Should Nintendo Bring Virtual Boy Games To 3DS?
Although the system bombed, a few of its games could work on 3DS. Or not.
With Nintendo set to deliver glasses free 3-D gaming with the 3DS, this leaves the door wide open for a little Virtual Boy revival. This tabletop system, released in 1995, let users experience red 3-D graphics by creating an illusion of depth through parallax. It was perhaps a little too ahead of its time, and as a result, was universally panned by critics. The unit was discontinued a year later.
Although the VB's dead, Nintendo could in theory bring its games to 3DS. In fact, we'd be willing to bet that Mario and Co. will re-release at least one title, perhaps Virtual Boy Wario Land, to give its bruised and battered invention a second chance.
That said, we don't think this would be a good idea.
First, there was little to celebrate with Virtual Boy. There were only a few standout games, and even they weren't that great. Mario's Tennis, 3D Tetris and Wario Land would make decent additions to the 3DS library, but none of them are worth a comeback, especially with new entries from Resident Evil, Assassin's Creed and Kid Icarus on the way.
Virtual Boy titles also messed with people's eyes and made them sick. We certainly don't need to experience that.
Then we have the controls. The VB uses a strange M-shaped controller with two d-pads. We're not sure if Nintendo can even translate that to a touch screen. If it can't deliver these games as intended, there's no point.
Most importantly, we prefer to leave Virtual Boy in the past. There's no good reason to bring back these shallow and borderline average games from a terrible system.
So there you have it. Nintendo should leave its worst creation alone while focusing on new games for 3DS. Clearly, our retro appreciate meter has its limits.