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Check out the ‘VMU-boy’ – the retro gaming system in a VMU case!

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Well bless the modding community, they sure know how to come up with some inventive ways to encourage us to play more and more games – just like the VMU-boy, a retro gaming system that fits inside a VMU case!

The VMU-boy is the work of Giles Burgess (aka Kite). Running off the RetroPie system, the device is able to play tons of retro games, though it is (obviously) limited to some older games, or titles like Sonic that require few controls, due to the fact it only has two gameplay buttons – so don’t go expecting to play Dreamcast games, or most of the Mega Drive’s catalogue.

But still, it’s an incredibly impressive piece of kit by all accounts, a proper pocket gaming device that every SEGA Nerd needs. What’s more, Kite has confirmed that he will be selling the VMU-boy around early/mid 2018, he just needs to work out some kinks and refine the model. Check out the video above for a quick look at the VMU-boy prototype in action – the model in the video doesn’t have sound, but Kite has confirmed that sound does work on his latest model.

If you’re interested, he has setup a Pre-order Sign Up page, here. There’s no commitment, just a way for him to gauge how many people want it and for him to be able to reach out to those who do want it. You can also find out more technical details on the VMU-boy, here.

[Via: The Dreamcast Junkyard]

Graham Cookson

I’m the European Editor of SEGA Nerds and co-founder of the original SEGA Nerds website with Chris back in 2004 or 2005 (genuinely can’t remember which year it was now!).

I’ve been a SEGA fan pretty much all my gaming life – though I am also SEGA Nerds’ resident Microsoft fanboy (well, every site needs one) and since SEGA went third party, I guess it’s now ok to admit that I like Nintendo and Sony too :0)

I’m also the Content Manager of the big data company, Digital Contact Ltd, in the UK:

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  • This is awesome. Signed up to pre-order one.

  • shadow1w2

    Needs some Pico-8 on there badly, button layout would fit well.
    Hopefully a VMU emulator will get ported to Raspberry Pi just for something like this.

    Really would like to see a custom shell instead of using old VMU parts, those are getting hard to find now and a shame to destroy one.
    Also sad VMU functionality with added features like save backups couldn’t be a thing but eh, RPi Zero in a VMU shell is cool enough.
    Would love to put together a Pico-8 themed one myself, repaint a VMU shell etc.

  • Julian J. Conde

    I have 4 see thru cases and some of them are brand new. I have 1 red and 3 blue ones. Can I send you these cases so you can use hem for my build ??

  • Save The Wh(ite M)ales

    Why not go with SG-1000, Master System, and Game Gear? The lack of a third button wouldn’t be an issue there.

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