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Portable (unofficial) Dreamcast designed for big pockets, bigger wallets

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...

[Source: Andriasang]

May 31st



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8 comments

  • Razzamoly - May 31, 2011 6:31 p.m.

    That thing is fugly. It looks like a fisher price toy. Nonetheless, portable Sonic Adventure 2 and Power Stone is awesome.
  • V22Dreamcast - May 31, 2011 6:52 p.m.

    Always glad to see the Dreamcast in the news again. Now if only I was rich so I can buy this...
  • CoryM1134 - May 31, 2011 7:15 p.m.

    It is as heavy and noisy as a Dreamcast? That sounds like an unpleasant experience. Does the VMU just kind of stick out of the top? I'd love to see Sega put out an official version, which they won't, but this doesn't seem like a quality piece of hardware. I'd probably give about 50 bucks just for the novelty of the thing, but no way would I shell out TEN TIMES that much.
  • BigWillis - May 31, 2011 9:32 p.m.

    I can't make sense of this existing at all, especially at that price. I mean, yea, I'm glad it does exist purely because its keeping the Dreamcast alive, but I can't imagine paying that price for this.
  • R-ape - May 31, 2011 9:37 p.m.

    Alan Bitchard is more like it; I believe Sega can make it back into the console business. Just not anytime soon though as they've blown a lot of cash on some less than successful projects (movie games, Sonic, etc.). Here's to hoping for a handheld, at least.
  • Dondada - May 31, 2011 11:23 p.m.

    LOL @ that thing being almost as big as the dreamcast.
  • alecbeals - June 1, 2011 12:09 a.m.

    they could have at least put a LITTLE effort in the design of it...
  • jmcgrotty - June 2, 2011 9:58 a.m.

    For those excited about the Project Cafe controller, look at these pictures to see how unwieldy it would be.

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