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


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.


Ishaan Sahdev
Ishaan specializes in game design/sales analysis. He's the former managing editor of Siliconera and wrote the book "The Legend of Zelda - A Complete Development History". He also used to moonlight as a professional manga editor. These days, his day job has nothing to do with games, but the two inform each other nonetheless.