GameSci: The Wii U's Unlikely Influence

Colin Lecher:

To most of the world, Sega's Visual Memory Unit has been been dead for the better part of a decade, forgotten as a footnote in the annals of videogame history. It was a memory card, shaped mostly like a Tamagotchi, that slipped into the giant controller of a Sega Dreamcast, with its tiny, 1.5-inch greyscale screen peeking through a little cut-out. If players wanted to, they could pull it out of the controller and, using two buttons and a control pad, play rudimentary mini-games. It was a smallish element of a failed console released 13 years ago from a company that no longer even makes hardware.

But with the release of Nintendo's Wii U, the internet's collective memory began bubbling, and the VMU popped up from the depths. There's a GameFAQs thread entitled, "Is the WiiU controller like an upgraded VMU ?" There are YouTube videos pointing out the connection. Did Nintendo reach back into its past to swipe an idea from a vanquished foe?

The VMU is a not-uncommon topic in certain hobbyist corners of the internet, and the posters are, amazingly, often doing more than talking about the gadget. People make games for the VMU, there are sites for downloading emulations of VMU games, there are recent YouTube reviews with non-negligible hits, and, inexplicably, someone has created a portrait of the gadget done in the oil-painted style of George Washington crossing the Delaware.

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1upgamer991940d ago

I don't really think Nintendo was trying to copy Sega, but rather use some of the DS ideas with two screens. I loved my Dreamcast. The VMU was rarely used though. More for gimmick mini games. Still a great system, that was ahead of its time for sure.

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Pillsbury11940d ago

Dream cast was ahead of its time, I can't help but think where we would be if sega still made hardware...

thecowsaysmoo1940d ago

Dream cast was a crappy system, so they will keep making crappy systems. SIMPLE AS THAT.

Sgt_Slaughter1940d ago

The Dreamcast was a very well made system... in fact, all the main Sega consoles were very well made. The Genesis is one of the best systems ever made to this day.

MizTv1940d ago

I'm still on the fence about the wiiu
I just don't know what to think about it

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ape0071940d ago (Edited 1940d ago )

ok Awesome one, just wait and see when big Nintendo exclusives hit the market other that the wiiu itself feel like umm.....NOTHING, there is no nextgen\next leap feel to it at all and there's no sense of originality like original wii, the miiverse is nice but the system menu loading is so annoying, xbox360 and ps3 menus are so much faster, i hope they update it, I'll wait and see how Nintendo exclusives be on it, I personally want STAR FOX

dirthurts1940d ago

Nintendo exclusives, just in time for Sony and Microsofts new consoles...
Nintendo doesn't have a chance sadly.
They've mastered the art of super short console cycles. Convenient for them as they profit on hardware.

MizTv1939d ago

I would love to play a new metroid prime
But I not going to get it for 1 game

wiiulee1940d ago

the dreamcast was a good little system and it was too bad for sega....but wiiu is way beyond that...wiiu is a fantastic system....nintendo had their own plans into place with the gamecube and gameboy advance connects and ds....i think all that influence wiiu not specifically or in any ways the dreamcast....but wiiu will be copied by sony and microsoft now that u expect...miiverse,tvii and gamepad designs to be copy and haters to rejoice over it

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