alt : SEGA!

Welcome to my Sega shrine of sorts. In this section are in-depth features of my favorite games detailing the history, the gameplay, cheats and tips and other lesser known information.

Whilst this is a fairly large section, and there certainly are more detailed sites dedicated to this topic, my aim was to try and present Sega's long detailed history in a succinct way.

For a brief overview of Sega's history till the present day check out the Sega Ages Page.

Click on any of the console logos to be taken to those respective areas. Please note this section is still Work-In-Progress. Any comments, suggestions or requests are always welcome. Enjoy!

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Why Am I A Sega Fan Boy/Regarded As Sad?

As a young lad I had the opportunity to experience both the NES and the Master System. I was playing Super Mario Bros mostly with friends for a while before I laid hands on a Sega's machine. Whilst much enjoyment was had I was never devoted.

It was games like Wonderboy, Golden Axe, Fantasy Zone that had that adventure-fantasy theme and games like Shinobi and Space Harrier with the arcade feel that I really enjoyed and brought back memories of being in the arcades on holidays. The adventure-fantasy themes captivated my imagination, then Sonic was released and the package was complete.

But when I won my Mega Drive in a competition and had a copy of Sonic I became loyal and devoted. I still played all the other consoles from that point on, but I was blue inside and playing something else only coloured me more!

What About Sega

Sega, short for 'SErvice GAmes' - is generally the underappreciated trademark in all of gaming where the fans are generally regarded as the most clued up of the industry. They were the pioneers of all that gaming has become but unfortunately the first to fall in most of the major wars.

It is easy to point out consistent failures but what is generally not considered or even known is the impact the 'failures' have had. There is no denying that their achievements and equally failed ventures have shaped and had a huge impact on the industry.

There would not have been CDROM consoles, internet play and fishing rod type controllers if they had not taken the risk first. But being on the edge carries great risk. Not everything is successful the first time.

They introduced the first; colour handheld, CDROM based console, 32-Bit console and consoles with Internet play. Virtua Fighter was the first ever 3D fighting game as well as revolutionary advances in coin-op technology across the years from sprite scaling powerhouses (Space Harrier) to networked units pumping millions of polygons.

Despite having fought in some difficult and extremely competitive climates (and developing better products IMO) and having been successful with some of the most critically acclaimed titles, it is somewhat sad to learn how sometimes their own decisions and actions such as surprise console launches, Bernie Stolar and internal feuds (Sonic X-Treme) contributed to their decline. This culminated in 2001 when they withdrawed from producing hardware.

Sega Master System Sega Game Gear Sega Mega Drive/Genesis Sega Mega CD Sega 32X Sega Saturn Sega Dreamcast

Sega has the richest arcade heritage in the world and are still the dominant company. They engineered several technical innovations such as colour vector graphics, laserdisc games and the first 3D game to name a few. The MODEL series of boards were revolutionary at the time (compared to other companies).

Today, they continue to produce their own boards, such as the Linbergh board as well as collaborate with Tecmo, Nintendo and Microsoft (Triforce) to produce the latest hardware and some of the most innovative games and remain very much at the front.

Sega Lindbergh Arcade Board
Sega Lindbergh

There are still numerous games that have never made it out of the arcades like Planet Harriers and House of the Dead 4.

Wonderboy Feature

Wonderboy

Altered Beast

Altered Beast

Outrun

Outrun

Virtua Racing

Virtua Racing

Virtua Fighter Feature

Virtua Fighter 5

Some years later the name is strong once again producing some of the best games for all formats available today. Games like Virtua Fighter 5, Condemmed 2 and NiGHTS: JoD have been impressive.

The reviving of classic franchises (early 3DAGES releases not withstanding), Dreamcast games utilising the features of the Wii and the advent of Xbox Live Arcade and Virtual Console ensures that some of the brilliant titles in the back catalogue are getting more exposure than ever.

Whilst not displaying the level of bad decisions they did historically, it is generally agreed that their marketing activities need to be improved. They need to promote their more stylish and innovative games to rebuild image rather than put publicity behind shite games such as Shadow The Hedgehog.

Looking back, the decision to not continue was disappointing, but there have been some excellent titles made since and more promising ones ahead - surely this has to be better than no Sega at all

Sega's Studios

The Studios

The structure of Sega consists of approx 7 major development studios or subsidiaries. This number fluctuates and changes are still ongoing following the Sammy merger.

The last few years has seen some turbulent machinations. Initially they were integrated into the company, then granted independence and encouraged to branch out and then be re-absorbed into the company (which basically means they do not manage their own finances) with some of them no longer existing.

Below is a list of the major studios (at this time)

Sega Main Studios

Sega-AM2/AMS

AM2

Possibly the most famous team in the company. This team created some of the best games of all time including Space Harrier and Virtua Fighter Series.They are a dominant force today in both arcade and console.

Sonic Team (formally known as AM8)

Official Website

Sonic Team

As everyone knows, produce the Sonic The Hedgehog. Other games include NiGHTS and Samba De Amigo. This team no longer actually exists following a merger with United Game Artists (Rez) and being re-absorbed.

Smilebit (Formally AM6)

Smilebit

Have created some varied titles each to critical acclaim including Jet Set Radio Future and Panzer Dragoon Orta. They are closely linked with Amusement Vision.

Sega Wow (formally AM1 and WoW Entertainment)

Sega WoW

Well known for producing The House Of the Dead titles. They merged with Overworks in 2004 to become Sega-WoW.

Hitmaker/Sega-AM3

Hitmaker

Produce arcade and console games such as Crazy Taxi and Virtua Tennis.

Digital Rex

Digital Rex

This is a new studio founded by the former leader of AM2 Yu Suzuki.

Amusement Vision (Formally AM4)

Official WebsiteAmusement Vision

Have produced a vast number of arcade games such as Virtua Striker. Their home titles include the Super Monkey Ball series.Super Monkey Ball

Wavemaster

Wavemaster

Is a R and D team for creating soundtracks in games.

Sega Studio USA

Is the US wing of 'Sonic Team' and produce console games. Notable titles include Sonic Heroes and Nights Journey of Dreams.

Overworks (Formally AM7)

Overworks

Responsible for games such as Streets of Rage, Shinobi series and the acclaimed Skies of Arcadia.

Sega Rosso (Formally AM5)

Sega Rosso

Primarily produces arcade racing games. Some of their staff came from Namco. Notable titles include Sega Rally and Initial D.

Secret Level

Is a newly purchased studio that are currently developing the new Golden Axe: Beast Rider title.

SEGA SCENE

The SEGA scene is pretty active and driven equally by nostalgia and the latest games being developed. With the advent of services such as [Xbox Live] and Virtual Console some of their less known and underrated games such Rez and Burning Rangers are finally being found and appreciated.

Some of the more advanced guys are now programming the consoles, even the Saturn, with some impressive results and more exotic projects like fitting a Dreamcast into a toaster!

Below is a list of some of the most essential websites. There are more specific links on each of the console and games features.

Sega Nerds

Sega Nerds - This is the premier of all Sega related websites IMO. It is updated on a daily basis and as well as having informative articles, forums, competitions etc they also have a regular NerdCast which is pure indulgence.

Sega Xtreme

Sega Xtreme - caters for casual and sophisticated fans alike. As well as news, there is a wealth of content such as soundtracks and art to download but what sets this site apart is the technical information for homebrew development on Sega consoles with demos to download.

Eidolon's Inn

Eidolons Inn - this was one of the very first Sega sites I found. It has several highlights including the official home of the Kega Fusion Emulator and is the repository for the work of The Scribe - an essential piece of reading for any self respecting Sega fan.

Sega West Official Website

Sega West (Europe and US) - grab yourself a Sega Pass to get the most from the site such as free content. Check out the blogs too for some great tidbits. Essential source for the latest patches/updates for games.

Sega Official Website

Sega Japan - unless you can read Japanese this site may not be very useful to you but with some browsing you can find some interesting things.

Radio Sega!

Radio Sega - listen to high-quality tunes from Sega titles from across the generations for 24-Hours a day.

Sega Arcade

Sega Arcade - the latest news from Sega's arcade division

System16.com

System16 - whilst not a pure Sega site it is a cool website that has in great technical details arcade boards, not to mention an extensive Sega section. You would be surprised where some of your favourite games started out!

Buyers Guide

So you are off down the market in search of some Sega treasure/antiques or hunting around Ebay - but what is a bargain and what is not?

Master System and Master System II

£20

Mega Drive MK1 and Mega Drive 2

£20

Asian Mega Drive MK1

£25-£40

Game Gear

£10-£25

Mega CD

£40-£60

Mega CD 2

£40-£60

Sega 32X

£30-£45

Multi-Mega

£50-£100

Nomad

£75-£120

Saturn PAL

£20-£40

Saturn JAP

£40-£75

Saturn Skeleton/This Is Cool (JAP)

£120-£200

Dreamcast

£20-£40

Be prepared to pay more for packages that are complete in their original boxes.

My Sega Top 10 Games

Wonder Boy (In Monster Land)

Master System

Wonderboy

Sonic The Hedgehog

Mega Drive/Genesis

Sonic The Hedgehog

Panzer Dragoon II: Zwei

Saturn

Panzer Dragoon II: Zwei

Space Harrier

Arcade/Saturn

Space Harrier

NiGHTS Into Dreams

Saturn

NiGHTS Into Dreams

Streets of Rage

Mega Drive/Genesis

Streets of Rage

Virtua Fighter 2

Saturn

Virtua Fighter 2

Shinobi

Master System

Shinobi

The House Of The Dead 4

Arcade

The House Of The Dead 4

Golden Axe

Arcade

Golden Axe

Rez

Dreamcast/Xbox Live Arcade

Rez

Jet Set Radio

Dreamcast

Jet Set Radio

Fantasy Zone

Master System

Fantasy Zone
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