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Sega Dreamcast Console

by Sega
Sega Dreamcast
4.5 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (1,044 customer reviews)

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  • All the proper cable hook ups come with
  • Console comes with one controller with VMU(Visual Memory Unit)

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  • Shipping: Currently, item can be shipped only within the U.S. and to APO/FPO addresses. For APO/FPO shipments, please check with the manufacturer regarding warranty and support issues.
  • ASIN: B00000K2R4
  • Product Dimensions: 11 x 5.8 x 13.4 inches ; 5.5 pounds
  • Media: Electronics
  • Release Date: September 9, 1999
  • Average Customer Review: 4.5 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (1,044 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #2,876 in Video Games (See Top 100 in Video Games)
  • Discontinued by manufacturer: Yes

Product Description

The Dreamcast system is, in a word, awesome. Fire up Soul Calibur, and instantly you'll appreciate that the graphics and gameplay are even better than in the arcade version. And Sonic Adventure, with its light-speed gameplay, is sure to wow even the most jaded gamer.

It's amazing that such a small machine (it's about the size of your mouse pad) can deliver such incredible performance. Chalk it up to superior engineering. Dreamcast's only downside is that it comes with only one controller and a demo disc. In order to truly take advantage of Dreamcast's capabilities, we recommend outfitting the controller with a Jump Pack and a Visual Memory Unit. Getting one or more extra controllers is also a good idea, because some of the best Dreamcast games support up to four players at once.

Why it's so cool:

  • Ultramodern components: Custom-made video, audio, and processor technology blows away the Nintendo 64 and PlayStation and puts Dreamcast in the same league as PS2 and XBox.
  • Integrated modem: In another video-game first, Dreamcast comes with a 56K modem. Use your regular Internet service provider and the separately sold keyboard to access e-mail, shopping, and the World Wide Web. Not only can you upload high scores, participate in chat discussions, and download updates and enhancements for your games, but, through a membership to the SegaNet Internet service provider, you can play Quake III Arena, NFL 2K1, and other games against Dreamcast owners over the Internet.
  • The Visual Memory Unit (VMU): More than just a memory card, the VMU is a miniature portable game system that fits inside a controller--so its LCD screen is easily seen by you but hidden from your opponent.
  • All-in-one entertainment: It plays games. It plays audio CDs. It connects to the Internet and lets you browse the Web or e-mail friends. Our note to the cost-conscious: If you have a Dreamcast system, you just don't need a separate CD player or a separate computer. Dreamcast does it all, and does it well.
--Mike Fehlauer

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337 of 374 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars THE SURPRISING DREAMCAST November 4, 2000
By A Customer
I purchased a Sega Dreacast last Christmas and couldn't be happier. The graphics are jaw-dropping and there's a truckload of games, 200 or so by Christmas 2000, some titles like Shenmu, Ecco the Dolphin, and Soul Calibur could be classified as works of art. As an engineer in the hi-tech field I'm always impressed by a design masterpiece, you can be assured I'm impressed with the Dreamcast. Now let's talk about the PS2, I've studied the Dreamcast and the PS2 for over a year by researching numerous design articles on the Internet and unfortunately for Sony, the word is getting out, the PS2 is a bad design. Sony had great plans for a powerhouse machine, but they all fell apart due to a serious design flaw that traumatizes the entire system. Here's the bottom line, the PS2 is severely limited by an anemic 4 MB Video ram memory in the graphics subsystem, this is the pipeline that controls video output to the screen, everything must pass thru this pipeline before it appears on the television. By comparison, the Dreamcast has twice the size of the PS2 pipeline, or 8 MB video ram memory. This still does not tell the complete story, the Dreamcast has a superior graphics engine that makes it's 8 MB pipeline perform more like 10 times the pipeline in the PS2, yes, that's right, I said 10 times. This gives the Dreamcast the ability to produce screen output the PS2 simply cannot match. This probably sounds hard to believe after all the hype you've heard about the PS2, but sadly, it's true. In a nutshell, Sony built a 750 horsepower Ferrari and then fitted it with a Ford Pinto exhaust system. No matter how much power the PS2 engine can deliver, the entire system is choked by the restricted output and software developers are left frantically scrambling trying to work around the problems this causes. Read more ›
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43 of 46 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Buy Now, Rejoyce Later. July 10, 2000
By A Customer
Durability: 5.0 out of 5 stars    Educational: 5.0 out of 5 stars    Fun: 5.0 out of 5 stars   
Right now is the perfect time to lay your hands on a fresh new Dreamcast system. Forget speculation over the Oct. 26 PS2 launch and look at some of the reviews posted for the PS2. Anyway, dreamcast has so major fire-power lined up for the upcoming august and fall. Let me now run down the online multiplayer games which will use SegaNet with no latency on the games you play. First out is NFL2K1, then Quake 3 Arena, Half-Life, NBA2K1, Phantasy Star Online, Spec Ops Online, and possibly Sonic Shuffle (a Mario Party type game).
Now we shift gears and look at non-online games. Games like World Series Baseball 2K1, Virtual Tennis, NBA2K, NHL 2K, NFL2K, Virtual Athlete 2K and Tee-Off Golf line the sports genere. Than we have the microphone compatible simulation game called Seaman. In racing we have Sega GT, Flag to Flag, Hydro Thunder, and Monoco Grand Prix. In the action genere, we have Jet Set Radio and Ecco the Dolphin, Resident Evil: Code Veronica, and Sonic Adventure. In music, we have Space Channel 5 and Samba de Amigo. And in the sparsh RPG section, we have Eternal Arcadia and Time Stalkers.
For all you fighting gamers out there, have no fear, Sega has the games. Try Virua Fighter 3tb, Soul Caliber, Marvel vs Capcom 1 and 2, Power Stone 1 and 2, Virtual On: Ontario Tangram, Soul Fighter, Street Fighter III Double Impact, and the upcoming Street Fighter Zero III (network re-release).
Wait, if you thought Dreamcast didn't have any add-ons in stock, you were dead wrong. For instance, the DVD add-on that was previewed at E3 and the Iomega Zip Drive will compete with PS2's Hard Drive and built-in DVD. Then we have the upcoming Digital Camera and headset in which you can share pictures over the Dreamcast Network or have a video phone conversation.
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41 of 44 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars A great, great system November 10, 2000
By A Customer
For the upcoming holiday season, this is the system to get. Nevermind the PS2 - at this point in time, the best games on any console system are for the Dreamcast. Sure, PS2 games are going to get better, but if you're looking for something that's a lot of fun right now, the Dreamcast is your system. I'm a college student who just purchased a Dreamcast last week, along with Jet Grind Radio, Rayman 2, Power Stone 2, and Street Fighter Alpha 3, all of which are incredible. If you're looking for great platformers, arcade translations, and innovative new games, look no further. The quality of games on this machine are simply incredible, and even though the PS2 boasts more powerful hardware, keep in mind that the most powerful system dosn't necessarily have the best games.
While Sega's future may be uncertain, they're definitely giving their best effort with their push for SegaNet. Any PC gamer will tell you that it's infinitely more satisfying to play against other people rather than CPU-controlled opponents. One other thing to consider is the cost of a PS2 (assuming that you can find one).
With a lot of promise on the horizon (including, finally, some quality RPG's in Skies of Arcadia and Grandia 2), the Dreamcast would make a great gift or purchase.
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5.0 out of 5 stars STOP WAITING FOR THE PS2! THE DREAMCAST IS AMAZING! November 27, 2000
By A Customer
Yes, I am serious. I was hoping to blow over ... to purchase a PS2, but I couldn't find one. I was looking for a PS2 in a retail store when I noticed the displays for both the PS2 and the Dreamcast. The PS2 had Madden 2001 on, and the Dreamcast had NFL 2K1 on. I was astonished to see that the Dreamcast was graphically equal to the PS2. Could it be? I had heard that the PS2 was going to blow the socks off the Dreamcast. With the PS2 shortage and my money (saved since January specifically for a PS2) burning a hole in my pocket, I picked up a Dreamcast.
In fact, for about the price of the PS2 with one controller and no games, I got a Dreamcast, an extra controller, a VMU, and five incredible games (NFL 2K, NBA 2K, Crazy Taxi, Soul Caliber, and Sonic Adventure were each 2/5 the price of a typical PS2 game).
Maybe the PS2 will live up to expectations...but for now, the Dreamcast is well worth the price. And if the PS2 is great in two years, I will buy one then, without the headaches and for half the price.
Do yourself a favor and get a Dreamcast. Equal graphics and gameplay, better game selection, lower price. Buying a PS2 doesn't make sense yet.
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Most Recent Customer Reviews
5.0 out of 5 stars great system
has never failed me yet. i have beaten all the games i got for it and it still works like new.
Published 2 days ago by KamaruAshamae
5.0 out of 5 stars Great system!
This is my favorite system of all time. There are alot of great games on the Dreamcast like Sonic Adventure 1 and 2, Chu Chu Rocket, Jet Grind Radio, Tony Hawk's Pro Skater 1 and... Read more
Published 19 days ago by David Meyer
5.0 out of 5 stars Excellent console
Having this system again has allowed me to re-experience so much of the fun I had years ago. Resident evil games, Shenmue, Railroad Tycoon 2, these are just a few of the games that... Read more
Published 24 days ago by Dave
5.0 out of 5 stars love this old system
i never got it but now i have it great system it has graphics like ps4 and s***box done and i love all the games i have for it
Published 1 month ago by Erik Larsen
5.0 out of 5 stars Even Today You Still Should Have a Dreamcast
The console today is still great. There are so many games for this console that you can still easily find this day. Read more
Published 1 month ago by Paul
5.0 out of 5 stars Very satisfied
Order the game gear from this seller so i also ordered the dreamcast. Everything came with the system and more. Read more
Published 1 month ago by John Nolan
4.0 out of 5 stars fun system
I sold my dreamcast years ago and had regretted it ever since. I was pleased with this purchase and it has worked well so far.
Published 2 months ago by Ferd
5.0 out of 5 stars Sega Dreamcast Review
I have played the console for hours and absolute love it. The console was in great shape and the controllers were fine. Read more
Published 2 months ago by Derek
5.0 out of 5 stars Wow, this was an amazing console
I will always love dreamcast. 14 years later and I'm still playing this awsome game machine. Looking back at my childhood playing my uncle in several of my favorite dreamcast... Read more
Published 3 months ago by Justin Taylor
5.0 out of 5 stars Possibly the best video game console ever.
What is there really to say that hasn't been said before. This console was WAY ahead of its time but had tons of exclusives that people love today and still play today. Read more
Published 3 months ago by Ben Waters
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