Nintendo announced today that Virtual Boy games are finally coming to the 3DS eShop. Due to the very limited run of the Virtual Boy not many people have been able to experience the 22 games that were available for the system. They also announced that Nintendo Club members who reach the Platinum level in 2012 will be able to choose as their prize the Official Virtual Boy 3DS Viewer, a classic Virtual Boy-shaped shell that will allow you to slide your 3DS inside. Far better than the hats, pins, and statuettes available to Platinum members in the past, things are looking up for Club Nintendo in North America.
I personally own a Virtual Boy and I would be very happy to be able to play Virtual Boy Wario Land or Galactic Pinball (two of my favourites) again on the 3DS. While I understand that people had qualms with the system’s monochromatic graphics, I have enjoyed every minute of playing with the Virtual Boy and have never completely understood why it failed so terribly. Here’s to the Virtual Boy living once again through its grown-up ancestor the 3DS.