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I’m sure you all know by now, that the VB’s stand should be sitting so the two ends point away from you.

Since I’ve been looking for VB stuff a lot recently, I’ve noticed that most ebay auctions, and most pictures on google and youtube in general, show the stand backwards.

I know that it can go on either way, but common people… is it that hard to figure out it works better when positioned correctly???

Even some game reviews I’ve seen on youtube show what look like professionally taken pictures with the stand in the wrong position. Heck I’ve seen old gaming magazine articles online that are wrong.

Anywho, just started bugging me, and figured I’d share. They really should have made the stand only attach one way. And since the VB didn’t ever get popular enough for people to really notice it, most people just don’t know any better.

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indeed, this is weird. even official pictures from nintendo show the stand backwards…

Ok, look at this auction. The Demo stations now are backwards too????

What gives? Nintendo puts specifically in the booklet how it’s meant to be played, and then they do it wrong in the store display??? >:( >:( >:( >:(

http://cgi.ebay.com/JP-Nintendo-Virtual-Boy-DEMO-stand_W0QQitemZ350193056434QQcmdZViewItemQQptZVideo_Games?hash=item350193056434&_trksid=p3286.c0.m14&_trkparms=72%3A1234|66%3A2|65%3A12|39%3A1|240%3A1318|301%3A1|293%3A3|294%3A50

Yup… most auctions are probably using the official Nintendo pic, which they probably showed like that because it looks better (stand logo on the front, and the bright red goggle with the Virtual Boy name shown). The store display is actually reasonable, since the controller really should go in the opening of the stand (so in normal operation you “hug” the VB)… but the store display has the controller in front of the VB, so the stand has to be on backwards. It wouldn’t be very comfortable for long-term playing, but for people unfamiliar w/ the VB, having the controller in plain view is less intimidating.

DogP

There’s one particular photo of the Virtual Boy that people seem to use in 90% of all times when the Virtual Boy is mentioned somewhere:

I hate that picture. The stand is in the wrong position, the angle just seems weird, the controller looks ugly because the adapter tap is on it instead of the battery pack, and the lighting… eww.

Personally I set my stand to be in the right position (i.e. not the position shown in the picture above)

By the way, that photo on Wikipedia is really cool, although the stand is in the wrong position again.

Yea, I’ve seen that pic everywhere with the white background. It looks like it was taken with a digital camera with a really bad flash, and just clipped in Photoshop to take out the background.

I hadn’t seen the Wiki photo yet. Yea, I agree, nice angle and lighting, but once again.. no one knows how to set this thing up properly. I will admit, having the stand that way sometimes makes the VB look cool as the ugly stubs of the stand aren’t facing the camera, however, it’s not right, and playing that way makes little to no sense if you’re playing it on a table the way it’s meant to be played.

Like I said before, I guess it’s simply the fact it was out for such a short time, most people don’t remember how it’s supposed to be set up. That, and most people don’t have the booklet that came with it detailing how to set the thing up. Still, it is odd to see Nintendo’s own publicity photos having it the wrong way. I still don’t get that at all…

I can’t stand it ! 😉
I think there went something wrong in the production of the standholder on the VB.
On my VB its totaly easy to put the stand in the wrong direction on…
BUT: I sometimes need 1 or 2 minutes to put it correctly together because it stucks…..
and I think because of this u can see all this VB’s with broken stand on ebay….

Hey, sorry for this Godzilla sized bump haha, but just have a quick question if this is the correct way to assemble the stand.

https://i.imgur.com/k8NOat5.jpg

https://i.imgur.com/tXWGuvC.jpg

I have the legs facing away from the user but should the Nintendo medallion be in the front or back? Thanks!

SMVB64 wrote:
Hey, sorry for this Godzilla sized bump haha, but just have a quick question if this is the correct way to assemble the stand.

https://i.imgur.com/k8NOat5.jpg

https://i.imgur.com/tXWGuvC.jpg

I have the legs facing away from the user but should the Nintendo medallion be in the front or back? Thanks!

The medallion should be facing you when looking into the VB.

Thanks for quick replay and I’ll change it then.

This thread is at the top of Google search results and appears to be full of damaging misinformation so I must bump it with my two-cents.

Way back when Nintendo still had replacement stands in stock, I broke my original clamp by trying to put it on backwards. I thought I was trying to put it on correctly, since the manual and every marketing shot showed it installed backwards.

If you look carefully you will see that it is keyed by having one nub slightly larger than the other. This was done deliberately to prevent you from putting it on backwards. It’s extremely unfortunate that all the official product shots and diagrams show it mounted backwards already but when someone searches to determine the correct orientation they will find this thread assuring them that it can go in both orientations. They are very likely to believe they can force it, like I did so many years ago. My mistake would be much more costly today, so please be careful!

The correct and only way it will mount is with the medallion logo and elbows of the legs facing away from the user (open side of legs facing the user). Do not force it on!

CZroe wrote:
This thread is at the top of Google search results and appears to be full of damaging misinformation so I must bump it with my two-cents.

Way back when Nintendo still had replacement stands in stock, I broke my original clamp by trying to put it on backwards. I thought I was trying to put it on correctly, since the manual and every marketing shot showed it installed backwards.

If you look carefully you will see that it is keyed by having one nub slightly larger than the other. This was done deliberately to prevent you from putting it on backwards. It’s extremely unfortunate that all the official product shots and diagrams show it mounted backwards already but when someone searches to determine the correct orientation they will find this thread assuring them that it can go in both orientations. They are very likely to believe they can force it, like I did so many years ago. My mistake would be much more costly today, so please be careful!

The correct and only way it will mount is with the medallion logo and elbows of the legs facing away from the user (open side of legs facing the user). Do not force it on!

Totally wrong.
The Nintendo medallion should be facing you.

LordRayken wrote:

CZroe wrote:
This thread is at the top of Google search results and appears to be full of damaging misinformation so I must bump it with my two-cents.

Way back when Nintendo still had replacement stands in stock, I broke my original clamp by trying to put it on backwards. I thought I was trying to put it on correctly, since the manual and every marketing shot showed it installed backwards.

If you look carefully you will see that it is keyed by having one nub slightly larger than the other. This was done deliberately to prevent you from putting it on backwards. It’s extremely unfortunate that all the official product shots and diagrams show it mounted backwards already but when someone searches to determine the correct orientation they will find this thread assuring them that it can go in both orientations. They are very likely to believe they can force it, like I did so many years ago. My mistake would be much more costly today, so please be careful!

The correct and only way it will mount is with the medallion logo and elbows of the legs facing away from the user (open side of legs facing the user). Do not force it on!

Totally wrong.
The Nintendo medallion should be facing you.

Are you basing this on what you see in the manual and in official Nintendo pictures, because that is what I am saying is backwards. It simply will not fit the other way around and I know from experience that it will break if you try to force it. While it’s very odd that even the instructions are backwards, that’s exactly why it is important to set the record straight.

CZroe wrote:

LordRayken wrote:

CZroe wrote:
This thread is at the top of Google search results and appears to be full of damaging misinformation so I must bump it with my two-cents.

Way back when Nintendo still had replacement stands in stock, I broke my original clamp by trying to put it on backwards. I thought I was trying to put it on correctly, since the manual and every marketing shot showed it installed backwards.

If you look carefully you will see that it is keyed by having one nub slightly larger than the other. This was done deliberately to prevent you from putting it on backwards. It’s extremely unfortunate that all the official product shots and diagrams show it mounted backwards already but when someone searches to determine the correct orientation they will find this thread assuring them that it can go in both orientations. They are very likely to believe they can force it, like I did so many years ago. My mistake would be much more costly today, so please be careful!

The correct and only way it will mount is with the medallion logo and elbows of the legs facing away from the user (open side of legs facing the user). Do not force it on!

Totally wrong.
The Nintendo medallion should be facing you.

Are you basing this on what you see in the manual and in official Nintendo pictures, because that is what I am saying is backwards. It simply will not fit the other way around and I know from experience that it will break if you try to force it. While it’s very odd that even the instructions are backwards, that’s exactly why it is important to set the record straight.

I don’t have a single clue what you’re talking about.

I went ahead and uploaded a crappy webcam video for you, and anyone else having this issue. It’s an issue I’ve never heard of.

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=7RFDK-jepRI

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Yeah, it will go on either way. The correct way is with the Nintendo logo facing you. Just don’t force your stand on is the lesson there. Sometimes it doesn’t want to go together, you just gotta fidget with it a bit until it just glides on, no forcing required.

speedyink wrote:
Yeah, it will go on either way. The correct way is with the Nintendo logo facing you. Just don’t force your stand on is the lesson there. Sometimes it doesn’t want to go together, you just gotta fidget with it a bit until it just glides on, no forcing required.

It’s quite possible this guy is just very confused.

Just wanted to bump this with my 2 cents…

Yes the head unit will attach to the stand either way, but it is easier to put the stand on in the wrong direction contrary to what’s instructed in the owners manual. This is why more than half the Virtual Boys on ebay have the stand on in the wrong position.

If you observe the picture provided below, you’ll notice that I highlighted 5 little features that appear under the head unit just above the serial number sticker, and then you’ll notice the highlighted marking across the top of the stand. When we put the head unit on this way, those 5 markings come in contact with the highlighted part of the stand, making it harder to put the head unit on this way. It’s as if those features were put there for resistance, keeping us from putting it on like this even though it says to in the manual.

The 5 markings under the head unit do not exist on the opposite side, making it a lot easier to attach and detach the head unit from the stand when it’s installed the “wrong” way.

Something definitely went wrong somewhere along the lines, especially since not only do early advertisements show the stand on backwards, it’s even embroidered on some VB shirts and can also be seen backwards on the wings of a prototype display kiosk.

 

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