10 years ago today, on 09/09/99, Sega launched the Dreamcast in North America. Over its short three year lifetime, the console amassed a library of around 700 games, and sold a little over 10 and a half million units. Despite its short lifespan, the Dreamcast was way ahead of its time, pioneering online console gaming. The Dreamcast is still one of my favorite gaming consoles of all time due to its great catalog of fighting (Marvel vs Capcom 2, Power Stone, ect) and survival horror (Alone in the Dark 4, Resident Evil 2, Resident Evil 3, Resident Evil Code Veronica, Carrier) games. Plus, the system has a ton of great ports of really fun arcade games (Dynamite Cop, Ikaruga, ect). And of course you cannot forget some of the other great originals like Jet Grind Radio, Shenmue, Skies of Arcadia, and Sonic Adventure. To quote Blade Runner, “The light that burns twice as bright burns for half as long – and you have burned so very, very brightly”.
If you are interested in hearing about the history of the Dreamcast, I suggest checking out this video which covers a good amount of the console’s life cycle. 1UP also has a pretty good article about the console.