Nintendo Virtual Boy

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Release Date: 20/7/1995
Discontinued Date: 3/1996
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Display Palette: Monochromatic (red)
Initial Price: US$179.95 (the equivalent of approximately US$300 in 2018)
Supported Game Media:

Nintendo Virtual Boy - History and details of the console

Virtual boy was released by Nintendo in 1995 as the first handheld console capable of displaying stereoscopic 3D graphics. More specifically, it was released in the summer of 1995 in Japan and N. America and since it was the biggest commercial failure of Nintendo in the handheld market, Nintendo didn't launch it in other markets around the world. In 1996 Nintendo dropped the price a lot but with no results and discontinued the console in March of 1996. Given the system's short lifespan, only 22 games were released, 19 of them were released in the Japanese market and 14 were released in N. America. The games are colored with a unique monochromatic red color. The existence of more colors considered that would create technical issues and skyrocket the price.

The controller has the classic A, B, Start and Select buttons, 2 d-pads and an on/off switcher that turns the power of the system on and off. The battery pack that gives power to the whole system is located at the back of the controller using six AA batteries.

Commercial videos for the Virtual Boy: