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2018/9/1: Virtual Boy: Space Invaders Virtual Collection (Japan), Virtual Bowling (Japan)

Posted: September 1st, 2018, 10:53 am
by VideoGameCritic
I've been working on these two Virtual Boy reviews for a while. Feel free to critique them.

Are there any Virtual Boy titles left to review?

Re: 2018/9/1: Virtual Boy: Space Invaders Virtual Collection (Japan), Virtual Bowling (Japan)

Posted: September 1st, 2018, 11:43 am
by pacman000
I think the ROM to Bound High is floating around out there somewhere...

Re: 2018/9/1: Virtual Boy: Space Invaders Virtual Collection (Japan), Virtual Bowling (Japan)

Posted: September 1st, 2018, 12:45 pm
by goldenband
What a nice surprise to see these two new Virtual Boy reviews! Great to see these off-the-beaten-path games documented and reviewed in English, and to see you getting so close to a 100% complete VB review set.

VideoGameCritic wrote:Are there any Virtual Boy titles left to review?

Yup, there are three officially released games:

Innsmouth no Yakata
SD Gundam Dimension War
Virtual Lab

All are Japanese exclusives. Plus there are circulating prototypes for Bound High (supposedly a very good game) and Niko-Chan Battle/Faceball (supposedly very bad). I actually have a manual for Bound High, though I don't have the repro cart for it!

All three of those official releases are said to be playable without Japanese language skills, but there are translation patches for SD Gundam: Dimension War and Virtual Lab (the second one's really more of a Japanese-language removal patch, I guess).

Apparently there was also an official translation of Innsmouth no Yakata that got canned at the last minute; according to the reviews I've seen, it's a pretty good game with nice atmosphere and multiple endings. Virtual Lab is supposed to be poor, with a bizarre password system whose purpose took 17 years to unravel!

Re: 2018/9/1: Virtual Boy: Space Invaders Virtual Collection (Japan), Virtual Bowling (Japan)

Posted: September 1st, 2018, 2:35 pm
by Luigi & Peach
These reviews aren't showing up on my phone. I didn't have any problems on my desktop though.

Re: 2018/9/1: Virtual Boy: Space Invaders Virtual Collection (Japan), Virtual Bowling (Japan)

Posted: September 1st, 2018, 5:06 pm
by Stalvern
"Breathe" new excitement into a 40-year-old video game, not "breath". Why do people do this?

Also, from the Virtual Bowling review: "I'm not sure a game like Virtual Bowling needed to be on the Virtual Boy, but the Virtual Boy needed a quick and enjoyable game like this one." How much did the Virtual Boy really need this game if it also had Nester's Funky Bowling?

Re: 2018/9/1: Virtual Boy: Space Invaders Virtual Collection (Japan), Virtual Bowling (Japan)

Posted: September 1st, 2018, 5:07 pm
by Luigi & Peach
Luigi & Peach wrote:These reviews aren't showing up on my phone. I didn't have any problems on my desktop though.


Situation rectified.

Re: 2018/9/1: Virtual Boy: Space Invaders Virtual Collection (Japan), Virtual Bowling (Japan)

Posted: September 1st, 2018, 6:05 pm
by GTS
Did you review using an original copy of the game, or did you take another route. Just wondering because it's rare.

Re: 2018/9/1: Virtual Boy: Space Invaders Virtual Collection (Japan), Virtual Bowling (Japan)

Posted: September 1st, 2018, 8:19 pm
by VideoGameCritic
I bought reproductions of both games.

http://www.mellottsvrpage.com/index.php ... artridges/

Re: 2018/9/1: Virtual Boy: Space Invaders Virtual Collection (Japan), Virtual Bowling (Japan)

Posted: September 2nd, 2018, 10:26 am
by Sut
Be great if you could finish the library. This is one system I will never touch with a barge pole but I enjoy the reviews.

Re: 2018/9/1: Virtual Boy: Space Invaders Virtual Collection (Japan), Virtual Bowling (Japan)

Posted: September 2nd, 2018, 11:43 am
by VideoGameCritic
Actually I guess I should put rare icons next to these two reviews?