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Latest revision as of 15:51, 17 June 2020

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 Platform(s) Latest Version Libretro Core Active Recommended
PC / x86
Mednafen Windows Linux macOS FreeBSD 1.24.3
VBjin Windows SVN r103
Rustual Boy Windows Linux macOS FreeBSD 0.3.0 alpha
MAME Windows Linux macOS FreeBSD 0.222
Planet Virtual Boy emulator Windows Linux macOS FreeBSD 20190327
Red Dragon Windows Linux macOS FreeBSD 0.38 Final
Mobile / ARM
Mednafen[N 1] Android iOS Linux Pandora Git
Mednafen[N 1] PSP PlayStation 3
Wii Nintendo 3DS Wii U Switch
r3Ddragon Nintendo 3DS 0.87
  1. 1.0 1.1 Only available on consoles and mobile as a libretro core (e.g. RetroArch).


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. Doesn't seem to run at playable speeds on 3DS using the latest nightly build as of 2020-06-15,
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)