The Virtual Boy came out in 1995; it was a complete failure. It was supposed to be some type of tabletop portable gaming system. To play it, you had to look through a pair of 3D scope goggles and hold a separate controller.
The Gaming Historian did an excellent video documentary on the Virtual Boy, check it out here: Virtual Boy Video
The Virtual Boy used a 3D stereoscopic display set up by utilizing wire red line graphics. It was a horrible game playing experience and Nintendo would later realize this huge mistake by the sales numbers.
The Virtual Boy was such a big flop they discontinued it in 1996 and only had 22 games for it. Plus, it sold a very sad 770,000 units. If you’re curious and want to check one out, you can view the for sale listings on eBay.
I once tried one out and played Super Mario Tennis. Afterwards, I felt sick from the 3D action, I never played it again.
Full article from Wikipedia: Nintendo Virtual Boy
Link to my entire Nintendo guide: Scotty’s Kick-Ass Nintendo Guide
Nintendo Virtual Boy Online Videos
Gaming Historian produced a great video of the Virtual Boy.
Here’s an original Virtual Boy commercial from 1995.
Nintendo Virtual Boy Game List
The Virtual Boy Games I find the most fun to collect are:
- 3D Tetris
- Bound High
- Galactic Pinball
- Hyper Fighting
- Jack Bros.
- Mario Clash
- Mario’s Tennis
- Nester’s Funky Bowling
- Panic Bomber
- Red Alarm
- SD Gundam Dimension Wars
- Space Squash [Japan]
- Vertical Force
- Virtual Bowling
- Virtual League Baseball
- Wario Land