In September of 1999, North America was rocked by Sega’s follow-up console to the Genesis. Well, maybe not necessarily rocked, but the Sega Dreamcast was a neat little console. Despite a rocky start with its Japan release the previous year, the Dreamcast was well-received in the US. Within two months of its release, over 1 million consoles had been sold.
The Dreamcast had a pretty killer game library, including Sonic Adventure, NBA 2K, Soul Calibur, and Crazy Taxi. Along with an awesome library, the console was one of the first with a built-in modem for online gaming capabilities. The online play didn’t always work too well, in my experience, but it wasn’t so bad considering it was 1999. And the advertising was pretty awesome, claiming that the ultimate gaming horror is your fellow Americans; a statement that I still believe as truth to this very day.
The Dreamcast was really awesome to play, but I have to admit that one of my favorite features about it as a young child were the memory cards. They looked like tiny Game Boys, and you could customize the display that popped up as you were playing to. Having 3 brothers, it was nice to have my own little memory card with all my save data, that I could just pop into my controller whenever I played. This was a seemingly small detail that made the Dreamcast such an awesome family console.
Despite the Dreamcast having a lot of awesome features, it didn’t seem to stick around for very long. Console sales started out strong, but didn’t keep momentum when it was outshined by the releases of the PlayStation 2 and the Xbox in 2000 and 2001, respectively. Which is almost too bad, because the Dreamcast had a lot of potential! It will just have to live on through its loyal devotees.
Did you have a Dreamcast? How many hours did you log on Crazy Taxi back in the day? Have a suggestion for our next Flashback Friday Spotlight? Let us know in the comments below!!