Dreamcast to be reborn on XBL, PSN

Sonic Adventure to debut this fall in commemoration of the system's 11th birthday, followed by Crazy Taxi, and more.

Sega's Dreamcast system, a console that spearheaded the online gaming movement and one with a loyal fan base to this day is soon to enjoy new breath in its lungs.

Sega today announced plans to bring Dreamcast titles to Xbox Live and the PlayStation Network beginning this fall with Sonic Adventure and later with Crazy Taxi. Both titles will remain true to their '90s versions in the gameplay department, but Sega has updated each with new visuals and surround sound, online leaderboards, trophies, and achievements.

No matter how fast he runs, he'll always come back.

Sonic Adventure will arrive first, landing sometime this fall in Europe and North America, to coincide with the Dreamcast's 11th birthday. Additionally, Sega said these two titles are the "first two classics," implying additional titles will follow.

This announcement is not exactly a total surprise, as the Electronic Software Ratings Board outed Sonic Adventure earlier this week. The ESRB listing provided ratings classification for both Sonic Adventure and Sonic Adventure DX, though Sega's announcement this morning announced only the former.

For more on both games, check out GameSpot's Sonic Adventure review and GameSpot's Crazy Taxi review.

Sega will be displaying both updated titles at its booth at the Electronic Entertainment Expo next week. GameSpot will be at the show, reporting from the floor. Check out GameSpot's complete coverage of E3 2010 to stay current.

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Eddie Makuch is a news editor at GameSpot, and would like to see the Whalers return to Hartford.

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170 comments
docwoo
docwoo

Downloaded it for my young son to play and I'm kinda disappointed. By today's standards, this game has one of the worst camera systems I've ever seen! It's sometimes impossible to get a good view of the action.

gt350tsc
gt350tsc

My brother had dreamcast and this was one my favorite games on it.

MamaLuigiBarrel
MamaLuigiBarrel

I hope they put SA2 and Samba De Amigo on there soon.

Banzajaytee
Banzajaytee

This maybe is one of the best Sonic games in 3D. I will definitely pick this one up today. Sigh...dear old Dreamcast.

SharinganTH14
SharinganTH14

Shenmue games please. If you're not going to make new ones then at least give us the oldies, Sega. Oooh, and Power Stone games too.

lookin_boy
lookin_boy

dude under me your a idiot. You couldnt afford more than one system just say so...dreamcast was ahead of its time and thats the damn truth.

kh2gamer
kh2gamer

i dont own a dreamcast cause im a sony fan for life. sega sucks to me but i sorta looking forward to this

suprsolider
suprsolider

I own a Dreamcast and I own all the games released in North America. The system sucked. Deal with it and move on.

ebonyflame
ebonyflame

While I am all for emulated games, I am of the opinion that these games should live on the virtual console and any remakes or re-releases of these games on HD systems should be done in HD with trophies/achievements. Minus the games that were already re-released on the gamecube and original xbox. The ones already re-released on other systems should just get HD sequels directly beginning after the original games story left off. I would probably stab a person to get a sequel to one of the best RPG's ever, Skies of Arcadia.

nemesis9632
nemesis9632

this is good news, that means i don't have to dig out my DC every time i want to play sonic, c'mon powerstone with full online play!!

leeko_link
leeko_link

Okay Sega, I want my Shuemue 1 & 2 now and after that start thinking about finishing the third too.

Jedilink109
Jedilink109

SWEETNESS. It's about time that system get its due. Due that it SHOULD have gotten when it first came out.

PrimusTool
PrimusTool

I just hope Sega doesn't make the trophies ridiculously easy like they do with too many of their recent games.

meta_foxx278
meta_foxx278

Even though I own most of these on my Gamecube already, it's great to see DC games making a comeback. To answer those that are asking why these are not going to be released on WiiWare, the answer is simple. Both Sonic Adventure and Crazy Taxi were previously released on Gamecube years ago, and since the Wii can already play Gamecube discs, rereleasing them in digital form seems kind of pointless when you can easily get a hold of the Gamecube discs and pop them into your Wii no problem.

S_Pac_316
S_Pac_316

I hope they put up Chu Chu Rocket with Online Multi-player!

Zerabp
Zerabp

I still buy dreamcast games from amazon and ebay this should start bringing the prices down and even if it doesn't i can just get them from either. One thing though that sega needs to do is redevelop Chakan, the genisis game is still great (and difficult as all else), but the dreamcast one, which was canceled when the console failed, was looking particularly awesome. Seeing the game they were developing with the same concepts but ps3/360 visuals would be awesome.

DarkReign2552
DarkReign2552

All I ask for is Shenmue 1 & 2 (even though I already own 2, I wouldn't mind it with updated visuals and some achievements thrown on... and I know they said they're not touching the gameplay, but perhaps they could consider improving the controls just a little. Allow it utilize the dual-analog system for smoother movement. Otherwise, leave it alone. I also want Jet Grind Radio (Actually, I want JGR and JSRF both remade for XBLA. This might encourage them to do a sequel for the sexy cel-shaded art-style that this HD era is sorely lacking (Not pointing fingers at Crackdown and Borderlands though. I love you guys :D)) Finally, I want a remake of Phantasy Star Episodes 1 & 2, but honestly only if they eliminate the monthly fee or at least make it a couple bucks a month. I doubt they'd be making any original content for it, so I see no reason to pay. Just release the original as it was back in the day and slowly add on all of the extra content and such systematically.

Michael324
Michael324

Dreamcast's 11th birthday? Why couldn't they have done this on the system's 10th b-day?

Terran499
Terran499

i'm surprised these havn't hit the wii yet, though it has been months since i fired mine up

green_dominator
green_dominator

@Preacher_Man Okay, I accept that, Beethoven is a good musical choice lol I should have just said my main hangup on the game is I hate the soundtrack but it being released on XBOX Live Arcade at least I can choose my own soundtrack.....

Sergsky
Sergsky

Shen mue 1 and 2, and maybe Sega should start thinking about finishing the saga.

Dark_Arkitect
Dark_Arkitect

@suprsolider You obviously didn't own any of the great titles that system had to offer.The Powerstone franchise just to name one. Although I admit the controllers left something to be desired. I really want to see Saturn games hit xbl/psn before dreamcast myself. @ mikal91 Seaman also came out in the U.S. I own this title. @ Business_Fun Project justice is a must!!

suprsolider
suprsolider

Ugh,Dreamcast was a complete joke to me back on September 9,1999 and remains so. Why is it still so well loved when it never deserved it in the first place? God how pathetic.

shamarke
shamarke

aaah sega nostalgia console! ^^

mikal91
mikal91

great though av got alot of the games (specially since they so cheap nw). though be nice to get some gems that i couldnt get like phantasy star online v1 or 2 and maybe even bring over seaman since it only came out in jap especially since xbox nd ps3 use the mic alot for online games

Flint247
Flint247

I hope they bring Dreamcast AND Saturn games back. Saturn had some great games, in my opinion. But if not, I will settle for Dreamcast. :)

buckybuckster
buckybuckster

Just last night I played some Giga Wings 2 on my DC.....this is great news!!!

DrKill09
DrKill09

HELL YES! I LOVE the Dreamcast! I hope they finally officially release Propeller Arena. Well, one can dream

Business_Fun
Business_Fun

Anything that brings me closer to being reunited with Project Justice is just fine with me.

THE_BIONIC_ARM
THE_BIONIC_ARM

Good for sega. The saturn and dreamcast were great and had promise. Its nice to see that they are coming back.

aliko
aliko

All I ask is Shenmue I and II (!)

Hvac0120
Hvac0120

/weep for Dreamcast / /applause for Dreamcast games coming to PSN and XBLA /surprise that Dreamcast games are not coming to WiiWare

Dshenlong
Dshenlong

@contextxcontext lol I know but one can hope :P. Let's hope they bring the Saturn library out to.

contentxcontext
contentxcontext

How about the saturn instead... the original nights (with christmas nights intigrated based on xbox clock) Panzer dragoon zwie burning rangers fighters megamix And if they do only stick with dreamcast, chuchu rocket (why so long now sega... it was an obvious choice from the start) 18 Wheeler: American Pro Trucker Alien Front Online Daytona USA 2001 Dynamite Cop The House of the Dead 2 (although no lightgun so...) Outtrigger Phantasy Star Online (ive been after this for a while, but give us the extra content from blue burst too sega) Rent A Hero No.1 (finally give this to us in the uk !!) Samba de Amigo 2000 (this is inevitable anyway with natal) Sega Swirl (although just 400 points eh) Zombie Revenge oh and if by some work of magic shenmue does come onto live (not bloody likely) I demand that we get a demo, and the demo is actually the "whats shenmue?" demo. now get to work sega. chop chop

contentxcontext
contentxcontext

@knuckelsix44 but both services already do have marvel vs capcom 2 ??

contentxcontext
contentxcontext

@Dshenlong Sadly that would be capcoms ball to roll not segas and less likely to happen im afraid

contentxcontext
contentxcontext

@Henninger Blue stinger was indeed very bad, but it was bad to the highest level, it bypassed its badness and became cool. The acting alone make it a must buy. Also dispite its problems it had one of the best unlockable weapons ever, and the last boss battle was some of the most fun ive ever had . Actually i want to play it now. If just to hear that one track of music playing over and over again for several hours.

contentxcontext
contentxcontext

oh and we wont get shenmue, but i do hope capcom is paying attention now...... rival schools project justice

contentxcontext
contentxcontext

i heard from an industry friend that he had seen video of jet set radio (uk name) for live. And he said about this about 2 weeks ago so this is brilliant news as its just confermation of my hopes.

kavadias1981
kavadias1981

Great news. There are some mighty fine DC games that could do with some renewed acknowledgement.

Preacher_Man
Preacher_Man

@green_dominator: "Crazy taxi is nothing more than an Offspring promotion machine...." Really? Just cause their music was in the game? Can't recall any Offspring related imagery or merchandising in the game admist the relentless branding for KFC, Levi's, Tower Records etc. Also seem to recall that there was another band featured in the game's soundtrack... who were they again.... oh yes, Bad Religion. Putting another punk band in the game doesn't seem to be a sound strategy if the intention is to "just promote the Offspring". Additionally, the Offspring tracks are taken from the 1997 album Ixnay on the Hombre, while Crazy Taxi was first released in arcades in 1999 and the Dreamcast in 2000. Surely if the purpose was to market the Offspring they'd have chosen newer material, probably from the then in-progress Conspiracy of One album. Crazy Taxi is many things- shallow, repetetive, a brand name whore, but as a game it is still (perhaps mysteriously) incredibly likable and enjoyable. However, a sole platform to disseminate Offspring material it is not. Doubtless the band did well out of it, but the band is not the reason for it's creation. I dare say you have allowed your personal distaste for the band to colour your opinion on the rest of the game. Perhaps you should revist it with your own backing music, whatever that may be, and see if you can enjoy it then. Actually, now that I've said that, I want to play it with Beethoven's "Ode to Joy" in the background :)

DCUltrapro
DCUltrapro

Nice to see the GREATEST console of all time getting a new lease of life, however small. I won't be buying all of the games, only the ones I missed and probably Skies Of Arcadia. If they bring Shenmue 2 to xbox live I think I will definitely get that too because it would be nice to complete that again this time on a high def tv. You never know, if they sell enough it may tempt sega to try and possibly finish the shenmue story?? Maybe via episodic xbox live content? I'd go for that. DEFINITELY

RIPANTHONY8008
RIPANTHONY8008

well i have a decent dreamcast library already so i hope that more dreamcast games from 3rd party developers start rolling out.there were some games i missed out on but i wont buy what i already own because they added some achivements to crazy taxi and sonic adventure.skies of arcadia well thats a different story.i should buy it on gamecube.i prefer to physically own my games with the exception that i cant find it on disc.

LoserMike
LoserMike

Yes. Too bad this can't be on Wii Virtual Console because DC games break the 512 MB download limit.

IvanKavinski
IvanKavinski

Hope we get some of the great classics... My DC is a brick now. :(

UnknownPerson55
UnknownPerson55

sonic adventure's review says something about trading over the phone lines...lol, how stupid we were 11years ago. :P