Following the recent booms in retro “mini” consoles full of classic games, including Genesis Mini and Game Gear Micro, Sega is considering doing it again. A company executive told Japanese games magazine Famitsu that Sega’s next classic console version could be a “Dreamcast Mini,” which will revive the company̵
The Dreamcast was an initial hit thanks to its 128-bit performance, far surpassing the N64 and PlayStation. But it was destroyed by the introduction of the PS2 (and to a lesser extent the Xbox and GameCube), and Sega soon switched to a game maker that made its games for competing consoles. Even so, a library of innovative titles and new types of hardware such as memory cards with built-in LCD screens and an online multiplayer system has left the Dreamcast a legacy.
Retro mini-consoles have become a popular way for game companies to get some cash out of their old libraries. Legacy game ROMs can run on super cheap hardware, with shrunk devices typically costing well under $ 100, and collectors love the tiny, functional glimpses of their childhood. It helps that these revitalized consoles work with new HDMI-enabled televisions in a way that the originals don’t without expensive converters.
The Dreamcast would take a little more work than previous mini consoles – the most advanced we’ve seen to date is the much less powerful original PlayStation. But if I speak for myself I would put my money on the first day.
Here are ten games we’d love to see on a Dreamcast Mini. You can have this list for free, Sega.
You can’t have a Sega console without a Sonic game (unless it’s the Sega Saturn I think – but that’s not what we’re talking about). Sonic Adventure was the blue blur’s first foray into the 3D platform, and while far from perfect, it brings down the character’s essential speed and tude well. It’s also a rounder game than the sequel, even if slower sections are considered. Maybe they could make the fishing area optional?
The Dreamcast was home to tons of great racing drivers, but none has beaten this upgraded port of Sega’s own arcade racer. This is ridiculously serious Daaaaaaay-to-NA I still remember the song from the arcades of the 90s. During the race in Daytona USA is simple, it is also pure and timeless. It would warm the hearts of racing fans if these rumbling polygons drifted to the left again.
There are tons of great fighters out there for the Dreamcast. A case could be made Marvel vs. Capcom 2, Sega’s own Virtua Fighter 3or even more niche games like Project justice. But in my opinion, no fighter has such a lasting impact or is as easy to return as SoulCalibur. The weapon based fighter is easy to learn and difficult to master, and you can still see his DNA clearly in modern 3D fighters.
Jet set radio
Undeniably stylish, timelessly influential, and still funky as hell, this is automatically mentioned on almost every list of Dreamcast games. Also called Jet Grind Radio In some markets, the Sega graffiti game combines the skateboarding trend of the 90s with mission-based gameplay. But the cel-shaded graphics, razor-sharp character design, and the undeniably appealing soundtrack make the game timeless, even at outdated and sometimes frustrating levels.
Power stone 2
SoulCalibur is almost perfect for a lone fighter, but if you want to throw down with four players at the same time, you have to choose Power stone 2. This free version feels like a top-down version of Smash bros., with crazy cartoon characters, full screen super attacks and some breathtaking boss fights. Simple, short and cute, it’s a perfect party game for people who don’t know how to make waves.
A crazy wish-fulfillment setup, great sense of speed, and a star-studded soundtrack from 90s punk rock Crazy taxi an instant arcade hit. The Dreamcast version is a perfect port that players can use to dash through San Francisco traffic on their way to Tower Records, or play the game with skill and reach for that S-Class license. Just make sure the soundtrack is intact, unlike some ports on modern platforms.
The Dreamcast hosted many well-received “Bullet Hell” shooters, but none received as much praise as Ikaruga. It was only released in Japan on Dreamcast and is now considered one of the best shooters of all time. Eventually it got the western release (and several re-releases) that so many longed for. A Dreamcast Mini would be a great way to relive the golden hour of the top-down shooter with the original controller.
Resident Evil: Code Veronica
Capcom’s survival horror series was a blockbuster in the ’90s, and this (at the time) exclusive Dreamcast version was the best and most advanced version. It shows the best gameplay and graphics of all resident Evil Play along before the series is reborn RE4 on the GameCube. If you want to travel back in time when horror games had static backgrounds and tank controls, Code Veronica is your ticket.
Room channel 5
We would have given Sega the rhythm game slot Samba de Amigoif it weren’t for the fact that it requires custom maraca controllers. Room channel 5 is a good substitute, however: a crazy science fiction story is painted over J-pop beats and Jetsons-inspired character designs. The game is a little short, so Sega couples wrap up the sequel Part 2 to fill it out.
Heaven of Arcadia
The Dreamcast is home to a handful of great role-playing games, but none have stood the test of time as well as Sega’s own Heaven of Arcadia. This game combines old-fashioned turn-based RPG combat with a bright, fresh world full of pirates and airships. It’s nothing revolutionary in terms of RPGs, but its solid presentation and engaging characters make it a cult classic … one that, sadly, has never been reissued beyond the GameCube port. I would buy a Dreamcast Mini for Heaven of Arcadia alone.