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Dreamcasts Sold New at $99 Quickly Sell Out

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A decade after launch and there are still Dreamcasts sold BNIB

The Dreamcast was Sega’s swansong in the video game industry. Sure, Sega’s evolved and is now spreading its gaming goodness to Sony, Microsoft, and yes, even Nintendo, but it’s just not the same.

Hardcore gamers will argue that a little piece of Sega soul went away with the Dreamcast, which in many ways was a system ahead of its time. I could spend many more words reminiscing about the modern classic games that called the Dreamcast home, or how the hardware architecture was more smartly designed than the PlayStation 2, but that’s the not the point of this piece.

The point is (finally getting to it) that ThinkGeek managed to find a stash of completely new-in-box Sega Dreamcasts and put them up for sale on its website for $99.

We don’t know how many ThinkGeek were able to stock, but demand was high enough that the e-tailer now reports a sell out: “Hey folks, sorry if you missed out on getting one of these retro gaming gems. If we can find another stash of new Dreamcasts, we will.”

While many Dreamcasts are still available on eBay – many for less than $99 – they likely won’t come with that ‘new Sega console smell.’

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    harlequin6791 , April 24, 2009 6:35 PM
    God i loved hat system.. as the article stated..

    Sega was always ahead of it's time. That was it's major downfall being ahead of the curve.
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    skine , April 24, 2009 6:35 PM
    Quote:
    While many Dreamcasts are still available on eBay – many for less than $99 – they likely won’t come with that ‘new Sega console smell.’

    Except the 8 that I found here all seem to be sealed, new in box, and even tout a 90 day warranty, at $84.99 with $14.95 s/h.
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    starryman , April 24, 2009 6:38 PM
    $99 too much, too late, too old.
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    skine , April 24, 2009 6:39 PM
    On further investigation, there was another here with Sonic Adventure included.
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    harlequin6791 , April 24, 2009 6:41 PM
    Apparently I have a difficult time typing.
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    IzzyCraft , April 24, 2009 6:43 PM
    While many Dreamcasts are still available on eBay – many for less than $99 – they likely won’t come with that ‘new Sega console smell.’

    Ah the smell of great hardware mix with eventual failure :( 
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    hillarymakesmecry , April 24, 2009 6:44 PM
    IT sucks that sony ran SEGA out of the console market. I loved my genesis.

    I remember when I used to have a huge selection of game systems to choose from. Now there are 3. Pretty boring if you ask me.

    With no more Atari, no more SEGA, no more Panasonic, No turbografix, it's pretty lame.
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    bigpoppastuke , April 24, 2009 6:58 PM
    can you still burn games and play them without any mods? I remember that being a huge problem for the DreamCast.
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    hakesterman , April 24, 2009 7:01 PM
    Sorry Sony didn't run Sega out, Sega ran Sega out. Their controller was
    a nightmare and their limited games sank them just like Nintendo Game
    Cube. I would love to see Sega come back in the next round of consoles, if
    they do they better have a gem for a controller and a big slew of games ready
    at launch.
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    Anonymous , April 24, 2009 7:33 PM
    dreamcast was amazing
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    NuclearShadow , April 24, 2009 7:40 PM
    I had every Sega console from the Master System to the Dreamcast and I loved every console. I couldn't believe they were exiting the console market when I first heard it. I hope someday to decide to give it one more shot.
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    Marcus Yam , April 24, 2009 7:53 PM
    skineExcept the 8 that I found here all seem to be sealed, new in box, and even tout a 90 day warranty, at $84.99 with $14.95 s/h.

    Well that's pretty cool! I guess the $99 Dreamcast sale lives on.

    I bought a DC early on and it still works perfectly. When the console was discontinued though, I picked up a second one for $70 -- a black Sega Sports edition :D 
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    tomm09 , April 24, 2009 7:56 PM
    I still own my launch unit. Great console.
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    hallic7 , April 24, 2009 8:12 PM
    hakestermanSorry Sony didn't run Sega out, Sega ran Sega out. Their controller wasa nightmare and their limited games sank them just like Nintendo GameCube.


    I agree, I remember the console, but I can't remember even 5 exclusive good games that really push me to buy the white system...

    Let's see... Shenmue mmmmmm.... That's it XD
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    tayb , April 24, 2009 9:00 PM
    I keep almost every electronic thing I buy. I still have a NES, SNES, N64, Dreamcast, Sega Genesis, PS1, Xbox, Xbox 360, and a Wii. I also have an old school Pentium II processor. My how far things have come. That processor is literally a brick and that was probably 8 years ago.
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    tman1 , April 24, 2009 9:01 PM
    Sega screwed up by pissing off all the third parties. They released the 32X for the genesis months before releasing the Saturn; which would have been a very nice add-on...had they released it a couple years earlier.
    Then the Saturn was a failure because it was difficult to program for due to it's configuration: dual SH2 33Mhz processors. The system was rather weak anyways; even with 2 procs, the PS was still more powerful.
    By the time the Dreamcast was released, they lost most of their thrid party support, thus dooming the DC.
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    DM0407 , April 24, 2009 9:10 PM
    I just rebought a DC on Craigslist for $20. Sure the guy looked like he was going to murder me, but I'm still here.

    Dreamcast had some awesome games:

    Jet Grind Radio
    Seaman
    Skies of Arcadia
    Vitura Tennis
    F355 Challenge
    Grandia II


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    greliu , April 24, 2009 9:35 PM
    I do miss SEGA consoles. I know this might start something, but Sonic could kick Mario's ass anyday! :) 
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    anarchy4sale , April 25, 2009 12:13 AM
    Still have my dreamcast, my ex bought it for me, the system is great, everyone i ever had play it fell in love with it.
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    fonzy , April 25, 2009 1:17 AM
    Time for Genesis 2.0

    Intel 80-core CPU
    8GB's of DRR3
    500GB fusion IO SSD
    Radeon 5890x2 GPU

    Price $2599
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