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I love my VMU I do, I love my VMU,
By A Customer
This review is from: Sega Visual Memory Unit (Dreamcast) (Accessory)
The one problem with the dreamcast is that unlike the wonderful Sega Saturn, the Dreamcast doesn't have it's own built in memory for saving games. Still niether did the PlayStation and looked what happened to that. This is where the Visual Memory Unit comes in. Costing just under 20 quid may get you thinking that it's a bit expensive but don't forget that when the PlayStation was released, the memory cards also cost £20.
Right now the important stuff. It comes with 200 blocks of memory but they're much smaller than the blocks on the PlayStation memory card. this means that where as on a Playstation Memory card, memory was wasted with games that perhaps took up 2 blocks actually took up just over 1 which meant memory was lost. This doesn't happen on the VMU. I suppose one gripe is that the games don't tell you on the back of the case how much space you need so you could have 38 blocks free but the game might take up 83 meaning you have to edit the contents on the card or buy a new one.
As for the mini-games? Well not many Dreamcst games utilise this feature which is unfortunate for both us and the battery companys. (VMU's eat up batteries like a sumo wrestler at a sushi eating contest - i.e. they last only about 3 - 4 months). Games of note that utilise this feature are Pwer Stone and Sonic Adventure among others. You can also download picturres and games to it on the internet (although quite how this works I don't know).
All in all the VMU is a funky little machine and is vital for all Dreamcast owners