The Virtual Boy may have jumped on the VR train 20 years before the technology was ready, but now Nintendo's failed headset is getting a second life.
After some trial-and-error, Redditor The-King-of-Spain developed a method to emulate Virtual Boy games using an Android phone, Retroarch (an emulator program for the mobile OS), some questionably procured ROMs, and a headset like Google Cardboard or Samsung Gear VR.
The-King-of-Spain also reports that despite the original Virtual Boy's penchant for nausea, playing for a fair amount of time on the Android emulator didn't cause them "any of the Virtual Boy's trademark motion sickness."
The King also suggests desaturating the Virtual Boy's blood-red display to greyscale to cut down on eyestrain, making the Android "port" of Nintendo's headset much more palatable for extended play than it was back in the mid-'90s.
Seeing as Nintendo is litigious with its property, we estimate it won't be long before the cease-and-desists come flying in, but only if the company isn't so ashamed of the Virtual Boy - or busy with its own mobile games - that it feels like fighting over it.
While the black-and-red eyesore may not have too many defenders, The-King-of-Spain has made once-forgotten parts of Nintendo's history playable again, this time without the need to keep a bottle of Advil nearby.
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