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We are the Musee Bolo, a computer and video game museum in Lausanne, Switzerland. We have repaired the SEGA Fish Life in our collection and we are working on it to release as much information as possible. To get some context: https://web.archive.org/web/20060621185421/http://www.sega.co.jp:80/fishlife/product_e.html

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    There’s one on eBay for $10k without the monitor or software. There are no completed ones on eBay so who knows how much one of these would actually go for. I had never heard of this until now.

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      We (Musée Bolo) have one of the 5 pieces of software that were released and the main unit. We do not have the touch screen however.

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      Someone should make an equivalent that allows communicating with axolotls through your screen, Cortazar style.

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        We are working with the community to make the game and platform (very close to a Dreamcast) run in a emulator. The touch screen functionalities will probably be the most challenging.

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          That would be pretty awesome and a great way to preserve that history. You might want to consider contacting The Living Computer Museum in Seattle to see if they’d be willing to put up am exhibit around simulated version.

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            Indeed. Actually, we will try to have it in our own exhibition. But obviously, our preservation work can be reuse by other institutions.

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            Is it on a Naomi board?

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              It is closer to a regular Dreamcast I would say.

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                Seriously though, I understand its importance for computer history, but I’m not sure if I understand who would buy it at the time. Is it a very advanced platform for this day made into a single-purpose computer? What’s unique about it other than the early use of touchscreen? Anyone knows what the list price was?

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                  I searched for “Sega Fish Life” on duckduckgo and found Fish Life at Sega Retro which says ¥498000.

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                    Software was sold at 19800¥. The platform was, as indicated on SEGA website, targeting public places: “Perfect for use in the following locations:

                    • Restaurant Lounges
                    • Aquariums
                    • Hotel and Bank Lobbies, etc.
                    • Libraries
                    • Hospital Waiting Rooms
                    • Halls and Event locations”
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                      ¥498000 sounds like an obscene price that could hardly justify the purchase even for businesses. The software sounds affordable though, and if it was meant to be a platform for interactive displays, I definitely can see the appeal.

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          too cool! flashback to seaman days