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Take a look at Sega's beautiful, doomed Dreamcast (pictures)

Relive those precious gaming memories with our gorgeous photos of Sega's final console.

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The Dreamcast is perhaps gaming's most glorious failure. The latest episode of Adventures in Tech tells the story of Sega's incredibly innovative yet ultimately doomed console, and to celebrate we've compiled a gallery of gorgeous Dreamcast photos.

Click through to check out Sega's final console from every angle, and hit the link below for even more nostalgia in the latest episode of CNET's Adventures in Tech!

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The Dreamcast was released in Japan in 1998, arriving in the US in 1999.
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The Dreamcast wasn't very big but boasted a chunky controller.
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If this logo looks a little odd to you, note that our Dreamcast is from the PAL region, where the swirl is colored blue. In North American it was red, while it was orange in Japan and Asia.
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The Dreamcast featured four controller ports, though if you wanted more people to play against, this was the first console to feature online gaming in a significant way.
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The Dreamcast's controller was a world apart from that of the N64 or PlayStation.
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The Dreamcast was a hit at first, making Sega $100 million in its first day on sale in the US.
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On the right you get four colourful face buttons. Could this have been Microsoft's inspiration for the Xbox controller?
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With the Dreamcast, Sega said goodbye to the boring black plastic of yesteryear.
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The chunky controller is almost as big as the console itself -- but it hides a secret superpower.
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This is the VMU memory card, which lets you play minigames and shows extra info during a game. Nifty!
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The controller could handle two VMUs.
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This second-screen gaming was a bit like the concept behind the Wii U, but years earlier.
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Like all modern controllers, the Dreamcast featured trigger buttons on the shoulders.
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Here's a peek at the back of the controller.
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The Dreamcast used GD-ROM discs, a proprietary format.
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Unlike the PS2, the Dreamcast couldn't handle DVDs, which contributed to its downfall.
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Online play was one of the Dreamcast's big selling points, but online console gaming wouldn't really take off until several years later.
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Microsoft created a version of Windows CE for the Dreamcast, but in the end it was used for only a few games.
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The Dreamcast played host to plenty of memorable and creative titles.
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Shenmue? ChuChu Rocket, anyone?
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The Dreamcast's failure saw Sega exit the console race. Now it makes software for one-time rivals Nintendo and Sony.
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In the end, the Dreamcast couldn't handle competition from the vastly popular Sony PS2.
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The Dreamcast was certainly a looker.
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Here's a view of the Dreamcast's back and the array of ports at your disposal.
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Sega dropped the price of the Dreamcast, but to no avail.
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Dreamcast, we hardly knew ye. If you've enjoyed this slideshow, keep the good times a' flowin' with our video retrospective of Sega's last console. Just hit the link below and enjoy.

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