Sega. That name is one of the biggest in the gaming world, or at least it used to be. Sega was once the worldwide leader in market share when it comes to selling game consoles, even if only for a short time. Being the leader of that industry for any period of time shows that you have it, something that put you there. Sega hasn’t been viewed in the same light ever since 2001, when they pulled out of making home consoles and put more focus on making games for other platforms. I can understand why that would be the case. After all, many millions of gamers flocked to Sega and their Dreamcast and loved what it offered. Frankly I think if there was a DVD player installed in the console it would have done much better, but that’s just me. Either way, Sega has been declared dead by many people since that time. But, in spite of the fact that Sega isn’t going to be making any new home console anytime soon, I’m here to tell you that Sega still has it and is still a great company. There are 3 ways that I believe this is the case, and we’ll start at the top. Here we go!
#1: Sega’s arcade adventures. Say what you will about the arcade scene (which has been hit hard, admittedly) but it’s still alive and kicking in 2015, especially in Japan. Sega still releases new hardware in the arcade world and features some incredible games that awesome creativity and depth. They plan on having a lot of games shown and released this year as well, which is great because it shows that this field is still a big earner for the company. I know that arcade hardware will never compare to home consoles, in at least a few major ways, I get that. But arcade games can still be just as much fun as anything you play at home if the games are done well and the controls are intuitive and fun. Sega has done a great job with making consistent and good games in the arcade world, so look toward this field if you want to see proof of Sega still rocking it in this day and age. But this is only the start.
#2: Sega Networks (aka their mobile games). Sure, I’ve talked quite a bit about Sega and their smartphone games, but there is a good reason for that: they rock. Where Sonic and Sega seem to be struggling very much on the consoles they are incredible on the smartphone world with games like Sonic Jump and Jump Fever, Sonic Dash, and Sonic Runners. There are tons of other great Sega games on smartphones as well, not just Sonic, but you get the point. Sega has put out some incredible games on smartphones and I’ve been very impressed with them. MonkeyBall is there, Crazy Taxi is there, Sonic is there, Puyo Puyo is there, and far more! Sega has put in a lot of time and effort in this field and you can tell with the quality of games that are available, and they have more plans to do a lot more from this year on, and that’s great. Sure it’s not a game on their own hardware, but they have their own hardware in house that gets the games out to us, so in that sense at least we do have some Sega hardware powering the games we play. That’s something! There are tons of great games out now and tons more coming in the future, and that’s something to be excited for if you’re a major Sega fan.
#3: Sega and Nintendo. This too is something I’ve talked about in the past, as something that’s a strong suit for Sega, and it also really shows some of their staying power and coolness. For example, look at the Sega 3D Classics. They are 3D remakes of older Sega games from the arcades and consoles. That alone is pretty cool, especially when you consider that Sega has done more with this field on the 3DS than Nintendo themselves, but it goes a bit deeper than that. M2, the team that makes these games, essentially created a new Sega Genesis console to make these games work on the 3DS. Digitally there is a new Sega console nicknamed the Giga Drive that enables these games to work. Sure, it’s digital only and it’s not technically a new console, but it’s viewed at Sega as an unofficial console and that’s cool! They couldn’t simply copy and paste the game so that’s why they created a new “console” for the games to be played. They even stated that if you took the numbers you could create a real console that would allow both normal Genesis games and 3D Genesis games to be played. That’s as close as you’ll get to a new console. And there are awesome themes for the 3DS that turns your console into a Genesis, Saturn, Dreamcast, and more! Those aren’t out outside of Japan yet that I can tell but it shows that Sega does indeed have some great things out there, above and beyond the normal games they’ve created recently.
See? Sega is still awesome! They may not make their own home consoles anymore, and they’ve had some awful blunders in the main game market (if you will), but they have some big things still going really well for them. Arcades are hard to come by at times but Sega still is an industry leader there. Their smartphone presence is one of the largest in the world and their games there are incredible and rated very well. Sega has a great team up with Nintendo going on currently, from games to themes. It’s not the old days, but it’s still not as bad as you may think for Sega! You just have to look.