Party Like It’s 9/9/99 – Vidjagame Apocalypse 333

The Dreamcast, Sega’s beloved but short-lived final console, just turned 20 in North America this week! To celebrate, Heidi Kemps of joins us for a look at five games that made the best use of the VMU, Dreamcast’s memory card/second screen/handheld device. Then it’s on to River City Girls, Gears 5, Apple Arcade news, and the long-lost platform exclusives that you think deserve a second chance.

Question of the Week: What’s a piece of game music that you made up words for? (Write them out with a link to the music, or send us a video of yourself singing!)


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Theme song by Matthew Joseph Payne. Break song is Escape from the City by Jun Senoue, Ted Poley, and Tony Harnell.


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7 thoughts on “Party Like It’s 9/9/99 – Vidjagame Apocalypse 333

  1. sadly ditched sega after the 16 bit era…but was able to make amends getting a DC years after. So many good games, and I LOVED how it had connectivity to one of the most underrated handhelds, the Neo Geo Pocket (Color)!

  2. What’s a piece of game music that you made up words for?

    When Smash Bros. Brawl came out my brother, friends and myself would sing the following to the theme song where the vocals were:

    All we are friends
    Little tiny friends
    most of us are friends
    we are friends till the e-end!

    Repeated until the woman sang

    And yes we belted them out like opera singers.

  3. It wasn’t really making up lyrics for the music but for some reason as a kid I thought the music from Fourside in Earthbound sounded like the song Nothing in the World from Return of Jafar so I had a habit singing those lyrics over it. Still do sometimes when I play that stage in Smash.

  4. I can’t think of any in particular, but I did (and still do) make up lyrics that mostly just consist of turning classic Nintendo songs into songs about shit, piss, dicks and fucking. Because I was, and still am, a child.

  5. Sorry to derail the QOTW, but I HAD to chip in with my Dreamcast memories. Shenmue, Crazy Taxi, Soul Calibur, House of the Dead, Unreal tournament, Phantasy Star Online… Oh, man, I LOVED my Dreamcast. An honourable mention to your VMU list would have to be the Snake clone on Trickstyle- it took up most of the memory on the VMU, but being able to play Snake for 20 minutes until the VMU battery shat the bed was amazing 🙂

    I worked in retail for the 1-2 years of the DC’s life, and my pet hate was to see customers crowded around the store’s demo DC pod, and see them playing a game like Crazy Taxi or Powerstone, and loving every minute, only to walk away from the system saying “it’s good, but PS2 is coming soon. Have you seen the demo of The Boxer? It’s got Cloud from FF7 in it”

    More fool them, because the Dreamcast was my favourite console ever, and was a short but remarkable point in gaming.

    Anyway, music that I put words to? I don’t know, usually when I chant “bollocks” to the tune of a game over screen 😉

  6. QOTW: Can’t really remember any of the bullshit lyrics I’ve come up with out of either boredom or frustration, but my 4 y/o daughter is addicted to playing Mario 64 on my OG N64, so all I hear in my head while she does is the damn raccoons song on perpetual repeat…. Thanks guys,, thanks

  7. Does anyone remember the VMU causing Y2K scares for Dreamcast owners?

    Here’s the math. The Dreamcast releases on 9/9/99. The batteries in the VMU – CR2032s – last about three months. Meaning that, right around the end of December 1999, a lot of early adopters were turning on their consoles and suddenly getting that BEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEP. When we were already assuming that every computer would explode on January 1, it was an easy assumption to make.

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