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SEGA VMU Game Console

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For those who never got to experience the SEGA Dreamcast, it used VMUs (Virtual Memory Unit) as its primary memory card. This device featured a monochrome LCD, multi-player gaming capability (via connectors at the top), second screen functionality, a real-time clock, file manager, built-in flash memory, and sound capability. A gamer who goes by "Wermy" managed to turn one of these into a functional portable game console. "The base RetroPie image I used is from the mintyPi, so it has HoolyHoo's shortcut scripts (which I modified a bit for my this project) included for adjusting the volume/brightness (the the 'Sleep'/Start button on the VMU is also the function button)," said its creator. Click here for the first image in today's viral picture gallery. Continue reading for the five most popular viral videos today, including one of ten places that are weirder than the Bermuda Triangle.

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DreamTrooper Portable Dreamcast

The SEGA Dreamcast was released in 1998, and the first in the sixth generation of video game consoles, preceding Sony's PlayStation 2, Nintendo's GameCube and Microsoft's Xbox. The console enjoyed a successful US launch backed by a large marketing campaign, but interest in the system steadily declined as Sony built hype for the upcoming PlayStation 2. Unfortunately, it was not successful enough to warrant building a portable system based on the same hardware, but fortunately, many gamers, like "HailRazer" from the Ben Heck forums, have taken things into their own hands. continue reading for more custom portable SEGA Dreamcast systems that actually exist.

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SEGA Genesis Portable

The SEGA Genesis Arcade Ultimate Portable 2016 puts 80 classic games, including the Sonic the Hedgehog series, in your pocket, all for $58.57 shipped, originally $79.99. A large 3.2" display makes for convenient handheld play, while an SD card slot lets you download additional games. With the built-in rechargeable battery you can have hours of fun without having to buy expensive batteries. Product page. Continue reading for a full video unboxing and more information.

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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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