Sunday, March 4, 2007

The Sega days

In the early 1990s Sega held a 65% hold of the home console market with their revolutionary “Genesis/ Megadrive”, the console had a huge array of games and with its (at the time) impressive 16bit technology it won gamers over in their droves. However in 1994 along came the SNES the Nintendo’s answer to the 16bit console, this entry quickly eroded Sega’s dominance and left them much closer to 35% of the market.

1998 saw the release of the Sega dreamcast, Segas last ditch attempt to catch up with Nintendo, and it quickly became the fastest selling console of all time, that was until Sony came in and ruined their party by releasing the “Sony Playstation” which brought gaming to a new level and would change the console landscape forever.

In 2001 Sega decided to depart from the console war and have since become a software development company, creating games for Nintendo’s gamecube, DS and Wii, Sony’s playstation series and also the xbox series.

Despite their fall from grace in the console market we should remember the great games that Sega brought us. My first experience of gaming was “Alex Kidd” which was really great fun, and acted as the companies flagship franchise until the conception of “Sonic the hedgehog”, whose franchise lives on to this day.
Other great Sega games on the consoles were

  1. Virtua fighter series
  2. Golden Axe
  3. Shinobi
  4. Crazy Taxi
  5. Streets of Rage


prankmaster44 said...

Nice post.

Anonymous said...

It was Saturn that came out after the Genesis and was beat by Playstation. Dreamcast then came along but was out done by the PS2.

Alistair said...

Hey Ed, Sega is cool but you got your dates all mixed up. The Snes come out in 1991, the Mega drive came out in 1989, the sega saturn came out in 1994, along with the sony playstation. The dreamcast flopped onto the scene in 1999 only to be blown out of the water by the PS2 in 2000...few, sorry to be so anal about that but I just had to