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Gunpei Yokoi's Withered Technology: Virtual Boy, Game & Watch, Wonderswan, etc. Let's laterally think!

Kazin

did i do all of that?
(he/him)
Holy shit that's a nice setup.

I found out recently that my friend has a Virtual Boy that he's willing to give me, assuming he ever finds it in storage.
A free Virtual Boy? Nice. Any games with it too, I hope? Hopefully it works...
 

Sarge

hardcore retro gamin'
If it's anything like mine, probably one of the screens will be busted, possibly both. The ribbon cables weren't attached well - pretty sure they used glue - so it's just a matter of time before it fails. I haven't tried to fix mine yet.

Maybe you'll get a copy of Jack Bros.!
 

Tegan

dirtbag lesbian
(She/Her)
I'm probably just gonna have to get a flash cart, honestly. Virtual Boy's too rich for my blood.
 

Kazin

did i do all of that?
(he/him)
Especially considering the quality of most games, I'm in the same boat. Wario Land wasn't too bad at $50, but it usually goes for more than that, and most of the games just aren't worth it.

Apparently the Virtual Boy HyperFlash32 Flash Cart is $200, though, so it's not on the cheap end for those, either... Though that's a pittance compared to what it'd cost to get a complete Virtual Boy cart collection.
 

Kazin

did i do all of that?
(he/him)
Yeah, that thing is fantastic - and for a 3D printed case, it looks very nice, as well. I wish I had that kind of technical skill...!
 

Sprite

(He/Him/His)
This is a fairly run-of-the-mill video from a fledgeling creator, but what I found interesting is that it’s a very young teenager opining over his nostalgia for playing Game & Watch games as a child… on 3DS. Ten years ago. There’s something very trippy about watching a retro review of a retro rerelease of a retro remake compilation series. It’s a testament to just how compelling these simplistic games are, and to the value of preservation to helping games find new audiences, even if it’s just one random YouTuber.

It’s also very depressing to me, because Game & Watch Gallery is long dead and I wish Nintendo cared enough about the line to keep it accessible.
 

Phantoon

I cuss you bad
a very young teenager opining over his nostalgia for playing Game & Watch games as a child… on 3DS.
oh god I'm so old

The consolised (?) VB is amazing, and I'm glad he didn't kill a working one to make it. There aren't many left 😔
 

Kirin

Summon for hire
(he/him)
I have to admit I was a liiiiittle disappointed that the VB mod doesn't actually take both eye outputs and combine them into a 3DS-style screen or something, but that aside the whole thing is super amazing and incredibly well put-together. Bravo.
 

Phantoon

I cuss you bad
Yeah, a lenticular screen would've been perfect, but one of the outputs was bust so that was off the table anyway
 

MetManMas

Me and My Bestie
(He, him)
Nothing against the reskinned Vermin, but I am disappointed that Nintendo keeps putting reskins of their oldest Game & Watches into these new 8-bit ROM devices when the series represented have existing Game & Watch adaptations they could've used.

Hell, you could fill one device with just Mario's Game & Watch games if you wanted to.
 

ThornGhost

lofi posts to relax/study to
(he/him)
Prediction: Now that Nintendo has announced a second 35th Anniversary Game & Watch, establishing a trend, people that were sleeping on the first will suddenly decide they need to collect them and there will be a run on the first one.
 

Kazin

did i do all of that?
(he/him)
Nothing against the reskinned Vermin, but I am disappointed that Nintendo keeps putting reskins of their oldest Game & Watches into these new 8-bit ROM devices when the series represented have existing Game & Watch adaptations they could've used.

Hell, you could fill one device with just Mario's Game & Watch games if you wanted to.

Absolutely agreed. I get that maybe they don't want to deal with the Zelda 1989 G&W being dual screened, but Super Mario Bros G&W from the 80s would've worked perfectly on the SMB 2020 G&W.

Honestly I'm happy they've moved beyond Ball as the only G&W to rerelease. It's... fine, but it's hardly as good as what followed (Vermin being, maybe, one of the best, imo).

Prediction: Now that Nintendo has announced a second 35th Anniversary Game & Watch, establishing a trend, people that were sleeping on the first will suddenly decide they need to collect them and there will be a run on the first one.
What Game & Watches could they release next to make it a series, though? Donkey Kong, maybe, if they want to throw a bunch of the (mostly excellent) old school Donkey Kong G&W games on it? Following up Mario and Zelda with DK would be pretty underwhelming for anyone that's not weird like me, though... lol
 

ThornGhost

lofi posts to relax/study to
(he/him)
I think DK could have an audience. These are already niche devices, judging from the stacks I see sitting around in Target. The NES DK games plus DK'94 would be a solid package. Metroid seems like a possibility with Metroid 1, 2 and a reskinned OG G&W title. Metroid's 35th is later this year too.
 

Kazin

did i do all of that?
(he/him)
Now you've got me thinking of a Climber reskin where Samus has to escape Tourian...
 

Phantoon

I cuss you bad
What Game & Watches could they release next to make it a series, though? Donkey Kong, maybe, if they want to throw a bunch of the (mostly excellent) old school Donkey Kong G&W games on it? Following up Mario and Zelda with DK would be pretty underwhelming for anyone that's not weird like me, though... lol
Metroid is 35 this year as is Kid Icarus. Kirby is 30 next year. Seeing as there's no limit as to what systems they include the sky's the limit really.
 

MetManMas

Me and My Bestie
(He, him)
I don't see Nintendo putting any real effort into the Metroid anniversary beyond Dread this year, and aside from Smash appearances and a Switch Online showing Kid Icarus is back to doing nothing.

Kirby, though? I could definitely see HAL doing something for the big 3-0. Doubt it'll be a Game & Watch with two to three 8-bit games and Kirby Flagman, but maybe we'll see a new compilation on Switch?
 

Kazin

did i do all of that?
(he/him)
Heh, it's a shame Pinball is the only bad Game & Watch game, because it'd be cute to put Kirby in that given the various pinball games of his own haha
 

Phantoon

I cuss you bad
I got my Virtual Boy out of storage, and surprising nobody my right lens has a dodgy connection, randomly dropping out or going really bright. I've seen various recommended fixes: oven (sounds like a terrible idea), soldering (better, but the ribbon cable looks shonky enough without removing more plastic) and finally the connectors made by the dude earlier in the thread (looks like really nasty soldering). Has anyone done any of these to recommend one? I'm UK based so not much chance of having somewhere to send them to.
 

Kazin

did i do all of that?
(he/him)
@Tegan I haven't seen anyone report this anywhere, but (and apologies for the absolutely horrible image quality, my phone sucks):



You can adjust the aspect ratio on Link's Awakening! Hooray!
 
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