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Teleroboxer boxart.PNG
Box art
Developer(s)Nintendo R&D1
Director(s)Yoshio Sakamoto
Producer(s)Gunpei Yokoi
Designer(s)Masani Ueda
Shinya Sano
Programmer(s)Yuzuru Ogawa
Isao Hirano
Artist(s)Makoto Kanoh
Fujiko Nomura
Yasuo Inoue
Noriyuki Sato
Composer(s)Katsuya Yamano
Platform(s)Virtual Boy
  • JP: July 21, 1995
  • NA: August 14, 1995

Teleroboxer[a] is a game for Nintendo's Virtual Boy video game console. The game is a boxing simulator played in the first-person point of view.

Gameplay and premise[edit]

Gameplay screenshot.

Teleroboxer takes place in the 22nd century, when a technology called "Telerobotics" is used, allowing people to control robots to do tasks not normally doable by humans. Teleroboxing was created by Dr. Edward Maki Jr., involving two robots boxing against each other.


Teleroboxer was originally known as Teleroboxing, and was displayed at the 1994 Consumer Electronics Show.[1] Like all other Virtual Boy games, Teleroboxer uses a red-and-black color scheme and uses parallax, an optical trick that is used to simulate a 3D effect.[2]


Teleroboxer received mixed to positive reviews. On release, Famicom Tsūshin gave the game a score of 23 out of 40.[3] Author Steve L. Kent noted that players of it at an early show were unimpressed with it. He added that these players also complained about headaches, though adding that it made the best use of the 3D capabilities of all the Virtual Boy games shown.[4] It was featured on GamesRadar's list of the five best Virtual Boy games, noting that people were excited to play it when the platform launched.[5] Chicago Tribune's David Jones also compared it to the Punch-Out!! series, noting that it has an edge due to its fun and competitive atmosphere.[6] ABC Good Game made a similar comparison, though noting that it was less fun. He cited its "stupid hard" difficulty, feeling that the fights were so in favour of the opponents that players "couldn’t help but shout obscenities at it".[7] The Los Angeles Times' Aaron Curtiss called it a traditional game, though they don't feel traditional on the Virtual Boy.[8] Electronic Entertainment's Steve Klett called its controls "kludged".[9] They also gave good impressions of it before its release, calling it cool.[10] Wired's Chris Kohler called it "too difficult for its own good."[11]'s Neal Ronaghan praised it for its graphics and its gameplay, which he calls intense, but criticized the controls as convoluted.[12] WGRD 97.9 wrote that it was a game that people should "play before they die," noting that it's not the best game ever, but its use of the Virtual Boy's technology makes it interesting.[13]

IGN AU's Patrick Kolan called it an evolution of Punch-Out!!, commenting that it felt like a spiritual successor to it as well. He called it a tough game, feeling that the only thing that made it playable was that players could save their progress. While he also found it to be rushed in some areas, he called it "fun and bitterly hard."[14] He would also call it one of the few decent games on the platform and noted that the use of two d-pads gave it increased dimension in an interesting way.[15] Allgame's Scott Alan Marriott called it a title with a lot of promise that ended up a disappointment. He criticized its controls in conjunction with the high speed of the computer-controlled enemies for making it far too difficult, while noting the sound and visuals as the high points of the game.[16] Nintendo Life's Dave Frear also called it disappointing, though commenting that it gets very easy after players learn the game.[17] Retro Gamer's Stuart Hunt praised its use of the two d-pads and the use of 3D.[18]

GameFan's two reviewers gave it above average reviews; the first said that he could live without it, stating that fans of the Punch-Out!! series might enjoy it, but the controls were too complicated and the pace too fast for him. The other reviewer called it the second worst launch game for the platform, echoing the first reviewer's complaints. She gave praise to its visuals, however.[19] GamePro's "Slo Mo" called the challenge "no-nonsense" and the fighters imaginative, while finding the visuals to be among the best on the system.[20] Next Generation called it a "high-tech" remake of Punch-Out!! for the NES, commenting that its 3D effects were limited. However, they felt that the visual quality was very high compared to other titles on the platform.[21] Nintendo Magazine felt that Teleroboxer before release was the weakest of the titles they saw.[22] Tips & Tricks gave it a rarity rating of two out of 10.[23] Official Nintendo Magazine noted it as the most common Virtual Boy game.[24]

See also[edit]


  1. ^ Japanese: テレロ ボクサー Hepburn: Tererobokusā


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  3. ^ NEW GAMES CROSS REVIEW: テレロ ボクサー. Weekly Famicom Tsūshin. No.347. Pg.29. 11 August 1995.
  4. ^ Kent, Steven (2010-06-16). The Ultimate History of Video Games: from Pong to Pokemon and beyond...the story behind the craze that touched our li ves and changed the world. Crown/Archetype. ISBN 9780307560872. Archived from the original on 2014-07-28. Retrieved 2016-03-24.
  5. ^ Reparaz, Mikel (March 22, 2011). "The 5 best Virtual Boy games". GamesRadar. Archived from the original on May 17, 2019. Retrieved May 17, 2019.
  6. ^ Jones, David (September 29, 1995). "Virtual Boy's 3-D Graphics, Sound Are Outstanding". Chicago Tribune.
  7. ^ "Archived copy". Archived from the original on 2019-05-30. Retrieved 2010-10-21.CS1 maint: archived copy as title (link)
  8. ^ Curtiss, Aaron (August 31, 1995). "Valley Weekend; VIDEO GAMES; Virtual Boy a Blend of Familiar and Strange; Although hardware for the latest Nintendo offering is odd and cumbersome, the play action is big and loud". Archived from the original on November 4, 2012. Retrieved July 7, 2017.
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  11. ^ Chris Kohler (August 13, 2010). "Virtual Boy, Nintendo's Big 3-D Flop, Turns 15". Wired. Archived from the original on January 4, 2013. Retrieved March 11, 2017.
  12. ^ Neal Ronaghan. "A Virtual Boy Retrospective". 1UP.[permanent dead link]
  13. ^ Ned (September 9, 2014). "Games To Try Before You Die: Teleroboxer (Virtual Boy)". WGRD 97.9. Archived from the original on May 17, 2019. Retrieved May 17, 2019.
  14. ^ Patrick Kolan. "IGN Retro: Virtual Boy's Best Games". IGN. Archived from the original on 2012-02-10. Retrieved 2010-10-21.
  15. ^ Patrick Kolan. "IGN Retro: Virtual Boy Revisited". IGN. Archived from the original on 2011-07-13. Retrieved 2010-10-21.
  16. ^ Network, All Media. "AllGame - Game Over". Archived from the original on 2014-11-14. Retrieved 2016-03-24.
  17. ^ Life, Nintendo. "Review: Teleroboxer (Virtual Boy)". Nintendo Life. Archived from the original on 2011-07-14. Retrieved 2016-03-24.
  18. ^ Hunt, Stuart (October 26, 2011). "Teleroboxer". Archived from the original on September 8, 2015. Retrieved May 17, 2019.
  19. ^ KR155E. "GameFan (USA) Volume 3 Issue 11 « Magazine Scans « Articles « Planet Virtual Boy". Archived from the original on 2018-03-06. Retrieved 2016-03-24.
  20. ^ KR155E. "GamePro (USA) 11/95 « Magazine Scans « Articles « Planet Virtual Boy". Archived from the original on 2016-04-09. Retrieved 2016-03-24.
  21. ^ KR155E. "Next Generation (USA) 09/95 « Magazine Scans « Articles « Planet Virtual Boy". Archived from the original on 2016-04-09. Retrieved 2016-03-24.
  22. ^ KR155E. "Nintendo Magazine (AUS) 05/95 « Magazine Scans « Articles « Planet Virtual Boy". Archived from the original on 2016-04-09. Retrieved 2016-03-24.
  23. ^ KR155E. "Tips & Tricks (USA) 02/03 « Magazine Scans « Articles « Planet Virtual Boy". Archived from the original on 2016-04-09. Retrieved 2016-03-24.
  24. ^ KR155E. "Official Nintendo Magazine (UKV) 01/10 « Magazine Scans « Articles « Planet Virtual Boy". Archived from the original on 2016-04-10. Retrieved 2016-03-24.

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