(September 9, 1999-2001) Sega tries again, but history repeats itself
Sega of Japan has decided to crease production of the Sega Dreamcast
effective spring 2001 and that means 2002 was the last year of the once acclaimed
128-bit DC. Sega will now focus its efforts on its software, not hardware.
Now games like Sonic the Hedgehog, Virtual Fighter, Sega Sports titles,
and other Sega big names will now be on other game systems. Back on the launch day of
September 9, 1999
things were looking great for Sega because
of all the big titles like Sonic Adventure, Soul Calibur, and NFL
Y2K. All those games were all huge hits and the system was off to a good
start. The dream machine also came packed with that free 56k modem (the PS2
didn't even have that feature build in) so it was possible to play online
or go on the internet with the DC. Unfortunately none of the launch titles supported any online play leaving
many players disappointed especially Sega Rally 2 fans. People also
didn't like using the internet on Dreamcast because they thought it was too
slow. Another problem people have ran into was when certain games like Blue
Stinger, Sonic Adventure, and many other launch titles wouldn't load on
their Dreamcast, and they had to go back and get a new one. Although the DC
was a hit 1999, the year of 2000 would prove to be a much tougher year.
In 2000, the Dreamcast sure has its ups and downs with games like Resident
Evil: Code Veronica, Crazy Taxi and NFL Y2K1 doing well while others
like Shenmue, WWF Royal Rumble, and Time Stalkers bombing big
time despite all the hype they got. Shenmue was the multi million dollar Virtua
Fighter RPG project that was going to sell the system. Although the graphics
were amazing and the story was good, the game itself was a bit on the dull
side and the game failed to wow the public like Sega had planned. Sega also
had some tough competition from Sony with their new PS2 and the PSone, plus
from Nintendo too thanks to the continued strong sales of the Nintendo64 and
Game boy Color.
In 2001, Sega decided to pull the plug. Despite some big releases
this year like Sonic Adventure 2, Crazy Taxi 2, and Phantasy Star Online,
with the Dreamcast fading fast in Japan and heavy competition from Sony and Nintendo,
Sega was just losing too much money.
Bottomline: If there some good news about the Dreamcast's death here, it's that this
fairly powerful game machine is going relately cheap (usually going for $49.99
Canadian that's a mere $29.99 US) that's way cheaper than getting one of those
newer console. There are still a lot of great games that are discounted as
well so you can build a larger collection of games with less money than other
systems like the current generation. If you are thinking about becoming a
serious Video Game collector or you already are then now is the time to start
collecting Sega stuff while it's still in stores, look how quickly the Sega
Saturn fell off the face of the earth, eh?!
To celebrate the 10th Anniversary of the Sega Dreamcast I did this special video:
Rare scale: 3/10 you won't find this at stores like Walmart anymore but they are usually still cheap.
This is a special report by my friend who just won a DC.
System Features: (by Ni-CD)
time rendering (wow
mom! Look at those graphics!) 33.6 Modem, built in! (yeah, not v.90 but hey! its the first game system
to ever go ONLINE! without the use of a add on device) Greater Capacity "GCD"s (could be an issue, since it is not
a standard...eliminates pirating...for now.) OS (Operating System) is on each CD (allows for Operating
System upgrades with the release of a new game) VMS (Visual Memory System--very cool way to manage your games and
data!) Awesome Dolby-digital surround sound
Ability to use SVHS cables
Ability to use a computer monitor for 1024x768 resolution graphics
and much more...
Rendering rough at this point (hey, they're working with brand new technology...give em a
break) Most games are fighting games (dang I don't like those type of
games) GCDs not standard--not a CD, not a DVD; how well supported?
Carries the 'SEGA' brand name (hey, they are the suckiest of all
suppliers right now) Stupid people will not allow the light gun released because of all
the lunatic kids in the U.S. shooting other kids these days.
The VMUs (these are cool but the memory storage
is too limited and the batteries don't last very long either)
COOL DC TOYS
Virtual Memory Unit
Sega copies Sony's idea of their Japan only device, the Pocket Station,
and we finally see what these miniature Game boy’s with Memory card
features are all about. The batteries can really wear out if you use to LSD
screen on the go too much and the VMU only holds 200 blocks of space (Most
games take around 50-80 blocks) but it's still very unique.
The DC Controller is virtually identical to the 3d Sega Saturn controller
that originally came with Nights but there are less buttons and more serial
ports for additional add ons like the Sega Jump Pak, Microphone, and VMU.
It feels a little too bulky when compared to the PlayStation controller and
the analog and Dpad feel too loose at times but it's still a solid controller
overall. Only works on the Sega Dreamcast and no other game system.
Star Soldier's TOP
TEN Dreamcast games: (the first games
are still some of the best.)
SKIES OF ARCADIA (Sega, November 2000)
SOUL CALIBER (Namco, September 9 1999)
GRANDIA II (UBI Soft, December 2000)
SONIC ADVENTURE (Sega, September 9, 1999)
STREET FIGHTER ALPHA 3 (Capcom, 2000)
MARVEL VS. CAPCOM 2 (Capcom, 2000)
RAYMAN 2 The Great Escape (Ubi Soft, 2000)
DEAD OR ALIVE 2 (Tecmo, 2000)
SEGA SWIRL (Sega, 2000)
THUNDER (Midway, 1999)
Sega Dreamcast's biggest
Disappointments: WWF Royal Rumble (Thq,
Tony Hawk's Proskater (Activision)
Blue Stinger (Activision, September 1999)
Evolution (Ubi Soft/Sting)
Evolution 2 (Ubi Soft/Sting)
Sega Dreamcast's most Underrated:
Skies of Arcadia
Rayman 2: The Great Escape
Common DC games:
Ready to Rumble
Virtua Fighter 3 Team Battle
World Series Baseball 2K1
WWF Royal Rumble
The Rarest DC games: get
em while you can!
Arcade's Greatest Hits Volume 2
Ducati World Racing Challenge Giga
Gundam Side Story 0079
NHL 2K2 (the final DC release)
Record of the Lososs War
Shenmue II European version
SnoCross Championship Racing
Sonic Adventure Limited Edition
Striker Pro 2000
The Typing of the Dead
Worms World Party