A salute to the Sega Dreamcast console on its 20th anniversary

Shacknews CEO Asif Khan takes a moment to think back on the greatness of the Sega Dreamcast on its 20th birthday.

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The Sega Dreamcast console launched on September 9, 1999 and it remains highly regarded as one of the greatest consoles of all-time by discerning video game aficionados to this very day. While it ended up being the last Sega console ever produced, the Dreamcast left lasting memories for gamers. Today, the console celebrates its 20th anniversary. We salute you, Sega Dreamcast!

Dreamcast was ahead of its time in a lot of ways, boasting online gaming technology that allowed for games like Quake 3 to be ported to the console. It also featured some amazing first party titles. Sega introduced the world to some brand new franchises on the system like Shenmue, Crazy Taxi, Mr. Driller, Space Channel 5, Jet Grind Radio, Samba De Amigo, Seaman, and the timeless classic Rez. Sega Dreamcast was also the best console for sports titles at the time as the NFL 2K series really shined on the platform alongside games like Virtua Tennis and the Tony Hawk Pro Skater series. Many players found Tony Hawk Pro Skater 1 and 2 to run best on Dreamcast, and that was true for a lot of titles. 

The Sega Dreamcast was also home to the best fighting game experiences. Whether players were trying to catch all the gems in Power Stone 1 and 2, or playing Marvel vs Capcom 2, the Dreamcast was a great place for fighting games. Soul Calibur also made its home console debut on the Dreamcast at launch, and the soul still burns twenty years later. 

Dreamcast was a console that wasn't afraid to experiment with some new ideas in gaming, with games like Unreal Tournament, Quake 3 and Typing of the Dead supporting keyboard and mouse input. Coupled with online gameplay support, the Dreamcast was an incredibly forward-thinking product that was ahead of its time in a lot of ways. 

The Sega Dreamcast was a victim of an oddly timed release and dirty, filthy piracy. Countless titles were ripped to ISOs and uploaded to warez sites, and traded on IRC channels. It is truly unfortunate that the console never saw a successor, as the technology and game titles were truly top tier. Echoes of the innovations inside the Dreamcast can be seen inside all modern-day consoles, and Sega has survived as a solid third-party developer across PC and console devices. 

Happy birthday, Dreamcast!
Happy birthday, Dreamcast!

The staff at Shacknews put together a list of games that we would love to see on a hypothetical Sega Dreamcast Mini, in case you want to take a further trip down memory lane. Happy birthday, Dreamcast. We miss you, and we thank you for your service. You may be gone, but you will never be forgotten. 

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Asif Khan is the CEO and majority shareholder of Shacknews. He began his career in video game journalism as a freelancer in 2001 for Tendobox.com. Asif is a CPA and was formerly an investment adviser representative. After much success in his own personal investments, he retired from his day job in financial services and is currently focused on new private investments. His favorite PC game of all time is Duke Nukem 3D, and he is an unapologetic fan of most things Nintendo. Asif first frequented the Shack when it was sCary's Shugashack to find all things Quake. When he is not immersed in investments or gaming he is a purveyor of fine electronic music. Asif also has an irrational love of Cleveland sports.

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    September 9, 2019 9:09 AM

    Asif Khan posted a new article, A salute to the Sega Dreamcast console on its 20th anniversary

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      September 9, 2019 9:12 AM

      The Genesis/Megadrive Mini should be coming out this month, yes? First Sega hardware since the Dreamcast!

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      September 9, 2019 9:26 AM

      I am so mad there is no powerstone 2 port for switch. It seems perfect

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      September 9, 2019 10:01 AM

      My launch Dreamcast is still plugged into my TV. Might need to fire it up tonight.

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      September 9, 2019 4:39 PM

      Great console. Don't know if mine still works

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      September 9, 2019 5:32 PM

      I remember ogling this through an EB games display window. I wanted one. I didn't even know what games it had, but I wanted one.

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      September 9, 2019 6:58 PM

      I remember returning mine 3 times because (1) the triangle on the disc lid did not line up, (2) it was loud as fuck. Turns out all the trays are crooked and every Dreamcast is loud.

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      September 9, 2019 7:05 PM

      The hollywood video in my suburban chicago town on 9/9/99 had a launch party with spotlights. Sonic adventure was playable in store prior to the launch. I think at the time my thoughts were around how crisp the graphics looked from all of the titles coming out on it, they just looked less blurry. I think it had built in AA.

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      September 9, 2019 8:22 PM

      Never been so excited for a console launch and never will again. Playing Soul Calibur on the DC the first time was absolutely mind blowing.

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      September 9, 2019 8:24 PM

      I still have mine sitting in a box along with my Atari 2600 buried in my basement. No clue where it is. Was such a great console.

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      September 9, 2019 9:23 PM

      salute to the best console ever made (for its time)

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