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Upcoming Nintendo Switch title Luigi’s Mansion 3 features a parody of Nintendo’s failed mid-’90s VR console, the Virtual Boy.

The “Virtual Boo,” which replaces the “Game Boy Horror” and “Dual Scream” devices of Luigi’s Mansion and Luigi’s Mansion: Dark Moon, allows the player to communicate directly with character Professor E. Gadd.

The Game Boy Horror and Dual Scream (themselves parodies of the Game Boy Color and Nintendo DS, respectively), also served similar functions by allowing Luigi to talk to E. Gadd, displaying a map of the area, and more.

YouTube gaming channel GameXplain shows off E. Gadd giving the Virtual Boo to Luigi as well as how it works in a new video, which you can check out below.



The Virtual Boy was released by Nintendo in 1995 and touted as the first video game console with the ability to display stereoscopic 3D graphics.

The Virtual Boy came with a red head mount, which users would put over their heads to look into a red-tinted, monochrome display.

Like the Nintendo 3DS, the Virtual Boy used a parallax effect to create the illusion of depth in games.

Unfortunately, the Virtual Boy was a massive failure sales-wise and by 1996, Nintendo terminated development on the console; only 22 titles were ever released for it.

Luigi’s Mansion 3 launches October 31st, 2019 — right on time for Halloween!

What’re your thoughts on the Virtual Boo? Let us know in the comments below and stay plugged in to Nintendo Wire for more Luigi’s Mansion 3 news as it becomes available!

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Written by Daniel Dell-Cornejo

Daniel is an editor at Nintendo Wire. Always with his head in the clouds, he is never apart from his creative thoughts – a blessing for an aspiring fiction writer. As a journalist and lifelong gamer, he aims to provide readers with the very best in Nintendo coverage.