Nintendo 64 Champion Collection

Sega Dreamcast

Titles in this collection: 434

Tested with: Dreamcast using a TerraOnion MODE
File count (uncompressed): 4,241
File size (uncompressed): 528.98 GB
Format: .gdi and .cdi with required files

The Sega Dreamcast was a system way, way, way ahead of its time. It was arcade power right in your home!

Sega desperately needed to hit the console market hard after the Saturn had lackluster performance against the Nintendo 64 and Sony PlayStation worldwide. This machine was definitely the one to do it, but alas... Sales fell flat, mostly due to the continued popularity and widespread support for those other two consoles and the birth of the almighty PS2. A few years into its life, it also had to fight against the Nintendo GameCube and Xbox - It just didn't have a chance. Sadly, this would be the beginning of the end for Sega's console efforts and even the eventual bowing out of the diminishing arcade sector.

Sales be damned, though! The Dreamcast, as I said earlier, was way ahead of its time and was an extremely powerful machine. Its lean towards Sega exclusive properties, flawless arcade ports, and Japanese game studios made for a really unique, well-developed library and set of physical accessories. One of them, the VMU, was a memory card with a built-in screen, d-pad, and buttons, which let you play minigames from your save files on the go. Not only that, but the screen could show important info during gameplay while plugged in! It was also the console of choice for 2D fighting game fanatics, featuring the most definitive versions of such games. It's the little quirks and exclusive gems that really made the Dreamcast popular in niche circles, giving the console and its roster of unforgettable characters a cult status, even to this day.

I saw the future when Dreamcast was coming, and I ended up with a launch edition and every game released at the time. How was I able to afford that, being a broke kid in their first semester of college? Well... I was so broke that I qualified for the Pell Grant. And you can guess what I spent it on instead of food... and soap... and supplies... and bus passes... and clothes. Not having enough money to survive and my horrible skills at math quickly combined and I had to fold any college aspirations and move back home. However, that year of my life was chock full of some of the best experiences I ever had in the 6th generation of videogames. Worth it!

Special items included: Prototypes, unreleased games, titles not in English (but only if they are easy enough to play without being fluent in another language), English-patched translations, demo discs (if they contain more than one game or special videos), DC Checker Ver. 2.05 for Repair, Dreamcast Web Browser 2.62, Dreamkey, Dreamkey Version 2.0, GD Drive Repair Program Ver. 0.1, NetLink Custom Web Browser Version 3.0, O.to.i.Re: Dreamcast Sequencer, System Disc 2, and Utopia CD Loader V1.2.

Items removed: Non-working dumps, duplicates, prototypes of games that eventually saw a release, Japanese titles when there were North American versions available, homebrew games, demo discs if they were only for a single game that eventually got a release, and titles not in English that require proficiency in another language to play - those can be found in my upcoming Sega Dreamcast Language Pack!

Please note: The following games required different methods than used in testing the rest of the set (due to VGA incompatibility or lack of physical accessories), but still ended up working:

Tested with Redream (v1.5.0-396-g25cd9d8): 7 Mansions: The Uncanny Grimace, Agartha (Prototype), Airforce Delta, Bangai-O, Dance Dance Revolution 2nd Mix: Dreamcast Edition, Dance Dance Revolution Club Version: Dreamcast Edition, ECW: Anarchy Rulz, ECW: Hardcore Revolution, Heroes of Might and Magic III (Prototype), Hydro Thunder, Jikkyou Powerful Pro Yakyuu: Dreamcast Edition, Jojo's Bizarre Adventure, Plasma Sword: Nightmare of Bilstein, Psychic Force 2012, Stupid Invaders, The King of Fighters: Dream Match 1999, The King of Fighters: Evolution, The Last Blade 2: Heart of the Samurai, The Ring: Terror's Realm, WWF Attitude, and Zero Gunner 2.

Tested with Flycast (Mac commit 47f262a): Caesars Palace 2000: Millennium Gold Edition and MTV Sports: Skateboarding Featuring Andy Macdonald.