September 9th, 1999. The infamous North American release date of 9.9.99. For many people, that date is burned into their memories; in the context of the gaming world. That was the release date of the Sega Dreamcast. Sega enjoyed a successful start to their 6th generation console. With a great line up of games on the shelf, and a price point of $199, it seemed Sega was back on a winning path. Unfortunately, with heavy hype building for the PlayStation 2, Nintendo's Gamecube, and Microsoft's first home console, the Xbox, the Dreamcast met a swift end. They needed a massive long term success, as the history leading up to the Dreamcast left Sega hemorrhaging money. All those variables proved too much to recover from, and the Dreamcast was discontinued in mid 2001. Not even two years after it's US release date. Sega left the hardware market to become a 3rd party developer for other home consoles, and still develops games today. Dreamcast may have been the last Sega console(for now), but their near 20 year run in the console market proved to be one of the most intriguing and important runs in gaming history. After all, Sega does what Nintendon't.