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Here’s a new Accessory that I was unaware of. While it’s not a fully dedicated Virtual Boy item, sure is nice to see VB on the box. πŸ™‚

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Not seen that one before. Nice find!

That is very cool. With “VB” on the box, I’d say that qualifies as a genuine Virtual Boy accessory. πŸ™‚

Benjamin Stevens wrote:
That is very cool. With “VB” on the box, I’d say that qualifies as a genuine Virtual Boy accessory. πŸ™‚

Yeah, this puppy was listed on eBay a few days ago. I saw it browsing on my 3DS and couldn’t make out the words “VB” on the box and wrote it off as a useless generic adapter.

I was checking eBay today and decided to look at the pics up close on my PC and it hit me like a bullet train. I’m very lucky to have bought it after it being available for multiple days on the market since I first saw it on a mobile device (in which the letters VB were ineligible to me.)

Just nice to know that even in 2012 new VB stuff may surface. I’ll post high res scans of the box as soon as it arrives.

Now that you mention it, I think I do remember seeing that item as I was scanning through the current Ebay Virtual Boy market, and I think I remember the seller including a note somewhere in the description that it would work with a Virtual Boy, am I right?

I did not notice “VB” on the box itself, however.

Benjamin Stevens wrote:
Now that you mention it, I think I do remember seeing that item as I was scanning through the current Ebay Virtual Boy market, and I think I remember the seller including a note somewhere in the description that it would work with a Virtual Boy, am I right?

I did not notice “VB” on the box itself, however.

The title and description just said “MULTI AC Adaptor Boxed For Super Famicom, Famicom, Virtual Boy, etc “.

This may sound nerdy, but I’m pretty excited about this coming in the mail.

VirtualJockey wrote:

This may sound nerdy, but I’m pretty excited about this coming in the mail.

It’s not nerdy, its just virtual boy! πŸ™‚

VirtualJockey wrote:

This may sound nerdy, but I’m pretty excited about this coming in the mail.

There is good reason to be excited about this. Not only did you find a hitherto largely unknown, genuine Virtual Boy accessory, but it also seems to be in like new condition! πŸ™‚

Benjamin Stevens wrote:

VirtualJockey wrote:

This may sound nerdy, but I’m pretty excited about this coming in the mail.

There is good reason to be excited about this. Not only did you find a hitherto largely unknown, genuine Virtual Boy accessory, but it also seems to be in like new condition! πŸ™‚

Can anyone here make out the blurry Kanji from the picture? It seems to be manufactured by (??)Engineering.
For those that can’t read Japanese and/or aren’t used to console terms, the AC adapter is for SF (Super Famicom), FC (Famicom), and VB (Virtual Boy).
Below that it lists その他 or “also for/others/etc”: PC (PC Engine), MD1 (Original MegaDrive), and GG (Game Gear). The large Japanese text says Multi AC Adapter, same as the large English text.

Guess it’s time to pass the *rarest VB accessory* Crown from the TravelMaster case to this strange Korean-made AC Adapter.

For reference here are the ratings for each VB adapter:

Official US AC adapter (Model SNS-002) output: 10v 850 mA
Official JPN AC adapter (Model HVC-002) output: 10v 850 mA
Multi AC Adapter (Model MS-10100) output: 10v 1A
Performance AC Adapter (Model P-037) output: 9v 500mA

The standard 6x AA battery pack is 9v, so the Performance AC best matches the VB. However, compared to all of the adapters including the official ones, you can see that the Multi AC has the best mA rating.

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^ The above outputs are all DC.

VirtualJockey wrote:

Can anyone here make out the blurry Kanji from the picture? It seems to be manufactured by (??)Engineering.

You’re definitely right about エンジニアリング, but I can’t make out the rest either.

Guess we’ll probably have to wait until you can make higher resolution pictures.

Benjamin Stevens wrote:

VirtualJockey wrote:

Can anyone here make out the blurry Kanji from the picture? It seems to be manufactured by (??)Engineering.

You’re definitely right about エンジニアリング, but I can’t make out the rest either.

Guess we’ll probably have to wait until you can make higher resolution pictures.

Well, been doing a little research and I believe I found our Company.

株式会社 竹中エンジニアリング (Takenaka Engineering Corporation)

They seem to mostly manufacture IR & Laser Motion sensors, fire sensors. They also seem to sell Stuffed animals with implemented motion sensing technology (such as a toy dog that barks when you walk by it), loud speakers as well as AC Adapters.

The company was founded in 1959, established in 1972 and is still in operation today in Kyoto, Japan. As it seems that the Japanese simply can’t resist making silly abbreviations for everything, Takenaka Engineering Co Ltd currently markets their products under the name TAKEX.

If one were take a quick glance at their AC adapters for sale, you’ll find little surprise in one possibility of why this Multi VB adapter is so rare:

Yep, your eyes are not deceiving you. They actually charge 3,600Yen for a generic 12v 500mA adapter. That’s the equivalent of nearly $46US! Mind you, the Performance adapter was $14.99 MSRP.

Well, that’s all I was able to dig up for now. We’ll have to wait until the box arrives to see if there’s any markings or trademarks that insinuate that a different company was the distributor.

Yet another AC discovery!

I present to you the Hori HA-7. This adapter seems rather common, there are 5 on Yahoo Auctions right now (2 of which are boxed). It gives me the warm fuzzies seeing バーチャルボーイ on the box! πŸ˜€

Even better, there’s a disclaimer right on the box stating that the Virtual Boy adapter tap is required!

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Hmmm… It makes sense that the first part is “Corporation,” but I’m definitely not seeing “竹中” next to “Engineering” on the adapter itself. Oh well, it should arrive to you shortly anyway.

Nice new adapter find, too! I’m sure that will be on the way to your house very soon, too. πŸ˜‰

Benjamin Stevens wrote:
Hmmm… It makes sense that the first part is “Corporation,” but I’m definitely not seeing “竹中” next to “Engineering” on the adapter itself. Oh well, it should arrive to you shortly anyway.

Nice new adapter find, too! I’m sure that will be on the way to your house very soon, too. πŸ˜‰

You have good eyes, the adapter arrived today and it says 明星エンジニアリング (Morning Star Engineering).
They’re located at Minowa, Taito-ku, Tokyo 1 -chome 21 – 4 fumimasa hall building 701

In case you’re living in Tokyo and need a job, they’re right next to the train station and currently have an open position for a part time job. Just like most locations in Japan, there’s also a convenient 7-11 located roughly 3 blocks away. πŸ˜€

I’ll post up some scans of the Adapter and box shortly.

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Morning Star, they also exist in the US and make fake bacon, and other fake meaty products.

Very nice!

 

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