Gaming has come a long way since the days of the console wars that had Nintendo and Sega locked in a battle for valuable market share. We now live in a world where gamers can enjoy cross-platform support. Nintendo plans to bring Skyrim portable to the Switch, and Doom basically runs on anything.
It's like the golden age of retro gaming. If the machine has a processor and a screen, rest assured someone can make your favorite game run on it. This is exactly the case with the old memory card for the Sega Dreamcast.
The Dreamcast was the company's last home console. A well-loved gaming system released in 1999 that saw its demise largely in part to piracy. The memory card, known as the VMU, was a large piece of plastic with its own screen, D-pad, and buttons. Small enough to fit in your pocket, but massive when inserted into the even larger Dreamcast controller.
A member named Kite on the Sudomod forums, a site dedicated to the Raspberry Pi and GameBoy related mods has modded a Dreamcast visual memory unit (VMU) to run Gameboy titles.
The VMU's design structure, with the screen and buttons, make it a prime candidate for an innovative modder to crack open the housing and insert a Raspberry Pi Zero running Retropie, a software that enables devices to emulate old handheld and console games.
"It's great for GameBoy Color games due to the low resolution, and 'basic' games like Sonic that require very few buttons. The screen is super smooth and no tearing (due to the low res so a lot fewer pixels to push)but it does make menus quite hard to use."
It's worth noting Kite is not using the original screen on the VMU, but an LCD screen that comes with pi zero/w. It makes sense because the memory card's factory display was black and white, and didn't support color. He is planning to sell the modded VMU's in early to mid-2018.
What do you guys think? Would you pick up one of Kite's modded VMU's when they drop? Leave a comment below and let us know.