In the last days and today (more especially), you will see a lot of people celebrating the 20 years of the legendary SEGA Dreamcast. However, the truth is that the true birthday of this legend happens on November 27th. After all, it was on that day, in 1998, that the console was released in Japan. That is, Dreamcast will turn 21 and not 20 (as many will say).
Still, we can’t help but consider a magnanimous event that took place on September 9, 1999: the launch of the console in North America. “And why was this event so important?” You may ask. Well, it was on that day, 20 years ago, that Dreamcast was reborn and marked its name in history. Let’s understand this “birthday”?
The Story Behind the Dreamcast Release in the West
Let’s consider for a moment: Dreamcast was released on November 27, 1998, but it only came to the West ten months later. Why that? The truth is that the console was a real failure in Japan. At the time, SEGA already had some failures in its history and Dreamcast was another…
Because of this, the Japanese giant had to rethink its entire strategy to prevent the console from also failing in the West. During the ten months that dragged between launches, the company’s “American arm” was completely reshaped.
SEGA hired Mr. Peter Moore, a “big marketer” who had never had contact with the gaming industry. Still, Moore’s campaign spawned 372,000 console sales in 24 hours, putting Dreamcast within the record book.
And when we look at the “Dreamcast package” we realize that the console seems to be born with the eyes in the future. Things like internet connections and the “embryo of the DLCs” were at SEGA’s big bet.
Unfortunately, Dreamcast was way ahead of its time and that is what decreed its end. Anyway, it is undeniable that during its brief life, the SEGA console has left some classics and beautiful memories for many fans. So congratulations Dreamcast, for the 20th anniversary of your revival.