The Launch of the Sega Dreamcast
Sega may have been playing with the big boys in the early 90’s, but the middle third of the decade saw the American side of the company fall far and fast. Genesis games were starting to look aged compared to Nintendo’s 16-bit offerings, and while maybe a good idea in theory, the 32X did more harm than good. Sega of Japan made the rash decision to launch the Saturn early and overpriced in the US, and to say that it struggled against the Nintendo 64 and Sony Playstation would be putting it mildly. Bernie Stolar joined and later led Sega of America, and although almost universally hated by gamers, he helped ease the dying Saturn into the grave and ready Sega’s next generation hardware. The Dreamcast was launched on September 9, 1999, a.k.a. “9/9/99”, and a massive 19 games joined it on store shelves. Sonic Adventure, NFL 2K, and SoulCalibur were easily the marquee day one games, but other launch games, including Hydro Thunder, Power Stone, NFL Blitz 2000, and Expendable are still great to play even today.