I never owned a Dreamcast. In certain company I’ll nod grimly about how it was a criminally undervalued console, ignored by the masses in favour of the sexier, DVD-toting PlayStation 2. But I never bought one.
What that means is that Dreamcast exclusives like Shenmue and Jet Grind Radio leave a gaping hole in my videogame education. They carry a little extra mystique too, thanks to being so unattainable.
But not for long. Sega have announced that they’ll be bringing their classic DC games to XBLA and PSN, starting with Sonic Adventure and Crazy Taxi. Now I can buy them and totally lie about owning them back in the day.
“The Dreamcast is fondly remembered by a large community of dedicated fans as a console that was ahead of its time in terms of graphics, quality and online gaming,” said Sega exec Haruki Satomi.
“There are few things that are more requested from us than making Dreamcast classics available for download in today’s digital market place. We’re very excited to begin offering gamers our beloved Dreamcast titles again on the current console systems.”
Sonic Adventure and Crazy Taxi hit this Autumn. Shenmue, Jet Grind Radio and ChuChu Rocket can’t come quick enough.