It has been about eight years since Sonic Team first entered the music genre. At the time, Dance Dance Revolution was fairly recent in Japan, as well as Beatmania, Guitar Freaks, Drum Mania, and Keyboard Mania. Needless to say, from the arcade to the home console, the music genre was booming. It would be a few more years before America would catch the fever it enjoys today. During the holiday season, SEGA would witness its last Christmas as a console leader.