Nintendo’s misplaced Nineties “VR” console involves 3DS due to a exceptional emulator

Nintendo’s misplaced Nineties “VR” console involves 3DS due to a exceptional emulator

Virtual Boy game running on a Nintendo 3DS


Nintendo has made some daring, bizarre decisions with its {hardware} designs. But none had been so daring and peculiar as 1995’s Virtual Boy, a “woefully untimely business curio,” as one Ars author put it, that “rapidly handed unlamented into historical past,” as remarked one other. The awkward red-on-black tabletop headset system wasn’t a lot forward of its time as beamed in from an alternate actuality. In this actuality, it did not promote a lot and was largely forgotten.

Nintendo has appeared desperate to let the Virtual Boy fade from the collective reminiscence, however intelligent coders have labored to maintain the system accessible outdoors classic {hardware} collections. The newest, and maybe most accessible, is Red Viper, which performs Virtual Boy video games on a (calmly hacked) Nintendo 3DS, the opposite Nintendo system on which 3D options had been underappreciated. It is full-speed, it helps homebrew video games, you’ll be able to change the drawing coloration to one thing aside from pink, and it’s free. It’s constructed on high of the work of earlier 3DS emulator r3dragon, which itself drew closely from the Reality Boy venture for Windows.

Red Viper makes use of the 3DS’s high display for sport show and turns the decrease display right into a system choices panel. It maps the Virtual Boy’s personal face buttons onto the touchscreen. In the Twitter thread saying Red Viper’s common launch, coder Floogle notes that the emulator is simply roughly translating the Virtual Boy’s 50 Hz refresh to the 3DS’ 60 Hz by pushing a body each 20 ms. There is, Floogle supposes, some {hardware} headroom for enchancment.

For his half, Floogle thinks Jack Bros., Wario Land, Teleroboxer, Red Alarm, Mario Clash, and Galactic Pinball are notably value testing. That’s about 27 % of the overall 22 video games formally launched for the Virtual Boy, which isn’t a nasty hit fee in a sure gentle. There is an entire lot extra homebrewed Virtual Boy materials on the market.

Good Vibes Gaming overview of Red Viper and the Virtual Boy itself.

While your creator lacks a 3DS, not to mention expertise with a Virtual Boy, reception to Red Viper suggests it is a great way to expertise some intriguing video games, particularly Nintendo’s personal first-party work. The Good Vibes Gaming YouTube channel dubs it “Perfect on 3DS” and an effective way to expertise “actual gems.” Meyadin on YouTube uploaded footage of Wario Land operating on Red Viper, and whereas you do not get the semi-immersive 3D component, you’ll be able to sense the appear and feel of it, which is simply possible to enhance after this wider launch.

Ars reporter Benj Edwards has beforehand written an in depth historical past of the Virtual Boy and its impression. Edwards additionally occurs to have co-written a e book in regards to the obscure console, due out in May from MIT Press.


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