Sega Games Co., Ltd. (Japanese: 株式会社セガゲームス Hepburn: Kabushiki gaisha Sega gēmusu), originally short for Service Games and officially styled as SEGA, is a Japanese multinational video game developer and publisher headquartered in Tokyo, Japan, with multiple offices around the world.
Sega is a subsidiary of Sega Group Corporation, which is, in turn, a part of Sega Sammy Holdings.
Sega developed and manufactured numerous home video game consoles from 1983 to 2001, but the financial losses incurred from their 32X, Saturn, and Dreamcast consoles caused the company to restructure itself in 2001, and focus on providing software as a third-party developer from then on.
Notable Games Developed/Published
- The Sonic the Hedgehog series
- The Phantasy Star series
- The Yakuza series
- The Total War series
- The Virtua Fighter series
- The Virtua Tennis series
- The Sega Rally series
- The OutRun series
- The Panzer Dragoon series
- The Football Manager series
- The Company of Heroes series
- The Valkyria series
- The Puyo Puyo series (Originally created by Compile)
- The Bayonetta series
- The Hatsune Miku series
- Anarchy Reigns
- Infinite Space
- Condemned: Criminal Origins
- The Club
- Alien: Isolation
- Resonance of Fate
- Captain America: Super Soldier
- Renegade Ops
- Castle Of Illusion starring Mickey Mouse
- The Persona series (Originally created by Atlus)
- K-On! Houkago Live!!
- Daytona USA series
- Not only have they created game consoles but also many technologically advanced arcade cabinets with games such as Daytona USA. With also some games, such as Turbo, Space Harrier, and Hang On being notable for having impressive graphics for their times and being earlier examples of sprite scaling. Monaco GP was also an impressive game from 1979, as it had outstanding graphics for the time, as it was made on discrete hardware.
- The company has a large variety of unique, creative video game franchises, such as Seaman, "Total War","Yakuza", Crazy Taxi, Space Channel 5 and their famous one being Sonic the Hedgehog.
- Sega has created many great games (listed above).
- Many of their classic games have gotten re-releases.
- They had creative innovative ideas for their consoles, such as the Dreamcast having a modem to be able to play online (albeit somewhat rudimentary due to limitations at the time) out of the box.
- One of the few Japanese companies that do not keep their Japanese games exclusive to Japan (at least, most of them).
- They created the first 3D fighting game, Virtua Fighter, that was so impressive at the time that it inspired Sony to turn the PlayStation into a 3D console.
- They saved Relic Entertainment from being closed down (mainly due to Jason Rubin, president of the late THQ, and co-founder of Naughty Dog, doing a smart move).
- They used to be a major competition for Nintendo in the early 90s.
- Unlike Nintendo, they're more open-minded towards fan games and don't file DMCA claims against them. They even ended up commissioning a group of fans to develop an official Sonic title.
- During the Genesis/Mega drive times, they allowed their games to be less censored and have blood and gore, unlike Nintendo.
- They even helped Atlus out of bankruptcy by purchasing their parent company, meaning their games would have been discontinued and Persona 5 wouldn't have been created if Sega didn't purchase Atlus.
- They're now introducing more Puyo Puyo games to Western Audiences.
They suffered from poor management and terrible decisions that led to them making a large number of mistakes. They dropped from the hardware market and, for a while, they seemed to only care about and milk their mascot, Sonic the Hedgehog to death. Because of this, Sega has become noteworthy on Crappy Games Wiki.