Virtual Boy

Virtual Boy
Developer: Nintendo
Released: 1995

Virtual Boy Specifications

Processor: NEC V810 RISC Processor (32-bit)
Processor Speed: 20MHz
RAM: 1MB DRAM, 512KB P-Sram
RAM: 1 KB
Colors Available: 4 (32 Levels of Intensity)
Resolution: 384 x 224 pixels
Sound: 16-bit Stereo

The Virtual Boy is Nintendo’s 3rd foray into the video game console and also their biggest failure.

While Nintendo attempted to tout the console as the first “portable” video game console capable of displaying 3D graphics out of the box it was an idea that never took with players. The console was such a commercial failure that it never made it out of Japan and North America.

One of the Virtual Boy’s worse points was that its screen was only capable of monochrome colors destroying the immersion of the system. Another problem users found was the lack of games that truly made use of its “3D” features with most of them just using the 3D functionality as a gimmick while still functioning like a 2D game would.

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Virtual Boy Emulators

vbjin
vbjin

vbjin is one of the only emulators that offer support for the Virtual Boy. vbjin successfully manages to emulate the minuscule library that is available for the Virtual Boy and is the only real option if you want to check out the system.