Pri Fun

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Pri Fun
Manufacturer: Sega
Release Date RRP Code
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The Pri Fun (プリ ファン) is a low cost "video" printer released by Sega in late 1995. It is designed to convert single frames of composite video into physical pictures, acting as a rudimentary capture device.

The Pri Fun was not officially released outside of Japan.


The Pri Fun is similar to regular computer printers, except rather than receving precise instructions on how to print a page, it merely prints the current frame of video, supplied by any device that can supply a composite video signal (examples listed by the box and manual include televisions, VCRs, camcorders, games consoles and LaserDisc players). It generates roughly 4x6-inch pictures (either as one image, or four smaller tiled images) on specially adapted paper using thermal dye. Each printer roll can produce up to 30 full colour prints.

The Pri Fun is a stand-alone device that only requires a video signal, however Sega offered means to extend its functionality. Thirteen "character packs" (キャラクターパック) where produced (often themed around licensed properties or Sega franchises); bespoke cartridges which offering 20 pre-configured printing patterns. A "Pause Pack" (ポーズパック) was also offered to "pause" the video feed, taking the guesswork out of printing moving footage. Multiple paper types were also offered, such as those with an adhesive backing to create stickers.

Contrary to suggestions on the box, the Pri Fun is not designed with either the Sega Saturn or Sega Pico in mind; it does not directly connect to any video game system, only composite video inputs. No Saturn games were developed with the Pri Fun in mind, however two Pico games were; Petapeta Chokkin Asoberu Zukan: Doubutsu and Sanrio Festival Tanoshii Card-dzukuri, which can render "printer friendly" graphics on-screen (in Sanrio Festival's case, greeting card templates). Neither game technically requires the Pri Fun to function.

Photo gallery


Code Name Box scans Images Region Date Price Documentation Description
1 Pochacco The Yorimichi Dog
PriFun1 JP Box Back.jpgNospine.pngPriFun1 JP Box Front.jpg
Pri Fun1 JP Cartridge.jpg
2 Pata Pata Peppy
PataPataPeppy-back.jpgNospine.pngPriFun02 PF JP Box Front.jpg
3 Sanchoume no Tama
PriFun03 JP Box Back.jpgNospine.pngPriFun03 PF JP Box Front.jpg
PriFun03 JP Cartridge.jpg
4 Chibi Maruko-Chan
SegaPriFun Cartridge04-Back.jpgNospine.pngSegaPriFun Cartridge04.jpg
5 Mahou Kishi Rayearth
6 Johnny's Junior
PriFun06 PF JP Box Back.jpgNospine.pngPriFun06 PF JP Box Front.jpg
PriFun06 PF JP Box Cartridge.jpg
7 Xmas & Nenga
SegaPriFun Cartridge07 back.jpgNospine.pngSegaPriFun Cartridge07.jpg
8 Pingu
PriFun Pingu Back.jpgNospine.pngPrifun pingu front.jpg
PriFun Pingu Cart.jpg
10 Chao Pack
11 Doraemon
PriFun Cartridge11.png
13 Virtua Fighter
PriFun13 PF JP Box Back.jpgNospine.pngPriFun13 PF JP Box Front.jpg
Pause Pack
PausePack PriFun JP Box Back.jpgNospine-small.pngPausePack PriFun JP Box Front.jpg
Prifun Pause.pdf
Sticker Pack (30 Sheets)
Prifun Sticker.pdf
Paper Pack (30 Sheets)
Prifun Paper.pdf
Postcard Pack (30 Sheets)
Ink Cartridge Pack (30 Prints)
Prifun Ink.pdf


Physical scans

Pico, JP
PriFun JP Box Back.jpgNospine-small.pngPriFun YJA3.jpg
Prifun Manual.pdf
Prifun Safety.pdf
Prifun Warranty.pdf
Prifun Cleaning.pdf


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