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The Sega Dreamcast was released by Sega on November 27, 1998, in Japan and eventually on September 9, 1999, in North America.
When released, the Dreamcast exploded in popularity and was the most advanced home console system in the market. There was no argument that the Dreamcast made even the PlayStation and Nintendo 64 games feel somewhat dated.
An often overlooked fact about the Dreamcast is that it allowed the use of the internet! By using the Dream Passport web browser users had the ability to connect via dial-up, browse the internet, receive and send e-mail, and chat with other users.
The Dreamcast provided a phenomenal lineup of games even though it lacked a major 3rd party developer support. The Dreamcast brought us all classics such as Sonic Adventure, Soul Calibur, NBA 2K, NFL 2K, Crazy Taxi, Shenmue, and a few other memorable titles.
Ultimately the Dreamcast did not have many faults, the problem with the Dreamcast wasn't the Dreamcast itself but the PlayStation 2, which released on March 4, 2000 less than two years into the life cycle of the Dreamcast. PlayStation 2 went on to become the best selling console of all time.
The Dreamcast is officially Sega's final console and had a total of 10.6 million sales in its life cycle before being discontinued in 2001.
Check out our curated list of our top games on the Dreamcast.