SEGA Officially Announce Dreamcast Collection

The four announced digital Dreamcast ports: Crazy Taxi, SEGA Bass Fishing, Space Channel 5 Part 2 and of course Sonic Adventure are to get a retail release in the form of the Dreamcast Collection.

Naturally some people are disappointed that this release is of those digital titles and that it doesn’t contain Shenmue, Adventure 2, Skies Of Arcadia, Jet Set/Grind Radio, Power Stone (Despite not belong to SEGA >_>) etc. But really is it that much of a surprise that the collection purely contains the titles done so far? That’s what we kind of thought it’d be over here in all honestly – why people were thinking it’d be a Mega Drive Ultimate-esque collection of many games confuses us greatly. Mega Drive titles being obviously so very close to the size of a Dreamcast game….

What do you think? Let us know in the comments.

Press release below.

SEGA’S MOST BELOVED DREAMCAST GAMES IN A MUST-HAVE COLLECTION

LONDON & SAN FRANCISCO (January 14th 2011) – SEGA® Europe Ltd. and SEGA® of America, Inc. today announced that a packaged compilation of classic titles from SEGA’s popular Dreamcast™ console will hit retail shelves on the Xbox 360® video game and entertainment system from Microsoft, and the PC. The Dreamcast Collection will be available on February 25th 2011 in Europe and February 22nd in North America.

The Dreamcast Collection includes the fan favourites Sonic Adventure™, Crazy Taxi™, SEGA Bass Fishing™ and Space Channel 5™: Part 2. Players will get to enjoy four very different Dreamcast experiences, from hopping behind the steering wheel of Crazy Taxi, to taking things a little slower by luring in their fish before catching them hook, line and sinker with SEGA Bass Fishing. Alternatively, take over as intergalactic news reporter Ulala in Space Channel 5: Part 2 and dance your way past the evil Rhythm Rogues, or make it all about speed in Sonic’s first Dreamcast outing, Sonic Adventure!

SEGA’s Dreamcast Collection features enhanced graphics for both platforms versions, providing an even more engaging experience. In addition to this, achievements and online leader boards will be available for each game providing a competitive edge and allowing players to prove their skills!

“The Dreamcast console is still remembered as a pioneering console for online gaming,” commented Gary Knight, VP of Marketing at SEGA of America and SEGA Europe “We are delighted to be able to offer to our large community of dedicated fans a collection such as Dreamcast Collection for them to enjoy old favourites on this generation of consoles”

Dreamcast Collection will be available in Europe in February 2011 for Xbox 360® video game and entertainment system from Microsoft, PC and PC digital download.

 

[ Source: SEGA Europe Blog]

Author: AAUK

Gamer, scholar, gentleman & fountain of useless trivia, LMC's boss-man extraordinaire is also a super-awesome Community Manager who has worked on projects for SEGA, Square Enix, Konami, Capcom and more. Once co-created and hosted an international fan-convention because he can do that sort of thing.

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  1. Have to say, I feel pretty let down. Im sure they could have done better, SA1 and Crazy Taxi are already there, to tack Bass fishing and Space Channel 5 on and call it a collection is laughable. I wasnt expecting Shenmue or PSO but it feels like no thought what so ever has gone into this, and its and easy and cheap income stream.

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    • I’d’ve never guessed from your Twitter you felt let down Page(!) 🙂

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      • I did try my best to keep things toned down, and as you know I am not passionate about SEGA at all…

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  2. “But really is it that much of a surprise that the collection purely contains the titles done so far?”

    To a degree, yes?

    Having the titles already digitally available disincentivizes people from buying physical copies–why would you if you can just pick up the titles you like? What would have made much more sense to me would be to toss a couple more ports that are easily portable and not yet done, such as House of the Dead II, Sega Rally 2, The Typing of the Dead, or Virtua Tennis. Would have at least nabbed a few sales that wouldn’t be there otherwise.

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  3. You know, now im on my 3rd afternoon coffee, and have had time to listen to everyones reaction, I have come to this conclusion. If we REALLY cared about the DC and its games, we would:

    A) Have bought more DC stuff when it was available…
    B) If (A) wasnt possible because you were too young then bought all the original stuff off of Ebay…
    C) Not waited for Microsoft to invent Xboxes and Sega to exploit out nostalgic notions…

    If (like me) you are a fan of Sega and its consoles, you will have all these games and more, so it doesn’t matter! Yay Coffee! it makes all things clear!

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  4. As exciting as the press release tries to make it sound, the titles mentioned in this collection don’t really stand out. I mean yes, Sonic Adventure does to some extent, but most, if not all of the games in the collection are available today on some console or another, and while it is nice that they’ll all be on one disc, likely the target audience already has a copy of the games, making this release less than useful.

    Still, we’ll see how it goes, I guess. I personally don’t have any of those games, and while it does have SA and SC5, I can’t find any reason enough to make me buy SEGA’s Dreamcast Collection.

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