Virtual Boy emulators

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The Virtual Boy console.
The Virtual Boy is a supposedly handheld console released by Nintendo and created by Game Boy creator Gunpei Yokoi in 1995. It was the first games console to utilise 3D effects, however is notable for only displaying graphics in red and black, as well as requiring users to attach the console to their head, usually while rested on the included tripod. The product was pulled shortly after release due to the majority of users getting headaches from using it. Notably, it was rushed to market and was never meant to be released in its current form.


Name Operating System(s) Latest Version Active Recommended
Mednafen Multi-platform 1.21.3
RetroArch (Mednafen) Multi-platform 1.21.3
Rustual Boy Multi-platform 0.2.0 alpha
VBjin Windows SVN r103
MAME Multi-platform 0.197
Planet Virtual Boy emulator Multi-platform N/A
Red Dragon Multi-platform 0.38 Final
r3Ddragon New 3DS 0.87
RetroArch (Mednafen) Multi-platform 1.21.3
Planet Virtual Boy emulator 3DS N/A
RetroArch (Mednafen) Multi-platform 1.21.3


Lets you change the Virtual Boy's color output to any hex color. For example, changing it to white shows all the games in greyscale instead of red, which really helps. 3D is enabled by default, but you can turn it off.
Uses Medafen as it's Virtual Boy core. Supports SBS 3D by using glsl shaders, check this reddit post for instructions.
Has a fork that supports the Oculus Rift.
Supports 3D on the New 3DS. Based on Reality Boy / Red Dragon.

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Consoles: NES (Famicom) • Super Nintendo (Super Famicom) • Nintendo 64GameCubeWiiWii USwitch
Handhelds: Game & WatchGame Boy (Color)Virtual BoyGame Boy AdvanceNintendo DSNintendo 3DS
Related: Famicom Disk SystemSatellaview64DDSuper Game Boye-ReaderDSiAmiiboTriforce (Arcade) • Namco ES3 (Arcade)