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Designed by the legendary Gunpei Yokoi and his team, the Virtual Boy is the console that Nintendo would most like to forget. Utilising a novel 3D display, the machine was certainly like no other, but users complained that judging ‘distance’ was difficult. Some owners also believed that prolonged use of the console brought on painful headaches.

The early 90s was also the period of Mario Kart, Micro Machines and the first of the FIFA series. Because of its unique design, such multiplayer games were impossible for the Virtual Boy.

The Games

A small selection of games limped out for the machine.

People

Gunpei Yokoi (link to follow)

A short biography of the man who brought us the D-pad, portable gaming and a really rather natty robotic hand.

Major events

15 November 1994
Virtual Boy revealed at Spaceworld
21 July 1995
Japanese launch
14 August 1995
North American launch

Emulators

Mac OS X

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iOS

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OUYA/Android

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Features

32-bit RISC processor
Built-in 3D display
Powered by six AA batteries