Accessory | SEGA Dreamcast | VMU Visual Memory Unit
Visual Memory Unit (VMU)
For saving game progress as a removable save game memory card.
The Visual Memory Unit (VMU) is the primary memory card produced by Sega for the Dreamcast home video game console. The device features a monochrome liquid crystal display (LCD), multiplayer gaming capability (via connectors at the top), second screen functionality, a real-time clock, file manager, built-in flash memory, and sound capability.
While its most basic function is as a removable storage device, the VMU may also serve as an auxiliary display during normal gameplay and, through the use of additional software (distributed as extras on Dreamcast GD-ROMs), acts as a handheld game console. Console-like features of the VMU include a screen, speaker, proper directional pad, four action buttons, the ability to connect and interact with other VMUs, and the ability to download additional games. While the standard VMU is white, colors were expanded to include many variations.
Several titles for the Dreamcast included mini-games that could be downloaded onto a VMU. The Sonic Adventure series, for instance, included the Chao Adventure mini-game. In the game players could transfer Chao eggs to the VMU and play to increase the stats of their hatched Chao, whereupon they could upload their improved Chao back into the Dreamcast game.
Dreamcast titles that include VMU games and extra features
Evolution 2 (12 Hour Clock)
Godzilla Generations (Japanese Version)
Power Stone 2
Marvel Vs. Capcom 2
Quake III Arena
Resident Evil 2
Skies of Arcadia
Sonic Adventure 2
Soulcalibur (Japanese Version)
Tokyo Bus Guide
1. Insert 2x 2032 coin batteries
2. Insert into your Dreamcast controller
NOTE - Dust caps not included