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#1
First time you heard of the Virtual Boy
Posted on: 2014/4/13 7:42
Nintendoid!
Joined 2012/11/19
USA
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I was curious where you first heard about the Virtual Boy.

I originally thought I had heard about it from the AVGN episode or from one of my sister's old Nintendo Power magazines, but going back and playing one of my favorite GBA games, Wario Ware Inc., I believe my first time seeing a Virtual Boy was 9-Volts stage where a Virtual Boy is in the intro and Mario Clash is a micro-game.
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#2
Re: First time you heard of the Virtual Boy
Posted on: 2014/4/13 8:06
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Joined 2011/3/10
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reading gaming mags in the 94/95 and then playing a demo unit at Toys R Us.
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#3
Re: First time you heard of the Virtual Boy
Posted on: 2014/4/13 9:02
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It was around X-Mas of 1995. I was walking around in an Electronic Boutique. There were ads all over for the Virtual Boy. I wanted one so bad, but Dad said he wouldn't buy me one. That was the first time. Then in about 2008 or so, I got sweet revenge on Dad by buying one in a used video game store. And the collection grew from 5 games to what it is now.
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#4
Re: First time you heard of the Virtual Boy
Posted on: 2014/4/13 11:04
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Like Lester Knight... in magazines in 94-95 (I had been a subscriber to Nintendo Power for years). I was a huge fan of VR, 3D, etc. (my friends and I used to play a lot of simulators on the PC, trying to make them as real as possible)... so when I heard Nintendo was coming out with a 3D system, I was really excited.

I was only 11 when it launched, so I didn't have much money, so my friend and I split the $10 Blockbuster rental when it launched. Then every chance we could, we'd get our parents to take us to Toys R Us, Electronics Boutique, and Blockbuster, and we'd play it there (Electronics Boutique just had a system on the counter, playing Mario's Tennis... Toys R Us had Wario Land on the big countertop display, and Blockbuster had Red Alarm on the small countertop display). We both were blown away by it, but the $180 price tag was too much (I figured I'd wait for a price drop, then ask for it for Christmas, like every other system).

Well... then we got the price drop... down to $25... so we both bought a system (though we were disappointed when the guy at Electronics Boutique told us at there was no link cable :( ) and went around to all the Toys R Us, Electronics Boutiqe, Best Buy, and Blockbuster stores and bought up as many cheap games as possible. The ones that I never found price dropped were Jack Bros, Waterworld, and Virtual League Baseball (any stores that still had them, had them at regular price... maybe because they were 3rd party games). There were also a few games that I never found (3D Tetris and Nesters Funky Bowling, that I remember). Strangely enough, Electronics Boutique had stacks of Japanese games for 99 cents (Vertical Force, Panic Bomber, V-Tetris, Golf, and Baseball were ones that I remember getting).

Then a few years later when ebay became big, and I got a job, I started collecting the rest of the games that I hadn't already gotten. I would mostly buy up lots with one or two games I needed, take them, and resell the rest... so I did it on the cheap. That job is also the one where I had TONS of free time, so I spent it reading through David Tucker's, Alberto Covarrubias', and Ferry Groenendijk's webpages (and posting on the vgchat board). Heh, now that I think about it... there are probably a lot of you who don't know any of those people. ;)

Thanks for the trip down memory lane. :)

DogP
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#5
Re: First time you heard of the Virtual Boy
Posted on: 2014/4/13 16:36
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Joined 2007/10/21
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WOW, this is taking me back. I think I may have read about it in a publication with footage from Shoshinkai from late 1994, but I may have first saw it at CES January of 1995, I just can't remember which came first.

I also got to play it again at the first E3 that year as well. Sadly, I had just moved out on my own that year, so when the VB was released my funds where kind of tight. LOL

So when Blockbuster had there closeout sale, I grabbed a unit and some games for way cheap. I also remember seeing Target selling them new in the box at clearance for like $15 dollars. To this day, that is still one of my most regretted shopping moments.

Since I was new to responsibility and living on my own, and I already had the VB from BB, I just didn't see the need to own another unit(new or not). Soon after that time, I started making decent money, and began to start collecting video games, and then I realized my mistake in passing on the new units at target.

I actually sold most of my collection a few years ago, but I still have my Blockbuster unit in its original hard case, as it is still one of my most prized purchases.
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#6
Re: First time you heard of the Virtual Boy
Posted on: 2014/4/14 1:11
Nintendoid!
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Display unit at Toys 'R' Us, back probably around 1996, because it was right on the cusp of when the N64 was about to be released. There were (original) Game Boy displays, N64, SNES, PS1, and Saturn kiosks set up. Every once in a while you'd see a Pico too. *rolls eyes*

I joined PVB in 2007 while in college, after lurking for a couple of years. Had just bought my first VB off of a childhood friend of mine and thought it would be fun to develop for. Back when David Tucker and Alberto would still pop in every once in a while... ;)
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#7
Re: First time you heard of the Virtual Boy
Posted on: 2014/4/14 3:34
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I was excited about the VB from Nintendo Power and couldn't wait to buy one. So I purchased it on "Pass and review" weekend at the Navy exchange. I only bought Red Alarm at the time. I still remember my Dads question "Is it 3d?" and my reply "surprisingly... yes". We (You and I)are the few the proud who actually read the instructions instead of dismissing the Virtual Boy. Yes I was part of the blockbuster clearance event and no I have nothing to show for it. Nor did I sell the VB. I owned 3 at the time and I gave 2 of them away the first I kept for myself along w the performance bag and 9 games thanks to blockbuster. I then got out of the Navy and went to school where my VB got stolen leaving me w/ nothing. But all is not lost. One of the VB's that I gave away the person didn't want to get games from Ebay so she asked me if I wanted it back....DID I! Yeah baby!

Years went by and it was around 2003 where I Saw the site and determined to make my own color VB I asked David Tucker and Alberto Covarrubias if they could help me and they said no it really couldn't be done without way too much reconstructing. More years later finally accepting the VB for what it is and not trying to make it something it's not I joined PVB and have been an active member ever since.

Well that's my story and I'm stickin to it.
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#8
Re: First time you heard of the Virtual Boy
Posted on: 2014/4/14 5:08
Nintendoid!
Joined 2013/3/25
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First time I ever heard of Virtual Boy was in Wario Ware Inc. for GBA, the microgame that's based on Mario Clash. Then years later I saw AVGN's review of the Virtual Boy. It was entertaining, but didn't take the criticisms seriously.

During 2013, a friend of mine wanted to do some trading, I had some low end Sega Saturn stuff I didn't want anymore, he was big into Saturn. He had a broken Virtual Boy with intact stand, controller, AC tap and Mario's Tennis along with some other stuff. I accepted the VB stuff. In the end, I never got that Virtual Boy system working, but the system definitely had me wanting more out of it. I got a refurbished VB off someone on NintendoAge, but it wasn't a permanent fix. After much trial and error I have that unit working 99%, sometimes the left display gets errors on overly bright screens. Right one seems ever so slightly dim. I also bought a 3rd VB system that is definitely in need of repair, but haven't had time to do anything with it yet.

Thanks to Planet VB I have been able to try more Virtual Boy games, it really is a fun system. It could use more games, but at least there's a homebrew scene going on. I can't say I've ever played a system as strange and unique as the Virtual Boy. The name is awesome too.
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#9
Re: First time you heard of the Virtual Boy
Posted on: 2014/4/15 11:46
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Joined 2008/11/10
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In 1995 being in the UK all we ever saw was articles in magazines, I wanted one and would have had to import and that would have cost a heap, with no job at the time and other things needing my monies it went to the recesses of my mind.
Then in 2008 my wife bought me one as a surprise, it sure was a surprise and also how good it was having seen pretty much nothing but derogatory remarks and reviews, and I've loved it since.
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#10
Re: First time you heard of the Virtual Boy
Posted on: 2014/4/15 17:03
VB Gamer
Joined 2007/9/15
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I first heard about VB in the pages of Nintendo Power when it was codenamed VR32. I counted the days to its release, saving up my money and reading everything I could about it. I was there on launch day to buy one from Software Etc. for $170.

I was excited to bring it home, but I could tell that it wasn't going to be a great seller since the store I bought it from was empty. No one was at the store to buy a VB and the clerk said I was the first one to buy one that day (and I arrived in the late afternoon). Still, I didn't care and have enjoyed it ever since!
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