Nintendo Won’t Rule Out Virtual Boy Games On Nintendo 3DS

By Ishaan . July 5, 2013 . 12:50pm

The Nintendo 3DS Virtual Console allows one to buy and play NES, Game Gear, Game Boy and Game Boy Color games on the device. At Nintendo’s 73rd annual general shareholders meeting, someone suggested adding Virtual Boy games to the list as well.


The Virtual Boy was a semi-portable device released by Nintendo in the mid-90s. The system came with a controller and a headset that you could wear and play games in 3D. The downside was that the 3D technology at the time was extremely primitive, and that the games themselves could only be displayed in black and red.


To the suggestion regarding adding Virtual Boy games to the 3DS Virtual Console, Nintendo president Satoru Iwata replied:


“I cannot talk about any unannounced products on occasions like this, but Virtual Boy is a game console Nintendo launched in the past that allows players to experience a 3D world in black and red only by just looking into it. It was not a commercial success, but some say that it was an attractive and extremely unique product by the standards at that time. I believe your comment is that we should take advantage of our software assets from Virtual Boy and I would like to take note of that advice for the future.”


That isn’t a “yes” by any stretch of the imagination, but Iwata isn’t ruling out the possibility either.


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  • Spirit Macardi

    I’d be all for it. Yeah the console was pretty bad, but it’s a part of gaming’s history and deserves to be remembered for good and ill.

  • oh man there are actually a few virtual boy games ive been interested in, hopefully they can find a way to get rid of the ugly red

    • benhofb

      Well, seeing how it was the only color in the games, I don’t know if they could. Maybe they could allow filters so that you can change/remove the color?

      • true I suppose it wouldn’t be possible without re-programming but it would still be nice to have some type of option

        • Micrll

          Not that difficult, all it requires is shifting the colors along a spectrum. Instead of red, allow the games to be blue or green. Wouldn’t add full color obviously but would at least not make it red :) Heck grayscale would be easier on the eyes. The gameboy color had this for non color games.

    • anarchy_panty

      The most up-to-date Virtual Boy emulator (can’t remember what it’s called off the top of my head) allows you to output the games in grey-scale. So there’s nothing stopping Nintendo from including a similar feature for their own emulation.

  • Hee-ho.

  • laurenhiya21

    Ah that would be nice… Especially since I’m only really interested in Jack Bros.

  • Hours

    It seems like a no-brainer to me. The perfect way to let a wide audience of people experience these games for relatively little cost.

  • GH56734

    Please release Dragon Hopper, Intelligent System’s unreleased platformer!!

  • Göran Isacson

    Huh. As long as there’s some kind of filter that lets us play without getting severe headaches, I… guess this could be nice? Truth be told I have no idea what kind of games actually got released for the Virtual Boy besides that Wario-game, not sure if there are that many who were worth bringing into the future.

  • Slayven19

    Never knew atlus had a game on virtua boy.

  • Tom_Phoenix

    To be honest, while I understand the logic behind this idea, I don’t think it’s really worth pursuing.

    For one thing, most Virtual Boy titles aren’t really worth rereleasing. By this point, there are similar titles that are far better than their Virtual Boy counterparts; plus, the Virtual Boy titles themselves (due to the unpopularity of the platform) lack the nostalgia value to be worth rereleasing in spite of this.

    And for another, even the ones that ARE worth rereleasing aren’t worth rereleasing in their original form. Afterall, who wants to play games with a uncomfortable red and black colour scheme? So it would be better if these titles were either remade or ported to the 3DS with enhanced visuals.

    Overall, while it’s neat that there is interest in salvaging some of the more interesting Virtual Boy titles, adding the original versions of Virtual Boy titles to the 3DS Virtual Console would just be a waste of money and time. Those are better off remaining in the annals of gaming history.

    • BrianRommel

      It’s not that hard to make them grayscale. I’ve heard of Emulators having options to do it and a few of the game were pretty fun It’s really the hardware that was the problem not so much the software.

  • ShawnOtakuSomething

    I don’t want to see red for an hour

  • SetzerGabbiani

    Ishaan knew which game we wanted to see represented, lol! Talk about an Atlus throwback.

  • Shane Guidaboni

    Despite the medium, Virtua Boy did have some great games. I still have mine tucked away in a closet at my mom’s.

  • Remember how they said the world would end?

    This is what will start it.


    • Guest

      Solution: Color selection. Red and Black, or Gray and Black.
      It’s… something, right?

  • William Cole

    Nintendo needs to rule this out and hurry up and put the 10 GBA games they gave ambassadors on the eShop. We are still missing so many GBC games let alone GBA. Where are the important ones: Dragon Quest, Mario, Final Fantasy, Minish Cap, POKEMON! WHY ISN’T THERE A POKEMON GAME ON 3DS AND ANDROID GAMERS CAN PLAY IT FOR FREE!? THAT’S WHY NINTENDO IS LOSING A little MONEY!

    I wish NIntendo would take their online services a bit more seriously. PSN has Dreamcast games, Nintendo acts like their Wii U can’t do it because of the GamePad. Well drop the support for the Gamepad. I love NIntendo when they make games but when it comes to online they suck real bad. And I’m not ignoring Mighty Switch Force, Mutant Mudds, Pushmo, MvDK, and all of those great games either.

    • I thought Nintendo said they wouldn’t be distributing those 10 GBA games via the eShop, as they were only an incentive for people who were 3DS Ambassadors?

      • Solomon_Kano

        They did indeed. Though, to be fair, they said they “have no plans at this time,” so I guess it could happen. But that’s generally PR speak for no.

        • BrianRommel

          It’s meant to be vague and doesn’t necessarily mean no it can mean a lot of things. It’s a penciled in “No” at worse. If they were adamant it would be a plain no “no”, but its bad PR to make a statement that can’t be reversed at a later date. Saying “No plans” is the easiest way to do this.
          It can mean No but its meant as a very in the moment “No”

      • William Cole

        They did. But still, doesn’t it only make sense that GBA games come eventually? They already have 10 working ones. I guess they will introduce that later in 3DS’s life to prolong it.

    • RisukuAozora

      But… Nintendo never authorized a Pokemon Android game. I agree with most of the stuff tho. I have the ambassador games, but I’d rather everyone gets the chance to play them (and also so we could maybe see more GBA releases on 3DS). Nintendo could definitely up their online services some, too.

      • William Cole

        I know. But I see kids at my school playing Pokemon Crystal/red and blue all the time on their ipads or phones. NIntendo needs to wake up and see this.

  • Ouch My Head Said Dionysus

    It’s ok, Nintendo. You can rule it out.

    • BrianRommel

      The games aren’t really that bad I’ve played a few of them.
      most people are pretty open to it. It was the hardware that was the issue not the software. They could easily have a gray scale option It’s been done on emulators .

      • Ouch My Head Said Dionysus

        I played a few of them too back when the device was first on the market. Indeed they’re not bad, but they’re nothing to shout home about, either. Most of them were little more than tech demos. Interesting, but they lack in longevity and certainly don’t stand the test of time.

        Mind you, I would’ve been interested to play Innsmouth no Ma.

  • Hope so I would like to see Jack Bros and Wario Land VB the most.

  • Testsubject909

    Oh hey! Jack the Ripper.

    Poor guy, only appeared in one game.

    Edit: If you couldn’t tell. It’s Jack Skelton.

    • Don’t worry he is back in IV. ^__^

  • Kaihaku

    Hmm, I’d like to see Virtual Boy games on the 3DS.

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