Dreamcast fans sure have a lot to be thankful for this week. We’ve already reported on the awesome news that Sonic Adventure‘s online features were restored, a fan is porting Resident Evil: Code Veronica X to Dreamcast, and that someone is creating a new platformer for the Dream machine.
Earlier this week, the folks from Dreamcast Live announced that PBA Tour Bowling 2001‘s online features have been resurrected too!
“Just a few weeks after reviving The Next Tetris, Jonas has followed up with the resurrection of PBA Tour Bowling 2001’s online mode. This isn’t too surprising since it runs on virtually identical server software to Tetris and Starlancer which are powered by GameSpy. Only minor adjustments were needed to get PBA Bowling up and running.
Many of you might be scratching your heads thinking “I’ve never heard of this game.” and that’s because it was never released, at least not officially anyway. Bethesda (yes this game was developed by the Elder Scrolls/Fallout guys) shelved Dreamcast version of the game most likely due to the discontinuation of the console but an unfinished build of the game was eventually leaked onto the internet. The leaked build includes a working online mode which actually had working servers back in the day. These servers were meant for the PC version of the game but Dreamcast players were able to connect regardless. That being said, I’m sure not that many people got to play the Dreamcast version of PBA Bowling online.”
If you’re not sure how to get these games going online, Dreamcast Live has a connection guide, which you can click here and check out.[via Dreamcast Live ]