In an effort to reduce male patron’s messiness (and grab some cash from locales not necessarily associated with gaming) Sega’s Toylets can now be found in restrooms across Japan — and even in a handful of cities overseas. You won’t need to make the laborious trek to your nearest bar or arcade to beat the high score any more, however, as Sega’s now put the urinal games terminal up for sale to (Japanese) Joe Public. A sensor at the base will detect pressure and, er, volume which acts as the controls. A screen at eye level will show your progress, and you can expect several short-but-sweet games in the style of Rhythm Tengoku or Warioware. It all comes a price though — you’ll need to stump up 140,000 yen (around $ 1750) for the device itself and 10,000 yen ($ 125) a piece for games. The porcelain is (unfortunately) not included.
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I don’t always post about iPhone cases… but when I do, I prefer retro gaming ones. Sure, you could have a cool metallic case, or go all-leather, or make your phone look like R2-D2 — but when you can have a Dreamcast on the back, those other options seem to lose their luster.
It’s one of those things you can have that passively sorts through the crowd and only grabs the attention of those who are in the know. I have an Evangelion shirt that does the same and I’m proud. Anyone who sees you rocking a Genesis on your ear will come up and give you a Sonic-style fist bump. You too will feel as cool as the guy in the picture does.
You have a choice of Saturn, Dreamcast, or the aforementioned Genesis. All cost ¥2100, or 27 of your United States dollars. Plus a few ¥ for shipping, of course.
Wait, where’s the Nomad? You can’t rewrite history, Sega!
Back in June, Sega Toys in Japan teased the R2-D2 Homestar, a fully functional planetarium that’s shaped in the form of the robot from Star Wars. And today, the company fixed the release date (September 15) and price ($ 91) for the planetarium. The scaled replica projects about 10,000 stars onto the ceiling in your living room, and as a bonus, it shows the location of the Death Star, too (see below).
The R2-D2 Planetarium uses a 1W white LED as a light source, runs for three hours on four AAA batteries and stands 21cm high. It has a projection range of 1.5-2.3m/4.9-7.5ft and a projection area of 1.8m/5.9ft circumference.
Here’s the planetarium showing the Death Star:
If you’re interested but live outside Japan, the Japan Trend Shop (website in English) has started listing the planetarium today for pre-order for the same price as in Japan (again, $ 91). They’ll ship it anywhere and say the little guy comes with instructions in English.
Via IT Media [JP]
The latest victim in this rash of cyberattacks is Sega, whose own gaming network and marketplace Sega Pass has been compromised. The site says it’s “going through some improvements” but a message to members reveals that they’re locking it down until the situation is back under control. What was leaked? Fortunately just emails, DOBs, and encrypted passwords.
Nothing you don’t give out every day for free, then, but to be safe, change your password elsewhere if you’ve been affected by this hack. Probably a good idea to change your password right now anyway just in case what with half the sites on the net getting hacked.
Second Sega Toys Homestar Planetarium news item in a row: following the version that’s good for travel from yesterday, maker Sega Toys took the wraps off a Star Wars model at the Tokyo Toy Show. It’s a fully functional planetarium, just in the shape of R2-D2, and it shows the location of the Death Star.
R2-D2 projects about 10,000 stars onto the ceiling in your living room and stands about 21cm high.
Here’s the Death Star:
This must buy for Star Wars and astronomy geeks (we know you’re out there) will cost $ 85 when it hits stores in Japan in September. Ask specialized online shopping services like the Japan Trend Shop, Rinkya, Flutterscape or Geek Stuff 4 U if you want to import one from Japan.
Via Hobby Media [IT] (thanks, Francesco Fondi) and IT Media [JP]
Sega Toys in Japan is selling another model in their hit Homestar series of planetarium projection systems. The so-called Homestar Travel [JP] allows you to see the starry skies from six different places on Earth: the South Pole, London, Kairo, Tokyo, Sydney, and Honolulu.
From a range of 1.5～2.3m, the projections are up to 1.8m in diameter.
The Homestar Travel is sized at 100×180×12mm, powered by batteries and also comes with an alarm clock function.
Sega Toys started selling the Japan-only Homestar Travel today (price: $ 62). Ask specialized online stores like Flutterscape, Rinkya or the Japan Trend Shop if you want get one shipped to you.
A Sega marketing exec, speaking to Gamespot, blurted out that the Wii U will probably launch spring/summer of 2012, a proposition that sounds a bit fishy. We could see Nintendo announcing availability at E3 2012 and then selling it around the holidays, thereby sewing up 2012 and 2013 in terms of console sales, but a spring launch just doesn’t make much sense.
He could also be trolling or talking out of his rear, so who knows. Anyway, feel free to mark your calendars with your favorite Yoshi sticker.