Previously I wrote an editorial calling for Sega to return to the console market and announce a Dreamcast 2.0. While obviously this is an unlikely proposition at best, it did get us here at BoomPopMedia thinking about what games we would most like to see if there ever us was a Dreamcast 2.0. In this edition of List O’ Games, I’m proposing five games that I would like to see if Sega does ever return to the console market.
5. Hydro Thunder 2
Ok, so there was kind of a sequel to Hydro Thunder called Hydro Thunder Hurricane that was released for the Xbox Live arcade, but I would really like to see a full-fledged Hydro Thunder 2 in all its glory. Hydro Thunder was one of my favorite games for the Dreamcast and so trying to imagine a Sega console without it is tough for me, so this would be on my list of must-haves. A Hydro Thunder with updated graphics and online play? Yes please!
4. A Sega-based version of Super Smash Bros.
Sonic’s appearance in Super Smash Bros. Brawl proved that he can fit into this type of fighter universe – something Sega fans largely already knew, as I will elaborate on in a bit – so who wouldn’t like to see a version of Super Smash Bros. with all Sega-based characters. Sony already gave this a try with their PlayStation All-Stars Battle Royale and although critical reception was somewhat mixed, I think Sega has a stronger foundation of characters and franchises to build such a game on. Even if there’s never another Dreamcast, this is still the type of thing that I think Sega could make effectively for the Wii U.
3. ChuChu Rocket 2
This one is pretty simple: Chu Chu Rocket was an absolute blast to play on the Dreamcast and I think it’s more than past time that this franchise gets revisited. A simple, yet super addicting puzzle game, ChuChu Rocket was an easy way to waste hours and was also one of the first games to really feature prominent online play. Now that the gaming world has advanced in terms of what is possible with online play, it’s time that Sega revisits this franchise that many of us have fond memories of.
2. Sonic Adventure 3: Battle
Originally, Sonic Adventure 2 was made available on the Dreamcast and then after it became clear that the Dreamcast’s lifespan was nearing its end, Sega took the game, beefed it up and launched it on the Nintendo GameCube as Sonic Adventure 2: Battle. The port wasn’t particularly well-received by critics, but fans ate it up, making it one of the best selling games ever for the GameCube. It developed a bit of a following despite the fact that the GameCube version was actually a step backwards in terms of online play from the Dreamcast version since the Dreamcast version, you know, actually had it while the GameCube version dropped it entirely.
Could a Sonic Adventure 3: Battle work on a hypothetical Dreamcast 2.0? Absolutely it could – technology has caught up with what Sega was trying to do with this game and now that in-controller touch screens are more of a possibility and online play is easier to handle, it’s tough to imagine a sequel to SA2:B being anything other than a success.
1. Nights into Dreams… for Dreamcast 2
Admittedly, I’m pretty biased on this one since I grew up playing this game on the Sega Saturn, but bias or not, this game was so much fun and seriously might still be one of my favorite games of all time. Fans have never really let this one go, consistently whining loudly enough that Sega eventually got around to releasing a sequel for the Wii called Nights Journey of Dreams. They were also loud enough to get Sega to put Nights in a couple of other cross-franchise games. If the Dreamcast ever does see a successor, I would love to Sega bring this franchise home to a Sega console. I’d buy a Dreamcast 2.0 just for that and I’m sure I’m not the only one.