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Welcome to the third dimension! On this site you will learn everything about Nintendo's Virtual Reality experiment, the Virtual Boy. Released back in 1995 only in Japan and North America, the system failed all along the line and disappeared from the market less than a year later, quietly and without any official word. Only 22 games were released for the Virtual Boy during its short lifespan. Here we want to build a memorial for this unique oddity of videogame history. Dedicated to its brilliant creator, Gunpei Yokoi.


10
Apr

HyperFlash32 eInk Label Art Contest

Good news everybody! Kevin Mellott's HyperFlash32 flash cart is finally done and a first batch of 25 is en route for circa late May. A larger second batch will follow soon after.

Both batches have long been sold out, so even if you preorder one right now, you will have to wait some more months for your cart. There's still a chance to get your hands on one as soon as the first batch lands, though. Kevin is now holding an eInk label art contest and the best label art will be awarded with a HyperFlash32 cart. Check out the thread for more info and get ready to push some pixels. Still 3 weeks to go, go, go!

Update: One week to go! Due to the lively participation in the contest so far and the many good entries, Kevin has announced to give away two HyperFlash32 carts as well as a link cable and a VB USB controller adapter as secondary prizes. Details here.

Update 2: The contest is over and in the end, there have even been three categories with a HyperFlash32 and two secondary prizes given away in each. Results can be found here. Congratulations to all the well-deserved winners!
28
Dez

SD Gundam English Translation Patch

Yet another English translation patch for a Japan-exclusive Virtual Boy game has been released by Thunderstruck. His patch for SD Gundam Dimension War builds upon the work of Benjamin and Greg Stevens and translates the remaining Japanese texts and graphics.
  • Credits are fully translated.
  • Warning screen doesn't show the Japanese warning anymore and the English text has been centered.
  • The title screen logo has been replaced with an English version made by Virtuous Rage.

More information and downloads here.

With this patch, every Japanese exclusive Virtual Boy game should now have been fully translated to English.

You can support thunderstruck on Patreon.

02
Dez

HyperFlash32 is taking shape

For many years, the FlashBoy series of flash carts has been a great way for people to play Virtual Boy homebrew on real hardware, as well as hacks, translations or simply the few super rare games which the average fan could never get their hands on otherwise.

Obviously, the discontinuation of the FlashBoy Plus earlier this year left a big hole. And, being the huge undertaking that it is, Kevin Mellott's upcoming MultiBoy32 multi cart is still rather far away on the horizon. So, aside from second hand units or a sometimes shady repro market, there currently is simply no way for Virtual Boy fans to enjoy homebrew on the real hardware. Let's face it - emulation can only get that close but never be as good as the real thing.

Luckily, to fill the gap, Kevin Mellott has recently announced the HyperFlash32, a new one-game-at-a-time flash cart with 32 MBit of flash memory. Apart from a single homebrew demo, VUEngine Video Player, which is 128 MBit in size, that is enough space to hold everything the Virtual Boy's library has to offer, even the largest homebrew game for the system, the infamous Hyper Fighting.

While sounding like just a bigger capacity FlashBoy replacement at first, new details shared by Kevin demonstrate that the HyperFlash32 is much more than that, in an impressive way. Here's a quick overview of what the flash cart will have to offer, as of the current state of development:
  • 32 MBit flash memory, holds one game at a time
  • 32k x 8 nvSRAM, no save battery required
  • SRAM contents can be dumped to/read from SD card
  • PC connection via USB
  • Fully custom, a bit longer than usual, cart shell incorporating an ingenious triple-layer PCB design
  • E ink display shows label of currently loaded game, possibly multi-color
  • Three capacitive buttons built into the cart shell allow for flashing games from an SD card, without the need for a PC

Find all the juiy details and early images in this thread.

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09
Nov

Space Invaders English translation patch released

Thunderstruck has released yet another English translation patch for a Japan-exclusive Virtual Boy game, this time it's Space Invaders: Virtual Collection. More information and download here.

You can also now support thunderstruck on Patreon.

28
Aug

VUEngine now has full sound support

In these past years, VUEngine has improved so much and become better and better in all areas imaginable... well, except a single one: music. As one of the oldest parts of the software, the engine's sound manager has been seriously lagging behind, supporting only single track music and lacking any tools to actually produce any music, or convert some into the engine's format.

But that's history from now on! We have finally filled in the missing puzzle piece and rewritten the entirety of the engine's sound code. From now on, it is possible to play either PCM, converted from WAV files, or MIDIs, converted to a special format readable by the music player. You can use all 6 tracks, which are automatically allocated and released, and there are fading effects and spatial positioning of audio sources, allowing you to locate the source of a sound thanks to the Virtual Boy's stereo speakers. You can also modify sound while it is played, and for instance speed it up. See below for a full list of features that are already implemented, as well as possible future additions.

Of course we also added another tool to the existing range of debug tools to accompany the updated sound support. Build your project in tools or debug mode and press LR+RT+RDown in-game to bring up the Sound Test.

You can find a standalone version of the Sound Test tool attached to the post on our Patreon page, including a selection of sample songs and sound effects.
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