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Published on October 6th, 2012 | by Chris Powell

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The Dreamcast is still thinking

With Jet Grind RadioSonic Adventure 2 and Re-Volt all being brought back from the dead and released on digital platforms this month, it’s certainly a great time for us SEGA Nerds. Heck, it’s almost like the Dreamcast is still around, right? Well, not so much, but while we’re still impatiently waiting for Shenmue 1 and 2 to be re-released, we started wondering how many Dreamcast games are available on digital platforms today.

We were actually quite surprised to find that nearly 30 Dreamcast games are now available to be purchased digitally. We wanted to create a living list that will always be updated when new games are released so you can know where to go to get your Dreamcast fix.

The following list shows each game, when it was originally released on the Dreamcast, what platforms it’s available on today and when it was re-released. Clicking the platform links will take you to the game on the digital platform where you can purchase it.

Bangai-O HD: Missile Fury

About: Sidescrolling shooter developed by Treasure.
Notable changes: Dual-analog controls, level editor and online multiplayer.
Original release date: March 21, 2001
Re-release date: May 4, 2011
PlatformXBLA

ChuChu Rocket!

About: Top-down puzzle game developed by Sonic Team.
Notable changes: WiFi multiplayer. Does not include stage builder.
Original release date: March 21, 2001
First re-release date: Oct. 28, 2010
PlatformiOS and Android

Crazy Taxi

About: Arcade racing game developed by Hitmaker.
Notable changes: HD graphics, widescreen support, leaderboards and Achievements. Excludes original soundtrack
Original release date: 
Jan. 24, 2000
First re-release date: 
Nov. 16, 2010
Platform
XBLAPSNSteamOnLive

Daytona USA

About: Arcade racing game developed by AM2.
Notable changes: HD graphics, widescreen support, online multiplayer and steering wheel support.
Original release date: 
March 12, 2001
First re-release date: 
Oct. 25, 2011
Platform
XBLA and PSN

Ikaruga

About: Bullet hell, top-down shooter developed by Treasure/G.rev.
Notable changes: Horizontal and vertical screen modes, online co-op and leaderboards.
Original release date: 
Sept. 5, 2002
First re-release date: 
April 9, 2008
Platform
XBLA

Jet Grind Radio

About: Third-person action game where you rollerblade and spray paint your way to secure your turf developed by Smilebit.
Notable changes: HD graphics, widescreen support, new camera system and leaderboards.
Original release date: 
Oct. 30, 2000
First re-release date: 
Sept. 11, 2012
Platform
XBLAPSNSteam

JoJo’s Bizarre Adventure

About: Anime-inspired, 2D-fighting game developed by Capcom based on a popular Japanese manga.
Notable changes: Graphic filters and online multiplayer.
Original release date: 
April 29, 2000
First re-release date: 
Aug. 21, 2012
Platform
XBLA and PSN

King of Fighters ’99 Evolution

About: Tournament-style2D-fighting game developed by SNK. The series originally gained fame in the arcades and on the Neo-Geo platform.
Notable changes: Nothing of note.
Original release date: 
April 29, 2000
First re-release date: 
May 14, 2009
Platform
PSN

Legacy of Kain: Soul Reaver

About: Third-person, action game developed by Crystal Dynamics.
Notable changes: Nothing of note.
Original release date: 
Jan. 27, 2000
First re-release date: 
Nov. 19, 2009
Platform
PSN

Marvel vs. Capcom 2

About: 2D fighting game developed by Capcom. The fourth entry in the series, Capcom simplified the controls to make it more accessible.
Notable changes: Widescreen support, online multiplayer and optional graphics filter.
Original release date: 
June 29, 2000
First re-release date: 
Nov. 19, 2009
Platform
XBLA and PSN

MDK 2

About: Third-person shooter developed by Bioware.
Notable changes: Updated graphics and new controls and character tweaks (WiiWare). HD graphics and re-mastered soundtrack (Steam).
Original release date: 
March 31, 2000
First re-release date: 
May 9, 2011
Platform:
 WiiWare and Steam

Power Stone Collection

About: 3D fighting game developed by Capcom.
Notable changes: Updated versions of both games and ad-hoc multiplayer on PSP.
Original release date: 
Sept. 9, 1999
First re-release date: 
Sept. 24, 2009
Platform:
 PSN

Quake III Arena

About: First-person shooter developed by id Software.
Notable changes: New arenas, new single-player campaign, and HD and widescreen support.
Original release date: 
Oct. 22, 2000
First re-release date: 
Dec. 15, 2010
Platform:
 XBLA

Rayman 2: The Great Escape

About: 2D platformer developed by Ubisoft Montpellier.
Notable changes: Excludes Baby Globox minigame.
Original release date:
 Feb. 29, 2000
First re-release date:
 Dec. 18, 2008
Platform:
 PSN and iOS

Resident Evil: Code Veronica

About: Third-person, survival-horror game developed by Capcom.
Notable changes: HD graphics, leaderboards, Achievements, updated menus and item placements.
Original release date: 
Feb. 29, 2000
First re-release date: 
Sept. 27, 2011
Platform:
 XBLA and PSN

Re-Volt

About: 3D racer developed by Probe Ltd.
Notable changes: HD graphics.
Original release date: 
Dec. 17, 1999
First re-release date: 
Oct. 4, 2012
Platform:
 iOS

REZ

About: Psychedelic rail-shooter developed by United Game Artists.
Notable changes: HD graphics, surround sound, allows for additional Xbox 360 controllers to be used as Trance Vibrators.
Original release date:
 Nov. 21, 2001 (Japan)
First re-release date:
 Jan. 30, 2008
Platform
XBLA

SEGA Bass Fishing

About: Third-person, survival-horror game developed by Capcom.
Notable changes: HD (720p) graphics and PlayStation Move support.
Original release date: 
Oct. 5, 1999
First re-release date: 
March 4, 2011
Platform:
 XBLAPSN, Steam and OnLive

Sega Smash Pack Vol. 1

About: Compilation disc that included games from the SEGA Master System and Genesis platforms.
Notable changes: Virtua Cop 2 and Wrestlefest aren’t available.
Original release date: 
April 6, 2001
First re-release date: 
March 4, 2011
Platform:
 Steam and OnLive

Sonic Adventure

About: Third-person action platformer developed by Sonic Team. This release is based on the PC port of Sonic Adventure DX but is named Sonic Adventure. There’s an additional DX Upgrade that “upgrades” the version and adds Metal Sonic as a playable character and 60 new missions.
Notable changes: Enhanced graphics, sounds, online leaderboards and Achievements.
Original release date:
Sept. 9, 1999
First re-release date:
Sept. 21, 2010
Platform:
PSN, Steam and OnLive

Sonic Adventure 2

About:  Third-person action platformer developed by Sonic Team.
Notable changes: HD graphics. A Battle Mode DLC is planned that will add levels and characters from the Gamecube version.
Original release date:
 June 19, 2001
First re-release date: Oct. 2, 2012
Platform
XBLA and PSN

Soul Calibur

About: 3D weapon-based fighting game.
Notable changes: HD graphics, online leaderboards and Achievements. The iOS version has multiplayer support via Bluetooth. 
Original release date:
Sept. 9, 1999
First re-release date:
July 2, 2008
Platform:
XBLA and iOS

Space Channel 5: Part 2

About: Music game developed by United Game Artists. Japan was the only region to get the game on the Dreamcast, while it was released on the PlayStation in all others.
Notable changes: HD support and Michael Jackson not dead yet. 
Original release date:
 Feb. 14, 2002 (Japan)
First re-release date: 

Platform
XBLA, PSN, Steam and OnLive

Street Fighter III: Third Strike

About: 2D fighting game developed by Capcom.
Notable changes: Enhanced graphics, online multiplayer, online leaderboards, YouTube replay sharing and new art. Also includes tons of DLC.
Original release date:
Oct. 4, 2000
First re-release date:
Aug. 23, 2011
Platform:
XBLA and PSN

Tomb Raider: The Last Revelation

About: 3D platformer developed by Core Design. The game was originally released on the PlayStation and received upgraded graphics and sound when it was ported to the Dreamcast.
Notable changes: None.
Original release date:
March 25, 2000
First re-release date:
Oct. 15, 2009
Platform:
PSN

Tony Hawk’s Pro Skater

About: 3D skateboarding game developed by Neversoft and ported to the Dreamcast by Treyarch.
Notable changes: HD graphics, multiple online modes, new soundtrack and new playable skaters.
Original release date:
June 29, 2000
First re-release date:
July 18, 2012
Platform:
XBLA and PSN

Virtual On: Ontario Tangram

About: 3D mech fighting game developed by Sega-AM3.
Notable changes: HD graphics and online multiplayer.
Original release date:
June 1, 2000
First re-release date:
April 29, 2009
Platform:
XBLA

Note: Samba De Amigo has been released on the Nintendo Wii.

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Chris Powell is the editor at Bit Loaders and the host of The Bit Loaders Show. In his day job, he's the managing editor of Airman magazine - the Air Force's official magazine (www.airmanonline.com). He has been a print journalist in the Air Force for nearly 13 years. Previously, he wrote for Joystiq and is the former editor of SegaNerds.com.



5 comments
KevinDouglasFemmel
KevinDouglasFemmel

Wasn't Rayman DS a port of Rayman 2? Also, Rayman 2 is on the 3DS as well.

Chris Powell
Chris Powell moderator

@KevinDouglasFemmel Yeah, there are certainly more Dreamcast games released on physical media, but we wanted to only highlight those that can be purchased digitally.

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