The end finally arrives for Dreamcast

Whilst Sega might have stopped producing its Dreamcast hardware after only three years on the market in 2001, the final nail in the console’s coffin will arrive this September when the former hardware giant withdraws its customer repair service.

CVG reports that production of the Dreamcast’s disc standard, GD-Rom, ended earlier this year, though up until that point games had continued to be released in Japan. 2007 has already welcomed two new releases on the format – Trigger Heart Exelica and Karous.

Dreamcast launched in the US and Japan in 1998, and despite a strong collection of top-quality first party arcade conversions, failed to court the market’s biggest third party publishers, most notably EA.

Whilst it pioneered internet console gaming and provided the industry with some of its best ever 2D fighters, Sega ended production of the console on 2001 in the face of overwhelming opposition from Sony’s PlayStation.

To date the machine has sold over 10 million units worldwide.

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