BlueRetro Controller Adapter for Virtual Boy - RetroOnyx

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BlueRetro Controller Adapter for Virtual Boy - RetroOnyx

Virtual Boy BlueRetro Adapter

This is a BlueRetro adapter for Nintendo Virtual Boy based on the excellent work done by Darthcloud. BlueRetro allows a wide variety of bluetooth controllers to be used as the input controller to your VB.  This brings general wireless controller support to VB for the first time. This is a great addition for VB console modders. Plug this adapter into the controller port on your VB, turn on power, then pair your favorite bluetooth wireless controller.  Then you're off and running.    


Features overview:

  • ESP32 based BlueRetro VB controller adapter
  • High quality 3D printed housings
  • Pigtail and non-Pigtail version available
  • Provides power for VB (Pigtail option)
  • AC/DC power adapter included (USA only)


If your stock VB still requires power through the controller port, then you need the pigtailed version of the adapter.  If you're consolized and supply power to the VBAT line internally to your console, then you need the non-pigtailed (console) version.

  • RESET button behavior

    The RESET button resets the adapter if any error should arise.  In most cases this button is rarely used.  If the blue BOOT LED indicates an error, then this reset button may be used.

  • BOOT button behavior

    The BOOT button has several funtions.  

    • Button press under < 3 sec (All LEDs solid):If in pairing mode: Stop pairing mode otherwise all BT devices are disconnect.
    • Button press between > 3 sec and < 6 sec (All LEDs blink slowly): Start pairing mode.
    • Button press between > 6 sec and < 10 sec (All LEDs blink fast): Factory reset ESP32 to original BlueRetro firmware the device shipped with & reset configuration.  Note: Any OTA FW updates are also removed.
  • RED Power LED

    The RED LED indicates the adapter has power.

  • Blue BOOT Status LED

    The blue BOOT LED has several states it indicates:

    • Solid blue: An error occured, try power cycle, check serial logs for detail.
    • Pulsing blue: Bluetooth inquiry mode enable (new pairing).
    • Off: No error and Bluetooth inquiry mode disabled.

1 Review

  • 5
    Best way to play Virtual Boy in 2024

    Posted by Luis on Mar 10th 2024

    I’m using this to play my Virtual Boy with my wireless 8BitDo Arcade Stick and it feels like the way the console was meant to be played. Also, Virtual Taps for the VB are already expensive these days and for not much more money you can get a power supply and adapter all in one. Thank you StoneAgeGamer