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Jeremy Parish's Virtual Boy Works #18 - Space Invaders: Virtual Collection retrospective

Red Dead Invasion

We're nearly done with Virtual Boy Works, but before we can put a bow on this venture, we need to tackle the four daunting Japan-only collector's pieces that shipped in the console's final month of existence in that market. First up is Space Invaders: Virtual Collection, a pretty decent recreation of and embellishment on the venerable arcade classics. It's a game that would be a no-brainer pick-up if not for the fact that its value has shot into the stratosphere thanks to its extreme rarity. Oh well.

Did You Know Gaming - Virtual Boy

Did you know?

In this video, Did You Know Gaming takes a look at some facts, secrets and Easter eggs surrounding the virtual reality VR console, Nintendo Virtual Boy and Virtual Boy games such as Wario Land and Mario's Tennis.

Jeremy Parish's Virtual Boy Works #17 - Innsmouth no Yakata

Mr. Parish continues his journey through the Virtual Boy library

Venture into the ineffable madness of on of Virtual Boy's most unique creations: A fast-paced first-person shooter based on the works of H.P. Lovecraft. This is one of those games whose existence seems completely inexplicable—but it's nevertheless quite welcome. Innsmouth no Yakata (sometimes transcribed as Insmouse no Yakata) is a relentless, challenging shooter that creates an impressive sense of anxiety—which means it's a pity it never made its way outside of Japan.

Jeremy Parish's Virtual Boy Works #16 - Virtual Fishing

Fish on!

Next in our look at Virtual Boy's Japan-exclusive lineup is the system's sole foray into the fishing genre: A by-the-numbers take on the format by Locomotive and Pack-In-Video called, creatively, Virtual Fishing. It is... fishing. On Virtual Boy. The end.

Jeremy Parish's Virtual Boy Works #14 - Space Squash

Squash, anyone?

Another Japan-exclusive Virtual Boy release, this one from minor publisher Coconuts Japan. And it's a good, if slight, creation that takes great advantage of the Virtual Boy hardware to present players with a sci-fi rendition of a popular sport. Like a lot of other games on the system, it needed a little more time in the oven to achieve its full potential—but it's both fun and interesting, making it one of the more notable imports for Virtual Boy.

Jeremy Parish's Virtual Boy Works #14 - V-Tetris

Tetris with the added bonus of bleeding eyes

We launch into Virtual Boy's Japan-exclusive line-up by heading back to the other Tetris game at the other end of the system's life: V-Tetris. This game is nothing at all like 3D-Tetris; for one thing, it's actually Tetris. V-Tetris does nothing to really take advantage of the hardware here, so it's a shame that this interpretation of the block-dropping classic has been locked to Virtual Boy—its special mode offers a unique and enjoyable take on the venerable favorite.

Jeremy Parish's Virtual Boy Works #13 - 3-D Tetris retrospective: Red rain

I'm seeing red

And just like that, we've reached the end of the American Virtual Boy library. Does this slim collection of games at least receive a grand sendoff, you may be wondering? Well... eh. Not really. At the very least, they could have given us a REAL Tetris game....

Fan creates a fighting stick for the Virtual Boy

Sure, the Virtual Boy may be Nintendo's worst-selling platform ever, but that doesn't mean it's without its fans! Benj Edwards happens to be one of those fans, and he found himself desiring an arcade stick for use with the platform. Since that simply doesn't exist, he took it upon himself to create one. The BX-240 is his solution, and it definitely looks the part! From what we hear, it controls like a dream as well.

These custom Virtual Boy mods let you play on TV, and in different colors!



The Virtual Boy may not have gotten much love from consumers or Nintendo, but it still has its fans. The above mods give people a new way to play the Virtual Boy, and help keep the system's memory alive. They certainly make the system easier to play as well! You lose the 3D effect, but you gain the ability to switch to different colors!

Thanks to MarioCheated for the heads up!

WarioWare Gold's "Gamer" mini-game replaces the Virtual Boy with a Wii U

One of Game and Wario's many features was an experience called 'Gamer,' which you see above. On the right-hand side of the screen you can see a Virtual Boy in 9-Volt's room. A nice tribute to one of Nintendo's least-popular platforms ever. Well it turns out the Gamer game has been updated for WarioWare Gold, which you can check out below.

Boy, that's both sad and beautiful. Not only have a GameCube and a Super Famicom been added, 9-Volt has removed the Virtual Boy from his room and put a Wii U in the same spot. Yet another Nintendo hardware release that didn't really find an audience. May it live on forever in WarioWare!

Thanks to @TinTinfinite for the heads up!