You can now enjoy Nintendo Virtual Boy games on Google Cardboard

The Nintendo Virtual Boy was ahead of its time, sort of. It was a VR system by Nintendo that essentially flopped badly. Some titles from the old 3D console were actually pretty good and now you can enjoy them on your Google Cardboard setup thanks to a modified unofficial Virtual Boy emulator. Reddit user The-King-of-Spain has managed to get a selection of old titles working on Cardboard. To work the magic you'll need the Android vintage emulator RetroArch, including ROMs you wish to load up), Google Cardboard VR headset and a compatible smartphone.

What makes this rather awesome is how you'll be able to experience titles like Wario Land on Google Cardboard. There's little investment aside from configuring the emulator on your smartphone. Here's a video of it all in action:

Thankfully, The-King-of-Spain notes that he has not experienced motion sickness or any issues while enjoying certain Virtual Boy titles on Google Cardboard. As noted in the Reddit post:

"After about 30 minutes of play time, I'm not experiencing any of the Virtual Boy's trademark motion sickness. There's also something to be said for playing the games in grayscale instead of the headache-inducing red. It's pretty cool to see Virtual Boy games in their full stereoscopic glory, but the added depth doesn't seem to add much value gameplay-wise."

There are some detailed instructions available for those who wish to take the plunge. Be sure to read through them all carefully to get everything working right. Have you managed to enjoy Virtual Boy titles on Google Cardboard? If so, let us know in the comments!

Rich Edmonds
  • I bought 1 of them things back in 1995, I think I paid about $200 for it. Posted via the Android Central Ap
  • I really enjoyed the Wario game and tennis back in the day, but man those headaches. Posted via the Android Central App
  • I bought mine from Target when they were on clearance for $20
  • Lol I used to own this abomination... not sure if I'm ready to relive the nostalgia just yet.. Posted via the Android Central App
  • Oh yeah those instructions are fool proof! Hahaha...
  • Didn't this thing cause retinal damage as well?? Just goes to show, smoking crack is bad for you. Because clearly no sound - minded individual could ever propose such a thing to be heaved on their (liked) client base. I mean special forces teams could force terrorists to play the Virtual Boy and they will give up all their information versus playing one more minute of it! LMAO! :D Posted via the Android Central App
  • No, it didn't cause retinal damage. The warnings were mostly directed at children, iirc under the age of seven. Because VR provides an artificial sense of depth, it was thought that it might cause vision development problems for young children because their eyes were still developing. Whether or not this is actually the case, I've never actually gone back to research it. As for giving people headaches and eye strain, that's pretty typical of early VR. Since the VB was a desk-mounted unit, though, it wasn't designed to be moved around and I doubt there were many medical issues.
  • "Enjoy".
  • I still love Red Alert, god help me. Some of the VB games were pretty nifty; many were not.
  • Lol wut? Who's asking for this? I suppose it's cool. It's just another thing on the playstore to charge $$ for.
    Oh and nintendo is super protective of their property, I suspect as soon as they catch wind of this it'll be pulled
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