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by , 18th October 2008 at 10:22 PM (1038 Views)
So I was at a used video game store yesterday and saw a Virtual Boy.

I almost bought it.

Like...I've only ever heard bad things about the system. It strains your eyes. It's really uncomfortable to play for any extended periods of time. It runs on SIX double A batteries. There aren't any good games for it. Et cetera, et cetera. But it's one of those things that I kind of want to experience for myself to see just how bad it can really be.

It's like the Chinese live action Dragon Ball movie from the 80's...like, I *know* it's bad, but I still have this urge to see it just to know just how bad it actually is.

I didn't end up buying the system + games because I didn't have any cash on me (and Japan operates almost exclusively on cash; the concept of paying for things with a debit or credit card hasn't really caught on here), but I might go back and pick it up just because I can. Is that insane?

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  1. Kasumi's Avatar
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    They don't use plastic money there? That's quite odd. ^^;
  2. Dogasu's Avatar
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    Well...they do, but it's very rare. And most places only accept Japanese credit cards even though Visa cards work in like every other country in the world.

    Archaic can back me up on this.
  3. Blackjack Gabbiani's Avatar
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    Do they have checks? Or perhaps a better question is do they *accept* checks? Since it seems every place in America has stopped taking them even though credit card fraud is considerably more rampant than check fraud...

    I played the VB once and I thought it was cool for a demo, but what's the point of a portable system that you have to stay in one place to play? Because you sure as hell can't walk around like that.
  4. Kasumi's Avatar
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    I'd hope they at least accept traveler's checks.
  5. Dogasu's Avatar
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    Regular checks don't even exist in Japan, as far as I know.

    Traveler's checks might be accepted here, but I've never tried to cash one, so I wouldn't know.

    It's not uncommon for a Japanese person to walk around with like $500 cash on them at any given time.
  6. Dogasu's Avatar
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    Also...does anyone know if the Virtual Boy is region-free?
  7. Kasumi's Avatar
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    I wouldn't know. Sorry. :/

    I suppose it should be, since none of Nintendo's portable systems have been made region locked so far.
  8. Crankyman's Avatar
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    DSi is. At least for the downloadable games.
  9. Dogasu's Avatar
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    But we're not talking about the DSi. We're talking about a system that debuted over ten years ago :P
  10. Railith's Avatar
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    It doesn't matter if the Virtual Boy is region locked or not because you should never play it. That sucker will burn out your eyes and yet you will still see the red outline of Mario playing tennis.
  11. Dogasu's Avatar
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    So I went back to the used game store yesterday, and while they did have several Virtual Boy systems in stock (including some still in their original boxes), they didn't have a single game for the system there. So, I didn't buy it.

    I'll be in Tokyo for my birthday celebrations in two weeks, so I might try hitting up Akihabara while I'm in the area and seeing what I can find there.
  12. Yamato-san's Avatar
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    I never played the Virtual Boy (outside of a store demo of Mario Clash), but if there's one thing I know about it, it's this: get Wario Land VB. In fact, it probably goes without saying and should be fucking common sense to anybody familiar with the failed Nintendo console, but it still can't be stressed enough. ^^

    Speaking of failed systems and the few games worth playing on them... aside from Chaotix, I wonder if Kolibri is a decent 32-X title.
  13. Dogasu's Avatar
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    So I got it today. Along with the Bomberman puzzle game. Both of them were in their original boxes and came with all the instruction manuals and warranty information sheets and everything.

    (The reason I got the Bomberman game was because the only other game the Super Potato - yes, that's the name of the store - was selling was Mario Tennis. And I've heard that that game is just awful).

    Wario Land VB is selling on Yahoo! Auctions for like $50, so I might have to wait a while for that one. Other than that...I'm looking at Red Alarm and maybe Teleroboxer? And...that's it?

    Ah well. It's not like I bought the system to get any serious gaming out of it or anything.

    I'll post my impressions later.
  14. Nekusagi's Avatar
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    I've heard of Super Potato. In Akibahara, right? Is it really as much of a grail for video game collectors as I've heard?
  15. Dogasu's Avatar
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    Yup.

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