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Virtual Boy

Nintendo's early attempt at Virtual Reality

The Virtual Boy is a Fifth-Generation portable video game console designed and manufactured by Nintendo.  Released on July 21, 1995 in Japan the system became Nintendo’s first venture into the virtual reality video game market.  Though the console did not simulate a true virtual reality environment the system was the first console capable of displaying native stereoscopic “3D” graphics.  Even though the system did not provide a true virtual reality experience it did however provide a form of virtual reality by isolating a player in a border free game environment. Nintendo chose to market the unit as the Virtual Boy by combining the terms virtual reality and Game Boy in hopes to capitalize on the excitement of the concept of virtual reality and the massively successful handheld.

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Mr. Bones

Unique multi genre Sega Saturn game

Mr. Bones is a mixed genre video game consisting of platform, rhythm and minigame elements that was developed by Zono Inc. and Published by Sega for the Sega Saturn.  The very unique style game was conceptualized by Ed Annunziata, the creator of the Ecco The Dolphin series.  Annunziata created an eccentric and surreal experience by combining numerous gameplay styles with an offbeat storyline.

While Zono Inc. handled the core development of the game, the cutscenes and art assets were created by Angel Studios.  The cinematics were designed and directed by Allen Battino, who worked alongside Annunziata on Ecco: The Tides of Time for the Sega CD.  Battino also performed the role of Mr. Bones via motion capture.  Music was a key plot point in Annunziata’s storyline for the game and the soundtrack became an important element in the design of the game.   The soundtrack for the game was composed and performed by Ronnie Montrose, a famous American rock guitarist and is one of a handful of games of the era to receive a published soundtrack in North America.

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