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Now, the reason I bring up clones is that it's become apparent that there are a couple that borrow heavily from the shell designs of legit systems...and some of them even mimic the hallowed Dreamcast. There aren't that many (not as many as ape the PlayStation, for example) but I thought it'd be interesting to have a look at the ones I could find. And by 'find,' I mean copy from a Google image search. Cough.
Dorikyasu Game Corner
website it is listed on (after being translated by Google, natch), the Game Corner features a cartridge slot under the lid and a handy eject button. The bundled controllers are N64 rip-offs and it also comes with a knock-off Namco GunCon for some reason. Could be handy for Duck Hunt I guess. Sadly, the Game Corner is no longer available, but I think it's safe to say no-one will be losing any sleep over it. Interestingly, the same site also lists handheld Dreamcasts that are built to order, but those are no longer for sale either.
Mega Drive V
Russia and the box has some rather nice yet totally unsanctioned Mortal Kombat artwork on it. As with the Game Corner, the Mega Drive V has the ability to accept carts via a slot under the lid and for some reason the creators of this shodtastic abomination decided to go with PlayStation controllers rather than the expected Mega Drive ones. Happily though, they're referred to as 'convenient horned turbo game pads,' so Sony's lawyers don't really have a leg to stand on should they wish to crack down on the V's manufacturer.
Dream Z Plus / Dream Z Plus Alpha
Korean clones are perhaps the most faithful in design to the Dreamcast as they even take the controller model and copy them almost verbatim. Naturally, there's no VMU support and the little 'LCD screens' are almost certainly stickers but you can't fault the manufacturer for effort. There's precious little information on either of these variants of the Dream Z Plus, but the shells look like slightly stretched Dreamcasts with different controller ports on the front and an extra button. Again, due to the lack of information I'm unable to tell if these just have a load of crappy built in games or sport a secret cart slot for some hot Famiclone action. Still, they both come with two controllers plus a light gun, and the Alpha comes with an arcade stick type thing too. It looks like it would explode with the force of the Tunguska event as soon as it was plugged in, but it's a nice addition to the package nonetheless.
this thread on the mighty Dreamcast-Talk forum. Unlike the other clones listed here, the Handy Boy is an all-in-one and likely has all the games stored inside and offers some kind of menu system from which you can select your own path to gaming hell. I'm going to make an educated guess here and predict that the software contained within this pandora's box probably consists of the same broken 8-bit games replicated 10,000 times (but with a different colour palette), just like those godawful 250-in-1 Gameboy cartridges you occasionally see being sold by dickheads at car boot sales for £20 because they're 'rare.'
Anyway, I'm sure there are plenty more Dreamcast-inspired clones floating around out there, so if you find one please share it with us either in the comments or on the DCJY Facebook group. Also, you'll find a much more in-depth look at clone systems on Wikipedia here. Also, special thanks to Cauterize from RetroCollect for the link to the Game Corner.
Right, I'm off to cook some fish fingers over a burning wellington boot. Bye!