Although more expensive than its PlayStation counterparts the VMU units hold ample saves, as well as doubling up as a mini game portal for some games like Soul Calibur.
If you don't want the fuss of having to complete games in one go, and trust me you don't, then this VMU with display is a worthwhile investment. --Stuart Miles
It`s much more than a memory card! For the first time, you can take parts of a game with you and play with them away from home. The VMU has its own microprocessor, screen, memory and controller and can act as a self-contained game machine. You can save information from your Dreamcast onto the VMU and modify/change/play with that data while you are away from your Dreamcast. For example, download characters from Sega Dreamcast games into the VMU, train them while on the bus, and then load them back into the Dreamcast game. Save special VMU-only games and play them at work or school. Even connect your VMU to a friend`s VMU and compete or trade game files! The VMU`s LCD screen can be viewed while it is inserted into a Dreamcast controller and creates a private viewing device that can be hidden from other players. Now, you`ll be able to select plays in NFL 2K without your opponent knowing what`s coming. The VMU adds a whole new strategic level of gameplay! 200 blocks of memory space for plenty of game-saving power. Built-in controller buttons and D-pad for standalone gameplay. Hi-resolution LCD screen. Complete with cap to protect connector pins.
If there's one gripe it's that the batteries wear down too quickly, but despair not - there is a trick to preserving their life. Keep the tiny plastic tag that is pulled out to start the VMU, and when not in use insert it again. This breaks the contact and keeps the batteries from draining!
To surmise, this is the best memory unit around and each DC owner should have at least one.
But it does a lot more then just save game data! It has a small LCD screen which is used to show data from games such as ammo and life, in some titles, little games and virtual pets can be loaded on to it.
It can be used to download small files off the Internet, it can also be played with out the console being on, the top comes off as-well so it can be linked up with a friends VMU to swap save data and fight some one pokémon style. If you get a Dreamcast this is your first essential purchase.