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Nintendo is an odd firm in numerous ways; deep conservative in some respects, but also able come swing because that the fences and also invest money and resources in the search of pure novelty. Time and again it puts out products that no various other platform holder would have dreamed of, and much more often than no those frivolities revolve out come be delightfully entertaining. No every idea deserve to be a winner, though, and there are few more high file failures in the Kyoto company"s ago catalogue than the online Boy.

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An odd principle for a console that delivered rudimentary (and very red) autostereoscopic 3D gaming with a integrated viewer, its advancement was led by legendary Nintendo engineer Gunpei Yokoi, the same man behind the game & clock handhelds and also the all-conquering game Boy. Digital Boy introduced in Japan top top 21st July 1995, however performed very poorly, both at home and in phibìc America. So poorly, in fact, the it never ever reached european shores at all; production was stop after only five months in the homeland.


With a catalogue of simply 22 games released in between both territories, it"s an infamous example of one of Nintendo"s more outlandish products fully missing the mark. But does it really deserve that is reputation? surely there space a couple of stone-cold classics in its library which would make tracking down a online Boy precious it, no?

In honour the the console"s 25th anniversary, we"ve ranked all 22 gamings in stimulate of merit below. To hear much more about each game, examine out our reviews because that each and also every one. The these gamings never uncovered their means to 3DS feels like a real missed opportunity, that"s for certain - particularly to poor Europeans for whom the digital Boy represents a tantilising absent piece the the Nintendo puzzle.

With the console now a 4 minutes 1 of a century old, perhaps it"s time to dig v the cupboard right here at Nintendo Life HQ and also fire increase the ol" boy again...


22. Waterworld (VB)


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Publisher: Ocean Software
Release Date: 21st Dec 1995 (USA)

And you thought the film was bad. Waterworld is an ugly, depressingly dull excuse because that a game. The film might have to be a box office bomb, yet it yes, really isn"t as terrible as its repuation suggests. The VB video game is irredeemably poor, though, and you have our permission to brand your mint boxed online Boy library "complete" v this one missing.


21. Virtual Lab (VB)


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Publisher: J-Wing / Developer: J-Wing
Release Date: TBA

A soupily slow game that do our ears bleed, fallout’s block puzzler Virtual Lab endangers to become passably funny at times. They"re north threats, though, and it never escapes the crushingly dull, recurring loop. It"s not insultingly offensive, however if you"re after ~ an excuse come splurge top top a near-mint digital Boy ~ above ebay, this ain"t it.


20. Virtual league Baseball (VB)


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Publisher: KEMCO / Developer: KEMCO
Release Date: 11th Sep 1995 (USA)

Oh dear. possibly we should have started in ~ the top? hide at #20 we"ve acquired the an initial of numerous sports games accessible for the system. Some decent 3D impacts can"t disguise a video game only that mother could love, and unfortunately Virtual organization Baseball can"t make up for its lacklustre looks through decent gameplay, either.


19. Space Invaders: Virtual repertoire (VB)


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Publisher: Taito / Developer: Taito
Release Date: TBA

3D Space Invaders can seem prefer the draw, however actually it"s the 2D version consisted of in this arsenal that records the arcade initial best. Still, there"s no shortage of means to play an are Invaders these days, for this reason while this isn"t terrible, it"s fixed worth providing yourself a headache for.


18. SD Gundam dimension War (VB)


Publisher: Bandai / Developer: Bandai
Release Date: TBA

Well-designed characters and also decent 3D can"t save this poorly-presented and repetitive Gundam video game from the dusty depths of her wardrobe adhering to its debut in your virtual Boy"s dare slot. SD Gundam measurement War could have been worse, however not much.


17. Digital Fishing (VB)


Publisher: Pack-In-Video
Release Date: TBA

A Japanese exclusive, Virtual Fishing is far from the worst game on the system, although you know you"re in trouble once that"s the greatest compliment you have the right to pay. It battles to find the appropriate balance in between presenting a an obstacle and becoming boringly easy as soon as it pertains to landing a lunker. Again, not terrible but likewise not worth flaring up her glaucoma come play.


16. Insmouse No Yakata (VB)


Publisher: I"Max / Developer: Be Top
Release Date: TBA

A first-person horror game that sick from similar issues of repetition as many of the console"s other titles, but at the very least it make the efforts something different. It every feels a small old-hat by contemporary standards, but as a curio in the digital Boy catalogue, Insmouse no Yakata might be precious a watch if you"re into old-school 3D dungeon expedition games.


15. Teleroboxer (VB)


Publisher: Nintendo / Developer: Nintendo R&D1
Release Date: 14th Aug 1995 (USA)

Teleroboxer is the an initial of the online Boy catalogue that could be legitimately, repeatedly labelled as "fun". Unfortunately, the experience is exceptionally short-lived, yet while it lasts this first-person fighter isn"t half-bad. Solid a sterling recommendation, we know, but at this phase we"ll take it what we can get.


14. Mario Clash (VB)


Publisher: Nintendo / Developer: Nintendo R&D1
Release Date: 1st Oct 1995 (USA)

Okay, a Mario location - certain a harbinger the quality, no? Well, not quite. Playing much like one updated version of the initial Mario Bros., Mario Clash is not exactly the killer platformer we desire from the plumber, yet it"s in a entirety other league to few of the dross we"ve waded through to get here.


To reiterate, this is by no way essential, however it"s not bad. Our pursuit for the killer application continues.


13. Golf (VB)


Publisher: Nintendo
Release Date: 1st Nov 1995 (USA)

Perhaps it"s ours affection for sports games with plain, unadorned titles, or maybe it"s tough to do a bad golf game, yet we quite favor Golf. Its lack of multiplayer and ability to save your progression hurts, not to mention its solitary course and inevitably recurring nature, yet the basic gameplay right here is hard and, as we"ve seen, you can do a lot of worse. We provide this three headaches the end of five.


12. V-Tetris (VB)


Publisher: Bullet-Proof
Release Date: TBA

The an initial of virtual Boy"s duo of Tetris titles, V-Tetris is Tetris and therefore hits a minimum level the quality practically by default. It"s not specifically special in any type of way, and also not gift able to conserve your high scores is a far-reaching omission, however we deserve to comfortably say without fear of contradiction that this is in the height two Tetris title on the system.


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Tue 21st Jul 2020

Every solitary time i go come an antique store or a garden sale ns look for a digital boy even though I recognize I’ll never discover one. Teleroboxer is still one of the classic games i really want to play!!!


Tue 21st Jul 2020

Wasn’t wario land because that the digital boy the only video game that was actually good, playable and also worth it? shame they didn’t remake it for the 3ds.


Tue 21st Jul 2020

Wish Nintendo would at the very least release Mario Clash and Wario soil VB because that the Switch as classics.


Tue 21st Jul 2020

Wow, mine brother and also I obtained one that these back in the day. He loved it, however for me it was instant migraine, due to an eye injury I continual in mine youth. Nintendo to be ahead that it"s time with this thing, it"s a shame they provided such a harsh color tone, lol.


Tue 21st Jul 2020

Is... Is this katifund.org"s method of telling the mothership in Kyoto the we"re desperate and also scraping the bottom of the barrel?

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... Because, friend know, united state forlorn F-Zero and Wave gyeongju fans deserve to craft a optimal 10 perform of tracks from each franchise, if we want to send NCL a message...


Tue 21st Jul 2020

Great list! I understand its not Nintendo, but this kinda provides me want to watch a 32X list.


Tue 21st Jul 2020

I owned Wario and Mario Tennis here. I m so sad the system died when left in warehouse for as well long...


darkswabber an excellent lord. Go you also read the article? No Wario soil on VB wasn"t the only great game top top the system. Jebus!


Tue 21st Jul 2020

Really a nitpick, however Virtual Lab have to be last because it literally wasn"t finished before being released! It also manages come misspell Nintendo"s name double in two various ways!


Tue 21st Jul 2020

It didn"t officially release, however I"d speak Bound High is the ideal game ~ above the system. Lots of fun if girlfriend can gain a chance to beat it.


Tue 21st Jul 2020

It is a actual shame they never did a work again, please again of the Wario video game on 3DS, it to be literally a shoe in for the system. A shed gem the a game that might never view a remake.


Tue 21st Jul 2020

I constantly thought the Nintendo should have actually released some of these gamings on the 3DS eshop or put a bunch of lock on a cartridge collection. I only played a digital Boy once, yet I think the 3D result on the 3DS would have done a respectable job of recreating the experience.


Tue 21st Jul 2020

I psychic buying among these provided from Blockbuster, in it"s rental case. (Un)Surprisingly it was in good like brand-new condition when I purchase it. Ns picked increase Wario Land, Teleroboxer, Red Alarm, Mario Tennis, Galactic Pinball, scare Bomber, Virtual league Baseball, Mario Clash, and also Golf. I remember playing however not owning Waterworld, and yes it to be pretty bad. I regret offering my digital Boy collection however I was a kid and needed the money because that the more N64 gamings in the so late 90s. Each of the gamings were funny in their very own right. Ns remember sinking a many time in Mario Tennis, Red Alarm, panic Bomber, Golf, and also even Virtual league Baseball.


TheFox That"s what I thought as well. Though viewing the contrast of bright lines on a dark background on the 3DS"s stereoscopic display kind of breaks down and also you can see remnants that only the various other eye must see. So that wouldn"t be as good as see it in the virtual Boy. Tho I"m through you and would have actually purchased likely as countless as were released.


Tue 21st Jul 2020

Nintendo need to reproduce these together a limited novelty item, favor the SNES Classic. Give people a opportunity to endure the library, considering how costly it is to uncover one that these and snag a couple of of the games.


Tue 21st Jul 2020

I have 16 titles and two systems.The first one, among the lens not functioning anymore.My favorite is Wario Land. Great game.Jack Bros is very good too!


Tue 21st Jul 2020

There is no game on this list that justifies buying a virtual Boy--at least not once it came out. I remember the cost about $200 because that a system that wasn"t much much better or portable than a SNES. That made for this reason much more sense come buy the $100 Yoshi"s Island cartridge than a $200 digital boy. Also, that looked poor that all-around the Nintendo to be coming out with this device as their solution to the Sony Playstation. In ~ school, once we talked around the new videogames it felt pathetic to carry up the brand-new virtual boy as soon as talking about the brand-new Playstation. I think that timing also soured the value of the virtual Boy.


Tue 21st Jul 2020

This is a disastrous list! girlfriend don"t have the full top 100 choose this list does

http://www.sydlexia.com/top100vb.htm

(please keep in mind this is a joke comment)


potomas ns too have done this and it seems choose the closest i will get to playing an original one. What did you think of it?


Tue 21st Jul 2020

I psychic demoing among these in a store. After about five minutes or so, ns was done. It just wasn"t for me.


Nico07 If castle really wanted to carry out it right, the 3DS rereleases can have done something through the color to do them much more pleasing on the eyes. Of course then you obtain into the argument of authenticity vs having actually an enhanced port.


Glassneedles yeh together you to speak it’s probably the closest you’ll get. I delighted in it, gave me a opportunity to pat the only Nintendo console I never ever had.Probably an excellent reason for the lol.


Tue 21st Jul 2020

Yeh if you have actually Quest google it, it wasn’t that tough to do obviously you get the full 3D effect and can use Xbox joypad.Getting roms top top the various other hand.......for Dark Magician


Tue 21st Jul 2020

I guess the many enduring heritage of the online Boy is motivating a good joke in Luigi"s Mansion 3.


Jokerwolf it boggles my mind the the Wario soil franchise is i do not have anything to be seen. Wario Land important deserves the “Link’s Awakening remake” treatment.


Tue 21st Jul 2020

I have all 14 digital Boy gamings released in north America, and this list is pretty accurate.


COVIDberry Haha, it is sad the we are at this suggest of knowing nearly nothing about Nintendo"s plans for the second fifty percent of the year. We"ve acquired (possibly) brand-new Pokemon Snap, and also Pokemon DLC, and also that"s about it for an initial party. We could see the Bravely Default title, but that can easily slip to 2021 as well.


Tue 21st Jul 2020

Feature: Every virtual Boy video game ranked.

1: Mario Tennis

So what did you think? perform you agree v this ranking? allow us know in the comment below!


Tue 21st Jul 2020

What a strange coincidence. Ns literally just bought a digital Boy and six gamings from a friend yesterday. Now I discover this perform on my go-to Nintendo news site. Have uh... Have you males been watching me?


Tue 21st Jul 2020

Am ns the only one who wants a virtual Boy arsenal with every single game?


Tue 21st Jul 2020


Averagewriter well, that makes a lot an ext sense now.


Tue 21st Jul 2020

This device is really fascinating. Ns really think some games could be revamped end to the switch or 3DS.


Tue 21st Jul 2020

This is interesting because Virtual boy was never ever released right here so us only recognize the games since of magazines and also the internet.


MarcusIsCool over there is one emulator because that (New) 3DS. Unfortunately, the mechanism is not an effective enough to output a decent framework rate. The idea is cool though, it"s real 3D again.


Tue 21st Jul 2020

I to be playing digital Boy in the backseat the a van when we were hit by another car. Pretty sure it"s the reason i undertake glasses. Funny sufficient they did researches on the result of virtual boy ~ above eyesight and also it to be actually advantageous in part cases. The warnings everywhere the crate were a substantial reason why the VB flopped which could have been avoided if they waited a pair months. The was probably doomed come fail either means but I"m happy to say ns owned one.


Tue 21st Jul 2020

I check out the entire list hunting for Wario Land, as it’s the only video game I regret no having had actually the chance to play because I never saw a genuine life online Boy


Tue 21st Jul 2020

I won a virtual Boy through a challenge GamePro magazine did right about it"s launch. In addition to the device it came v Red Alarm, Mario Tennis and also Wario Land. I wanted one so negative when I acquired the speak to (they called you ago then!) that i won ns seriously psychic feeling prefer my life to be complete.

I to be obsessed with Red Alarm and Wario Land. Wario Land to be so good I made certain to 100% the one. Red alarm was an additional one the those games where I deserve to only acquire so far yet played that nonstop come keep gaining to the exact same spot.

I had actually it in storage for plenty of years however pulled the out and also sold the a couple years back. As soon as I very first fired it increase the photo was all janky. After playing around with the for part time it seemed to solve itself and play as normal. I made certain the the person who lives knew the there"s certain no promises that that won"t turn itself into a overpriced paperweight in ~ anytime. I seriously wonder if the still functions or the male turned around and also sold it because that a even bigger payout.


Tue 21st Jul 2020

Teleroboxer should be number 2. It"s still funny to play, and also arguably is the only game that made ample usage of the 3D effect and controller. Red alarm is nearly unplayable v the lack of structure on the walls, it should be near the bottom.

Much together this device did wrong, I in reality loved it back in the day. Gift in a tiny house v a the majority of family, it was the only game system I could play v no one butting in or backseating. And if it hadn"t failed, my poor family wouldn"t have actually been able get one for me as a date of birth gift for beside nothing in 1996.


Tue 21st Jul 2020
Tue 21st Jul 2020

Having a virtualboy nostalgia app that worked with the switch vr would certainly be quite slick. Ns doubt they would perform it for risks of civilization vomiting but it would gain me to buy among those kits.


Tue 21st Jul 2020

The virtual Boy got 22 games? I assumed there were lot less. I unfortunately obtain motion ailing rather easily (Starlink was a nightmare) so I"ll probably never shot any of castle sadly.


Tue 21st Jul 2020

Well, Jeremy Parish evaluation of Virtual league Baseball discussed one significant problem: the fact that no link cable to be released meant there to be no possibility of a two-player mode, which intended you might only play against the CPU.And CPU AI is sports gamings would have tendency to go 2 directions: either yes, really dumb or means too clever for its very own good, a force that would certainly remind you it knows every the mathematics to calculation all the perfect theatre correctly. He stated this video game was in the direction of the latter.


robr the is a shame. Well at the very least a decade later Konami readily available condolences through making the playable again in north America top top what is pertained to as the second worst-selling Nintendo console, the Wii U.

Red alert seemed favor it would be a pretty cool game... On physically far better display hardware. Ns remember play it top top the keep demo consoles back in the day and I could not phone call what was going on. Greater resolution and a much less eye-searing color palette would certainly probably help digest it.


GX_64 14 gamings released in north America, plus secondary eight Japanese to exclude, (with 4 of those do the many wallet-destructing gamings in the whole library).


Wed 22nd Jul 2020

I wanted among these soooo poor when I very first say that in a magazine lol. Crazy that it was such a failure and also just essentially got swept under the rug.


Wed 22nd Jul 2020

Got among these for $50 at Target when they got blown out. The is a cool tiny curio however unfortunately the only comfortable position I can seem to play that in is level on a bed. Sit at a table through it is simply a excuse for neck pain.


Wed 22nd Jul 2020

Virtual boy Wario soil is the best Wario land game, hands down. Every one I"ve played since has failed to record the exact same magic and simplicity. Despite the neck pain and headaches, the virtual Boy was the finest $20 ever before spent ~ above the Walmart clearance aisle in 1996 (along through the $5 virtual Boy games... Had I only recognized that Jack Bros. Would certainly be rare).


Wed 22nd Jul 2020

Let’s no forget the little Metroid Easter egg in galactic pinball where you obtain to regulate Samus’s ship. Ns logged in plenty of hours on the game!


Wed 22nd Jul 2020

The sad thing is we"re much more likely to obtain these digital Boy games for having actually Switch online than N64 ones.


Wed 22nd Jul 2020

Nintendo must colorize (not an yes, really word, i know) some of these and also release castle on Labo VR. At the very least, it would certainly be a fun way to revisit a item of Nintendo history, also if most of the games are terrible.


Wed 22nd Jul 2020

Nintendo completely blew the opportunity to lug these to the 3DS. It was the perfect, non-retina-burning, platform. They could have even readily available full shade versions of the games but that time is lengthy gone. What a wasted opportunity.


Wed 22nd Jul 2020

I ultimately got a virtual Boy last autumn after 24 years of wanting one. I’ve only gained Mario Tennis-but i can’t wait to stumble throughout other games.


Wed 22nd Jul 2020

I love my online Boy, and I choose this list. Funny article! Wishing because that a good VB Wario Land remake to give the Labo VR a second wind.


Wed 22nd Jul 2020

It"s the only Nintendo console ns didn"t own. And I"ve never had actually the emotion I missed the end on anything special.


Wed 22nd Jul 2020

I constantly say, and also I"m happy to watch other people say the too, that Nintendo to let go the opportunity to carry Virtual young titles to the 3DS with a digital Console based upon Virtual Boy. 3DS was the system to execute it, given that it was the second (and maybe the last) time the 3D impact was a trend. Ns was an extremely disappointed once I witnessed they didn"t carry out it.


Wed 22nd Jul 2020

Lets no forget the Homebrew.... Streetfighter II everyone https://youtu.be/nUChl88zcZE


Wed 22nd Jul 2020

I feel slightly ill simply looking at the pictures. I obtain sick quite conveniently with VR kind stuff anyway and also just the awful comparison of red on black color - why no green? - is a little bit grim.

It"s a shame the the fail of VB contributed to Yokoi leaving the company though, I"d have actually liked to have actually seen how he could have added to future Nintendo efforts.


Wed 22nd Jul 2020

I very own a functioning VB and also many of the games above. I can say,

1. The rumors around headaches and eye stress, overload are very overrated (I"ve never had actually a headache after ~ 1+ hour of playtime) and eyes sometimes feel funny because that like, perhaps 2 minutes, ~ a lengthy session. Prefer i to be staring in ~ something also close to me. Notthing major.

Teleroboboxer is tough as hell but similar to beat Out---and should be greater on the list. That is far more ambitious and also interesting than, say, Bowling.

If you want a an excellent article top top VB, examine out (retronaut) Benj Edward"s article here:

https://www.fastcompany.com/3050016/unraveling-the-enigma-of-nintendos-virtual-boy-20-years-later


mattesdude watch into gaining a Flashboy. I have actually one. That a ROM card. There room a lot of interesting homebrews available at earth Virtualboy (quality varies) but likewise will conserve you $$$ on buying Jack Bros or Waterworld (i own both, however the Flashboy is far cheaper).


Wed 22nd Jul 2020

I think it to be a HUGE major MISSED possibility that Nintendo determined not to carry out a color port that Wario Land come the Nintendo 3DS, hell they go them 3D standard thing to be they turn classic games choose Kirby"s Adventure and also Kid Icarus into 3D through a bunch of intuitive enhancements, lock should have actually gone and done the exact same for digital Boy Wario Land! Why go Nintendo have to disappoint us choose that...


Thu 23rd Jul 2020

I Played among them before they where really good, ns thought.


Mon 27th Jul 2020


unoclay thanks for the suggestion! ns will carry out that!


Thu 30th Jul 2020

I ordered a virtual Boy off ebay indigenous Japan. It arrived a pair of month ago. That came with 5 games, Mario"s Tennis, Teleroboxer, V Tetris, panic Bomber and also Galactic Pinball.

I have because bought Wario Land, Mario Clash, Virtual organization Baseball, Red Alarm and Golf.

I love the virtual Boy. To be ethical I dislike nobody of mine games, some space obviously much better than others. Ns am looking to get the totality collection, might never happen, yet we"ll see. If everyone has any kind of of the various other games and is interested in offering them, feel complimentary to permit me know. Message on here, answer to comment or email me,

Virtual Bowling, Nesters Funky Bowling, Insmouse no yakata, vertical Force, virtual Lab, virtual Fishing, Jack Bros, SD Gundam dimension War, 3D Tetris, room Squash, room Invaders virtual collection and Waterworld.

I to be glad the digital Boy has actually a great cult adhering to now and feel it"s a dead it is under rated and has a negative reputation. Thanks for reading.

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Tue 18th may 2021

While Wario Land can be nearly everyone else"s favorite for the system, my personal favorite is Galactic Pinball. I virtually bought a VB because that that video game alone.