Released on September 9, 1999 or 9-9-99 in the United States store shelves were stocked with the NextGen system the Sega Dreamcast. It launched with a whopping 18 titles including some classics like Sonic Adventure, NFL2K, Power Stone, Ready 2 Rumble, Soul Caliber, and Tokyo Xtreme Racing.
In it’s lifespan the Dreamcast saw some pretty revolutionary games and concepts. Games like Shenmue, Jet Grind Radio, and Seaman which was like a Tamigotchi for your Dreamcast that you could talk to via a microphone that game packed with the games (yes I owned all three of these games and played the hell out of them). Also there was Samba Di Amigo which used motion controlled sambas for the game play.
The Dreamcast was truly ahead of it’s time and loved by many still today. I know when ever I fire mine up and I hear that opening tone I’m magically transported back in time to 1999.
However the system didn’t last long, on January 31, 2001 Sega announced the would be discontinuing production on the Dreamcast and left the console market. This has been the last console Sega has produced, but what a swan song the Dreamcast was. To me this was their finest system eclipsing the greatness that was the Sega Genesis with better games.
There were two key things that caused the downfall of the Dreamcast. First and foremost its lack of a DVD player, which the Playstation 2 boasted. In fact during the PS2’s launch the vast majority of them were bought as DVD players since they were cheaper than most DVD players on the market and happened to play games. This really killed the Dreamcast in Japan.
Also, and what was the final blow to Sega was their GD-Rom which allowed pirates to make bootlegged copies of the games for the system which allowed for people to just copy the games off of the internet and burn them onto CDs.
Dreamcast, you may be gone but you are not forgotten by many of us and we wish you a very happy 16th birthday. Now that you’re old enough to drive I hope you learned more from Sega GT and not Crazy Taxi. Now check out this video below from Did You Know Gaming.