Is There A Market For New Dreamcast Console Shells?

Let's face it - the Dreamcast is enjoying something of an extraordinary rise in popularity as of late. The little console that didn't back in the day, has attracted a whole new audience to bolster the ranks of the ageing and decrepit veterans (like me) of the initial war in which the Dreamcast ranks were decimated. We have returned and we now have reinforcements.

With this in mind, firms like Retro-bit have jumped on the opportunity to capitalise on the renewed interest in the Dreamcast, and rightly so. The promise of affordable wireless controllers and VGA boxes has done wonders for the Dreamcast's reputation on social media. We want to go one step further though. Remember the aftermarket multi-coloured shells for the Dreamcast console? Well...why not bring those back too?
There were both official Sega-branded and unofficial Dreamcast console shells available back in the day and even though they were hard to acquire in the era of the Dreamcast, they have become almost impossible to find for a realistic price in the current climate. Only a couple of firms actually produced the third party shells, and these have long since gone bust, leaving the remaining stock to become highly collectable and fiercely contested when they appear on eBay.
With original Dreamcast consoles going yellow at an unprecedented rate (even after whitening, the colour fades after a couple of years), we are now calling on Sega to fire up those furnaces and moulds and re-issue aftermarket Dreamcast console shells. We don't care if they're in standard white, standard black or in any number of other colours - there is a huge market for this type of augmentation, and for Sega to ignore this demand would be pretty ridiculous.
Come on Sega - you rarely listen to your fanbase when it comes to software releases, but the recent collaboration with Retro-bit to bring wireless controllers to the mainstream showed that there is a real thirst for stuff like this. Listen to us. Listen to your fanbase. Get those Dreamcast moulds out of storage and give us a new range of multi-coloured Dreamcast console and controller shells and your license to print money will be reinstated.

What do you think? Would you buy these cases if Sega or a third party brought them back to market? We know we would! Let us know in the comments or join the conversation in our Facebook group or on Twitter.

8 comments:

Francesco Finocchi said...

There’s a Market for sure!

I scored and bought some of these aftermarket shells new around 2009 in a local shop that was liquidating video games here in Italy.

Category said...

Not sure how big a market there is, but I would jump over one if they did a crystal-clear transparent case :)

I'd also like another case, as I'd like to do an "ultimate mod" with internal VGA & SD card, but don't wanna hack a "legit" DC case

Anthony817 said...

When I heard of the announcement about Retro-But and Sega going into a partnership, and seeing the black wireless controller, I knew right away I wanted them to reproduce colored shells with official printed Sega markings on the front like the legit consoles. I hope that people will message and ask them as I have already done the day the pictures were leaked showing off the controllers.

https://twitter.com/Anthony_817/status/951179704903655425

As you can see I tweeted at them on the 10th asking for the very thing, and I was hoping I would get at least some kind of response from them. The fact that only 1 person even liked my tweet kind of kept it obscure I suppose. But I like where you are going with this article. Perhaps with more people suggesting this to them we can push them to at least make some in limited batches? I think many people would love official black ones without that God awful Sports logo on the controller and case lid.

Anthony Harrap said...

Hey Sega! While your are making new dreamcast shells, do you think you could stick the rest of a new dreamcast in it as well?

DCGX said...

My Dreamcast (thankfully) is still its original white color, but These are definitely cool. Considering the Dreamcast only really had a black and white model outside of Japan, new shells would help diversify.

hoogafanter said...

Honestly there are so many busted consoles with perfectly good cases just waiting to be restored/modified. Let's start with those...

Anthony817 said...

We are not asking for painted cases, we are asking for multicolored licensed legit looking cases. If we were all inclined to do that then why would we be asking them for that in the first place? It should be very possible for them to produce new plastic that doesn't age as badly as the type of ABS plastic used officially. I am sure they could use some kind of modern coating on it or something to slow down discoloring.

Plus, you assume all people want to or know how to modify their cases? We can't make a case transparent can we? Sure you could paint one, but not everybody has the time or skills to paint.

I also dislike how generic painted cases look without the official Sega markings on the front of the case. I would, prefer to spend money on a professionally reproduced licensed case with nice plastic that matches the controller plastic they are using for the black wireless controller.

Heck, I for one would love to also do an internal wireless controller dongle mod. That would be pretty nice too have.

Segasocks said...

If they bring out a Spirit of Speed 1937 themed case then count me in straight away!