Samba De Amigo Marcas

Originally launching for 8,190 yen (roughly $80/£55) in Japan in 2000, the Samba De Amigo maracas (HKT-9700) were released as a standalone accessory to coincide with release of their ape rhythm game. Based on arcade specifications, the maracas were a revelation at the time offering a true arcade experience like no other. Sure, the price was a bit of a shock at the time, but the maracas feel really good and have an assured weightiness about them that reassure you that you've bought quality.


In the set you get a base unit to connect the maracas and the Dreamcast too. This base unit is a sensor bar similar to that found in the Nintendo Wii which reads the position of the maracas. Also, included is a mat which isn't entirely necessary but can be attached via Velcro pads on the unit base for a bit of decoration and to give you an idea of where you should be standing. The maracas themselves are bright red like the arcade versions and make a cool maraca-esque rattle when you shake them. They also feature a small yellow button which acts as a start button (although this action can also be completed by shaking them). 



The sensors which are very accurate, most complaints were easily silenced by adjusting height and remembering to keep them in front of you. In typical Sega fashion, setup is also simple, just plug in the maracas to the base unit and the unit to the Dreamcast and you're done; its basic just plug and play. Trust me, if you want to get the most out of Samba De Amigo, or you are looking for the best party atmosphere on the Dreamcast then you will want a pair of these.