The Sega Fish Life is being worked on!

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Hello everyone,

I've recently had the privilege to join a team dedicated to thoroughly research and document this rare piece of gaming history that is the Sega Fish Life.
For those who are not aware of the Fish Life, it is a piece of hardware based on the Sega Dreamcast that was exclusively sold to establishments such as hotels and restaurants in Japan. It consists of a main unit and a touch screen. It simulates fishes swimming in a tank that user can interact with using the screen.

Very little is known about the unit because of the rarity of it. We don't have an exact date of release or of the number of units sold.

Five different games were made for it and haven't been dumped yet.

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I will post updates as soon as work is being done and that I'm allowed to share it.
In the meantime here is a little teaser image :joyful:



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Oh man, that's awesome!
We are still looking for additional information if someone has it and this will definitely be a great help!
 

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This is awesome news, exciting to follow the proceedings of this matter!
 

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Big update!

It took us some time to get the Fish Life running properly. We could see it turning on and the disc was spinning but it was impossible to get a picture and the sound was garbled. We inspected everything but couldn't see any issue. We were very worried.

Hopefully a member of the museum found the issue, that we had completely missed! Small repairs were done and lo and behold, it works!

We were able to find a touch screen more or less compatible with the unit and played with it for a while.
A menu can be accessed using buttons behind the unit.

The Fish Life is also capable of running regular Dreamcast games by disconnecting a cable on the motherboard, but we have yet to try the controller ports that are inside the unit, as there are no external ones.

I also made a scan of the disc itself, so that you can finally see what it looks like. It is the Amazon version, one of the 5 games released.
There is still more information to be shared, so be sure to follow this thread!
 

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Interesting, just a Dreamcast with extra boards. Excited to see what comes next. How many of the 5 Fish Life games do you and your team have currently?
 

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We just have this one as far as we know. For any Fish Life donation please contact me :happy:
 

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Big update!

A lot has happenend in the last few months. First of all, we were able to dump the game, flash et BIOS. Thanks to @Laurent for providing the tools necessary to dump the game.

The BIOS and the flash were dumped directly from the Fish Life unit using NetBSD and the serial port. The BIOS is a regular 1.01d version, only the flash makes the device special (on top of the touch and voice recognition capabilities). Credit for this go to the staff at the museum.

We then contacted some members of the community to help us make the game work on emulators, do some reverse engineering and help us make the best out of this opportunity. As you can see, they were extremely helpful:

On top of that, an English translation of the game has been made!

Big thanks to @SiZiOUS @japanese_cake and @-=FamilyGuy=- for the time spent on this project.

This is not over and there are yet more surprises to come ;)
 

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Looks like a Dreamcast 2 ;)

Wonder why they didn't use a stock Dreamcast instead of making such a nice case for something so obscure.
 

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Looks like a Dreamcast 2 ;)

Wonder why they didn't use a stock Dreamcast instead of making such a nice case for something so obscure.
They added voice recognition and touchscreen so the circuits are a bit different (but not that much). Controllers are not needed so they removed that, but the ports are still present inside the console.

I think the main reason is because it was made to be displayed in establishments such as hotels and restaurants so they needed something "professional" that would look good to customers and don't stand out too much.
 

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They added voice recognition and touchscreen so the circuits are a bit different (but not that much). Controllers are not needed so they removed that, but the ports are still present inside the console.

I think the main reason is because it was made to be displayed in establishments such as hotels and restaurants so they needed something "professional" that would look good to customers and don't stand out too much.
I guess that makes sense for the hardware. For the case, I would have imagined it would be behind the counter or in a cabinet, but I guess for the sake of making it look professional. Still really like that case.
 
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