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Sega Corporation (株式会社セガ Kabushiki-kaisha Sega?) is a multinational Japanese (originally American) video game software and hardware development company, and a former home computer and console manufacturer. The company had success with both arcades and home consoles, but on January 24, 2001, formally left the consumer console business[1] and began concentrating on software development for multiple platforms.

Sega's main offices, as well as the main offices of its domestic division, Sega Corporation (Japan), are located in Ōta, Tokyo, Japan. Sega's European division, Sega Europe Ltd., is headquartered in the Chiswick area of London. Sega's North American division, Sega of America Inc., is headquartered in San Francisco, California; having moved there from Redwood City, California in 1999. Until 2000, Sega's official corporate name was Sega Enterprises Ltd..

History

Origins and entry into the video game market (1940–1988)

Sega was founded in 1940 as Standard Games (later Service Games) in Honolulu, Hawaii,[2] by Martin Bromely, Irving Bromberg, and James Humpert to provide coin-operated amusements for American servicemen on military bases. Bromely suggested that the company move to Tokyo, Japan in 1951 and in May 1952 "SErvice GAmes of Japan" was registered.

In 1954, another American businessman, David Rosen, fell in love with Tokyo and established his own company, Rosen Enterprises, Inc., in Japan to export art. When the company imported coin-operated instant photo booths, it stumbled on a surprise hit: The booths were very popular in Japan. Business was booming, and Rosen Enterprises expanded by importing coin-operated electro-mechanical games.

Rosen Enterprises and Service Games merged in 1965 to make Sega Enterprises. Within a year, the new company released a submarine-simulator game called Periscope that became a smash-hit worldwide.

In 1969, Gulf+Western purchased Sega, and Rosen was allowed to remain CEO of the Sega division. Under Rosen's leadership, Sega continued to grow and prosper.

In the video game arcades, Sega was known for games such as Zaxxon and Out Run.

Flyer-Sega-Periscope

Periscope was Sega's first highly successful arcade game.

Sega's revenues would hit $214 million by 1982 and in 1983,[citation needed] Sega would release its first video game console, the SG-1000, the first 3D arcade video game, SubRoc-3D, which used a special periscope viewer to deliver individual images to each eye, and the first action-based laserdisc arcade game, Astron Belt.

In the same year, Sega was hit hard by the American video game crash. Hemorrhaging money, Gulf+Western sold the U.S. assets of Sega to famous pinball manufacturer Bally Manufacturing Corporation. The Japanese assets of Sega were purchased for $38 million by a group of investors led by Rosen and Hayao Nakayama, a Japanese businessman who owned a distribution company that had been acquired by Rosen in 1979. Nakayama became the new CEO of Sega, and Rosen became head of its subsidiary in the United States.

In 1984, the multibillion dollar Japanese conglomerate CSK bought Sega, renamed it to Sega Enterprises Ltd., headquartered it in Japan, and two years later, shares of its stock were being traded on the Tokyo Stock Exchange. David Rosen's friend, Isao Okawa, the chairman of CSK, became chairman of Sega.

In 1986, Sega of America was established to take advantage of the resurgent video game market in the United States.

Sega would also release the Sega Master System and the first Alex Kidd game, who would be SEGA's mascot until 1991 when Sonic the Hedgehog took over. While the Master System was technically superior to the NES[citation needed], it failed to capture market share in North America due to highly aggressive strategies by Nintendo and ineffective marketing by Tonka. However, it did dominate the European and Brazilian markets until Sega discontinued the system in Europe in 1996, and in Brazil in 2000.

Sega as a Major Console Manufacturer (1990-2001)

Sega Mega Drive/Genesis

Main article: Sega Mega Drive

With the introduction of the Sega Mega Drive (known as Sega Genesis in North America), and to carry the momentum to the 2nd generation of games, Sega of America, led by Tom Kalinske, launched an anti-Nintendo campaign with slogans such as "Genesis does what Nintendon't." When Nintendo launched its Super Nintendo Entertainment System, in 1991, Sega changed its slogan to "Welcome to the next level".

Sonicrun 2006

Sonic the Hedgehog has been Sega's mascot for over sixteen years.

In 1991, in order to rival Nintendo to the punch of the upcoming Super Nintendo, Sega re-branded itself with a new game and mascot, Sonic the Hedgehog. With his hip attitude and style, he was marketed to seem "cooler" than Mario, Nintendo's mascot.[citation needed] This shift led to a wider success for the Genesis and would eventually propel Sega to 65% of the market in North America for a brief time.[citation needed] Simultaneously, after much previous delay, Sega released the moderately successful Sega CD as an add-on feature, allowing for extra storage in games due to their CD-ROM format, giving developers the ability to make longer, more sophisticated games, the most popular of which was Sega’s own Sonic CD.[3]

By 1994, Sega had released the Sega 32X in an attempt to upgrade the Mega Drive to the standards of more advanced systems. It sold well initially, but had problems with lack of software and hype about the upcoming Sega Saturn and Sony's Playstation. Within a year, it was in the bargain bins of many stores.[4]

Sega versus Accolade

In 1992, Sega lost the Sega v. Accolade case, which involved independently produced software for the Sega Mega Drive/Genesis console that copied a small amount of Sega's code. The verdict set a precedent that copyrights do not extend to non-expressive content in software that is required by another system to be present in order for that system to run the software [5]. The case in question stems from the nature of the console video game market. Hardware companies often sell their systems at or below cost, and rely on other revenue streams such as in this case, game licensing. Sega was attempting to "lock out" game companies from making Mega Drive/Genesis games unless they paid Sega a fee (something its competition has done in the past). Their strategy was to make the hardware reject any cartridge that did not include a Sega trademark. If an unlicensed company included this trademark in their game, Sega could sue the company for trademark infringement. Though Sega lost this lawsuit, all later Sega systems seemed to incorporate a similar hardware requirement. Also worthy of note was the release of the successful Virtua Racing in the arcades and on the Genesis, among the first 3D games on the market, as well as the release of Sonic the Hedgehog 2, the most successful game Sega ever made,[citation needed] selling six million copies as of June 2006.[6]

Arcade successes

The 1993 release of Virtua Fighter was widely hailed as one of the greatest achievements in Sega's history.[citation needed] By utilizing their newest arcade cabinet, the Sega Model 1, they managed to create graphics and gameplay that were, at the time, revolutionary, becoming a massive critical success. The game was a smash hit with consumers, spawning four direct sequels, several successful spinoffs, as well as the 3D Fighting genre. It is one of the video games on display at the Smithsonian.

Sega followed that success in 1994 with Daytona USA, an equally impressive game that was the first to connect arcade cabinets together for multiplayer use. The success of Daytona USA would be unparalleled in the history of the arcades, becoming the most profitable game ever released in that medium. Other notable hits of the year would be Yu Suzuki's Virtua Cop, Star Wars Arcade and Sonic the Hedgehog 3 & Knuckles.

Despite their massive advances in the arcades, Sega’s share of the home market plummeted by 1994 to 35%[citation needed] after Nintendo released key franchise titles for the Super Nintendo Entertainment System such as Donkey Kong Country, Star Fox, and Super Metroid,[citation needed] along with an internal shift in focus away from the Genesis to Sega's upcoming Saturn and the release of the Sega 32X,[citation needed] which never achieved commercial success in light of Sega's attention on the forthcoming Saturn. Also in 1994, Sega launched the Sega Channel, a subscription gaming service delivered by local cable companies affiliated with Time-Warner Cable or TCI through which subscribers received a special cartridge adapter that connected to the cable connection. At its peak, the Sega Channel had approximately 250,000 subscribers.[citation needed]

Sega Saturn

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Main article: Sega Saturn

In 1995, Sega released the Sega Saturn (with Virtua Fighter) in the American market, which utilized a 32 bit processor and preceded both the PlayStation and the Nintendo 64. However, poor sales in the West (including the traditional stronghold markets in Europe) led to the console being abandoned within three years.[citation needed] Ironically, it was Sega's only success in its home country of Japan, where it managed to outsell the Playstation well into 1996, and defeated the Nintendo 64.[citation needed] The Saturn library was built heavily on arcade ports, such as two of the Saturn's top selling games;[citation needed] Virtua Fighter 2 and Sega Rally, and platformers, such as Sonic Team's Nights into Dreams... and Burning Rangers. Other notable titles include several titles exclusive to the Japanese market, like Radiant Silvergun and Sakura Taisen, involving fighting games like Last Bronx, rail shooters, such as Panzer Dragoon and The House of the Dead and a few well regarded RPGs; Panzer Dragoon Saga, Grandia, and Shining Force 3.

In 1997, Sega entered into a short-lived merger with Bandai. However it was later called off, citing "cultural differences" between the two companies.[citation needed] Around the same time, Sega announced that the Saturn was not Sega’s future and quickly began moving high profile titles (most notoriously Virtua Fighter 3) over to their upcoming next generation game console, the Dreamcast.[citation needed] Entertainment fun center GameWorks, was founded in 1997 as well as the now defunct Sega World theme parks.

Dreamcast

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Main article: Dreamcast

In 1998, Sega launched the Dreamcast game console, in a novel idea to use off-the-shelf components. The Dreamcast was not only competitive price wise, but it also featured technology that was ahead of its time, such as Tiled rendering, which allowed for massive geometry with little to no performance penalty. An analog modem was also included, allowing gamers to play multi-player games online on a home console for the first time, most notably with Chu Chu Rocket; the first online console game, Phantasy Star Online, the first console-based MMORPG and Alien Front Online, the first console game with online voice chat.

The Dreamcast sold out in the first week in Japan, and it was in such high demand in that region people often camped out to get one. The Western launch was just as successful and earned the distinction of "most successful hardware launch in history,"[citation needed] holding that title until the 2000 launch of the PlayStation 2. The Dreamcast is home to several innovative cult hits of the time,[citation needed] including one of the first cel-shaded title; Jet Set Radio, Sonic Team's rhythm game, Samba de Amigo, and Shenmue, which was among the first "sandbox" games, as well as being the first to employ the now common "QTE" game mechanic. However, despite receiving critical acclaim, these titles failed to garner much public attention in the face of the upcoming Playstation 2 launch.

Faced with debt and competition from Sony, Nintendo, and Microsoft, Sega officially discontinued the Dreamcast hardware in 2001.

Shift to a software manufacturer (2001-2005)

2001 would see a major shift in focus for Sega as it moved out of the console manufacturing business.[1]

The company has since evolved primarily into a platform-agnostic software company, known as a "third-party publisher", that creates games that will launch on a variety of game consoles produced by other companies, many of them former rivals, the first of which was a port of Chu Chu Rocket to Nintendo's Game Boy Advance.

Arcade units are still being produced, first under the Sega NAOMI name, and then with subsequent releases of the Sega NAOMI 2, Sega HIKARU, Sega Chihiro, Triforce (in collaboration with Nintendo and Namco) and the Sega Lindbergh. Sega is the major force in the arcade industry today, controlling a substantial portion of the market.[citation needed].

Despite several early hits as a third party vendor, including Virtua Fighter 4, Sonic Adventure 2 Battle and the new Super Monkey Ball series, Sega fell on hard times, and after the death of CSK founder Isao Okawa in 2001, who spent over US$40 million to help Sega, CSK put Sega on the auction block. The first potential buyer was Japan's Sammy who discussed a merger, but plans fell through. Discussions also took place with Namco, Bandai, Electronic Arts and Microsoft.

In August 2003, Sammy bought the outstanding 22% of shares that CSK had,[citation needed] and Sammy chairman Hajime Satomi became CEO of Sega. With the Sammy chairman at the helm of Sega, it has been stated that Sega's activity will focus on its profit-making arcade business rather than its loss-making home software development. In late December, Sega launched the highly successful Sonic Heroes, the first Sonic game to be on both the Xbox and the PlayStation 2. It is one of the most successful games in Sega's portfolio, selling slightly over 5 million units in its lifetime.[citation needed]

During the middle of 2004, Sammy bought a controlling share in Sega Corporation at a cost of $1.1 billion, creating the new company Sega Sammy Holdings, one of the biggest game manufacturing companies in the world. With the merger, Sega reabsorbed its second party studios and began to reorganize them. Many Sega employees, most notably Tetsuya Mizuguchi, father of Sega Rally and Space Channel 5, walked out in protest.

On January 25, 2005, Sega sold Visual Concepts, a studio Sega dubbed a "1.5" developer, to Take-Two Interactive for $24 million. Sega used the parlance "1.5" as a mid-point of sorts between first-party and second-party developer status: that is, a wholly owned studio that would otherwise be known as a first-party developer, but was outside of internal development teams. Visual Concepts was known for many Sega Sports games including the ESPN NFL Football series, formerly NFL2K. The sale also came with Visual Concept's wholly-owned subsidiary Kush Games. Take Two subsequently announced the start of the publishing label 2K Games because of this purchase.

Success again (2006-present)

By the end of 2005, Sega experienced strong earnings growth across multiple divisions. Contributing to the company's success were strong pachinko sales[7], and sales of software titles Ryu Ga Gotoku (known as Yakuza outside of Japan), Mushiking, and Sonic the Hedgehog.

In an effort to appeal to western tastes, they partnered with Obsidian Entertainment to develop a new RPG for the PlayStation 3 and Xbox 360.[8] The partnership was the latest in a series of collaborations with western video game studios, including Monolith Productions (Condemned: Criminal Origins), Bizarre Creations (The Club) and Silicon Knights (who have yet to announce their project with Sega). Sega also acquired Sports Interactive and Secret Level. The deal with Sports Interactive was said to be worth GBP 30 million ($52 million);[9] the terms of the Secret Level buyout were not disclosed.[10]

That desire to have a more Western appeal for Sega was shortly followed up by Sega acquiring British developer Sports Interactive after a successful run of publishing Football Manager 2005 and 2006, in which they managed to sell 1.5 million copies,[11] the deal was said to be worth in the region of £30 million ($52 million) by Miles Jacobson, Sports Interactive’s Managing Director.[12] This was, however, not the only developer Sega had acquired, they also purchased American developer Secret Level although the terms of the deal was not disclosed,[13] Secret Level had however begun work before being bought by Sega to “recreate a classic Sega franchise" for the PS3 and Xbox 360 July 2005, which was revealed to be Golden Axe later that year.

While Sega continued its expansion in the West, on May 8, 2006, it was announced Sega of Japan begun helping famed Sega developer and Sonic Team head Yuji Naka (known for being the main programmer for the original Sonic the Hedgehog games and Nights into Dreams...) to start up his own company titled "Prope" (Latin for "beside" and "near future")[14] in which Sega helped provide 10% startup capital[15] and have the option to publish games produced from the studio if they wished to.

Due to the continued success of Sega’s software sales, the company reported on May 17, 2006 a 31% rise in net profits from that of the previous year of the period ending March 31, 2006, being posted at ¥66.2 billion ($577 million), as well as an increase in operating profit growing by 13% from the previous year, being posted at ¥553.2 billion ($4.82 billion)[16] notable titles to have helped Sega increase profits in the West being that of Shadow the Hedgehog (which sold over a million copies)[17] and Sonic Riders, whilst in Japan, games such as Yakuza, Mushi King and Brain Trainer Portable continued to sell strong.

Although Sega seemed poised to continue increasing profits, the company reported a massive drop of 93% profits for the period ending June 30, 2006 compared to the same period last of year. Net income for the company dropped from $98.3 million (a year earlier) to $7.12 million for this period ending as well of total sells dropping from $926.5 million to $809.1 million [1], Sega reported that the decrease in profits was due to no significant big releases by its slot machine division. However, a total of 2.1 million games were sold between the period, 870,000 in the US, 680,000 in Europe and 580,000 in Asia.[citation needed] Despite this, Sega Sammy said that the results were in line with their expectations and did not amend their fully year forecasts.

Despite this, Sega reported in November a massive 52% rise in profits for the periods between April and September 2006, compared to the same period last year.[18] Software sales for the company had also increased with 5.75 million. Of those units, 1.76 million were sold in Japan, 1.59 million in Europe, 2.36 million in the US and 30,000 in other regions.[19] a number of titles were said to have performed well, in particular Super Monkey Ball: Touch & Roll for the Nintendo DS and Football Manager 2006 for the Xbox 360 having sold well. While Sega performed better in 2006, they had slashed their forecasts for the year ending March 2007 by 20% with an anticipated profit of $536.7 million, down from the initial profits of $656.7 million.

Continuing to prepare more games for the Western market, Sega was able to bridge a partnership with New Line Cinema in September to develop a game for the movie tie-in game The Golden Compass [2] and also partnered themselves with Fox to develop two new games based on the Alien franchise.[20] Sega had then assigned critically acclaimed developers Gearbox software to develop a first person shooter and Obsidian Entertainment to develop an RPG based on the popular film franchise, while the platforms are still to be specified, Sega has both titles in pre-production and one of them is set to be released in 2009.[21]

In 2007, Sega's trademark character Sonic made his first appearance in a Nintendo game Mario and Sonic at the Olympic Games. The collaboration between Nintendo and Sega continued in 2008 when Sonic appeared as a playable character in the popular Nintendo series Super Smash Bros in the third game in the series, Super Smash Bros Brawl on the Wii console.

Recognized company personnel

  • In alphabetical order

Corporate Division

American

Australian

  • Daniel Evans: President of SEGA's Australian operations.
  • Jonathan Clavin: Former SEGA President of Australian Intercontinental Operations (1987-2001)

European

Japanese

  • Hayao Nakayama: Co-Founder, President SOJ (19XX-2001)
  • Isao Okawa: President SOJ 2000 - 2001 (died shortly after Dreamcast was discontinued, forgave the debts Sega owed him and gave the company his $695 million worth of Sega and CSK stock to Sega Corporation.[22]
  • Shoichiro Irimajiri: President SOJ 1998 - 2000
  • Yukawa Hidekazu: Aka Mr. Dreamcast, is the man on the Dreamcast boxes in Japan, and has an appearance in the dreamcast game "What's Shenmue?".

Video Game Hardware Division

Video Game Software Division

  • Toshihiro Nagoshi: Head of NE R&D 1.
  • Mie Kumagai : Head of AM R&D 3, only female studio head.
  • Yuji Naka: Co-creator of company mascot, owns independent studio, 10% funded by Sega.
  • Yu Suzuki: Head of AM Plus R&D (AKA NE R&D 2, DigitalRex).

In-house studios

Global Entertainment Software R&D, which was led by Yuji Naka until 2006. "GE" currently focuses on developing video games for home consoles.

Department Members From Headed By Notable Titles
G.E. Dept. #1, Sonic Team Akinori Nishiyama Sonic and the Secret Rings, Sonic the Hedgehog 2006, Phantasy Star Universe
G.E Dept. #2 United Game Artists Akira Nishino Feel the Magic: XY/XX, The Rub Rabbits!, Sonic Riders, Sonic Riders: Zero Gravity
Sega Studio USA Sonic Team USA Takashi Iizuka Sonic Adventure 2, Shadow the Hedgehog, Sonic Heroes, Nights: Journey of Dreams
Mobile Content R&D New Studio Kazunari Tsukamoto Brain Trainer Portable
Sega Studio China New Studio Makoto Uchida None as of now

Amusement Software R&D, which currently focus' on the development of games for arcade machines.

Department Members From Headed By Notable Titles
AM.1 R&D WOW Entertainment

+ Overworks

Atsushi Seimiya House of the Dead series, Shinobi series, Sakura Wars series, Phantasy Star series, Skies of Arcadia, Valkyrie of the Battlefield
AM.2 R&D Sega-AM2 Hiroshi Kataoka Virtua Fighter series, Virtua Cop series, Out Run series, Shenmue series, After Burner series, Sword of Vermilion, Daytona USA series
AM.3 R&D Hitmaker + Sega Rosso Mie Kumagai Crazy Taxi series, Virtual On series, Virtua Tennis series, "Initial D Arcade Stage" series
Family Entertainment New Department Hiroshi Uemura Mushiking: King of the Beetles series, Oshare Majo: Love and Berry, Dinosaur King
Sports Design R&D Smilebit Takayuki Kawagoe Mario & Sonic at the Olympic Games, Let's Make a J-League Pro Soccer Club series, Let's Make a J-League Baseball Team series

New Entertainment R&D, which is led by each department head. "NE" currently focus' on the development of new content for the arcade and home console markets.

Department Members From Headed By Notable Titles
NE.1 R&D Amusement Vision, Ltd.

+ Smilebit

Toshihiro Nagoshi Super Monkey Ball series, Shining Force Neo, Yakuza (Ryū ga Gotoku)
AMPlus R&D Digitalrex Yu Suzuki Psy-Phi, Shenmue Online, Sega Race TV

Subsidiary studios

Sega began acquiring or founding subsidiary studios in 2005, and they have been the cornerstone of an internal shift within Sega to appeal to a more Western audience.

Department Division Year of purchase/founding Notable Titles
Secret Level Sega of America 2005 Golden Axe: Beast Rider, Iron Man
Sega Racing Studio Sega Europe 2005 Sega Rally Revo
The Creative Assembly Sega Europe 2005 Total War, Total Warrior series
Sports Interactive Sega Europe 2006 Football Manager series
Prope Sega Corporation (Japan) 2006 None as of 2008

Former Structure Prior to Sammy Merger

Sega of Japan's Studios

InHouse Name Name as Second Party Notable Titles
AM1 R&D WOW Entertainment House of the Dead series, Sega GT series
AM2 R&D Sega-AM2 Virtua Fighter series, Virtua Cop series, Out Run series, Shenmue series, After Burner series, Fighting Vipers series
AM3 R&D Hitmaker Crazy Taxi series, Virtual On series,
AM4 R&D Amusement Vision Daytona USA, Super Monkey Ball series, SpikeOut series
AM5 R&D Sega Rosso Initial D Arcade Stage
AM6 R&D/ (Team Andromeda) Smilebit Panzer Dragoon series, Jet Set Radio series, Let‘s Make a J-League Football Team series
AM7 R&D/ Team Shinobi Overworks Shinobi series, Streets of Rage series, Phantasy Star series, Sakura Taisen series, Skies of Arcadia
AM8 R&D Sonic Team Sonic the Hedgehog series, Nights series, Phantasy Star Online series, Samba de Amigo, Chu Chu Rocket, Burning Rangers
AM9 R&D United Game Artists Sega Rally series, Space Channel 5 series, Rez
Digital Media[23] Wave Master Entertainment[23] Wave Master concentrated on the development of music for various Sega efforts, and as such, is not a studio in the traditional since.

Sega of America's Studios'

Studio Notable Titles
Visual Concepts NFL 2K series, NBA 2K series, Ooga Booga
Sega Technical Institute Sonic The Hedgehog series (with Sonic Team), Comix Zone, Sonic Spinball, The Ooze, Die Hard Arcade (with Sega AM1)
Sega Interactive Eternal Champions series, Star Wars Arcade
SegaSoft SegaSoft developed games for Heat.com, rather than traditional commercial games.
Multimedia Studio The Multimedia Studio concentrated on the development of music for various Sega efforts, and as such, is not a studio in the traditional since.
Sega Studio USA Sonic Adventure 2, Sonic Heroes, Shadow the Hedgehog, Nights: Journey of Dreams

Hardware

Arcade boards

Consoles

  • Sega SG-1000: Available in limited markets
  • Sega SG-1000 Mark II: Updated version of the SG-1000, includes a keyboard
  • Sega SG-1000 Mark III: Only available in Japan
  • Sega SC-3000: A computer version of the SG-1000
  • Sega SC-3000H: An updated version with more RAM and keyboard (the original keyboard was of the low-end membrane type).
  • Sega Master System: Essentially the SG-1000 Mark III only with a different name and a few minor adjustments
  • Sega Mega Drive: Known as the Sega Genesis in North America due to another company owning the Mega Drive trademark in that region.
  • Sega Mega-CD: Known simply as the Sega CD for the North American market, it allowed CD based games as well as Audio CDs to be played on the Mega Drive.
  • Sega 32X: Hardware update to the Mega Drive allowing 32 bit based games to be played
  • Sega Multi-Mega: a portable CD player with the functionalities of a Sega Mega Drive and Sega Mega CD. Following the Mega ... brands, its name was Multi-Mega in most of the world and Genesis CDX in North America.
  • Sega TeraDrive: A 16-bit PC with an integrated Mega Drive. Came with a Software Development Kit to allow creation of Mega Drive games. The system was only released in Japan.
  • Sega Neptune: A Sega Mega Drive/32X hybrid. It never passed the prototype stage. Only two empty cases are known to exist.
  • Sega Saturn: True 32-bit console
  • Dreamcast: First 128 bit (sixth generation) console, also Sega's last console
  • Sega Pico: an educational gaming system.
  • Amstrad Mega PC: Although not actually produced by Sega themselves, the Mega PC is Amstrad's version of the TeraDrive for European and Australian markets, thus includes electronics for Sega's MegaDrive console built-in.

Handhelds

Sega has had a long history of different slogans and ad campaigns.

Arcade

  • The Arcade Experts. (early 80s)

Sega Master System

  • The challenge will always be there.
  • Major fun and games!
  • Now, there are no limits.
  • Hot hits today! More hits on the way!
  • Do me a favor, plug me into a Sega (talking TV).

Mega Drive/Genesis

  • Genesis does what Nintendon't!
  • Blast Processing
  • The name "Sega!" being composed by a "choir".
  • Welcome To The Next Level.
  • To be this good takes AGES, To be this good takes SEGA.
  • Siga Sega! ("Follow Sega!", used in Brazil during the early 90's)
  • Sega, c'est plus fort que toi ! ('Sega, it's stronger than you!', cult French TV slogan, early 90s)
  • 16 bit arcade graphics!
  • La Ley del Más Fuerte (The Law of the Strongest, Spanish slogan from 1993-94)
  • The more you play with it, the harder it gets.
  • Pirate TV (Britain)
  • Canal Pirata Sega (Spain)

Saturn

  • Welcome to the Real World - Sega Saturn. (Early UK TV slogan)
  • Segata Sanshiro
  • When you have Sega Saturn, nothing else matters.
  • The Game is Never Over (also used in last European Mega Drive commercials.)
  • Peligrosamente real (Dangerously Real. 1st Spanish slogan)
  • The Plaything ad.
  • Nous ne sommes pas sur la même planète ('We are not on the same planet', French slogan in the mid 90s)

Dreamcast

  • It's Thinking. (promotion for Dreamcast)
  • Up to 6 billion players. (early Dreamcast tagline)

Post Dreamcast years (2002 - 2003)

  • The return of the "Sega!" choir.

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  14. 株式会社プロペ 公式サイト
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  17. Sega Sammy reports 31 per cent rise in profits // GamesIndustry.biz
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  20. ALIENS
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External links

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