Someone Made Their Own Mini Dreamcast

Someone Made Their Own Mini Dreamcast

Image: YouTube (smackedsam)

It’s not an official product, naturally. But this homebrew unit does at least look like a Dreamcast unit, and it plays plenty of Dreamcast games to boot.

The mini Dreamcast is the work of YouTuber smackedsam, who put a stock Raspberry Pi3 with some modded ports into a shell that looks like a Dreamcast.

The retro box has four ports for wired controllers and has 15 games loaded, including Power Stone, Soul Calibur and Dino Crisis. Not everything runs at a buttery smooth frame rate – the emulation settings are turned down to the lowest – although smackedsam notes that you could overclock the Pi3 and house the unit in a shell with some cooling and fans for better performance.

He’ll apparently be selling Dreamcast Mini Legendary shells and Dreamcast Mini units in the future, something I can’t imagine SEGA will permit for too long. Nonetheless, it’s neat to see what a Dreamcast Mini could look like. Surely someone at SEGA’s thinking about it.

If you’re having troubles or need advice on how to get the Dreamcast going with Retropie, there’s a useful video guide here.


  • This is a mini console I would purchase. But it would need to have the proper controllers to come with it, so I think I’ll wait until the right person at Sega gets a shaky leg. And a Nintendo 64, please & thank you.

  • I know it’s traditional to use a Raspberry Pi for all these console builds, but how would one of the smaller x86 boards go with Dreamcast emulation?

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