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Sega Dreamcast

Published: September 29, 2021
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The Sega Dreamcast is Sega's last video game console and the successor to the unsuccessful Sega Saturn. An attempt to recapture the console market with a next-generation system, it was designed to supersede the PlayStation and Nintendo 64. Originally released six months before the PlayStation 2 (PS2), and three years before the Nintendo GameCube and the Xbox, the Dreamcast is part of the sixth generation of video game consoles, Dreamcast was widely hailed as ahead of its time, and is still held in high regard for pioneering online console gaming.

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The console was released on September 9, 1999 in North America, and on October 14, 1999 in Europe. The tagline used to promote the console in the U.S. was, "It's thinking", and in Europe, "Up to 6 Billion Players."

The Dreamcast was the first console to include a built-in modem and internet support for online gaming. Previous consoles such as the Genesis, Saturn, NES and SNES had online capabilities, but these were comparably limited and/or required extra hardware (XBAND, NetLink).

The Dreamcast enjoyed brisk sales in its first season, and was one of Sega's most successful hardware units. In the US alone, a record 300,000 units had been pre-ordered and Sega sold 500,000 consoles in just two weeks. In fact, due to brisk sales and hardware shortages, Sega was unable to fulfill all of the advance orders.

Nevertheless, the Dreamcast failed to gather enough momentum before the release of the PlayStation 2 (PS2) in March 2000, and Sega decided to discontinue the Dreamcast in March 2001 and to withdraw entirely from the console hardware business. 
However, support continued in Japan where consoles were still sold and new games are still being made by the homebrew community.

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Download here the Dreamcast manual (PDF).

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Sega Dreamcast value and price guide

What's your Sega Dreamcast worth in 2021? Here are some recently sold items with prices.

Item Title Date Price
Sega RENDERING RANGER R2 NINTENDO RENDERING RANGER R2 NINTENDO SUPER 07/2021 $ 4 075.74
Sega BRAND NEW NIB UNUSED SEALED BRAND NEW NIB UNUSED SEALED GAMES Sega 07/2021 $ 3 493.49
Sega Sega DREAMCAST Kiosk Dreamcast Sega DREAMCAST Kiosk Dreamcast See 08/2021 $ 3 493.49
Sega DREAMCAST NAIZO TV CX 1 DIVERS DREAMCAST NAIZO TV CX 1 DIVERS 2000 07/2021 $ 3 085.93
Sega SEGA Dreamcast Sonik Custom SEGA Dreamcast Sonik Custom 0216… 09/2021 $ 2 969.48
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