Sega turns 60 this year, and the company has been celebrating that fact in a wide range of ways – one of which is a special video history lesson which runs through the company's home hardware lineage.
This particular seminar was held by Sega producer and manager Hiroyuki Miyazaki and takes us from the early days of 1983's SG-1000 (released in Japan on the same day as Nintendo's considerably more popular Famicom) right the way up to Sega's final home console, the Dreamcast.
During the talk, Miyazaki goes into detail on how Sega was fond of using the names of planets as the internal codenames for its systems (the exception being the Saturn, which retained its codename right the way up to launch). He speaks about the Sega Nomad, a portable Mega Drive system which was released in North America in 1995 and was Sega's final attempt to wrestle control of the handheld market away from the Nintendo Game Boy (spoiler: it didn't work, but the machine is great – if a little battery-hungry).
A nice surprise was that Miyazaki showed off a prototype of the console that has, up until now, never been seen in public. Still retaining the "Venus" codename, the prototype Nomad is rather fetching, and arguably more attractive than the oddly-shaped system we actually got. (What is that slanting top section all about, anyway?)
This year, Sega paid tribute to its most famous handheld console, the Game Gear, by releasing a micro version exclusively in Japan.
This article was originally published by nintendolife.com on Mon 30th November, 2020.
A Shocking Blue reference, noice.
I'm your Venus
I'm your fire
At your desire
Venus - Bananarama
Strangely, this article makes me want to shave my legs
@Anti-Matter it's originally a Shocking Blue song covered by Bananarama 17 years later.
Venus razor ? (I knew it from America's Next Top Model)
Looks beautiful when can I buy with 100 mega drive games already installed? On wait . . . . . . It’s sega they don’t want my money xxx
The Bananarama version sounds much better for me. 😛
Just looking at it drains all the AAA in my house
@Anti-Matter yep, it's the song from the advert for it over here
That prototype looks way better than the production model of the nomad!
He clearly says they are planet names that are used but they may not be your actual point.
I would love to see the Nomad make a comeback.
Aren't prototypes supposed to look less refined than the finished version? Although this is Sega in the mid to late 90s so knowing them someone made the decision to release a worse looking version without telling anyone else.
Nomad was pretty wild in that you could just plug your existing MasterSystem and Megadrive collection of games right in. :V
Looks like this one doesn't take 6 double AA batteries lol
Pluto was actually used for a version of the Saturn with a built in modem. Ben Heck did a video on fixing it.
Definitely looks nicer than the actual Nomad, though the color scheme could use some work.
And then there's Hyperdimension Neptunia of course
I love the way hand-held electronics of that era were absolutely massive.
What trickery was he using to stick those consoles to the wall?
I like the combination of what looks to be a standard Game Gear D-pad and buttons from a Mega Drive six-button controller. Not a bad looking prototype. As I recall, the Nomad wasn't released in Japan. In its place was the Mega Jet, which didn't have a screen. I wonder if this style would appeal to Japanese players.
Everyone waiting on Dreamcast 2:
Well, it's been 20 years,
what do you have for us?
New Genesis? DC2?
Sega: We have this.
It's just a Prototype..
Looks like something that could have been released about 20 years ago. I am not impressed.
That’s cool, Sega. Sadly it’s cooler than most of what you do nowadays, but then we can’t all be as cool as we once were
I got a chance to watch this all of the way through and it was informative if difficult to understand the translations at times.
Sega was cool but they lost their way.
"What is that slanting top section all about, anyway?"
I don't see this in screenshots of the Nomad. It looks like a perfect rectangle.
I hated the master system & genesis because of the horrible d-pad. Try playing a fighting game that requires u to push back to block & u would jump, duck & maybe block if u were lucky. Dreamcast was the 1st Sega console i was happy with.
game gear was life. absolutely smoked the Gameboy.
Sega should've released the Nomad in its prototype form. Looked way better than the final product 😂
I wanted a Nomad so badly as a kid.
I’ve been sorely tempted to get one of the mod kids for my Nomad. Then I can cruise around and play Landstalker in style.
@kennybobenny game gear versions of streets of rage & gunstar heroes are pretty good 8bit conversions
The nomad was such a mistake, sega should have used actual portable cartridges with its own library of games then also allowed it to play megadrive games just like they did with master system games on the game gear. Such a dumb decision & an overlooked reason as to why they ended up leaving the console market, they just gave up on handhelds like that without properly trying
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