Sega Dreamcast Christmas Games! The Complete List of Christmas Related Games on the Dreamcast


Sonic The Hedgehog Merry Christmas Dreamcast

As Christmas quickly approaches, I thought it would be fun to take a look at all of the Sega Dreamcast games that take place during the holiday season or otherwise have Christmas-related content. So here it is: The complete list of Sega Dreamcast Christmas games!

"Merry Christmas, and let's challenge the stamps!"

Blue Stinger

Blue Stinger Dreamcast Screenshot Dogs Santa Suit

Definitely the most Christmas-y game on the Dreamcast, Blue Stinger is a cult classic horror adventure game that takes place during the Christmas season and really leans into the holiday atmosphere. The environments are decked out with decorations, one of the main characters wears a Santa suit for a significant chunk of the game, and there's a catchy Christmas jingle that plays in certain parts of the town. It's a great and very unique game, one of the Dreamcast best exclusives, and all of the Christmas cheer it contains makes it a great game to play during the holiday season. It's become a yearly tradition for me to play it every December. Best Christmas game ever!

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D2 Dreamcast Screenshot

Another horror game for the Dreamcast that just so happens to take place during Christmas is WARP's D2, the final game in the D series that also included the original D and Enemy Zero. Kenji Eno's Dreamcast exclusive magnum opus has you take control of Laura Parton in the snowy, monster-infested landscapes of Canada after surviving a plane crash. The Christmas theme here is somewhat light, but the game does have numerous references to the holiday in its story and presentation, and the desolate snow-covered mountains you traverse throughout the game definitely provide a nice wintery atmosphere. D2 is one of the Dreamcast's most high profile exclusive games, and one that makes for a great playthrough for the December holiday season.

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Shenmue Dreamcast Santa Screenshot

Yu Suzuki's iconic Dreamcast RPG Shenmue is another game that takes place during the Christmas season. While the game starts in late November, the majority of the game will take place through December and into the New Year (depending on how fast you progress the story). When the in-game calendar reaches the 14th of December, the Dobuita area gets decked out with Christmas decorations, and carols like "Jingle Bells" and "Silent Night" are blared through the outdoor loudspeakers as you pass by. When the real time weather system blesses you with a snowy day during this period, it really gives the game a nice comfy Christmas feeling. Shenmue should be in every Dreamcast owner's collection, and it's a great game to play during the season.

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Toy Commander

Toy Commander Dreamcast Christmas Holiday Mission Screenshot

Official Dreamcast Magazine commissioned Toy Commander developer No Cliché to create an exclusive Christmas-themed expansion level for their Janurary 2001 Holiday demo disc. You control a jet pack-wielding Santa Claus as you search for presents hidden in the level so you can deliver them under the Christmas tree. While it's only one stage, it's a great little side-mission to get you into the Christmas spirit. And while the retail release of Toy Commander isn't exactly a Christmas game, I think it also fits the spirit of this list as a game that would likely remind you of playing with all of the new toys you got for Christmas during your childhood. It's a fantastic game that's still exclusive to the Sega Dreamcast!

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The Grinch

The Grinch Dreamcast Screenshot

The Grinch is a game based off of the Dr. Seuss classic How The Grinch Stole Christmas, and the Jim Carrey movie of the same name. You play as the title character, attempting to ruin Christmas for all of the Whos in Whoville. It's mostly a platforming style game with some stealth elements. And while it's no forgotten masterpiece or anything, you can still have some fun here. It's a port of a game that was originally developed with the PlayStation as the target platform, so the graphics are fairly lacking for a Dreamcast game, but don't let that stop you from checking it out if you're looking for another Christmas related game to play on Sega's little white box.

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Pen Pen TriIcelon

Pen Pen TriIcelon Screenshot

Pen Pen TriIcelon is a pretty iconic racing game for the Sega Dreamcast, being one of the first titles shown for the upcoming Japanese launch of the console in 1998, and the Dreamcast is still the only platform you can play it on. It's a fun, wacky, and colorful character-based racing game, and it has a light Christmas theme in some stages. The Sweets courses in the game feature snowy tracks filled with candy, Christmas trees, and lights. Some of the characters in the game even had a crossover role in Blue Stinger, too!

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Games with Christmas DLC

There are also a few games that aren't Christmas-related by default, but feature Christmas-themed bonus content via DLC that are listed below.

Sonic Adventure

Sonic Adventure Dreamcast Christmas DLC Screenshot

Sonic Adventure features a ton of downloadable "Events" for additional seasonal and promotional content. There are 2 Christmas DLC events, the 1998 Japanese Christmas event, and the 1999 Christmas event. Both will work on North American and PAL copies of the game, adding Christmas trees and music to Station Square, along with several messages wishing you a Merry Christmas. It's super cozy! And while the vanilla game of Sonic Adventure isn't really Christmas related, thanks to my childhood nostalgia of getting the game as a Christmas present and playing it that day, it will always be a game that gets me into the spirit of the holidays.

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Sonic Adventure 2

Sonic Adventure 2 Dreamcast Christmas DLC Screenshot

Sonic Adventure 2's Christmas DLC isn't quite as festive as it was in the first game, basically just dressing the main character models in festive outfits like a Santa suit for Sonic. Still, it's nice that they included it and it's a fun novelty to play around with..

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And that's it, every Christmas game released for the Sega Dreamcast! Hopefully Santa leaves some of them under the tree for you this year!

Sega Saturn Games That Are Still Exclusive - The Complete List Of All Saturn Exclusives


Sega Saturn Console

Even though the Sega Saturn was released almost 30 years ago, there's still a fairly large number of games released for it that remain exclusive to the system. Here's our complete list of all of the games that are only available on the Sega Saturn (we'll be counting games that were also released in the arcades as exclusive as long as the Saturn version is the only home release of the title).

So, what Sega Saturn games are still exclusives?

Sega Saturn Exclusive Games Released in North America and/or Europe:

-Titles that were released in Europe but not North America are in italics

-Titles that were released in North America but not Europe are in bold

*Titles that were also released in arcades are noted with an asterisk*

Albert Odyssey: Legend of Eldean


Battle Monsters

Black Fire

Burning Rangers

Christmas NiGHTS

Clockwork Knight

Clockwork Knight 2

Congo The Movie: The Lost City of Zinj


Cyber Speedway

Dark Savior

Deep Fear

Fighters Megamix

Ghen War

*Golden Axe: The Duel


*Hang-On GP

High Velocity

Iron Storm

Keio Flying Squadron 2

The Legend of Oasis

Lunacy (AKA Torico)

Magic Knight Rayearth

The Mansion of Hidden Souls

Mr. Bones

Mystaria: The Realms of Lore (AKA Blazing Heroes)

NBA Action

NFL '97

NHL All-Star Hockey

NHL All-Star Hockey 98

Panzer Dragoon II Zwei

Panzer Dragoon Saga


Saturn Bomberman

Scud: The Disposable Assassin

Shining Force III

Shining the Holy Ark

Shining Wisdom

Shinobi Legions (AKA Shinobi X)

Sonic Jam

*Steep Slope Sliders

*Virtua Fighter Kids

Virtual Hydlide

Virtual Open Tennis

VR Virtua Racing (different version than the other releases of the game)

Wing Arms

World Series Baseball

World Series Baseball II

World Series Baseball '98

Worldwide Soccer: Sega International Victory Goal

Notable Japan-Only Saturn Exclusive Games:

(Although there were many more Saturn exclusives that were only released in Japan, most of these are very text-heavy and not terribly import-friendly, like visual novels. We've chosen to just highlight some of the more notable Japanese Saturn exclusives here. Luckily fans have been busy translating many of these games into English, so plenty are playable without having to know Japanese!)

Games that have received fan translations or are easily playable without knowing Japanese are in bold

Assault Suit Leynos 2

Bulk Slash (English translation patch)

Choro Q Park


Death Crimson

Dragon Force II (English translation patch)

Dungeon Master Nexus (English translation patch)

*Final Fight Revenge

*Funky Head Boxers

*Gale Racer

*Groove On Fight

Gungriffon II (English translation patch)

*Hanagumi Taisen Columns


*Legend of Dragoon Elan-Doree

Linkle Liver Story (English translation patch)

Nanatsu Kaze no Shima Monogatari

Ninpen Manmaru (English translation patch)

*Purikura Daisakusen

*Puzzle & Action: Treasure Hunt

Quo Vadis

Quo Vadis 2


Saturn Bomberman Fight!!

Segata Sanshirō Shinken Yūgi

SteamGear Mash

Stellar Assault SS (English translation patch)

Super Tempo

Touge King: The Spirits 2

Virtual Volleyball

Wachenröder (English translation patch)

Willy Wombat

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F355 Challenge for the Sega Dreamcast Now Playable Online Again!


F355 Challenge: Passione Rossa title screen

Great news for everyone that's still playing Sega Dreamcast online multiplayer games in 2023 - Sega's F355 Challenge: Passione Rossa has had its online features restored by fans and is now once again playable online for the first time in over a decade!

F355 Challenge was originally released in the arcades as a deluxe racing cabinet, with some of these cabinets notably featuring three different screens to better simulate the experience of 3D space, with each screen positioned to simulate driving in a car via a first-person perspective. The game was produced and directed by the legendary Yu Suzuki of Sega AM2 and was heralded as a huge leap for realism in video games, as well as just being a fantastic racing game. And although it was an arcade game, it definitely falls under the simulation side gameplay-wise, with very realistic driving physics. The game was later ported to the Sega Dreamcast, which had online multiplayer where players could take part in a solo race and compare their race times with the other players. It wasn't real-time multiplayer, unfortunately, but it was a nice bonus feature that sadly had been lost to time when the official servers for the game were shut down in the early 2000's.

On November 30th, 2023, Dreamcast-talk user flyinghead posted a thread stating that he had been working on restoring the online functioning of the game, and on December 1st, 2023 testing was completed and everything was confirmed to be working. The online features can be accessed straight from the official GD-ROM with no special mods or hardware needed, although you'll obviously need a working internet connection to your Dreamcast to play it - it's been confirmed working on Dreampi and emulators, and should also work with the official Dreamcast dial-up modem as well.

It's yet another Sega Dreamcast game that has had its online multiplayer functionality restored through the efforts of fans. We're row reaching the point where almost every Dreamcast game that featured online play has been made playable again through private servers and reverse engineering. For a full list of games that have been brought back online, check out our list of Dreamcast games that are still online.