Virtually unheard of.

Nintendo's Virtual Boy was an inarguably strange system, although mentioning its name can elicit markedly different responses. To many, the little tabletop non-HMD is little more than a punchline; a hilarious blink-and-you'll-miss-it example of Nintendo toying with an idea that was sabotaged from the off by hopelessly inadequate component technology. For others, this black and red 32-bit experiment was a brave failure and a console curio that still elicits pangs of retro-futuristic nostalgia and hardware fetishism.

For European Nintendo fans, it's arguably become more than a mere retro gaming oddity. The Virtual Boy is an enigma — a Nintendo console we heard about but never experienced firsthand. Of course, many Japanese and North American gamers will joke that we dodged a bullet on that one, but the console's history and small library of just 22 games still has an attraction for fans who never got the chance to see just how 'bad' it really was. It's still a Nintendo product, and however much the company dropped the ball, there must be something interesting about such a quirky console.

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May 18, 2021 at 04:00AM
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