DCGaga at one point, reaching out across the ether to see if it would be possible to have one purchased and shipped to the UK from the distant shores of Japan. Ultimately, the price of surface shipping and the lengthy wait put me off (although I'm thankful for the assistance!), and so I went back to searching auction sites and retro 'for sale' groups. Occasionally I did spot a unit on eBay, but the sellers wanted extortionate sums; and I even discovered an independent shop in the UK which had one in stock...but again the pricing seemed a little exorbitant for my (admittedly shallow) pockets.
In a word: No. In several words: No it was not. But before I get into the reasons for that damning expose, let us take a little look at the aesthetics and history of the unit. The Dreamcast Karaoke Unit is the only add-on for the console that sits underneath the main console and takes advantage of the little 'hook' points on the bottom. Using the section on the rear-right, the add-on 'docks' with the Dreamcast through the modem/expansion point, and then allows you to place your existing modem (or Broadband Adaptor, if you're lucky enough to own one) on the identical port on the bottom of the Karaoke Unit, and this is critically important for reasons I shall reveal a little later in this article. The unit is further connected to the Dreamcast via a short connector cable and a power cable, and then you plug the Dreamcast Karaoke Unit into the mains.
Way Back Machine, I stumbled upon a few interesting snapshots:
In the harsh light of reality though, the Dreamcast Karaoke Unit is ultimately a useless item that is one for collectors only. I'm really glad I finally got my hands on one and have been able to investigate the unit in a more authoritative manner than I would have if I'd just been reading articles or watching videos; and I'm also really glad I didn't pay the ridiculous sums I've seen these go for. Also, rumours that you can use the Sega Kara disc to play some sample songs are - as far as I can tell - completely untrue so if you do buy one of these, expect to be buying an ornament or a curiosity and you will not be disappointed. Buy one expecting to be singing ABBA on it on a Friday night after too many Piña coladas though, and you'll be wondering what you spent your hard earned money on.