Special Dreamcast Models
The following is a list of special Dreamcast models made throughout the lifespan of the Sega Dreamcast.
|Dreamcast Toyota: This model was sold in Toyota dealerships (around 160 affiliated dealers at the time, though it is unclear), hoping to promote sales of their car products and expand into the online sales market. The system did not originally include the sticker on the console’s lid. It came bundled in the same packaging of the original Japanese Yukawa Dreamcast but wholly white with orange-red characters, a special Toyota Dream Passport (which featured several custom shortcuts), controller, documentation and link cables, and a sticker for the console’s lid.|
Notes: product announcement, photos.
|Dreamcast Model: Seaman: This model was produced due to Seaman’s great popularity in Japan and was sold only in HMV stores. The casing is clear skeleton with a Seaman symbol on the console’s lid. It came bundled in a cardboard packaging with Seaman themed imagery on both sides, with a matching clear controller and VMU, Seaman game and Dream Passport CD, documentation, link cables, a microphone and an audio CD.|
Notes: Units: 500, Product announcement.
|Dreamcast Limited Maziora Edition: This model was produced in a partnership with Maziora. The upper is painted in a pearlescent coating, resulting in changing colours depending on the viewing angle and light brightness. It came bundled in the same orange packaging of the original Japanese Dreamcast but with the Maziora logo on the front, a matching pearlescent coated controller, Dream Passport CD, link cables and documentation, helmet keychain and motorsport information. Originally it could be obtained in two ways. The first by ordering them online, which came packaged in an outer cardboard box with the Maziora logo on it. The second was by winning it at a racing event and it had Tadahiko Taira’s, a driver from Taira Racing, whose team was being sponsored by Maziora at the time, signature on the system’s lid. The numbers are reported to be about 500, around 200 signed and around 300 unsigned, but whether these numbers are correct is unknown.|
Notes: Units: 500 (200 signed, 300 unsigned), Pics , Story of Conception & Content Detailed, pPhotos and information
|Hello Kitty Dreamcast Set: There were two models produced after the successful Hello Kitty franchise. The first is skeleton blue and the second pink. They came bundled in a themed and colour coordinated packing and with matching controller, VMU and keyboard, special Dream Passport (whether it was anything different is unknown), game, documentation and link cables. Though it’s known as HKT-6500 (probably due to the cardboard mailing box), both the packaging and the system are labelled HKT-3000. The HKT-6500 label is also often coupled with a appendix B or P (for blue and pink) but these do not feature in said cardboard mailing box.|
|Dreamcast Model: Seaman Xmas Package: Dreamcast Model: Seaman Xmas Package – This model was made as Seaman’s popularity still made it doable and the product numbers were 850. It came packaged in a red box and bundled with matching red controller and red VMU, Seaman game, Dream Passport 2, link cables and instruction manuals, microphone plus (?) a special communication package which allows sending voice messages over the net.|
|Release Date||1 03-02-2000||Price:||34,800¥|
|Dreamcast CODE: Veronica LIMITEDBOX: There were two models, both produced to celebrate the Japanese release of Capcom’s successful series Resident Evil. Both models had the same CODE:Veronica STARS package, have a skeleton casing (Claire: red STARS: dark purple), grey underside and have a sticker on the back of the console with their internal serial number (Claire: xxxx/1800, STARS xxx/200). Each system was bundled with a matching controller and grey VMU, Resident Evil: Code Veronica game, Dream Passport 2, documentation and link cables, and BioHazard merchandise. There are reports of two second prints for both models: 50 Claire Version systems through Dreamcast DIRECT about one year after the initial release and 30 STARS through a FAMITSU contest. There are no differences but the lack of the sticker on the back of the console and Claire being bundled with BioHazard Code: Veronica Complete (T-1240M) game instead of the regular edition. Details are unknown (including the printing veracity itself) as information on these run on word of mouth.|
Notes: Units: 1800 (Claire Version), 200 (STARS Version), product announcement.
|Release Date|| 03-2001 (Pachinko)
|Price:|| 49,800¥ (Pachinko)|
|Dreamcast R7 (aka Regulation #7): There were two models but both have black casings and undersides. The first print was originally sold to Pachinko parlours for network play by using it as terminals, by means of a special Dream Passport 2. It came bundled with a matching controller, a sticker for the console lid (perhaps for the controller as well), instruction manuals, link cables and several prizes such as pouches and key chains. It’s also known as Mail Order Edition. The second print was of a larger number and released to the public. Both came packaged in a black box and came bundled with a matching controller, standard Dream Passport 3, instruction manuals and link cables. This release featured no prizes and the box was significantly smaller.|
Notes: Site,Pics , Full Story of Conception & Content Detailed , photos and information.
|Dreamcast Divers 2000 CX-1: This was a all-in-one console unit developed by Fuji. It’s unknown if the resemblance towards a Morolien was intended (Space Channel 5 had already been released in Japan). It features a 14 inch display, runs a custom Microsoft Windows CE operating system and can access the internet like a regular Dreamcast. It was bundled with a matching remote for the TV, a green skeleton controller, keyboard and Dreameye, Dream Passport 3, link cables and documentation.|
Notes: photos, product announcement and information
|Dreamcast Colour Editions: There were three of these models, sold through Dreamcast DIRECT. were Metallic Silver, Pearl Blue and Pearl Pink. Metallic Silver sports a metallic upper case and black underside while Pearl Blue/Pink have an expected upper casing but grey undersides, close or maybe the same shade as standard Dreamcasts. Numbers for these versions are often thrown about but are unknown. Every version came packaged in the second Japanese white box with a colour themed special version sticker on the right top corner, and bundled with a matching controller, Dream Passport 3, documentation and link cables. There may have been several other accessories modelled after these, as for example there’s a black keyboard with the same sticker as Pure Black console on the package.|
Notes: FAMITSU announcement, Metallic Silver, Pearl Blue and Pearl Pink
|Dreamcast Super Black: Most of people used to confuse Super Black Dreamcast with D-Color set but this one also known as Pure Black has never formed part to it.
The model has been announced after renewal of D-Direct website for quantities limited to 100 pieces until Sega decides to extend the production to an unknown number (some people talks about 1000 additionals pieces).
Before any order, the buyer should win the right to buy at a lottery set on the site. Later, 2 complementaries accessories have been released, it includes : Pure Black VMU sold for 2800 ¥ and a Pure Black Keyboard with the same sticker than the console, sold for 4800 ¥.
|Dreamcast (Gold NTSC-J) This model was given away in a Pro Yakyuu Team De Asobou Net contest and should not be confused with the similar Top-Airbrush one. The number of models is often mentioned as five but it’s unknown if this has an truthful basis.|
|Sakura Wars Dreamcast for Internet: This model was produced to commemorate Sakura Wars success on the Dreamcast and has an appropriate pink upper casing. It was bundled with a matching controller (HKT-7700-19) and VMU Sakura Kinematron Hanagumi Mail game and Sakura Taisen 3 demo, special Dream Passport 3 (whether it was anything different from the regular version is unknown), link cables and instruction manuals, Though it’s known as HKT-6800 (probably due to the cardboard mailing box), both the packaging and the system are labelled HKT-3000. The controller might have been sold separately and both a matching jump pack and keyboard were later released as well.|
|Sega@Home (Karaoke System): This model was fitted with a Karaoke machine and there were two versions of it, one in a conservative packaging and a second in Sega blue Sonic packaging.|
|Dreamcast RX Custom: This model was produced for the third anniversary of the console and only sold through D-Direct (online). It was designed after a Gundam suit and there were 78 units made. They were packaged in the second Japanese white box with a blue announcement at the right top and were bundled with a matching controller, Dream Passport 3, documentation and link cables.|
|Release Date||27-11-1998 (?)||Price:||----|
|Dreamcast Partners This model was the same as a retail bundle plus a plastic oval plaque on the console’s lid personally dedicated to the person Sega offered it to and with the president Shoichiro Irimajiri signature on it. It came packaged in the original orange box and it came bundled with Dream Passport so if it wasn’t given around the time of released it couldn’t be very far from it either. As an extra, it also came bundled with a keychain.|
|Release Date||(?)||Price:||---- (?)|
|Dreamcast Sonic 10th Anniversary (NTSC-J): This was produced to celebrate Sonic’s 10th anniversary. It shouldn’t be confounded with the equivalent European version. This one is not signed and is believed to be of a lower quality. It has a blue skeleton casing and dark grey underside plus a Sonic face sticker on the lid. It came bundled with a matching controller.|
|Dreamcast Tsutaya Rental Unit: In 2000, Sega experimented with renting out Dreamcasts. It is something that is done in the US, but it is not done in Japan due to the unwillingness of companies to provide licenses for rentals. Even today you cannot rent games or game systems in Japan and bring them to your home.
Sega's Dreamcast sales were declining, so in a last ditch efford to raise popularity with the Dreamcast console they made an arrangement with Tsutaya Department stores to rent out Dreamcast units. The idea was short lived and only a few number of these rental units exist today.
It was enclosed in a hard case and includes a Dreamcast, two controllers, all cables, instructions, installation instructions, two games and a phone cord. Pics , Story of Conception & Content Detailed
|Dreamcast Sonic 10th Anniversary (PAL): This model was produced to celebrate Sonic’s 10th anniversary and given to internal employees. It shouldn’t be confounded with the equivalent Japanese version. This one might be signed (there are some unsigned consoles prowling around) by Yuji Naka and is believed to be of a higher quality. It has a vivid blue casing and underside plus a Sonic sticker on the lid and Sonic the Hedgehog 10th Anniversary written in white around the GD-ROM lid rim. It came in a standard retail PAL box bundled with a non-standard matching controller (only the window outlier is vivid blue).|
|Dreamcast Top-Airbrush Editions: There were nine models of these with an upper casing commissioned by Sega of Germany by Top-Airbrush’s artist T. Rachu. They were used for showcasing or given away as prizes in contest and there are just a handful of each. The variations are: Chu Chu Rocket!, Ferrari F355 Challenge, gold coating with “Simply the best” on it, Jet Set Radio, Walt Disney World Quest: Magical Racing Tour, Resident Evil: CODE: Veronica, Quake III Arena, Shenmue and Virtua Tennis.|