Many people have an almost unnatural obsession with their iPod. I've got one and it's great, I just don't see what all of the fuss is about. Then again some people would make similar remarks about my DS, so I understand. Lately the tiny music player has grown beyond simply playing music and videos, venturing into the realm of gaming. Recently Sega described the iPod as “flawless” when it comes to gaming.
Colour me smitten, Sega Toys have updated their awesome Yume Neko Smile robotic cat. Its name translating as "Dream Cat Smile", I fell hopelessly in love with the animatronic kitty back in 2006, tested the furry white masterpiece in February last year, and now the company has launched a new, talking version at the Tokyo Toy Forum this week.
Check out a video of the new Yume Neko Smile after the cut!
Once again I'm ashamed of my lack of Dremel skills. The product of a feverish desire to take the Sega Dreamcast out on the move, this mod is a custom vacuum casing containing not only the guts of the console but a set of two 7.2V 3Ah R/C car batteries. Rather intimidatingly, the game CD simply clips onto the spindle at the back with no door or cover to protect your soft, delicate fingers.
Yet another blast from the past is making its way into the new generation wrapped in a shiny new package (which looks like this one but cheaper). Nothing gets a kids attention quite like a portable game system. I doubt the AtGames Mega Drive Portable will be much of a contender to the DS and PSP but it’s sure to make some old schoolers happy.
Personally, I think Sega did a good job of this a good number of years ago with the GameGear, but if you weren’t lucky enough to latch onto one of those (I have 2, they’re great) then you can pick up one of Tec Toy’s offerings. Their system appears to offer a slightly improved button layout over the GameGear.
But, their system comes with 20 games pre-loaded, and that’s it, there’s no way to add more. So there’s that, however the Tec Toy version is by far more power efficient, using 3 AAA batteries compared to my GameGear’s 6 AA batteries that last, at best, a couple of hours.
Holy crap, what happened to pinball and Pac-Man? It may have been some time since I last stepped into an arcade, and to be frank it's going to be a whole lot longer still if they insist on putting vomit-rockets like this Sega House of the Dead 4 Special machine into them! Strap yourself into the full-motion, vibrating chair and prepare for two 100-inch XGA projector screens to throw you bodily into the action.
Jenn over at Pocketables obviously knows me pretty damn well - she spotted this lovely little Robot Chick by SegaToys and thought it would make a good companion for my beloved Yume Neko Smile. And I think she's right, although the potential for entertainment from something that looks like a couple of balls of yellow cotton wool isn't perhaps as great as a meowing, yowling cat.
Apparently the little fella chirps and cheeps until you pick him up and, if the photos are anything to go by, imprison him in a Perspex Egg of Death.
The SegaToys chick robot [Akihabara News]