The Sega Dreamcast was released in North America 18 years today, on 9/9/1999. And although the system had a successful launch, it unfortunately was unable to compete long term in the market with the likes of Sony, Nintendo, and the newcomer to the video game hardware industry, Microsoft.
In January, 2001, Sega announced that it would cease production of the Dreamcast, and exit the hardware business altogether after 18 years. Instead they would focus on being solely a software business.
Although the last official Dreamcast game was published in 2002, it continues to receive homebrew releases even today. There will be 3 new releases coming out in the next 2 months.
Alice’s Mom’s Rescue is a 2D platformer created by Hucast. It contains 3 amazing worlds, and 25 addicting stages all wrapped up with old school pixelated graphics. It is available for pre-order now, and is expected to ship in September, 2017.
Ganryu is a scrolling beat ’em up originally released on the Neo Geo in 1999. It is available for pre-order now, and is expected to ship in October, 2017.
Flashback is a sci-fi adventure game originally released in 1992 for multiple platforms, including the Sega Genesis and Atari Jaguar. It is available for pre-order now, and is expected to ship in October, 2017.
You can check out some commercials promoting the launch of the Dreamcast below: