Meet The Real Boy: a handheld Virtual Boy

Batteries and Gepetto not included.

Nintendo

The Virtual Boy was notorious for causing headaches and tanking when it was launched in 1995. But since then, it has grown a cult following and been picked apart and refashioned by many collectors and hobbyists. One such person was Shank, who turned the Virtual Boy into a handheld device called the “Real Boy”.

I spent a year of my life making the Virtual Boy less awful.

The Real Boy retains the monochrome red palette but includes buttons with RGB LEDs behind them and comes with the Virtual Boy’s original link port, even though no games supported it (there would have been new ones to use the link port had it been successful—imagine Pokémon on this thing).