iPad 2 Should Become Portable Dreamcast
With Soul Calibur and ChuChu Rocket already available, now's the time for Sega, Capcom and other publishers to re-release the console's best titles on Apple's tablet.
We were surprised at Namco Bandai's near flawless iOS port of Soul Calibur, the 1999 Dreamcast launch title that captivated millions 13 years ago.
Yes, the absence of multiplayer is a huge downer, but the fact that the game runs so smoothly and looks incredible is a testament to not only the programmers, but also Apple's iPad 2, a powerful device capable of running older console games.
Having Soul Calibur available to play on the go is quite a luxury, and we've been thinking about the future of iOS games ever since. If an iPad 2 can run this title, why not other Dreamcast games as well?
In theory, third parties and even Sega could dive into the past and re-release some of the system's best offerings on the App Store. We already have ChuChu Rocket. Why not Power Stone, Power Stone 2 and even Resident Evil: Code Veronica from Capcom? We'll even take Cannon Spike, the short but enjoyable shooter starring heroes like Mega Man and Arthur from Ghosts'n Goblins; Marvel vs. Capcom 2 is another favorite in need of some handheld love.
Don't forget about Tecmo Koei's Dead or Alive 2, a game that gives players the chance to enjoy multi-tiered brawling.
Then we have Sega's long list of critically acclaimed hits, games like Sonic Adventure, Sonic Adventure 2, Skies of Arcadia, Sega Swirl, The House of the Dead 2, Jet Grind Radio and Shenmue. We'll even take the more obscure titles. Seaman, please.
On top of that, Dreamcast has a rich import library many western gamers have yet to experience, including Border Down, Zero Gunner 2 and Shenmue II (the Dreamcast version never made it Stateside).
Point being, Soul Calibur moved us one step closer to having a portable Dreamcast, which would be a fine alternative to digging around in the attic looking for dusty controllers and games.
With this in mind, we hope to see even more from this beloved system in the months ahead.