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I agree with your assessment... the only group that deserves admonishing are the Nintendo execs who decided to dump a platform they knew they wouldn't be supporting on the market just to recoup some of their losses.

I own a Virtual Boy (I'm a bit of a collector for those earlier days of video gaming) and while awkward to use the three dimensional effect really is quite impressive for the era, held back mostly by the inexpensive red/black color scheme. It was too early to do the Virtual Boy right while keeping it affordable, but the idea itself wasn't at fault. I've long wished to see a Virtual Boy featuring the original specs and hardware that Gunpei had in mind, as I suspect it would be quite impressive... the main was basically batting 1.000 before and after the Virtual Boy across his career, and I've no doubt this one would have been uniquely fun as well.