By Heath Aldrich
|Batteries not included|
|Is Virtual Boy the only Hipster proof system?|
The weird thing is, even though the Virtual Boy was down and out, it quickly became a collectors item, and in much smaller circles, a homebrewer's wet dream. Nintendo hardly flinched at killing the system, and some of us gamers couldn't let it go. My uncle C.W. was one of the lucky few who received a Virtual Boy for Christmas, and promptly moved on with his life. 17 years later, I remember that he had one, buried in a closet somewhere, and I knew that it had to see the light of day again.
As I said in my last retro repair post, Nintendo products are made out of a rare material called Nintendite. Well, Nintendo's stock pile must have been running low, because they were saving it for the Nintendo 64, so they opted to use a less rugged material to build the Virtual Boy. For the most part, the Virtual Boy is built pretty well, but in order to achieve the stereoscopic effect, the system had to be designed drastically differently than other Nintendo products, making it comparatively fragile. Out of the many design flaws the Virtual Boy has, there appears to be one that makes itself known. In order to keep production costs lower, Nintendo used glue to attach the ribbon cables that power the lenses. As time passes, the glue becomes fragile, and separates from circuit board, causing migraine inducing glitches in one or both of the lenses. In extreme cases, the cable can separate from the board, leaving you to figure out how to reattach the cable to the board. When I powered up my VB for the first time, I was so excited to relive my youth, only to have the right eye, bugging out.
|This is the inside of the Virtual Boy.|
|That bastard ribbon cable, go fuck yourself.|
|I got this from Amazon.com and it worked like a charm|
|The is the screen of the VB. If this was still being made, nerds would be making jewelry out the failed screens. They are really stunning in person.|