Virtual Boy

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Virtual Boy
Virtual Boy System.png
The Virtual Boy.
Released JP: July 21, 1995
NA: August 14, 1995
Units sold 770,000 (Worldwide)
Competitor(s) None
Discontinued 1996
Predecessor Game Boy
Successor Game Boy Color

The Virtual Boy, called the VR 32 before its final release, is a failed video game console which is capable of three-dimensional graphics, although only in red and black. This console was released in 1995 and discontinued in early 1996 as the console was heavily unpopular. The system was created by Gunpei Yokoi who had developed the Virtual Boy approximately two years before the console's release. Gunpei later retired from Nintendo on 1996 after the Virtual Boy got cancelled.

The system was not targeted for kids under the age of seven. This was because Nintendo had a concern that it would give the kids eye damage and severe headaches. There is an EXT. port for the Virtual Boy which was probably used for two-player support. It is likely that this cable wasn't released as the Virtual Boy was a major failure in the gaming market in the mid-1990s.


The Virtual Boy is a portable console which has a black stand for it. Atop it is a red box which has visors on the back of the console. These two visors must be looked in for gameplay. The console has a black controller that has red A and B buttons, two D-pads with one on each side, a gray round START button and a SELECT button on the left side of the controller.

Games for the Virtual Boy[edit]



  • Donkey Kong Country 2: Diddy's Kong Quest (instead released for the Super Nintendo)
  • Mario Adventure (listed in the August 2000 issue of the German magazine Big N. It possibly might be a tentative title for the unreleased VB Mario Land. This is unconfirmed though.)
  • VB Mario Kart (listed in the August 2000 issue of the German magazine Big N)
  • VB Mario Land


Initially released with a retail price of two hundred dollars, the Virtual Boy did not sell a lot of units. In the console's lifetime, approximately eight hundred thousand units were shipped and about 770,000 units were sold. Before the Virtual Boy's release, Nintendo thought that the Virtual Boy would sell 250,000 units in Japan, and only turned out to be fifty thousand units. This console was never released in Europe and Australia as it sold poorly in Japan and North America.

Appearances in the Mario series[edit]