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3DS Virtual Console's hidden Game Boy mode

Make those classic games feel more authentic

The 3DS Virtual Console games all have two secret button combinations that make them feel more like an original Game Boy.

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When you boot a game up normally it'll be full screen and in black and white. If you hold L and R while playing, then press Y as you hold them, the screen will tint green like it was on the original Game Boy.

Even better, if you hold Start and Select as you load the game from the 3DS Menu, the game will load in its original resolution with a Game Boy border, to make it look like it's playing on an original Game Boy.

Finally, as a final touch of genius, if you turn up the 3D slider while playing with the Game Boy border the screen slides ever so slightly back, just like it was in a proper Game Boy.

We've provided screens to show you how it looks. Try it out and let us know what you think!

The Nintendo 3DS eShop is now live. Here's how much you'll have to pay for 3DS Virtual Console games.

Reviews coming up later on today...


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  1. 08boatfg Tuesday 7th Jun 2011 at 12:22

    First post, yay!

    This looks like a great little extra! Definetly going to try it out!

  2. shy guy 64 Tuesday 7th Jun 2011 at 12:22

    that's awsome

  3. saswatch Tuesday 7th Jun 2011 at 12:23

    still cost too much

  4. SilverLightning Tuesday 7th Jun 2011 at 12:32

    This is amazing.

  5. ledreppe Tuesday 7th Jun 2011 at 12:36

    Awesome - but why has Nintendo left us to find this out on a magazine website, they should tell people this in the eshop (like through a SpotPass notification).

  6. Oxo64 Tuesday 7th Jun 2011 at 12:38

    Nice! :D

  7. dm_1782 Tuesday 7th Jun 2011 at 12:41

    Hmmm wheres my awesome sauce :D

  8. ChrisONM Tuesday 7th Jun 2011 at 12:46

    Awesome - but why has Nintendo left us to find this out on a magazine website, they should tell people this in the eshop (like through a SpotPass notification).

    To be fair, it does mention it in the provided manual, but considering nobody reads the manuals these days it's not unfair to call it a hidden secret :D

  9. smash-4000 Tuesday 7th Jun 2011 at 13:04

    A bit off topic but I remember hearing you could get demo's of VC games on the eShop but I can't find them. Are they on because I want to try this game.

  10. Minja Tuesday 7th Jun 2011 at 13:10

    Awesome - but why has Nintendo left us to find this out on a magazine website, they should tell people this in the eshop (like through a SpotPass notification).

    That's the whole point of an "Easter Egg". You're supposed to find out by yourself.

  11. Egyfan Tuesday 7th Jun 2011 at 13:26

    Awesome! :D

  12. Riverlution Tuesday 7th Jun 2011 at 13:33

    Its not a secret. Its not an easter egg. It is clearly stated in the manual that you can do this.

    Still, it is very cool!

  13. saswatch Tuesday 7th Jun 2011 at 13:41

    if your credit card does not work ring ur bank because it takes ur money any way

  14. Argenthor Tuesday 7th Jun 2011 at 13:42

    That is pretty awesome!
    im still waiting to see if these 3d classics will be any different though. I havent seen many additions yet to them...

  15. Joe_Crow Tuesday 7th Jun 2011 at 14:22

    Awesome! Considering buying this.

  16. Ai64 Tuesday 7th Jun 2011 at 18:16

    That's fantastic! Downloading when I get points! :D

  17. MD1500 Wednesday 8th Jun 2011 at 09:43

    And Zelda DX is in the shop and that has a Gameboy Colour surround mode. Nice. :D

  18. Laughlyn Friday 10th Jun 2011 at 14:03

    ooooh no its bloody tiny! i'm a not-so-young 30yr old. be nice if the border just went up the side of teh screen instead making the play screen so small. i could hardly see it :lol:

  19. Declansupermega Sunday 12th Jun 2011 at 04:21

    Thankyou ever so much for informing me of this, anything to play the game in the original resolution, and ergo without that silly filter....seriously that filter can go and die in a fire. No actually fire is too good for it, how about the stomach acid of a giant snake monster? or the heart of the sun?....or the end of Captain Falcon's fist? >:D

  20. 001BINARY100 Saturday 18th Jun 2011 at 19:31

    I think this is exactly what iwata was talking about at GDC. Look at all of you complaining about the price, these games cost a fortune when they came out, probably even more that a brand new DS game would cost today, if anything the price is a bit too cheap. And these are full and proper games, they're at the same standard as games released as cartridges today. Look at iPhone games that cost Ł0.59 Even Angry Birds, one of the most popular games, is basically a simple flash game. You catapult a bird into pigs and knock down blocks again and again, each level is exactly the same, just with a different arrangement of blocks. And that's it, that's the game, that's your Ł0.59. Then look at Link's Awakening, it's a full game, just like Ocarina of Time 3DS is a full game, and it only costs Ł4.70.
    It's not overpriced at all, iPhone games are just bad and low quality, and it's not surprising that they're that cheap, that's all they're worth. The problem is that when Nintendo start to release downloadable games like Apple does with the App Store, you all start to assume it's at the same standard, or at least should be. So when you see the price of a 3DSWare title in comparison to an App Store one, you think it's over-priced. If anything, it's under priced...
    (Just compare the price and quality of a Steam game like Portal to the a random flash game off miniclip)

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