Virtual Boy emulators

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Nintendo Virtual Boy
Developer Nintendo
Type "Handheld" game console
Generation Fifth generation
Release date 1995
Discontinued 1996
Predecessor Game Boy/Color
Successor Game Boy Advance

The Virtual Boy is a supposedly fifth-generation handheld game console released by Nintendo and created by Game Boy creator Gunpei Yokoi on August 14, 1995. It has a NEC V810 CPU. It was the first games console to utilize 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 Libretro Core Active Recommended
Mednafen Multi-platform 1.23.0 UNSTABLE
VBjin Windows SVN r103
Rustual Boy Multi-platform 0.2.0 alpha
MAME Multi-platform 0.213
Planet Virtual Boy emulator Multi-platform 20190327
Red Dragon Multi-platform 0.38 Final
Mednafen Multi-platform 1.23.0 UNSTABLE
r3Ddragon New 3DS 0.87
Planet Virtual Boy emulator Multi-platform N/A (WIP)
Mednafen Multi-platform 1.23.0 UNSTABLE


Has 100% compatibility with commercial games. 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. To play it on platforms not supported by Mednafen use the libretro port which also supports SBS 3D by using glsl shaders, check this Reddit post for instructions.
Also has 100% compatibility with commercial games. Has a fork that supports the Oculus Rift.
Rustual Boy
Claims 100% compatibility, however, accuracy isn't as good as Mednafen or even VBjin, and speed is even worse.
Supports 3D on the New 3DS. Is slow and not finished. Based on Reality Boy / Red Dragon.
Planet Virtual Boy emulator
New VB emulator written in Java. Might get 3DS support in the future.

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Consoles: Color TV-GameNintendo Entertainment System (Family Computer) • Super Nintendo Entertainment System (Super Family Computer) • Nintendo 64GameCubeWiiWii UNintendo Switch
Handhelds: Game & WatchGame Boy/ColorVirtual BoyGame Boy AdvanceNintendo DSNintendo 3DS
Related: Family Computer Disk SystemSatellaview64DDSuper Game Boye-ReaderDSiAmiiboTriforce (Arcade) • Namco ES3 (Arcade)