Queue The Nostalgia: The Dreamcast Just Had It’s 17th Anniversary

17 Years – the Dreamcast just had an anniversary so Krispy and I sat down to breathe in some nostalgia, and talk about one of the greatest consoles ever.

First released in North America on September 9, 1999 to high reviews all around. It had an original list price of $199, a bargain for a game console! It was an innovator in the field with built-in modem for multiplayer support, and would come to host a wide variety of polished games. Dreamcast consoles are still treasured by collectors.

Krispy:

Favorite Memory: There are actually quite a few of them. Bigfoot got a Dreamcast very early after its launch and I remember going over there and playing Crazy Taxi and Toy Commander. Man we had a blast doing so. Some of the multiplayer experience from the system are some of my favorite memories in gaming. Soul Caliber, Marvel Vs Capcom, Power stone, Tony Hawk and others. Gaming memories at its finest.

Favorite Game: This is a rather hard one but if I had to pick just one, Jet Set Radio. The fantastic music, great voice acting, and just super fun gameplay kept me hooked for quite some time. I loved grinding across things and tagging the town. Plus the game still holds up today due to its cell shaded look. Honorable Mentions: Sonic Adventure and Crazy Taxi. Seeing Sonic in full 3d the first time blew my mind, and Crazy Taxi was just too much fun

Bigfoot:

Favorite Memory: It wasn’t long after the release of the Dreamcast and we had gone out to Best Buy to pick something up, or window shop, maybe we just liked being hassled by their sales force – I don’t remember! But there it was near the entrance, a kiosk set up with a video game console and a screen. Like a moth is drawn to flame, I, as a young guy, was drawn to the dancing lights flashing on the screen. Who am I kidding with this “young guy” stuff? I’m still drawn to the test consoles. I picked up the controller, which while not as unwieldy as the original Xbox controllers, was still much heftier than it’s predecessor’s – the Genesis – controllers; Pressed the start button and was greeted by The Offspring, like a siren’s song I was drawn in, “YEAH! YEAH! YEAH! YEAH! YEAH!”, and that was the beginning of my love for Crazy Taxi. Oh yeah, it was time to make some crazy money. There was plenty of other good times we had, party games with my brothers, using it as an SNES emulator, but this was the memory that sticks in my head when I think of the Dreamcast. Hard to believe it’s been 17 years.

Favorite Game: I’ve said it before, I’ll say it again, if you could just listen then it might make sense! I’d have to pick Crazy Taxi as my favorite. I spent so many hours driving around that digital city trying to get people to their destination, rocking out to punk music, trying to get high score on the challenges! Stay tuned for a Top 10 Dreamcast games list and I’ll share some more favorites.

We still have a Dreamcast next to our TV at home, it doesn’t get a lot of play time anymore, but it will always be one of my most cherished video game consoles. Like a memory box, just glancing down at it reminds me of childhood. Take this opportunity to bring out your console, hook it up, and play a game or two with the younger generation to remember how great the Dreamcast is.

Krispy
From as early as he can remember, Krispy has been a gamer. From the Super Mario Bros 3 on NES to Destiny on PS4 he has been running, jumping, and button smashing across worlds on most major consoles. A few of his favorite games are Super Metroid, Earthbound, and the Uncharted series.

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