Pokemon Go is heading to Sega Dreamcast

Nintendo fans will be surprised to hear about the monster-sharing games next move.

A Sega Dreamcast and controller.
The Dreamcast lives? Well, nearly. Image Sega

Pokemon Go is heading to Sega Dreamcast in a move that few from the world of gaming could have seen coming.

Already something of a phenomenon in 2016, Pokemon Go is currently played by millions using the latest smartphone GPS technology.

However, a version of the game is coming to Dreamcast or, more specifically, the console’s Dreamcast Visual Memory Unit.

Despite arriving way back in 1998, the VMU has enjoyed a legacy that goes far beyond that of the failed Sega console, which proved to be the final nail in the coffin of the company known for consoles like the Master System and Mega Drive.

Now better known for developing games, Sega’s decline has not stopped the Dreamcast VMU from developing a cult following online.

The Sega Dreamcast VMU
The Dreamcast VMU The new home of Pokemon Image Sega

Boasting 128kb of storage space, second screen functionality and actual controls, this advanced memory card system was originally designed to offer users additional mini games.

All of which has led to a cultish underground scene of mini games created for use on the small Dreamcast-based system.

And now, according to Digital Trends, a version of Pokemon Go is in the works with programmer gaucasaurus_mex developing special maps and other elements for a mini-game inspired by this latest edition of the monster-catching classic.

Fans may have to wait a little longer for the new/old version though, with the updated title unlikely to arrive until early in 2017.

The Sega Dreamcast is not the only familiar face from the past enjoying a comeback of sorts. It was previously reported that a Virtua Fighter reboot could be in the works after Sega renewed the licence on the world’s very first 3D beat’em-up title.

Perhaps the new version will arrive on Dreamcast. Don’t hold your breathe though.

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Loaded staff writer Jack Beresford has produced content for Lad Bible, Axonn Media and a variety of online sports and news media outlets.