The celebrations for the 60th anniversary of SEGA take many forms. In Japan the publisher decided to organize a big quiz about its history. In the meantime, he teaches internet users. With the added bonus of unknown information for its fans and those interested in the history of the video game.
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To everyone’s surprise, SEGA arrives to unveil Venus, a prototype that later became the SEGA Nomad. This reveal was made during an “online course” video about the history of the Sonic house hosted by longtime producer Hiroyuki Miyazaki at SEGA and one of the minds behind the Mega Drive Mini. If the video is in Japanese, English subtitles may be enabled on the YouTube player.
As a reminder, the Nomad was actually a portable mega drive that wasn’t marketed in North America until 1995. Hiroyuki Miyazaki explains that he recently discovered the prototype of Venus and that it is here that it is being shown publicly for the first time. A picture of the console is available in our gallery below.
When SEGA has fun with its story
Unfortunately for the curious there are no additional details about the machine. The latter is so different from the Nomad that before stopping with the design of the 16-bit portable device, SEGA is considering a more classic shape for its console. Nor does the producer explain why his company ultimately chose not to release the Nomad anywhere other than North America (the area where the Mega Drive was most popular).
For information, this video “course” on the history of SEGA is offered as part of the preparations for the SEGA test
In any case, this revelation raises the question of what other prototypes SEGA has that have never been revealed to the public in its archives.
What do you think of this revelation? Would you have liked SEGA to market the Nomad in Europe? Have you ever tried the Nomad? If so, what is your opinion on this? Are you taking the SEGA test? Tell us everything in the comments below.