Virtual Boy Treasure Trove Found In Dubai

Posted: Sep 17 2008, 1:00am CDT | by , Updated: Aug 11 2010, 10:36am CDT, in News | Gaming

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Many people think of Dubai as an abundant source for oil and natural gas, but apparently it also had a reserve of another commodity for several years - dozens of Virtual Boy systems. According to a report in local news source The National Newspaper, 100 factory-sealed units of the infamously flawed Nintendo console were found in an old Dubai warehouse.Vijay Chandrabota, a purchasing manager for Geekay Games who made the discovery said he didn't even know what it was. "For me, it was dead stock. I didn’t even know that this Virtual Boy existed until we found it," he said.

Manufacturing and storing electronic devices via Asia-based companies is a common practice. Some things get left behind, especially products that don't sell. "This product was just left years ago and nobody knew it was in stock," said Chandrabota. Nintendo's "portable" Virtual Boy system is probably the most well-known gaming machine that very few people actually own.

The device became a joke in popular culture with its black-and-red color display, clunky and heavy design, and widespread reports of it causing migraines. It has since become a valuable collector's item.

Via Wired

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