Sega's Dreamcast Console is Available in North American Retail
The Dreamcast (ドリームキャスト, Dorīmukyasuto) is the last video game console made by Sega, and is the successor to the Sega Saturn.
The Dreamcast is part of the sixth generation of video game consoles and was released in late 1998, before its contemporaries - the PlayStation 2, the Nintendo GameCube and the Xbox.
After facing strong competition from Sony's recently released PlayStation 2, Sega discontinued the Dreamcast in March 2001 and withdrew entirely from the console hardware business. However, support of the system continued in Japan where consoles were still sold until 2006 and new licensed games continued to be released.
Despite its short lifespan, Dreamcast was widely hailed as ahead of its time, and is still held in high regard for pioneering online console gaming - being the first console to include a built-in modem and Internet support for online gaming. As of 2009, the console is still supported through various homebrew video game releases.
The Dreamcast was the first console to include a built-in modem and Internet support for on-line gaming. It enjoyed brisk sales in its first season and was one of Sega's most successful hardware units. In the United States alone, a record 200,000 units had been pre-ordered before launch and Sega sold 500,000 consoles in just two weeks (including 225,000 sold on the first 24 hours which became a video game record until the PlayStation 2 launched a year later). In fact, due to brisk sales and hardware shortages, Sega was unable to fulfill all of the advance orders.