The Untold Story Of The Bug That Almost Sank The Dreamcast’s North American Launch

How disaster was averted.

Sega may now be an ally to Nintendo, but at the turn of the millennium, it was still very much a rival, with its final games console – the Dreamcast – joining the N64 in a marketplace that was ultimately dominated by the Sony PlayStation.

The Dreamcast might have been Sega’s last throw of the dice in the hardware sector, but before the company pulled the plug and became a third-party publisher, the console enjoyed a pretty successful launch in North America – although, according to former Sega tech staffer John Byrd, the release itself almost didn’t go according to plan.

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