SEGA has confirmed what we’ve mostly known for a while, announcing that SEGA Dreamcast titles will return. Kicking off the return, Sonic Adventure and Crazy Taxi are the first two announced titles, which will show up on PlayStation Network and Xbox Live Arcade. With the console famously being released on 9/9/99 in America (and, less famously, 10/14/99 in Europe), SEGA figures these will celebrate the 11th anniversary of the console, with Sonic Adventure being released before Taxi, but with both being playable at E3. SEGA also claims that the games will be untouched, but given the inability to connect VMUs for Sonic Adventure, this facet remains to be seen.
The SEGA Dreamcast is fondly remembered for both it’s original games and arcade ports… and sadly remembered for it’s incredibly short lifeline, lasting only two years, ending SEGA’s period of console production. As one who grew up with the Nintendo/SEGA wars, it was the end of an era, and also a shame… as I got my console the Christmas two months before they discontinued the console. Still, it had an incredible library of games. Stuff like Street Fighter Alpha 3, Project Justice, and Marvel VS. Capcom 2 dominated the fighting field, Sonic Adventure 1 and 2 were Sonic’s truly last great games, and stuff like Jet Grind Radio came out of nowhere.