Long ago, The Old Gods crafted and fine tuned one of the greatest game consoles of all time. This system was so special, it was released on an incredible special day in North America, 9/9/99. This system was called the Sega Dreamcast and it was loved by many. It’s catalogue was filled with much variety. Some featured new takes on old franchises, like Sonic Adventure and Phantasy Star Online. Incredible sports game, like NBA and NFL 2k. The Dreamcast even had some wildly original games like Seaman, Crazy Taxi, and Space Channel 5. Some would even argue the Dreamcast was ahead of its time since it featured online capabilities. Unfortunately, the Dreamcast was considered too perfect and The Old Gods had to take it away. Good thing is,
The Old Gods Sega looks to recapture a bit of that magic.
According to an interview with Sega’s Yosuke Okunari last month, he pondered on what direction they should go next with mini consoles. “I think for the next one, we may go with a concept close to the Mega Drive Mini. If I have to say some names, it could be an SG-1000 Mini or a Dreamcast Mini…,” Okunari mentioned.
If this does indeed happen, these are the 10 essential games I would want included:
JET SET RADIO
The absolute best Dreamcast game. Such an original IP that deserves more love. It would be a shame if this was not included.
Long before the Yakuza series got its start, there was Shenmue. This game was way ahead of it’s time. It has its flaws but is still worth experiencing for the story and combat.
POWER STONE 2
The quintessential arena brawler. Similar to Smash Bros, easy to pick up, difficult to master, and fantastic at parties.
This is a Sega console we are talking about here. Sonic was not getting left off this list. Sonic Adventure was the first foray into full 3D for the Blue Blur and it was an absolute blast.
SONIC ADVENTURE 2
The first game was listed, so I couldn’t leave off Sonic Adventure 2. We get introduced to Shadow the Hedgehog, and shred San Francisco’s hills on a snowboard. The perfect sequel.
The Sega Dreamcast was full of arcade gems and Crazy Taxi was one of the best. Ridiculous, but great, gameplay and an iconic upbeat soundtrack solidifies this game as a Dreamcast classic.
The first game in the long running Soul series. The Dreamcast version is still great, to the day.
READY 2 RUMBLE ROUND 2
A great arcade boxing experience full of wacky characters. Even has guest characters such as Michale Jackson, and Bill Clinton.
SPACE CHANNEL 5
Another wild, but unique, game in the Dreamcast library. I never had the chance to play the full game, but I remember have a lot of fun with the demo. It’s a music game and also features Michael Jackson as a guest character.
SKIES OF ARCADIA
I personally never got the chance to experience Skies of Arcadia. It’s JRPG about sky pirates. It did come out on Gamecube as well, but I was unable to find it. Being released on a Dreamcast mini would give this game another chance of success and I would appreciate that.
This one is a bit of a deep cut. Bangai-O was another super rare find for the Dreamcast. You piloted a mech though each stage battling enemy fodder and other enemy mechs. It’s a side scrolling multidirectional shooter will bullet hell elements as well. I spent quite a bit of time replaying this one, as a kid, and could not leave it off this list.
Sega released The Mega Drive mini, Genesis Mini in North America, in 2019. Earlier this year, they released the mini Game Gear in a variety of colors, but that one is only available in Japan. If Sega does follow through with a Dreamcast Mini, fingers crossed a western release would be included.
What games would you like to see included in a Dreamcast Mini? Sound off in the comments below.