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Virtual Boy emulator digs up VR's embarrassing past

Engadget Engadget 9/05/2016 Brittany Vincent
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The Virtual Boy is often considered a bit of a failed experiment for Nintendo, but an intriguing collector's item for gaming enthusiasts. Unfortunately, it's never been comfortable or enjoyable by any means to actually sit down and play one unless you want to invite eye strain or other physical irritants, until now. One crafty Reddit user has brought the Virtual Boy catalogue to Google Cardboard and the RetroArch emulator.

The-King-of-Spain has detailed instructions on how to follow in his footsteps in the Reddit thread. You'll need to pick up an Android smartphone, RetroArch emulation software and roms, and Google Cardboard or similar VR headset. From there, you'll have to alter a few settings, and you'll be on your way to playing Waterworld or Mario Clash.

This could very well be the optimal way to enjoy Virtual Boy titles, as the games are played via RetroArch in grayscale rather than the classic red and black scheme. The-King-of-Spain himself also confirms that after "about 30 minutes of play time" he hasn't yet experienced any of the system's trademark motion sickness. If you've ever been curious about the Virtual Boy but didn't want to subject yourself to physical ailments, this might be the best way to experience it.


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