Sega Direct

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Sega Direct
Current owner(s): Sega
Created on: 1999-04-27[1]
Status: Offline

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Sega Direct (セガダイレクト), previously Dreamcast Direct (ドリームキャストダイレクト) was an online store operated by Sega between 1999 and 2008, allowing Japanese cusomters to purchase official Sega products.

As its original name suggests, Sega Direct spent the first few years of its life selling Sega Dreamcast-related goods. Many products were exclusive to this store, including special Dreamcasts, VMUs, controllers and in some cases, even games (for example, special editions of Segagaga). Customers pre-ordering games through the services would often receive exclusive pre-order bonuses, such as merchandise or demo discs.

While the service would continue to sell Dreamcast products (including refurbished consoles and repair services) until its demise, by late 2002 it had changed its name to Sega Direct to reflect the company's move to third-party development and publishing. After a deal was struck with Capcom, its games appeared on the service too, such as the Nintendo GameCube version of Biohazard (which had nothing to do with Sega).

Sega Direct closed on the 3rd April, 2008, being replaced with the Enterbrain-managed Sega Store.

Exclusive games

Note: De La Jet Set Radio and Segagaga would later get retail releases.

Exclusive demo discs

Distributed music