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Sega Dreamcast logo Engadget believes that Sega is on the verge of re-releasing the Sega Dreamcast console in Japan.  As you'll recall, the Dreamcast was Sega's last console in the home gaming market.  Released in 1999, the system went bust as too many Sega fans had moved on from the company after the debacles of the Sega 32X and Sega Saturn.  The Dreamcast fixed some of the company's recent mistakes, but by that time it was just too late.  There are still plenty of Dreamcast fans out there though, and although the console is gone it is not forgotten.

Some wonder why Sega would choose to unleash the Dreamcast again.  I do not believe this is Sega's attempt to break back into the console business.  If anything I'd bet that this is Sega's way of clearing out any old stock still sitting in a warehouse as part of a move to cash in on the nostalgia cravings that are so common these days.  By re-releasing the Dreamcast now the company can pick up on gamers who didn't get around to picking one up in 1999, and they can also ride the wave of people looking to pick up a "new" console to complement the Microsoft Xbox, Sony PlayStation 2, or Nintendo GameCube already set up on top of the television at home.  It's an odd decision from Sega, but Sega's odd decisions are why we love the company.