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As of November 2007, the Sega Dreamcast has 688 official games available in its library. There are also numerous homebrew games for the Dreamcast and games continue to be released by certain companies. Games were sold in jewel cases; jewel cases in Europe were twice as thick as their North American counterparts, possibly to have space for thick, multilingual instruction manuals.

Among the official games are Dreamcast online games that could be played over the Internet. The online servers were run by SegaNet, DreamArena, and GameSpy networks. Online game support was particularly popular in Japan, with releases of network compatible games such as Tech Romancer and Project Justice. Web browsers were developed by independent companies such as Planetweb to allow access to web sites and included features like Java, uploads, movies, and mouse support. Dreamarena came with games such as Sonic Adventure, and Chu Chu Rocket.

There are five games that can still be played online. Quake III Arena and Maximum Pool are still accessible via various servers. 4x4 Evolution and Starlancer are still online through Gamespy. SEGA Swirl can be also be played online with its play by e-mail game. Phantasy Star Online has private servers where people can use an action replay to bypass the online check and connect to the server.



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Conversions

Being active from late 1998 to mid-2001, the Dreamcast was largely unchallenged in its role as a "next generation" console during its lifespan. Its design was such that it often made more sense to port over games from the PC than older consoles such as the PlayStation and Nintendo 64, and with many already optimised for PowerVR graphics cards, PC-to-Dreamcast conversions were often simpler than with generations prior.

Several third-party publishers were starting to pull out of Nintendo 64 development by 1999, so aside from the likes of Mortal Kombat Gold and San Francisco Rush 2049, very few games were converted from Nintendo's console. Likewise while many games were released concurrently on the PlayStation and Dreamcast, in most cases the Dreamcast conversion stemmed from PC code, meaning unlike the earlier Sega Saturn, there was less of a direct relationship between rival consoles.

Sharing hardware with Sega's then-cutting edge NAOMI arcade hardware led to many accurate arcade ports, beginning with titles such as Power Stone and Crazy Taxi and still seeing conversions as late as 2007 with Karous and Trigger Heart Exelica. Several older Model 3 titles such were also brought to the Dreamcast in updated forms; notably Sega Bass Fishing, Sega Rally 2 and Virtua Fighter 3tb.

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Sega Dreamcast
Topics Technical Specifications (Hardware Comparison) | History (Development | Release | Decline and Legacy | Internet) | List of Games
Hardware Dreamcast consoles in Japan (Special) | Overseas
Add-ons Dreamcast Karaoke | Dreameye
Controllers Controller | Arcade Stick | Fishing Controller | Gun (Dream Blaster) | Race Controller | Maracas Controller (Third-party) | Twin Stick | Keyboard | Mouse | Third-party
Controller Add-ons Jump Pack (Third-party) | Microphone | VMU (4x Memory Card | Third-party)
Controller Connectors DC Tsunaident 123 | Dream Connection 2 in 1 | Dream Connection 4 in 1 | Dream Connection II | Super Converter 3 | Total Control | Total Control 2 | Total Control Plus | Total Control 3 | Total Control 5
Development Hardware Dev.Box | Controller Box | Controller Function Checker | Sound Box | GD-Writer | C1/C2 Checker | Dev.Cas | GD-ROM Duplicator
Online Services/Add-ons Dreamarena | SegaNet | WebTV for Dreamcast | Modem | Modular Cable | Modular Extension Cable | Broadband Adapter | Dreamphone
Connector Cables Onsei Setsuzoku Cable | RF Adapter | Scart Cable | S Tanshi Cable | Stereo AV Cable | VGA Box

Dreamcast MIDI Interface Cable | Neo Geo Pocket/Dreamcast Setsuzoku Cable | Taisen Cable

Misc. Hardware Action Replay CDX | Code Breaker | Kiosk | MP3 DC | MP3 DC Audio Player | Treamcast | Third-party
Unreleased Accessories DVD Player | Zip Drive | Swatch Access for Dreamcast | VMU MP3 Player
Arcade Variants NAOMI | Atomiswave | Sega Aurora