PDF: Official Dreamcast Magazine – Issue #1 – September 1999


September 9, 1999 (better known as 9/9/99) was the date of possibly the most successful game console launch in history. It also marked the release of what is possibly one of the best console-specific magazines to be published in the USA.

The Official Dreamcast Magazine was a slick publication that not only featured some of the most interesting design, but also had some engaging and reliable content. In addition to its fine journalism and reviews (although I still can’t
forgive them for giving Kao The Kangaroo such a gleaming review), The Official Dreamcast Magazine also had a number of quirky topics and features that matched the creativity of the Dreamcast library.

The first issue of the publication got off to an excellent start (not your typical pure-hype issue). Here are some of my favorite highlights:

  • Page 14 gives a good run-down of the healthy selection of third-party peripherals
  • Page 16 mentioned the long-rumored Zip Drive for the Dreamcast
  • Page 17 has a display of some sweet Dreamcast-inspired figurines
  • Page 18 talks about the connectivity between the Dreamcast and the Neo-Geo Pocket (precursor to the GBA-Cube connectivity)
  • Page 28 starts a feature on Sega’s arcade situation and the GameWorks location in Seattle
  • Page 38 begins a long feature that guided gamers through the Dreamcast launch. It provides recommendations and guides for both the veteran and newbie gamer. (I might have to re-publish the article in text form as it is a good reference).
  • There a number of excellent previews, but on page 58, you will find a preview of Castlevania Resurrection — a 3D Castlevania that never saw the light of day
  • Page 88 begins the Dreamcast 101 feature that covers all the basics that newbie Dreamcast owners should know. This also would make a good article to reproduce and update with new information.
  • Deeper into the magazine you will also find a in-depth review of Sonic Adventure in addition to a gameplay guide and a tour of other aspects such as the VMU Chao minigames.

Again, I was very impressed with how much quality information can be found in this first issue of The Official Dreamcast Magazine. I hope you find it enjoyable as well.

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I obtained this PDF through my #1 download source, Underground Gamer. Thanks to the original scanner!

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SegaVega says:

There’s twelve issues not counting the pre-release. I wonder how much they got done on the what would have been the next one? Is anything from it out there?

gnome says:

Excellent, I ‘ve been trying to get this for ages. Thanks a lot. Any chance of seeing coverd-disc isos?

haley says:

I have this unopened

Jhodges1123 says:

I still have this issue and the special edition (The Get-Started Issue)… Is it worth anything now adays?

racketboy says:

I actually just bought that issue a month or so ago on eBay and I think I paid a little under $10

Sleipnir says:

Could you please upload the pdf again?
The link is broken…

b33znutz says:

both links work as of today

Batman says:

PDF is down again.

Josh says:

Hello, I am in need of expert assistance.
When the first Shenmue VHS trailers came out, the music that one of them had playing through was a chilled out drum and bass style tune. Although I remember how the tune goes in my head, I do not know the name of the song. It has been years since i heard it, back when the videos first came out, and I would very much love to hear it again.
Please, please could you do some searching for me and see what you can find, I have tried to find it through YouTube but with no luck, all that comes up is remixes of the theme tune, and it isnt those.
Feel free to send any findings to me and I can let you know if the right one is found, that is if you dont already know the tune I mean.
Thank you sincerely and good luck.

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