Happy Birthday, Dreamcast, We'll Never Forget You

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How fitting that even on its birthday, nine years after its demise, the Sega Dreamcast is still being overshadowed by Sony's PlayStation 2.

It's the PlayStation 2, courtesy of both its actual sales and the perception that many people held off on buying Sega's new console in 1999 in lieu of a PS2 in 2000, that killed the Dreamcast (well, that and rampant piracy), which will go down in history as Sega's least successful, yet perhaps also most-loved home console.

It looked great, it had a great controller, was the first console to really embrace online gaming, and it was home to some of the most unique and memorable game series of all time, like Soul Calibur, Jet Set Radio, Space Channel 5, Shenmue, Power Stone, Marvel vs Capcom, Phantasy Star Online, Seaman and Crazy Taxi.

So that it's not completely forgotten on its special day - the Dreamcast was first released in North America on September 9, 1999 - we're going to pay tribute to the little system that couldn't by taking a stroll down the whitest, crispest memory lane in all of gaming.

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Never forget.

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" which will go down in history as Sega's least successful, yet perhaps also most-loved home console"

Least successful? That's debatable. Even disregarding the Sega 32X disaster and the Sega CD... Dreamcast sales total 10.6 million worldwide, compared with Sega Saturn's 9.5 million.

I'm sure those numbers haven't changed much since last measurement.

Of course metrics of success aren't completely dependent on sales, but I certainly don't think of it in any way as their "least-successful console"

Though I do agree that it's their most-loved console. I certainly love it.