It’s time to event like it’s 1999, as we take a look at Dreamcast VMU video games!
Sega’s 128-bit Dreamcast was a console means in advance of its time, with countless forward-thinking attributes– consisting of on-line connection built-in– as well as a variety of peripherals that offered it actual flexibility as a pc gaming gadget– a complete key-board, microphone for voice control as well as a lot more. Among the absolute best developments– that was swiftly affected by Sony at the time with its PocketStation– was the Visual Memory Device (or VMU).
What was the VMU?
The VMU was a sd card with a distinction– it resembled a little console, with a dpad, switches as well as a display also!
What video games were readily available to use the Dreamcast VMU?
Among one of the most prominent attributes for the Dreamcast VMU was the incorporation of easy mini-games; several designers had the ability to press some remarkably amusing, if restricted, experiences out of the small device. So allow’s have a look at Dreamcast VMU video games!
1. Cardcaptor Sakura: Tomoyo no Video Clip Daisakusen (2000 )
This Japan-only, on-rails, Pokemon Snap-style video game– which likewise has a Columns-esque mini-game consisted of– included 3 VMU mini-games, making fantastic use the equipment. Outbreak, Oyatu as well as Tobakero might all be extremely fundamental experiences, yet in addition to 4 character-themed clocks, their incorporation rates!
2. Wickedness Double: Cyprien’s Chronicles (2002 )
Among the last video games launched for the Dreamcast, Wickedness Double: Cyprien’s Chronicles was a PAL-only launch from BigBen Interactive. Though the 4 VMU ready Wickedness Double weren’t fairly prepared for the video game’s launch, they were offered to download and install online for a minimal time.
The consisted of video games are: Paper Assault (a shoot ’em up), Glucky Labs (a really fundamental journey video game), Fat Rainfall (an activity video game) as well as finally, Swampy– which was a challenge video game.
3. Godzilla Generations (1998 )
This very early Dreamcast launch– it was a launch title for the console– really did not make it beyond Japan. It appears strange nowadays that a video game starring the well-known film beast would not be launched in the West, though it had not been a video game that verified popular with doubters– so we really did not lose out on much.
What we did lose out on were the 3 mini-games– a Godzilla online pet dog in the kind of Atsumete Godzilla, plus 2 beast fighting video games. These beast fighting video games– Gamera Desire Fight as well as Mothra Desire Fight– can be played by 2 gamers, as VMUs can likewise be connected with each other!
3. Namco Gallery (2000 )
This collection of timeless Namco game video games included Pac-Man, Ms Pac-Man, Galaga, Galaxian, Lead as well as Dig Dug (check out the amount of of these made it to our ideal game video games listing!).
The VMU mini-game was called Pac-It– as well as was an initial title that included Pac-Man attempting to capture dots being discharged from the left side of the display. Like basically all VMU video games, this was fundamental yet an excellent use the gadget!
4. Pop ‘n Songs 2 (1999 )
This port of the vibrant, arcade rhythm activity video game consisted of a reduced variation of the experience for the VMU, which was called Pop ‘n Songs Any Place. The video game’s Dreamcast follows up each had the mini-game consisted of also!
5. Power Rock (1999 )
Among one of the most precious Dreamcast video games, Power Rock was a disorderly, 3D sector battling video game that is demanding a modern-day reboot. Capcom’s focus to information as well as creativeness when it involved their cutting-edge boxer also extended to the VMU– where they chose to consist of no much less than 3 mini-games.
Gunrock’s Gun-Gun Port was a miniature slots, Falcon’s Airborne Experience was a shoot ’em up as well as Ayame’s Shuriken Training was an uncomplicated activity video game. All extremely welcome bonus offers to what is still an exceptional video game!
6. Quake III: Sector (2000 )
Id’s prominent Ruin follower collection dived hastily right into on-line multiplayer with this 3rd access– as well as was means in advance of its time, specifically on gaming consoles.
The consisted of mini video game was the Puzzle Last Obstacle; equally as it appears, this was a puzzle video game– as well as cheats were exposed upon conclusion of each phase. Not simply an enjoyable diversion after that– likewise outstanding for revealing tricks to be made use of generally video game!
7. Sega GT (2000 )
Though near-peerless when it involved arcade racers (though Namco have actually constantly provided Sega some great competitors because respect), Sega had a little bit of a space when it involved even more reasonable, sim-style racers such as Sony’s Grandmother Turismo video games. Sega GT is the feedback to Sony’s collection– as well as though it’s mainly neglected nowadays, it suffices to have actually made it onto our ideal Dreamcast auto racing video games listing!
The VMU mini-game was a superb incorporation though; Pocket GT was a top-down auto racing video game that also included a training setting along with its (instead slow-paced, provided the constraints of the VMU) competing activity!
8. Skies of Arcadia (2000 )
An exceptional JRPG, Skies of Arcadia is a criminally underrated video game that’s never ever appeared to obtain the industrial focus that it is entitled to, also in its succeeding port to the GameCube. It also includes on our ideal Dreamcast RPGs listing!
The VMU video game consisted of is Pinta Pursuit, which is a collection of little mini-games in which you can collect coins to submit back right into the primary video game. Though a little recurring, having the ability to include coins to your supply in the complete video game is a cool touch.
9. Sonic Experience (1998 )
Heaven blur’s very first real venture right into 3D was mindblowing upon launch (as well as simply have a look at where it includes on our ideal Dreamcast video games listing!), with really excellent visuals as well as a varied actors of personalities, each with their very own playstyle as well as capabilities, to take control of.
Within the primary video game, Chao Gardens can be located as well as charming little animals– called Chao– can be hatched out as well as elevated within these locations. These animals can be progressed in various means by providing pets.
The VMU mini-game Chao Experience after that permits gamers to download and install a details Chao as well as increase it like an online pet dog. This permits its statistics to enhance– you can do this by participating in tiny challenge video games or perhaps in fight with one more gamer, by connecting 2 VMUs with each other.
10. Sonic Experience 2 (2001 )
Not a surprises below, with Sonic Experience 2’s VMU video game being Chao Experience 2. This really feels a little bit extra engaged than the very first video game, with great deals of personalities to run into as well as more mini-games to experiment with.
11. Spirit Calibur (1999 )
Namco’s outstanding weapons-based battling video game was a magnificent video game on the Dreamcast, yet the VMU video games were just consisted of with the Japanese variation of the video game– most likely as a result of the text-heavy basis making them a discomfort to convert.
To Begin With, there’s word challenge video game Word Shuffle, after that Video Game & & Watch-style video game Voldo Panic, a shoot ’em up called Cannon Dare as well as also a message journey video game is consisted of!
12. Technology Romancer (2000 )
A 3D battling video game from Capcom, Technology Romancer was a gallery title that included mechs– which were made by the very same workshop that developed the huge robotic fits for animé collection Super Measurement Citadel Macross.
Technology Romancer has a really strange VMU video game in the kind of Love & & Punches– in which you need to kiss a man called Junpei as well as punch away your women opponents.
Phantasm Device is an activity video game in which you need to direct your robotic component to incorporate with one more while staying clear of barriers.
Last But Not Least, there’s Rock, Paper, Scissors– which is basically as uncomplicated as it appears, though personalities with various factor worths as well as lives can be chosen.
13. Time Stalkers (1999 )
An uncommon RPG with RTS components, Time Stalkers included personalities from countless previous RPG titles developed by Orgasm Home entertainment (therefore clarifying its Japanese titles: Orgasm Landers).
Time Stalkers is likewise remarkable for having an actually excellent collection of VMU video games– consisting of Dungeon (a very first individual dungeon spider), Moonlighter (an online pet dog), Things (a sub-collection of mini-games consisting of a vending machine, rock-paper-scissors, whack-a-mole as well as also a poultry capturing video game!), Nanwaka Tale (a really fundamental RPG) as well as Yogurt ´ s Large Experience (a kind of activity journey video game).
In addition to video games, a phone directory site, symbol editor as well as also a foreteller were consisted of with Time Stalkers– making this a definitely unbelievable collection of VMU applications as well as video games!
14. TrickStyle (1999 )
The Dreamcast’s first solution to the advanced hover auto racing of Sony’s WipEout collection, TrickStyle saw gamers competing as well as finishing challenge programs in neon-drenched, vibrant as well as advanced settings– come with by a dazzling soundtrack by techno tale Kurtis Mantronik.
The VMU video game TrickStyle Jr. really did not birth much similarity to the primary video game, nonetheless– it was basically simply smart phone timeless Serpent for your VMU!
15. Zombie Vengeance (1999 )
Including on our ideal zombie game video games listing, Zombie Vengeance is a happily ridiculous scrolling beat ’em up embeded in the very same world as Sega’s Residence of the Dead collection.
The VMU video games consisted of with Zombie Vengeance were equally as ridiculous as the primary video game, with Zombie Uncertainty (a memory video game), Zombie Angling (in which you attempt to capture zombified fish!) as well as Zombie Raising, an online pet dog sim in which you increase your very own pet dog zombie!
What else could the VMU do?
Though the display was just 48 dots broad by 32 dots high as well as the sd card just had 100KB for information storage space, the VMU was a remarkably functional, valuable gadget that several designers made fantastic use. Along with added condition information (such as personality health and wellness in Homeowner Wickedness video games), it was typically made use of as a clock, schedule as well as also had game connection– with Ferrari F355 as well as Wonder vs Capcom 2, for instance, development as well as statistics can be shared in between the residence as well as game variations of the video games!
Photo Credit Rating for the VMU screenshots: sega-dreamcast. com
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