Japanese Dreamcast collecting ~ a visual compendium~

Dreamcast logo ©1999 SEGA Enterprises, Ltd

Dreamcast logo ©1999 SEGA Enterprises, Ltd

 

The Japanese Dreamcast has an impressive library of titles, a considerable amount of which, were never published outside their domestic market. Many of these titles are perfectly playable for people not fluent in Japanese. However, it’s fair to state many more would’ve required little in the way of localisation. This sadly still leaves a significant portion of the overall library as unsurprisingly unplayable due to the language barrier.

There are currently several online resources that cover either the American & European Dreamcast libraries in depth. However, sites that cover the Japanese catalogue from a western perspective are somewhat lacking in general. There are several Dreamcast sites I’d recommend, the first being the Dreamcast Junkyard which caters to a broad audience with a wide range of articles & topics about the system. The second caters to the more esoteric side of Dreamcast collecting, which is Comby Laurent’s SEGA Dreamcast Info site. This site mainly has content relating to prototype or beta iterations of Dreamcast software and documenting items relating to SEGA’s history.

Despite these resources, many titles in the Japanese library have little to no information about them in English, which hopefully this site will attempt to redress. One of the main reasons I started this site apart from documenting my Dreamcast collection was to correct several long-standing inaccuracies about select Dreamcast titles. These mainly stem from contemporary mistranslations of the time. It’s all too common to find developers & publishers who’ve had titles that have been wrongly attributed, to them.

As well as the Japanese retail collection documented by each individual publisher, I’ll also endeavour to detail the supplemental material designed to promote the games. These will include guide books, soundtracks & pre-order bonuses. Another undocumented aspect is promotional materials such as packaging samples, Not for Sale discs and other utilities. However, due to their nature and lack of recorded information, I expect gaps in documenting many of these particular items.

As you can imagine cataloguing every title released for the system is quite an unenviable task and will take some time to complete. As I compiled information for the site, I’ve been fortunate to have received help from some of the studios whose titles form part of the system’s library. They have kindly provided me with information about their titles that will be, reproduced in their respective articles.

I would like, to take this opportunity to publicly thank those developers & publishers and other collectors who’ve taken the time to answer questions about twenty-year-old games. Unfortunately, in the intervening two decades since the release of the system, many development teams and publishing labels have since become defunct and a wealth of information has been lost to time. While many official sites have been partially archived, they are only somewhat navigable at best while a large amount exists as mere remnants. Some studios seemingly didn’t operate a dedicated web presence in the first place. I would appreciate any information anyone can contribute as I will undoubtedly miss important information concerning some titles.

If anyone has any questions, I’m more than happy to attempt to answer any query’s you might have. As you can imagine despite my best effort, I’ll undoubtedly be missing some information if anyone can contribute, you can contact me through the site or on Twitter @dreamcastcollector or Instagram dreamcastcollector.

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