Amazon selling 'new' Dreamcast systems

It appears that Amazon--and not some third-party merchant--is actually selling brand-new vintage Dreamcast consoles for $88.99. Are you nostalgic enough to buy one?

Amazon lists the Sega Dreamcast as 'in stock' and new for $88.99. Amazon.com

Yes, plenty of Sega Dreamcast systems are available for purchase on the Internet, but we did a double-take when we noticed that Amazon was selling "new" models for $88.99. No, these aren't updated in anyway, but at least one Amazon user says they are "brand-new as stated." And Amazon is listed as the seller, not some third-party merchant.

Whether Amazon found a warehouse full of old "new" Dreamcasts or whether someone's actually producing these things, we don't know. But what's amusing is to see user reviews dating all way back to 1999 and the original product description:

The Dreamcast system is, in a word, awesome. Fire up Soul Calibur, and instantly you'll appreciate that the graphics and gameplay are even better than in the arcade version. And Sonic Adventure, with its light-speed gameplay, is sure to wow even the most jaded gamer.

Why it's so cool:

  • Ultramodern components: Custom-made video, audio, and processor technology blows away the Nintendo 64 and PlayStation and puts Dreamcast in the same league as PS2 and Xbox.
  • Integrated modem: In another video-game first, Dreamcast comes with a 56K modem. Use your regular Internet service provider and the separately sold keyboard to access e-mail, shopping, and the World Wide Web. Not only can you upload high scores, participate in chat discussions, and download updates and enhancements for your games, but, through a membership to the SegaNet Internet service provider, you can play Quake III Arena, NFL 2K1, and other games against Dreamcast owners over the Internet.
  • The Visual Memory Unit (VMU): More than just a memory card, the VMU is a miniature portable game system that fits inside a controller--so its LCD screen is easily seen by you but hidden from your opponent.
  • All-in-one entertainment: It plays games. It plays audio CDs. It connects to the Internet and lets you browse the Web or e-mail friends. Our note to the cost-conscious: If you have a Dreamcast system, you just don't need a separate CD player or a separate computer. Dreamcast does it all, and does it well.
Ah, the memories. I guess Sega, like Sony, can now technically claim its game console lasted 10 years. Anybody buying? You can get a system, a VMU, and an extra color for $108.47. Not sure this a bargain, but it is a piece of gaming history.
 

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