Dreamcast Alternate 3D-Perspective Menu

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July 23rd, 2014

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Perhaps as a parting gift to Dreamcast fans, Sega published their final Dreamcast game (Japan-only) with quite a neat easter egg. Puyo Puyo Fever (Puyo Pop Fever when switched to English in the options menu) was the final Sega-published release for the Sega Dreamcast (2/24/04). Not only is it a great puzzle game, Sega programmed the game with an installable VMU file which would unlock the alternate Dreamcast BIOs menu.

I’m not entirely certain whether this ‘3D perspective’ menu is built into the Dreamcast (and the VMU file simply tells the Dreamcast to activate it) or if the VMU file contains the code for the menu. With the VMU file so small in size I would assume this alternate menu was actually hidden in the Dreamcast for over 5 years. Regardless, it’s pretty interesting to Sega experimenting with the user interface design of the Dreamcast, even if it is just a novelty with no real function.

Menu Comparison

Of course, you’ll need to have the means to play a Japanese game on your Dreamcast. I use CodeBreaker as a boot disc for the system. The video below shows exactly how to switch the game into English mode and install the VMU file needed to unlock the alternate menu. Once the Puyo Puyo Fever-provided file is installed onto your VMU you can switch between the normal menu and alternate menu by pressing ‘START’ on the controller (as long as the VMU with the file is connected). You can use the Dreamcast’s analog stick to change the perspective.

Hopefully, you can come across a copy of the game on eBay. Puyo Puyo Fever seems to be a bit rare (but not expensive). Quite a few months passed before I saw the game on eBay and I ended up being the only person to bid on the game. I paid $40.00. I haven’t seen many sold so it’s hard to say what the price range is. I highly recommend keeping an eye for it. It’s very fun. It also has a full english translation and dubbing! It’s a nice package for the final Sega-published game on the Dreamcast.

  • ClarkDV

    Its crazy to think that this menu was potentially hidden for so long. The Dreamcast has a completely different feel with the 3D menus! I’ll be on the lookout for a copy of Puyo Puyo Fever for sure because I’d love to have this option, and also love to have the last official Sega game for the console.

    • Yeah, it’s crazy to see the Dreamcast with this menu.

  • Eric Oborne

    Whoa, sweet find Brandon! I nev(AR) knew this existed until now. This makes me want to see it for myself.

    • Get it!!! Gotta git your Puyo Puyo on regardless. That and Puzzble Bobble (Bust-A-Move) are my favorite traditional puzzle games.

      • Eric Oborne

        Yeah FOsho! I haven’t played Puyo Puyo since the Gamecube version.

  • I love how this has like complete English voices and all English words and stuff when you switch the language!