|Type||Video game console|
|Release Date||NA August 14, 1995|
JP July 21, 1995
|Discontinued||NA March 2, 1996|
JP December 22, 1995
|Predecessor||Super Nintendo Entertainment System|
The Virtual Boy was the first gaming console capable of displaying "true 3D graphics" out of the box. The Virtual Boy achieves this by creating an illusion of depth through the effect known as parallax. The system received very negative reception from gamers and reviewers which caused Nintendo to discontinued it a year after its launch. Only 22 games were ever released, with 19 of them released in Japan and 14 of them released in North America. The marketing slogan was "A 3D Game for a 3D World".
The system was developed by Gunpei Yokoi, creator of the Game & Watch and Game Boy handhelds. The Virtual Boy was not intended to replace the Game Boy line of handhelds. According to the book, Game Over by David Sheff, Yokoi never intended the system to be released in its present form. However, Nintendo pushed the system to market in order to focus more on the Nintendo 64.
- Main article: List of Virtual Boy games
Only 22 games were released total, with 19 in Japan and 14 in America. When the president of Nintendo of America Reggie Fils-Aime was asked about possible Virtual Boy releases on the Nintendo 3DS Virtual Console, he told Kotaku that he couldn't answer that, as he wasn't familiar with the platform.