Long-time readers may remember Sega Toys' robotic cat that stole my heart, Yume Neko Smile; now the company is back with an upgraded version [pdf link] of the electronic-kitty. Yume Neko "Dream Cat" Venus is a life-sized Norwegian Forest Cat, with more possible movement than the original Smile version together with the ability to respond to your voice.
Blaze have announced a third-party Sega Genesis (aka Sega Mega Drive) that not only allows classic games cartridges to be played but comes with fifteen titles preloaded. Onboard games include Sonic & Knuckles, Altered Beast and Golden Axe; as for the cartridge slot, it'll accept any region's Genesis or Mega Drive games.
In a brief announcement today, Sega revealed its plan to collaborate with Marvel Entertainment for the second time to develop the Iron Man sequel multi-platform video games with schedule to due in 2010.
Disappointing news for anyone hoping SEGA would be making a return to portable gaming hardware. The SEGA Vision device tipped last Friday - which was claimed to be a multi-function PMP and games console - is actually a Chinese-made media player with no development connection to SEGA themselves. As for the games, they're basic Java titles similar to that found on a cellphone.
Official SEGA statement after the cut
Sega are apparently planning a return to the hardware market, in the shape of the Sega Vision gaming PMP. Equipped with a built-in TV tuner, audio and video player, digital camera with video recording functionality and, of course, the ability to play games (of an unspecified format), according to Sega the Vision is set to launch in the UK sometime next year.
Video of the Sega device after the cut
Sometimes, sitting in front of the computer all day can feel pretty lonely. If only you had someone to talk to. Well, Sega Toys is trying to remedy that situation with a robotic plant called the Pekoppa.
Yes, you heard me right. A robotic plant. How can a plant be robotic, you must be wondering? Well, it nods at you. So, when you speak toward the plant, it nods back at you as though in agreement. That's it. That's all it does.
Who doesn't like a little bit of useless tech once in awhile? That's exactly what the Handheld Aquarium from Sega Toys offers users in its Wiimote-crossed-with-iPod form.
If you enjoy your baths but candlelight isn't quite the right mood for you, this cool little planetarium is definitely great for those that are in need of mood lighting. With this you can lay back as it casts pretty starry skies onto your walls.
It makes me wish I could sit still long enough to soak in the tub, however, I just tend to enjoy showers way more. For those that aren't as squirmy as I am, you can also flip the planetarium over and have it cast different colors and designs into the water itself.
The Homestar Spa from SEGA Toys is being sold for $70. It might also be cool for those with hot tubs to give different lighting than the boring colored bulbs that are usually featured in hot tubs.
In a world where arcade games have seemingly gone to the wayside, knocked out of the way by their console and cell phone based brethren there is still hope. It can be found in the new Sega Lindberg arcade cabinets, and I hope they aren’t making fun of my buddy Charles.