Sega to market special-edition Dreamcast

Sega is breathing life into its Dreamcast games console one last time and has announced plans to put on sale a special edition of the device in September as it attempts to dispose of remaining consoles.

The Dreamcast R7 will go on sale in Japan on September 6 and be priced at 9,900 yen ($140), according to the company. The machine had previously been sold to pachinko parlors in Japan as a network terminal and Sega decided to sell its remaining inventories because many Japanese users wanted the chance to own such a special edition console, said Sega spokesman Yusuke Suai.

There is no difference between the R7 model and the basic Dreamcast on sale at present except for the case, which is painted black and has an R7 logo. The current model has a white case.

Sega announced plans to halt production of the Dreamcast in February this year and has been trying to dispose of remaining inventories since that time. It slashed the price of the console from 19,800 yen to 9,900 yen just two days after disclosing plans to discontinue the console.

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