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SEGA VR

The Sega VR is basically a head-tracking virtual reality headset that was under development by the game company in 1993. There were versions were planned for both arcades and consoles (Genesis + Saturn), but only the arcade version was released, while the home console versions were cancelled. The Sega VR was based on an IDEO virtual reality headset (HMD) with LCD screens in the visor and stereo headphones. Inertial sensors in the headset allowed the system to track and react to the movements of the user's head. Because of development difficulties, the console Sega VR headset remained only a prototype, and was never released to the general public. Then CEO Tom Kalinske stated that the system was not released due to it inducing motion sickness and severe headaches in users. Continue reading for more. Click here to view some bonus retro gaming ads.

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Super Game Boy

The Super Game Boy was touted as "Game Boy on steroids" in this classic ad from the 90s, but is actually a 16-bit adapter cartridge for the SNES. It was the first Game Boy-based add-on to a Nintendo console that allowed game cartridges designed for use on the Game Boy to be played on a TV display using the SNES controllers. The unit could map the four shades of green to various colors on the screen. Later Game Boy games that were optimized to use the Super Game Boy had additional color information and could over-ride the ability to change the on-screen colors, and the ability to display a graphical border around the screen as well as the ability to display special background sprites on the screen, as seen in the Mario's Picross title screen. Continue reading for more cool classic gaming ads. Click here for a few bonus ads.

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Unreleased SEGA Neptune Prototype

The mythical Sega Neptune was basically a two-in-one Genesis and 32X console that the company planned to release during the fall of 1995, with a sub-$200 MSRP. Unfortunately, the console was delayed well into 1996, and then canceled altogether after SEGA discontinued the 32X. Magazine Electronic Gaming Monthly used the SEGA Neptune as an April Fools' Day prank in its April 2001 issue where it included a small article in which the writers announced that SEGA had found a warehouse full of old Neptunes, and were selling them on a website for a mere $50. Continue reading for more fascinating photos from around the web. Click here to view real things you won't believe exist.

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Old NES Ad

Back in 1987, you could've picked up either a SEGA Master System for $99.99 (included 2 controllers, light phaser and Safari / Hang On games) or an NES with R.O.B. as well as a light gun, two controllers, and two games for $139.97. The single games for these systems ran anywhere from $27.49 (Choplifter) to $34.99 (The Legend of Zelda). The best-selling gaming console of its time, the NES helped revitalize the US video game industry following the video game crash of 1983. With the NES, Nintendo introduced a now-standard business model of licensing third-party developers, authorizing them to produce and distribute titles for Nintendo's platform. Click here to view the first image in this week's cool video game pictures gallery. Continue reading for a viral video of a Magpie bird mimicing a child's laugh.

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Super Nintendo Super Advantage

A number of accessories were produced for the Super Nintendo Entertainment System. Many of these devices were modeled after earlier add-ons for the NES: the Super Scope is a light gun functionally similar to the NES Zapper (though the Super Scope features wireless capabilities) and the Super Advantage is an arcade-style joystick with adjustable turbo settings akin to the NES Advantage. This ad from the 90s shows just how bold Nintendo was with their advertising. Continue reading for more classic video game ads.

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SEGA maimai Orange

For those who don't live in Japan, Taiwan or China, maimai is basically an arcade rhythm game developed and distributed by Sega, in which the player interacts with objects on a touchscreen and executes dance-like movements. The game supports both single-player and multiplayer gameplay with up to 4 players. Various kinds of objects will appear at the center and approach the outer rim of the circular touchscreen. The player must tap, hold or slide on the touchscreen or surrounding buttons in time with the music, depending on the type of note. Continue reading for another video and more information.

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Everyone knows what Sonic is the fastest hedgehog around, or at least in video games, but here are 21 interesting things you may not have known about the blue hero. First off, the original Sonic concept was inspired by "Level 1-1" in Super Mario Bros., according to Yuji Naka. Continue reading to see more.

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Yes, the SEGA Pluto you read about last week is now up for sale on eBay, and bidding has already exceeded $7500. This console is was originally acquired for just $1 at a flea market, and has one major defect: a lid that doesn't stay closed. On the bright side, it's fully-functional as long as you find a way to keep the game lid shut. Continue reading for a video, more pictures, and additional information.

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At Games Ultimate Portable Game Player is currently being offered at just $42 shipped, originally priced at $59.99. It comes with 40 official SEGA Genesis games and 40 additional arcade games. Titles include: "Street Fighter II: The New Challengers, Mega Man, Mega Man: The Wily Wars, Comix Zone, and Sonic & Knuckles. Product page. Continue reading for a video review.

Notable features:
  • 2.8" LCD handheld player.

  • 3 Capcom games built-in featuring: Super Street Fighter II.

  • 37 SEGA games built-in including: Sonic the Hedgehog 1 & 2.

  • Rechargeable battery built in, USB cable included for charging battery.

  • SD card slot for additional games download.
[via Amazon]

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From afar, this may appear to be a next-generation SEGA Saturn, but in reality, it's one of two SEGA Pluto prototypes in existence. It's owned by a former Sega of America employee who now lives in Japan. What sets this console apart from the Saturn is its standard NetLink 28.8kbit/s modem, which allowed it to be linked up using a dial-up connection for multiplayer gaming, with support built into games including Daytona (NetLink Edition), Duke Nukem 3D, Saturn Bomberman, Sega Rally, and Virtual On. Continue reading for a news report, more pictures, and additional information.

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