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Nintendo Virtual Boy - Video Game Console

by Nintendo
Virtual Boy
3.4 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (28 customer reviews)

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  • Features true 3-D graphics

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  • ASIN: B000CIV75M
  • Product Dimensions: 13.8 x 4.7 x 4.1 inches ; 8 pounds
  • Media: Video Game
  • Average Customer Review: 3.4 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (28 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #25,668 in Video Games (See Top 100 in Video Games)
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Step back in time to the dawn of the 3D revolution with the Nintendo Virtual Boy portable gaming console. While 3D technology is commonplace today, such was not the case at the time of the debut of the Nintendo Virtual Boy in 1995. The Nintendo handheld system was the first video game system to incorporate 3D technology, and innovative games such as "Virtual Boy Wario Land," "Red Alarm," and "Jack Bros." all made early use of this new capability to add a level of depth to games which gamers had never previously experienced. The Nintendo Virtual Boy focused on immersion and haptic technology was a forerunner of the modern video gaming systems of today. This portable gaming console is a rare artifact, which represents an important milestone in the history of gaming. It is a valuable collector's item, which still incorporates a high level of playability and fun. The Nintendo handheld system is a perfect addition to any gamer's collection, whether to fill an important niche in a library of vintage video gaming systems or just to experience the unique 3D gaming experience.

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49 of 52 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars This system has a bad rep due to untrue rumors January 7, 2010
Fun: 5.0 out of 5 stars   
I was about 7 years old when this thing came out and I always thought it looked cool even though I knew very little about it. The price tag alone insured that I would probably never get one so when it dropped down to a mere $30 I gathered together my allowance and bought one. Better yet most of the games were only $5 each by that point! Based on that I really enjoyed it back then but it's still good today.

First, let me get some of the rumors out of the way. The most common one is that in causes blindness. Find me one source of this being true. I have probably played the Virtual Boy more than anyone and yet my eyes are fine 14 years later. This rumor started because of a warning on the box saying that it isn't safe for kids under 7 years old to play it.

Second, the graphics are bad. Well sure if you compare them to Uncharted 2. This is a portable system that came out in 1995 for @#$ sake! Also, I can not stress this enough, do NOT compare the actual graphics based on screen shots or youtube videos. It completely takes away the 3d depth that made the system so unique.

Finally, if you are getting headaches you are probably doing something wrong. Make sure you adjust the screen at the top so it's at a comfortable distance and make sure you are playing in a somewhat dark room. You know why some people got headaches? Because they are not used to the outside light! Imagine putting a blindfold on in Walmart and then taking it off after 10 minutes. Of course you will have a headache!

Now let's get to the games. While many were much better back when they came out it is actually surprising how fun many still are today. Mario's Tennis lacked options but the core gameplay was fun.
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12 of 14 people found the following review helpful
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Fun: 5.0 out of 5 stars   
The Virtual boy was an astounding achievement in 3D tech. It features 2 built in red LED screens to give actual 3D depth, unlike just drawing a cube on a 2D piece of paper, the Virtual boy actually has 2 screens to simulate real 3D. And although one the most peculiar consoles on the market today, it still sells strong as a collectors item, being somewhat cheap and easy to find, yet being a revolutionary and unique. It is also a great way to start out a Vintage game collection, as most of its best games are also cheap and easy to find, like Red Alarm and Wario Land.
I got mine with 4 games (2 are pretty rare) in its box for around one hundred dollars (I hope anyone else looking for one can get as good a deal!), and am very proud to own it. Two things I should point out though: The red LEDs can give you headaches, so I do not recommend playing for more than a half hour, and do not let children younger than 8 play it, as it could permanently damage their vision, and finally, I suggest you get the AC adapter set. It may be expensive, but it will save you a bundle over time. (It lasts 6 hours on 6 AA batteries)
Highly recommended, but only for collectors over the age of 7.
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10 of 13 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Way ahead of its time May 27, 2011
By Mike
Fun: 5.0 out of 5 stars   
Ever since this system was introduced, I wanted one. I may have been about 12 years old when it came out, but I tried one in the store and instantly wanted one. Plus, I was already a HUGE fan of Nintendo. I begged my parents to let me buy one, but even after it failed miserably and the system was dropped to a ridiculously low price they refused. Looking back I really wish I could've had one. Sure the entire US library was a mere 14 games, but this system was great. I always wondered why it failed all these years but after I actually sat down and thought about it I determined the main reason it failed was that it was too far ahead of its time. It's a fact that any product that comes out before the world is ready for it will fail. Nintendo is just now (2011) revisiting 3D gaming with the 3DS. The 3DS is great and the Virtual Boy would really pale in comparison had it been released today but in 1995 the Virtual Boy was way ahead of its time. The stereoscopic 3D effects were actually very well done. It's a shame that people didn't give it a chance. It could've been a great stepping stone in the history of video games.
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5 of 7 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars The Virtual Boy - A System that Sticks out from the Rest. February 20, 2011
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Fun: 4.0 out of 5 stars   
Nintendo has a tendency to branch out and do things that are out of the norm in the video game market (an example would be the Wii), the Virtual Boy was no exception. The virtual boy utilized 2 red and black LED screens that would give the player a feeling of 3 dimensional depth. It was a neat idea for the time and was a good experiment for Nintendo. But it turned out to be a complete disaster. Due to a high price point, non-color screens, eye strain and seizures it created in some users, and the sooner than later release of the Nintendo 64, the virtual boy was a big flop. In my opinion, I think the virtual boy was a pretty creative take on a conventional game system. Sure it only had red and black screens, but I think if you're going to make that argument, you might as well make fun of the game boy by not keeping up with its competition and making high resolution color screens instead of its less advanced low resolution black and white screens. Plus it doesn't hurt your eyes too much if you play the system regularly. I've found that if you play it a few times for a period of about 20 minutes, your eyes will adjust and it won't hurt much anymore. Plus if you're going to make THAT argument, every game and game system runs the risk of giving you seizures and causing eye strain! In every game console's instruction manual, you'll find that people that have eye problems and issues with the way their brain processes that information, are the ones that are most susceptible to seizures when playing any video game! The Virtual Boy is no different! The games are cool, but due to the virtual boy's short lifespan, there's not many to choose from. My favorites being Mario's Tennis, Red Alarm, Mario Clash, Teleroboxer, 3-D Tetris, and Jack Brothers. These games are pretty good and provide lots of entertainment! Read more ›
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Most Recent Customer Reviews
5.0 out of 5 stars Virtual Boy Review
This system has had so much hate against it that people don't even consider buying one. My oppoinin the Virtual Boy is a keeper! Read more
Published 8 months ago by the pieces of reeses
5.0 out of 5 stars Great collectors console!
Wonder why I give this system a 5 star with everything else a one, said value? Well can solve that it a few words: rare(ish), can't be emulated properly, unique and such an awesome... Read more
Published 9 months ago by Douglas Brant
1.0 out of 5 stars A torture device, yes! But a gaming machine? Nope!
As a torture device, this is very great. Unfortunately, it is not meant as a torture device, but as a gaming device. This thing burns the eyeballs out of whoever plays it! Read more
Published 10 months ago by Ceris Beech-Ultima X9J788
1.0 out of 5 stars are you kidding me
499.99 for a console nintendo sold new for only 90.00 I dont think inflation went up 300.00 on top of that this console caused nausea vomiting because of its red led display
Published 11 months ago by johnodd
3.0 out of 5 stars Not for everyone
This console by nintendo is not for everyone, it is for die hard nintendo fan boys mainly. If you are looking into getting one for yourself, you might want to play one first before... Read more
Published 13 months ago by AReviewerReviewingThings1+3=45
5.0 out of 5 stars Fudge Yeah! Im rich!
Unbelievable system! Any food you eat within 48 hours will come back up all the way from your colon so it works as a diet tool. Read more
Published 15 months ago by Repast
4.0 out of 5 stars Nintendo Virtual Boy Game Console
This unit is unique. My son the Nintendo guru, was able to make minor repairs needed to get the Virtual Boy in like new condition.
Published 15 months ago by Terry Booth
5.0 out of 5 stars Fun oddity
The Virtual boy is a unique blunder from the big N. Every person that see's this thing always wants to play it. For collectors, this is a must buy. Read more
Published 19 months ago by Mike
3.0 out of 5 stars Wish I'd been more careful
The one I bought is not in good enough condition for the price. Oh well... it's still an awesome gaming device :3
Published 20 months ago by Jared Hafer
1.0 out of 5 stars Nintendo's only bad console
Man,was this thing ever one giant lump of crap! I remember seeing this at a meijer back in '97,for about fifteen bucks. I thought to myself,that it was a deal,so I bought one. Read more
Published 21 months ago by SideshowBob
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