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 handheld console released by Nintendo and created by Game Boy creator Gunpei Yokoi in 1995. 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 0.214
Planet Virtual Boy emulator Multi-platform 20180609
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
Compatibility is not as good as Mednafen or VBjin.
Supports 3D on the New 3DS. Is slow and not finished. Based on Reality Boy / Red Dragon.
Planet Virtual Boy emulator
Is an up and coming emulator for 3DS (New and Old) and other systems. Full 3D support on 3DS is promised.

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Handhelds: Game & WatchGame Boy/ColorVirtual BoyGame Boy AdvanceNintendo DSNintendo 3DS
Related: Family Computer Disk SystemSatellaview64DDSuper Game Boye-ReaderDSiAmiiboTriforce (Arcade) • Namco ES3 (Arcade)