Holy Portable Dreamcast: It's (Still) Thinking
Sega's classic system lives on through smartphones and tablets.
Sega's Dreamcast is sort of like John Matrix in Commando. It just won't die. That's great news for classic gaming fans with strong ties to the system. Yes, the tiny white box is no more, but the console lives on in other platforms. First, through the original Xbox, with sequels to Jet Set Radio, Panzer Dragoon and The House of the Dead. Next, with ports to a variety of systems, from GameCube (Skies of Arcadia, Sonic Adventure 2) to PlayStation 3 (Sega Bass Fishing).
What about handhelds? Well, slowly but surely, the Dreamcast has started to leave its mark on smartphones and tablets. We first saw hints of this when Sega ported the beloved Dreamcast puzzler, ChuChu Rocket!, to iPhone and iPad. Then Namco Bandai released Soul Calibur. Capcom also delivered an arcade port of Marvel Vs. Capcom 2. And of course, we have today's news of Sega prepping Jet Set Radio for an iOS and Android debut, while former Bizarre Creations (RIP) employees unleashed Fur Fighters on iPad. Fur Fighters on the iPad? Can't say we saw that one coming. By the way, isn't the Phantasy Star Online brand coming to iOS and Android as well? Yup.
Granted, this isn't a takeover by any means. The Sega Genesis has a much stronger presence, but most of those 16-bit titles came out over a year ago, before many developers had tapped into the potential of these mobile power houses. Now, with the new iPad capable of impressive 3D graphics and Tegra leading the way on Android, there exists the possibility of seeing more Dreamcast goodness on the handheld scene, which is kind of crazy. Just imagine firing up the likes of Power Stone, Sonic Adventure and Shenmue on a tablet.
With this in mind, we put together a list of the Most Wanted Dreamcast Games for mobile a while back. No surprise that Jet Set Radio made the list. On that note, we hope to see more Dreamcast games make the portable jump in the months ahead.