5 Dreamcast games we want on Xbox Live tomorrow!

All it takes is a single leaked screenshot to pull a generation’s worth of fanboys out of the woodwork. In a shot leaked by French site, Esprit Pixel, we can see what looks to be a legitimized, upcoming release of Sega’s immortal Jet Set Radio coming in over the 360’s PartnerNet.

Looking back, this isn’t the first rumor of this sort. Similar shots of Sonic Adventure and Crazy Taxi have turned up as well. But those are longstanding, successful franchises, so that’s to be expected. Jet Set Radio is different. More to the point: Where the f*** are all the Dreamcast games?! I mean, thanks for the fighting games and everything, but there’s plenty of other timeless potential to squeeze out of Sega’s last little platform that couldn’t. Look:


Jet Set Radio

Why it should be rereleased: Because it’s still a visual wonderment and there’s nothing else like it!


Jet Grind Radio (US title) is more exciting because its greatness is more than just a memory. Your love for Sonic Adventure belongs in 1999, yet Jet Set Radio defies nostalgia simply because it’s one of the most unique titles ever released on anything, with a style and sensibility that’s never truly be replicated. Who cel-shades anything anymore? And the same kitschy thrill we all get from sprites and pixels is right there in the rails and graffiti of Sega’s quirky depiction of a future that never came. Looks like hope is on the horizon, because Sega renewed the trademark last March. 


Chu Chu Rocket!

Why it should be rereleased: Because it’s a simple puzzler that’s still fun and would cost dick to port over to XBLA.

The adorable Chu Chu Rocket! has been relegated to a footnote in gaming history because it was Dreamcast’s first semi-successful attempts at getting a console up and running online. However, since the rocketeer lab mice where basically SegaNet’s sacrificial guinea pigs, the game’s shitty dial-up connectivity and piss-poor matchmaking lobbies scared off the all but the most patient of gamer. Well, now that certainly sounds like a problem XLLA has overcome right? Plus, even after all these years, Sega seems to share our affection for the property.

Above: From Sonic and Sega All-Stars Racing 


Phantasy Star Online

Why it should be rereleased: Because online infrastructure has finally caught up to Sega’s ambition. And this screenshot:


That party pic is actually the recent March 31st funeral for the PC/PS2 Phantasy Star Universe servers. Couple with the PSP moving power of the Phantasy Star series in Japan, it’s clear to see that the franchise still harbors an intensely devoted following (even if we don’t know any of you personally.) Light MMOs are coming back! And given our anticipation for the 360 version of Monster Hunter, we see no reason why Sega couldn't bundle together the first three episodes and have people bite, as long as subscription costs were low to nonexistent.


Power Stone 2

Why it should be rereleased: Because over-the-top brawlers are "in" again, baby!


Currently, PSP owners are the only gamers of the current generation who’ve been allowed to behold the charm of Capcom’s discarded series. How’s that fair? Moreover, why is the Wii the only system that get’s to engage in forgiving, four-player fighters?! The arena brawler is missing out on its own resurgence just because nobody bought a Dreamcast? Well that needs to change. Okay... so, as much as this idea would normally send us in to DEFCON 5 Complaint Mode, just pitch the game as Power Stone Party and watch the executive pupils turn to dollar signs.



Why it should be rereleased: Because it’s a fanboy’s wet dream. And unless you’re Japanese, you’ve never played it.

Above: Nei, Ristar, Clockwork Knight, Panzeer Dragoon, and some blue guy

Developed partially in secret, by the time Segagaga came out, Sega was probably too punch drunk to care about a game that basically starred its own failing company and soon-to-be-evicted stars! In this company management sim (seriously,) we find Sega in such a dire financial state, its only option is to hire a teenage boy of the streets and prop him up as the head of the company with a supporting cast of Sega heavyweights.

Above: Amigo, I choose you… TO DIE!

In case you could tell, outside of the all star appearances, that’d mean a ridiculous amount of localization for game with only the bare minimum of Western appeal. Still, a digital release on a system that isn’t about to capsize should be far less risky by comparison (you could probably find some fan to translate it for free,) and it’d be a shame to never provide Westerners with an opportunity to check out this amazingly bizarre swan song.

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  • Jake010011 - April 29, 2010 3:01 a.m.

    what about sonic Adventure
  • philipshaw - April 28, 2010 1:16 p.m.

    I agree that all of the games on that list should be on XBL and PSN right now, I would also add Crazy Taxi and Shenmue
  • Cyberninja - April 27, 2010 10:41 p.m.

    if these all come to xbox only there is my next 200 dollar purchase so i hope they also go to psn so i can save money
  • Mainman - April 27, 2010 8:28 p.m.

    I won't tell if you don't...
  • tacehtselrahc - April 27, 2010 7:04 p.m.

    More Sega shovelware, just what XBLA needs.
  • LeoZeo - April 27, 2010 6:39 p.m.

    YES! Finally seeing some love for Powerstone! It's so random, especially the weapons, but it all works well together =D
  • birthwild - April 27, 2010 6:23 p.m.

    gosh dang, I want Jet Set so bad.
  • SuperflyForever - April 27, 2010 5:45 p.m.

    Jet Set is coming to XBL Arcade...
  • lovinmyps3 - April 27, 2010 5:37 p.m.

    I would play the shit out of Phantasy Star Online! And Jet Set Radio would be awesome!!
  • ensabahnur - April 27, 2010 2:15 p.m.

    I still cant believe Power STone has not been released. Good one Chris.
  • rxb - April 27, 2010 1:43 p.m.

    I need more powerstone 2 in my life.....
  • OnyxOblivion - April 27, 2010 12:21 p.m.

    Grandia 2. Skies of Arcadia. PLEAAAAAAAAASE!
  • jmcgrotty - April 27, 2010 8:52 a.m.

    Don't believe the hype. Jet Set Radio is crap.
  • DeadHELLKNIGHT - April 27, 2010 8:30 a.m.

  • FamousMortimer - April 27, 2010 7:14 a.m.

    Oh man... I still have to devote my Dreamcast love to Skies of Arcadia. As a general rule, JRPG's hold very little appeal for me. But in a lot of ways it broke the mold... non-whiny/emo main character, lack of brooding and cheap melodrama, fun battle system, a world that felt well thought-out and made sense, endearing characters... but I'm babbling. Suffice it to say, I loved that game, and it's the reason I keep my DC collecting dust instead of cecoming EBAY fodder. I'd snap it up on XBL in an instant.
  • CH3BURASHKA - April 27, 2010 6:02 a.m.

    Hopefully this will lead to some sort of history lesson on the TDar.
  • egregious - April 27, 2010 5:53 a.m.

    No Seaman? Feh!
  • elpurplemonkey - April 27, 2010 4:47 a.m.

    The only Dreamcast games I've ever played were the two Sonic Adventure games, and I played those on the Gamecube. But I'd definitely give Jet Set Radio a shot.
  • BLOODmuffins - April 27, 2010 4:38 a.m.

    Thank you, Chris, for not including Shenmue on this list
  • StickyLungs - April 27, 2010 4:16 a.m.

    (M.Bison sound effect) YES!

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