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Title Screen


Developer: Sega
Publisher: Sega
Released in JP: November 27, 1998
Released in US: September 9, 1999
Released in EU: October 14, 1999
Released in AU: November 30, 1999

CopyrightIcon.png This console has hidden developer credits.
DevTextIcon.png This console has hidden development-related text.
RegionIcon.png This console has regional differences.
Carts.png This console has revisional differences.

ProtoIcon.png This console has a prototype article

The Dreamcast... wait, hang on...

BEEEEEEP. Please wait while disc is being checked. *SKRRRRRRT*

There we go, the Dreamcast was Sega's final effort as a contender in the video game console market. Though it was released to much applause with a strong library of games, it was quickly overshadowed by the success of the PlayStation 2 and was limited by both severe piracy problems (thanks to its proprietary GD-ROM discs being its only form of copy protection, which bit Sega royally in the rear when hackers discovered the console's support for multimedia CDs) and the string of failed hardware preceding its release.

As people got used to modern disc-based consoles, the console's... idiosyncratic noisiness has since become a memorable aspect to fans and newcomers: mainly because most consoles don't angrily growl at you the instant the lid closed or the batteries ran out.

If it's any consolation, the Dreamcast's extreme vulnerability to piracy did end up giving birth to one of the most vibrant homebrew communities to date, with modifications to games being encouraged by some developers near the end of the console's life.


Read about prototype versions of this game that have been released or dumped.
Prototype Info

Development Text

Present at 0x7B0 in the BIOS.


Present at 0x9EA4 in the BIOS.

syTmr Version: 0.51.syTmr Build:Jun 23 199814:52:57

Present at 0xEB40 in the BIOS.

syRtc Ver 1.00 Build:Sep 28 1998 05:10:44

Present at 0x10010 in the BIOS.

SIMPLE PLAYER VER. 1.00 98/10/02

Present at 0xECA96 in the BIOS.

COPYRIGHT        (C) NEC        Corporation 1998
All rights reserved by NEC Corporation. This program must be
used solely for the purpose for which it was furnished by NEC
Corporation. No part of this program may be reproduced or
disclosed to others, in any form, without the prior written
permission of NEC Corporation
Use of copyright notice does not evidence publication of this
Developed by 
 * Semiconductor Solution Engineering Division
   NEC Corpolation
 * Home Multimedia Development Division
   NEC Corpolation
 * Client Server Software Development Division
   NEC Software,Ltd

Present at 0x1A0090 in the BIOS.

1998,(C)SEGA ENTERPRISES        1998.09.09:DIGITALMEDIA :Y.Kashima / K.Suyama   for Boot ROM ++

Hidden Alternate Menu

Having the game Puyo Puyo Fever saved to your Visual Memory Unit will allow you to access a hidden menu in the Dreamcast BIOS. Pressing Start on the controller will bring up an alternate 3D menu that you can move around.

(Source: It's Still Thinking)

Hidden Credits

Present at 0x1A1A0 in the flash ROM is a list of names.

Shoichiro Irimajiri
Sadahiko Hirose
Hidekazu Yukawa
Hideki Satou
Nobuhisa Yamada
Taku Matsubara
Kazuhiro Yasutomi
Shoji Nishikawa
Takashi Sekimoto
Toshihiro Oba
Shuji Hori
Masaharu Shinohara
Kazuhiro Baba
Katsunori Gendo
Kouji Horikawa
Masatoshi Horikawa
Osamu Hosokawa
Seiichi Kajiwara
Junko Kase
Toshikazu Kawada
Yasuhisa Kawase
Yusuke Kiguchi
Naohiko Kobayashi
Manabu Kubo
Teruaki Kuwana
Kunihiro Mori
Tomoyuki Mori
Shigeru Motoyoshi
Takeshi Nagashima
Yoshifumi Nakamura
Chuji Nakayama
Madoka Nakayama
Tatsuya Namatame
Yasuhiro Nishiyama
Toshiyuki Ogawa
Tadashi Ohya
Tetsuya Okawa
Tatsuya Sakurai
Hideaki Satou
Yutaka Suetsugi
Eriko Suzuki
Masahiko Takeuchi
Makoto Takiguchi
Ryo Taki
Masaki Tanaka
Kazuo Tsuda
Satoshi Tsuda
Koichi Takayasu
Naoki Niizuma
Atsunori Himoto
Tomoe Shinohara
Kunihiro Tokumaru
Yoshikazu Nagao
Satoshi Kira
Akitoshi Oikawa
Hirokazu Hama
Toshimichi Sugai
Naoji Ozaki
Hiroki Gotou
Masaharu Yoshii
Masaki Kawahori
Yuki Yamanaka
Shinichi Uchida
Masahiro Seki
Takashi Ando
Hideki Kudo
Nobuhiro Fukuda
Jiro Terakawa
Yoichi Uchida
Hiroki Okabata
Kazuyoshi Hara
Yuko Nasu
Syuuji Okada
Yutaka Okunoki
Tatuya Kouzaki
Tadashi Jokagi
Yoshiaki Kashima
Kazumi Suyama
Yutaka Sugano
Tomoko Hasegawa
Kazuhiro Matsuta
Katsuhiko Sato
Manabu Kusunoki
Shinichi Oya
Takeshi Suzuki
Kazunori Shibata
Shigeyuki Shimizu
Masayuki Imanishi
Kenji Ohtsuji
Masamichi Miyoshi
Tarou Mitani
Takaaki Jindou
Yoshitake Noguchi

Regional Differences

North America/Japan Europe
Dreamcast-US.png Dreamcast-EU.png

In Europe, the Dreamcast logo was changed from red to blue. While never officially confirmed, editors of the Edge magazine postulate this was done in order to prevent legal problems with German publisher Tivola, as their logo is a red swirl.[1]

Unusually, most games for the European Dreamcast prioritized 60hz. 50hz was often a secondary option, with only a few games supporting just 50hz.