Not all heroes wear capes.
Passionate fans around the world have come up with some pretty incredible homages over the years, such as the recent Metroid 2 remake AM2R, or the amazingly detailed Pokemon Uranium. There was even a proper, full game released to the SEGA Dreamcast in 2014, a console that had at the time been dead for over a decade. Now one such fan has taken it upon himself to port the latest mobile phenomenon, Pokemon GO, to none other than the Dreamcast VMU.
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
He isn’t planning to release the game for download until 2017 because of the time it will take to draw up the sprites for all 151 Gen 1 Pokemon. Of course since the VMU doesn’t have GPS or augmented reality functionality, he’s working around that by instead using a randomly generated map grid instead. In place of throwing Poké Balls there will be a timing-based mini-game you must win to catch the monsters.
If you’ve still got a Dreamcast laying around with a long-neglected VMU in tow, now might be the perfect time to dust it off.
Thanks, SEGA Nerds.