Virtual Boy Arcade Cabinet

James / June 16th, 2011

We all know the Virtual Boy was some sucky ass design. But look what someone did to fix it. Sent byΒ Tighe. Great job!



  • June 16, 2011 at 2:56 pm

    Holy shit this is awesome, thanks fir posting this.

  • Nerdy Nerd

    June 16, 2011 at 2:59 pm

    Cool, i would want one of those

  • June 16, 2011 at 3:20 pm

    This will confuse future archeologists. It’s brilliant.

  • cool99

    June 16, 2011 at 3:36 pm


  • NWPowerhouse85

    June 16, 2011 at 3:39 pm

    Too bad 90% of the games suck.

    This might become useful in the future, however, should a third party developer decide to start making new games for the VB, ala the Dreamcast

  • Valis77

    June 16, 2011 at 4:19 pm

    more eyestrain for the gamers

  • syntheticsw

    June 16, 2011 at 4:20 pm

    I love self built cabinets.
    With enough money everybody can buy old cabinets,
    but building one yourself makes the difference.

  • June 16, 2011 at 4:52 pm

    Awesome, pretty lovely gift for the memory of the designer πŸ˜€


    Sure his playing it from heaven right now πŸ˜‰

  • RetroGamerK91

    June 16, 2011 at 4:53 pm

    That’s what the Virtual Boy should’ve been in the first place. The hardware would’ve been better in the aracades. They could’ve called it the Virtual Arcade. That’s badass what that guy did, though. It gave the VB a new life in a positive way. It was shitty as a portable game system, but this concept seems great! Thanks for posting this up.

  • RetroGamerK91

    June 16, 2011 at 4:56 pm

    I’ve always thought of building my own arcade cabinet. I think a NES or Atari 2600 arcade would be killer! I got a Pac-Man machine in my parent’s basement that me and my brother found when we were kids that we always wanted to restore.

  • RhuBarb

    June 16, 2011 at 5:27 pm

    Hey James, been following ur site for a couple of years since i stumbled on your hilarious turtle vid. Being 33yrs i have a few turtle tales myself, but i’ll tell u later an keep ya hangin’.
    The cool clip you posted reminds me of this bloke:

    I don’t know if you have heard of him but he is a master of custom arcade / console mods, i was searching for old arcade machines i enjoyed as a kid when i stumbled across his site.

  • June 16, 2011 at 5:42 pm

    That’s really cool, I’d want to try a virtual boy out really. Never seen one over here to be honest, great work on the arcade machine.

  • June 16, 2011 at 7:10 pm

    Sweet, but I’d have totally dismantled the virtual boy and put the guts of the system into a larger screen so that you don’t have to fit your eyes up into the thing and then put all the games into connectors and installed it into the cabinet so you could select the games from a special menu. The saddest thing is I have no clue how to do that or the equipment. Sucks when you got good ideas but you don’t have the know how, equipment, and most importantly finances.

  • June 16, 2011 at 7:23 pm

    Sweet. Nice work Tighe’

  • June 16, 2011 at 7:36 pm

    Bwhahahahaha, Cool!

  • June 16, 2011 at 7:49 pm

    Now you can play waterworld on a cabinet…

    wait a minute (sorry i didn’t find it in english)

  • June 16, 2011 at 9:34 pm

    Wow!!! that what you call a VirtualBoy

  • kane117

    June 16, 2011 at 9:55 pm

    That’s pretty cool, but I would’ve used two flight sticks with buttons for the thumbs like he had and buttons for the trigger fingers as well. That way, people using the machine would have immediate access not only to the shoulder buttons, but to the “A” and “B” buttons as well.

  • June 16, 2011 at 9:58 pm

    That’s very cool! I wonder if you have to switch games manually though?

    Either way, awesome project and thanks for sharing James. πŸ™‚

  • NDean

    June 16, 2011 at 11:45 pm

    Wow that’s pretty cool. I always like that home made kinda stuff, it’s always the best. Thanks for sharing that it was neat πŸ™‚

  • MikeyNewJin

    June 17, 2011 at 1:20 am

    Mind-= Blown

  • June 17, 2011 at 4:26 am

    “In the memory of Yokoi Gunpei” Loved it…

  • June 17, 2011 at 5:22 am

    Keith Apicary approves big time.

  • Karate Kid Icarus

    June 17, 2011 at 7:12 am

    This unit (aside from the custom controls) looks near IDENTICAL to the Toys r’ Us demonstration unit. One main difference is that the Toys r’ Us unit had white (or gray I’m pretty sure) where he has black.

  • filipepw

    June 17, 2011 at 8:01 am

    sweet hobbie

  • Exiro

    June 17, 2011 at 9:17 am

    Isn’t “dedicated to the memory of” redundant?

  • June 17, 2011 at 11:24 am

    That reminds me of something I just saw the other day on It was an article that about 10 Bizarre Items Owned by Michael Jackson…well was once owned considering he is dead and the article was posted on August 1st, 2009. Anyways, apparently MJ had a Virtual Boy Arcade Cabinet himself that he bought which I thought was pretty cool.

  • June 17, 2011 at 1:15 pm

    Really inspiring with all this devotion. An heroic effort to save these old machines and giving them a new life. Kudos!

  • June 17, 2011 at 4:42 pm

    Anyone who plays this leaves themselves open to a serious wedgie.

  • gamera138

    June 17, 2011 at 5:14 pm

    that’s awesome. makes me want to actually play virtual boy!

  • AmiroNerd

    June 17, 2011 at 8:38 pm

    Just to clarify, this isn’t actually a cabinet, this was a demo unit they set up in retail shops before it launched.

  • viJilance

    June 17, 2011 at 9:53 pm

    lol virtual boy is and always will be garbage no matter what form you play it in.

  • You Only Live Thrice

    June 17, 2011 at 10:04 pm

    very cool!

    its always been my dream since i was a kid to own a stand up arcade

    imagine the quarters id save!

  • Agent Dex

    June 17, 2011 at 10:28 pm

    A Virtual Boy system that actually looks cool. I’m impressed.

  • June 18, 2011 at 12:10 am

    @ Exiro
    Hell, I get mad when people use “is” and “currently” together.

  • June 18, 2011 at 12:15 pm

    Please tell me this guy does something for a living and this isn’t his mom’s basement!

    • smashing axe

      February 15, 2012 at 1:17 pm

      where do you live then, under bridges?

  • Tighe

    June 18, 2011 at 2:20 pm

    @Richard Servello Yes I have a job, and I own my house. πŸ˜›

  • emerson999

    June 18, 2011 at 4:47 pm

    That is both the single geekiest, and coolest, thing ever. I’d go into fits of pure joy if I saw something like that in the local arcade.

  • June 18, 2011 at 6:54 pm

    What a waste of a cabinet πŸ˜€

  • danny

    June 18, 2011 at 9:29 pm

    Sometimes I wish I was more techinically inclined so I could build cool stuff like this.

  • Treg

    June 19, 2011 at 3:14 am

    Cool idea.. but it’ll still ruin your eye sight.

  • June 19, 2011 at 7:55 pm

    Pretty Awesome, even if it is the virtual boy! Did dude just get done exercising before shooting the video? Sounded out of breath.

  • Necrosodomy

    June 19, 2011 at 9:20 pm

    My eyes are still fucked from owning a virtual boy…. Wish I had this for that piece of shit….

  • Otacon126

    June 21, 2011 at 5:20 pm

    Pretty cool

  • June 22, 2011 at 10:18 am


    Just to clarify, you are completely wrong. Maybe try actually watching the video next time.

    Makes me want to pop in some Mario Clash.

  • Vader Was Right

    June 22, 2011 at 8:33 pm

    This doesn’t make me want to play Virtual Boy at all.
    Not at all.

  • Strazdas

    June 28, 2011 at 5:51 am

    This looks nice, but one thing i always hated about arcade is that you have to stand near it. i always play games sitting.

  • July 1, 2011 at 1:37 am

    Man!!!! this is master piece, I never could imagine an arcade virtual Boy, great cabinette looks pretty interesting. By the way what envy your basement all covered of arcade machines. All my praise for your work.

  • timtoni

    February 18, 2012 at 11:09 pm


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