Virtual WarZone, a lovingly created homage to the classic Battlezone for the Nintendo Virtual Boy, is very close to going gold and is now up for preorder.
The game, funded by RetroOnyx and developed by the VUEngine team, is available as a $150 complete in box (CIB) version including a physical 32 MBit Virtual Boy cartridge, label, dust cover, protective sleeve and box set with manual. A digital copy of the game for HyperFlash32 and HyperBoy flash carts will also be provided with CIB purchases. There is also a cart only version that includes only the cart and dust cover available for $99. A ROM only version is said to be also available for HyperFlash32 and HyperBoy owners eventually for $40.
Virtual WarZone supports the Link Cable for versus play, as well as RetroOnyx’s Rumble Pack for an even more immersive experience. Battery backed SRAM is included to save high scores and gallery unlocks.
The complete CIB version is expected to ship around April 2023, while the cart only version may ship sooner. Assumingly, the ROM only version will as well.
I did write to RetroOnyx (thru the contact form on his site) a few days ago,. I asked if he had considered offering a package deal for 2 Virtual WarZones, since it works with the link cable. I also mentioned that I want a CIB, but I’d be pretty disappointed if I ordered that and the cart-only shipped ahead of it. Thus far, no response, but I know he’s a one-man shop, and this is holiday time.