I started the Cheapest Games series quite a while ago and I figured I should revise some of the posts to reflect some of the changing values and give more relevant recommendations. Hopefully, this revised list of Dreamcast games will help you start or build up your collection without having to spend much.. (Prices listed are an average eBay price for US games, including shipping)
I revised this guide yet again as we have seen some shifting in values over the last few years. Most of the standards have stayed consistant. However, we have seen some previously higher-priced games come down below $10. The only one that seemed to jump up higher was Jet Grind Radio (see notes below). I have also added quite a few games to this list that were more hidden gems — I think you’ll enjoy them 🙂
|Space Channel 5: $6
While the rhythm genre has moved on to full instrument controllers, Space Channel 5 topped the charts with Dreamcast owners. Both the graphics and the music had a phenomenal retro-futurist (reminds me of a hip Jetson’s atmosphere) feel to them and kept Space Channel 5 from becoming just “another” simon-says-type game.
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|Soul Calibur: $9
This Dreamcast launch title is one of the best examples of the incredible graphics the little white box is capable off. Between the polished visuals and the deep gameplay, the original Soul Calibur still holds surprisingly well to its newer siblings. The Soul Still Burns! Soul Calibur is also one of the Dreamcast games that has had the largest price drop over the last couple of years.
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|Crazy Taxi: $6
This arcade port was one of the main reasons I initially jumped on the Dreamcast. Crazy Taxi gives you control of a cabby racing around two San Francisco-esque cities, picking up customers and dropping them at their required destinations by any means necessary. It’s a race against the clock, resulting in no-holds-barred racing around the two cities, flying off hills and screeching around bends. Although some may argue that the game lacks some depth, they forget that this is a pure arcade game that compels you to beat your best scores. Crazy Taxi 2 is also availible for a little over $10 if you need more tracks to choose from.
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|Tennis 2K2: $5
Having the essential quality of being easy to play and difficulty to master, Virtua Tennis (and it’s successor, Tennis 2K2) was one of the sleeper hits on the Dreamcast. It is often overlooked as a killer party game — I have had many parties with both guys and girls of all gaming levels having a blast on a 4-player doubles tournament.
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|Chu Chu Rocket: $6
This little gem from Sega was extremely popular and recognized by most gamers who had actually played it and virtually unknown otherwise. Chu Chu Rocket is a unique puzzle game that not only served as a good brain-teaser in single-player mode, but also has solid multi-player features. The game has also recently showed up on Android and iOS. This has brought down the value of the Dreamcast release down a bit, but it can’t go much lower.
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|Legacy of Kain: Soul Reaver: $9
Legacy of Kain: Soul Reaver was one of the Dreamcast’s first fantasy adventure games and was one of the hot games during its release. It offers a killer story-line and innovative action considering the era. Once considered an essential title, many gamers have forgotten about it, leading it to a recent price drop. It is almost getting to “hidden gem” status.
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|The House of the Dead 2: $7
When it comes to arcade light-gun shooters, they don’t get much better than The House of the Dead series. Up until recently, most of the console versions have been rather pricey. However, with re-releases on all the modern consoles, we have seen prices come down quite a bit.
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|The Typing of the Dead: $9
While it doesn’t have quite the mainstream appeal of the shooters in the series, The Typing of the Dead remains a cult classic and is possibly the best use for the Dreamcast keyboard add-on.
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|Resident Evil Code: Veronica: $7
As a Resident Evil game that wasn’t a port of an older Playstation title, Code Veronica actually took advantage of the Dreamcast’s power and still serves as a cheap thrill to this day. (Some still consider it the best in the series up until Resident Evil 4)
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|Ecco The Dolphin: Defender of the Future: $5
Ecco the Dolphin for the Dreamcast is one of those rare instances of a company taking a 2D game (the Genesis and Sega CD originals) and making it work in 3D. Defender of the Future is an amazing looking game — the rich textures and animation really bring the sea life to life. The game is also among the most challenging around again, but you’ll enjoy the brilliant atmosphere and story.
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|Samba De Amigo: $4 (without maracas)
This Latin-flavored rhythm game involves waving/shaking maracas in certain directions to match the upbeat music. Not only is Samba wonderful to play, but it also fun to watch other people shake their maracas like there’s no tomorrow. Of course, a follow-up was released on the Wii, but the Wiimotes didn’t provide as accurate and enjoyable control as the Dreamcast’s maracas.
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|Test Drive LeMans: $5
Le Mans was one of the best all-around racers for the Dreamcast and one of the most under-appreciated. It can be found for a surprisingly low price even through it isn’t terribly common.
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|Toy Commander: $8
On the surface, Toy Commander looks like a cheap third-party game that would only interest young kids, but this little Dreamcast gem actually has a lot of charm to it. Get it for less that $10 before everybody learns about it.
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|Virtua Fighter 3tb: $8
Even though it was probably the least celebrated title in a fighting series with a cult following, Virtua Fighter 3TB is a deep and polished 3D fighter. Virtua Fighter 3tb isn’t as eye-catching as Soul Calibur or Dead or Alive 2, gameplay and strategy is where VF3tb excels.
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|Sega Rally Championship 2: $5
Even though many hardcore fans still prefer the original game on the Saturn, Sega Rally 2 is a great graphical upgrade, is still an enjoyable racer and is well worth the small investment.
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|Mr Driller: $9
One of my favorite puzzle games can finally be found for under $10. Instead of the normal falling-brick forumla, Mr, Driller takes you drilling down into the blocks — trying to get to the bottom quickly without being crushed by the ones falling down above you. It is a welcome change to the genre and is also a fun and colorful experience.
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If you are looking for yet another interesting take on the puzzle genre, Wetrix is an addictive, but challenging, but rewarding game that has more of a 3D design. The multiplayer in Wetrix is one of the best of its kind, with a game between two good players being a highly enjoyable frantic dash to get ducks and evaporate water, while throwing earthquakes and ice at the other player to hamper them.
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Sega’s first party games during the Dreamcast era were usually quite good, and Outtrigger is no exception. However, this First-Person/Third-Person Shooter went rather unnoticed and just fell further into obscurity over time. If you are looking for a shooter without the blood and guts, this one is a great option, but that isn’t its only selling point. If you enjoy the genre (or are just interested in dipping your toes in), Outtrigger is a great one for the Dreamcast without spending much money.
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|F355 Challenge Passione Rossa
If you are looking for a pure arcade racer, you will probably want to skip this one. However, if you like more of a simulator experience, keep an eye out for this one. The most defining characteristic of F355 is definitely its control. Compare to typically floaty control of most “sim” racers,you will be simply amazed at how tight everything feels in F355. It is also important to note that this perfect control is equally attainable with either the standard Dreamcast pad, or a (preferred) high quality racing wheel. According to Sega, a professional F355 driver has claimed that “training” with F355 Challenge in the off season has actually improved his real life lap times at Long Beach! Now that’s saying quite a bit about what Yu Suzuki and his AM2 team have accomplished here!”
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|Jet Grind Radio: $15
I have this wonderful game in a special section as, up until recently, it was under $10, but it has built up its demand as it remained a Dreamcast exclusive and a cult classic. However, it will be coming out for multiple platforms including PSN & XBLA, so it should did down under $10 again not too long after this guide is posted.Not only is the gameplay in Jet Grind Radio compelling and unique, but the graphical style hits you like a brick in the face (in a good way) with its well-executed cel-shaded models and landscapes. The Jet Grind Radio soundtrack is also one of the most popular gaming lineups of all time featuring an array of eclectic songs combining the musical genres of J-pop, Trip-hop, Hip-hop and Electronica. Between the slick graphics, upbeat and quirky audio, and intense gameplay, Jet Grind Radio is a gaming experience that completely envelopes you when given the chance.
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Other Cheap Favorites:
- 18 Wheeler Pro Trucker: $4 – eBay / Amazon.com
- Armada: $8 – eBay / Amazon.com
- Sega Smash Pack Vol 1: $8 – eBay / Amazon.com
- Daytona USA 2001: $9 – eBay / Amazon.com
- Bust-A-Move 4: $9 – eBay / Amazon.com
- Dino Crisis: $8 – eBay / Amazon.com
- Metropolis Street Racer: $9 – eBay / Amazon.com
- Unreal Tournament – $8 – eBay / Amazon.com
- Quake 3 Arena: $5 – eBay / Amazon.com
- Dead or Alive 2: $8 – eBay / Amazon.com
- Alien Front Online: $7 – eBay / Amazon.com
- 2K2 Sports: $4 each – eBay
- Tony Hawk 2: $5 – eBay / Amazon.com
- Sega Bass Fishing: $6 – eBay / Amazon.com
- Sega Marine Fishing: $6 – eBay / Amazon.com
- Oooga Booga: $7 – eBay / Amazon.com
- MDK 2: $6 – eBay / Amazon.com
- Ms Pacman Maze Madness: $7 – eBay / Amazon.com
- Elemental Gimmick Gear: $8 – eBay / Amazon.com
- Ready 2 Rumble Boxing: $6 – eBay / Amazon.com
- Red Dog: Superior Firepower: $8 – eBay / Amazon.com
Also, if you’re a Sega Dreamcast owner, be sure to check out the Sega Dreamcast VGA cable in the Racketboy Store