The Sega Dreamcast is getting an unlikely resurrection this June in the form of a handheld game system. Time for Space Channel 5 sleepovers and Shenmue meet-ups, you say? Sure, if you so happen to have $500 bucks kicking around and a good connection in Japan. Oh, and judging by the product shots, massive pockets are also a plus.
As unofficial as unofficial gets, the system will be available for purchase next month on PachimonTV for ¥38,000, or US$470. That's a hefty price to play a library of games which are either now available on other systems or kicking around on eBay for a fraction of the cost. Then again, this is a portable Dreamcast, and nothing says 'coolest gamer ever' than playing the original Crazy Taxi in an actual taxi (crazy or otherwise).
It's been almost a decade since Sega pulled the plug on the Dreamcast in North America, and yet love for the boxy white system with the swirly logo remains strong amongst its former owners. Last year, Sonic creator Yuji Naka hinted he'd be down for working on a Dreamcast 2, however hopes for an official follow-up were dashed by Sega's VP of sales and marketing Alan Pritchard, who later claimed ignorance on the topic, saying, "Unless there’s something I don’t know – no one has told me about getting back into the console business.”
With no official Sega-brand Dreamcast console on the horizon, this may be the next best thing. But just barely. On second thought, we'll let our friends buy it first to see if it even turns on...
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