At this point, the formula is simple. Take a beloved console, shrink it, toss in a bunch of iconic games, add “Classic” to the name and then ship it to the masses in time for the holidays. Nintendo kickstarted the trend with the NES Classic in 2016 and built upon it with the SNES Classic. Since then, Commodore, Sega and Sony have all launched retro consoles, with varying degrees of success.
Sega’s Genesis Flashback came as a particularly clear missed opportunity, given Sega’s wild popularity in the 1990s and library of excellent games. And now, as we mark the Dreamcast’s 20th anniversary, it’s time to consider what a Dreamcast Classic would ideally look like.