Sega Dreamcast Celebrates 20th Anniversary Today in the West

Sega Dreamcast was first launched on this day 20 years ago in the states, marking one of the best consoles to date.

Today marks the anniversary when the SEGA Dreamcast landed in the United States – closely followed by a European appearance on October 14, 1999. Japan was the first to get their hands on it in 1998 but it was in America where the console had its most successful period, especially at Christmas in 2000. Selling around ten million consoles worldwide, the Dreamcast outperform both PlayStation and Nintendo 64 – that’s until Sony’s PlayStation 2 arrived on the market with Sega then saying a fond farewell to the Dreamcast on March 31, 2001, and establishing itself as a third-party publisher.

If you were lucky enough to own a Dreamcast then you will know of the many amazing games you could play on it that included: Shenmue, Soul Calibur, Phantasy Star Online, Jet Set Radio, Resident Evil Code Veronica, and my personal favorite Crazy Taxi. While we have many great systems to play on now, the Dreamcast certainly left its mark with players all around the world due to not only its great array of games, but also due to it being the first console to incorporate a built-in modem for online play which allowed gamers the freedom to power on and play with users around the globe.

In May this year, we witnessed over on Rage 2‘s Offical Twitter that they were giving away a customized Dreamcast that also played Rage 2 which looked rather nifty but to be honest, I much prefer the original design – simple and clean, that’s the Dreamcast I remember and love.

Talking about Shenmue, Shenmue III Collector’s Edition is available to preorder today at 12 pm ET with the title then to launch on November 19th, but if you’re wanting your hands on this you better be quick as there are only 5000 copies of this version produced.

Did you own a Dreamcast? If so, let us know what some of your most beloved games were and would you like to see a Dreamcast mini released?



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Rachael Fiddis

Rachael, who is Deputy Editor, has been gaming for many years. Some of her favourite video games include The Witcher 3 and The Last of Us but also loves a good indie title. Gaming Culture is where her heart lies and spends many hours sieving through gaming fan art and cosplay displays. Other than gaming, Rachael is a book nerd and music lover.

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