pretty much forgot about it until later...

A couple of years ago, I saw a VB at Goodwill (a thrift store chain, I don't know if you have 'em in Europe .) It was only $15. I played Mario's Tennis for a while and thought it was really cool, but I didn't like to impulse buy, so I left it. I kicked myself for that later.

Sometime last year, I decided to look up what the heck a Virtual Boy was anyway. I found this site and instantly decided that as a pseudo video game collector I needed to have it. Since then I have accumulated 2 Virtual Boys and a decent selection of games. Still waiting to come across a VUE-Debugger though .
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#5
Re: Love at first sight ?
Posted on: 2007/8/12 20:50
Nintendoid!
Joined 2005/10/25
Great Britain
123 Posts
Long Time User (13 Years)
I first saw the VB when I was 9 years old on a british game show called Bad Influence. They were playing Teleroboxer and I was amazed at how futuristic it looked and immediately wanted one, but Nintendo didn't bring it out over here so I eventually forgot about it. Then in 2005 I was bored and decided to look up crap on ebay, and eventually typed in virtual boy. It was literally the happiest day of my life when it came in the mail
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#6
Re: Love at first sight ?
Posted on: 2007/8/12 21:15
Nintendoid!
Joined 2007/7/29
111 Posts
Long Time User (12 Years)
it already appears that plenty of people knew of it from the get go. i did remember seeing it around, but i never was curious around 95-96
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#7
Re: Love at first sight ?
Posted on: 2007/8/15 20:19
VB Gamer
Joined 2007/8/9
10 Posts
Long Time User (12 Years)
I remember when the Virtual Boy was released... I may have been overly influenced by the Gaming Press at the time, but I was heavily into console gaming and felt the the VB was doomed from the get go, so I never even played one; just wrote it off as a failed experiment... I flirted with the idea of buying one when they were finally being blown out of retailers across the country, but decided I would be better off using the money fro something else...

Anyway, flash forward ten years and I'm putting a handheld video game collection together with my son... We've gathered all the usual hardware and stuff over the years, and we decided to put a display together and create a guide-booklet that would have a brief essay about each system in it. Doing the research on the Wonderswan and Game Boy for that booklet, we learned about Gunpey Yokoi, and by extension, the Virtual Boy. After discussing the ins and outs of adding the Virtual Boy, we decided that it deserved a place in our collection by virtue of its designer, and the fact that it runs on batteries, contains its own integrated display and speakers, and was touted as being "portable" to some degree... And so now we've got one - it just arrived in the mail today - and I've been playing Cosmic Pinball and Mario Tennis and really enjoying it! I'm a big fan video pinball, and the tables in this game are a blast! I especially enjoy Colony so far...
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#8
Re: Love at first sight ?
Posted on: 2007/8/16 15:40
Nintendoid!
Joined 2007/7/29
111 Posts
Long Time User (12 Years)
agreement on Galactic Pinball. definatly was a blast when i had it wayyy back. the game that i am most likely to buy again other than the flash boy definatly...most unwanted again: a tie between golf, baseball, and fishing :)
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#9
Re: Love at first sight ?
Posted on: 2007/8/19 3:48
Nintendoid!
Joined 2006/8/20
Spain
222 Posts
Long Time User (13 Years)
Back in the summer of 1997, my parents and I booked a trip to the U.S. which included going to Disneyworld - Orlando and then to New York. When in New York, we went into a Toys r Us and there I saw the Virtual Boy at $29.95 and each game at $9.95. Since I had only read a brief piece of news (10 lines or so) about Virtual Boy in a Spanish magazine, I thought owning a cheap 3D console and games which weren't available in Spain was way too cool to be true, so I bought everything I found for Virtual Boy in that week, running through all the videogame shops in New York.

The worst experience was finding the f@ck1ng AC adaptor. I went into EVERY single shop in New York (Manhattan area), and when I finally thought I had lost all the chances of finding one, I went into an electronics shop beside the hotel in which they had THE LAST one in stock, so I bought it (for $39.95, 25% more than the console!).

Then I got back to Spain and started searching for games in import shops, but I could only find one which had games for it. Unfortunately, I wasn't interested in collecting the games at that time, so I thought that paying $50 for Insmouse or Space Squash was way too expensive after seeing that games were at $10 each (silly me, I paid 3-4 times more for those games years later!). Afterwards, I began collecting Virtual Boy things (mainly games) by buying in eBay auctions (much secure then than now, by the way...).

And now here I am, trying to increase my collection day after day and learning from good and bad experiences in the process
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#10
Re: Love at first sight ?
Posted on: 2007/8/22 2:49
VB Gamer
Joined 2005/1/29
Sweden
33 Posts
Long Time User (14 Years)
I wanted one very bad when it was released, but... it never came to europe :( i was so pissed, i should just have payed the extra cash for a jap one that they offered at the beginning (but i thought we would get a pal one, and didn't want to get stuck with a jap consol that wouldn't play any of the games) oh well... so i guess i heard about it in 93 or so for the first time (not really 100% sure about this tho)
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