Although Pokemon GO has rekindled the feeling of gaming on the go for many, it’s far from the only time that video games have been playable while outside. Of course, the Pokemon franchise first made its appearance via Nintendo’s classic Game Boy, while many other device creators have also taken a crack at handheld gaming. One of the most interesting handheld devices in video game history was Sega’s Dreamcast Visual Memory Unit – and now, one homebrew creator has decided to bring the Pokemon mobile title over to the device.
Being an accessory for a ’90s video game console, there are some necessary changes being made, such as not working off of GPS.
Instead, the game works off of a randomly generated grid that you’ll navigate to track down Pokemon, according to an Instagram post. Once you find one, you can throw Poke Balls by taking part in a “timing-based mini-game.”
Pokémon GO for the Sega Dreamcast VMU! Coming 2017, because I'm lazy and it's going to take forever to draw all those damn Pokémon. Randomly generated map grid in place of GPS functionality and timing based mini game to throw Pokéballs. You can download my other games Flappy Bird VMU and Street Race VMU on my Instagram now! #Sega #Dreamcast #segadreamcast #VMU #visualmemoryunit #Pokémon #pokemongo #nintendo #portablegaming #retrocollective #pixel #pixelart #weedle #pokeball #pokestop #catchemall
Pokemon Go VMU is being developed by modder guacasaurus_mex. The VMU “port” isn’t planned for release until next year, though, because “it’s going to take forever to draw all those damn Pokémon.”
Guaracasuarus_rex has already released VMU versions of everything from Flappy Bird to an original fruit-catching game. But dozens more homebrew VMU games are out there, from Buffy the Vampire Slayer interactive comics to questionable ports of Metroid and Metal Gear Solid, limited three-dimensional first-person shooters, and black-and-white “FMV” videos.