I want another Sega console so bad, the Dreamcast was so revolutionary and imagining what Sega could do with a new console nowadays is awesome to think about. Reminder, the Dreamcast was super powerful for its time and had the first real online play of any console. It had classics from the Sonic Adventure games to Crazy Taxi to Jet Set Radio. Sega pulled out all the stops for the Dreamcast and it’s a shame they couldn’t recover trust from fans
That’s really the biggest thing I think, Sega fans had watched them fail with the Saturn and decided to switch to the new PlayStation, and instead of getting a Dreamcast many just waited for the PlayStation 2. It’s sad because you can tell Sega really tried and the developers worked hard to deliver experiences that would wow players. And they did! They wowed those who played and the console did well enough early on, but the incoming PlayStation 2 meant so many people just waited for that. And Sega wasn’t gonna win over any new fans with how the Saturn had failed, so they couldn’t really cut into Nintendo’s player base anymore, and that was how they briefly became king with the Genesis. So really no matter how hard Sega tried with the Dreamcast it was doomed in a lot of ways from the get go. Maybe they could’ve done better but I don’t see a world where they won in that landscape where they’d already lost so many fans
With Sonic’s recent astronomic rise in popularity from the movies to Frontiers to the IDW comics—I think Sega could make a console comeback if they wanted to. Especially given how the PlayStation 5 and Xbox Series X, as much as I love the ps5 I gotta admit, these consoles, they don’t have many exclusive games. They’ve got a few but even then many are cross generational. God of War Ragnarok, Spider-Man Miles Morales, Halo Infinite—these games are playable on ps4 or Xbox One and so many fans are disappointed in Sony and Microsoft’s output of exclusives because of that
And while Nintendo is flourishing with the Switch it’s important to consider that if Sega made a comeback they probably wouldn’t want to COMPETE with Nintendo, moreso win over their fans without asking them to abandon Nintendo entirely. Back in the day it was “Genesis does what Nintendon’t” but I think now with how many people are willing to buy multiple consoles for games, Sega would rather compete with PlayStation and Xbox than Nintendo. Just ask Nintendo fans to buy a Sega console in ADDITION to the Switch, and go after the others instead. Nintendo is on top right now. PlayStation, while doing fine, is far from their peak and are losing goodwill with fans. Then you see Xbox which is struggling to convince people to buy their consoles and have decided to just sell their games on pc too since Microsoft owns Windows anyway…which while it’s good for someone like me who has a gaming pc and no Xbox, it’s not the best business model to keep people buying Xbox consoles
All of that is to say that I think Sega could make a console comeback if they made a competitively priced console with a bit more power then PlayStation 5 and Xbox Series X, and invested heavily into creating games that will wow people again. Like, Sonic Frontiers is great but if they wanted to make a new console they’d need to give Sonic Team a much larger budget and team to create an experience that will feel truly next gen. And that would go for every title, the games Sega released would need to be impressive. They’d need a console at around the same price and as powerful as their competitors while simultaneously delivering better games in popular franchises and creating new game series as well
I don’t see Sega making a new console anytime soon. But if they did I think they’d have a chance. However, I think their best chance at a console comeback is to wait. Take Sonic Frontiers, Yakuza: Like a Dragon, Super Monkey Ball: Banana Mania—take these successes and build upon them. Make better and better games, which yes means investing more money into them, and they’d not only make a better return (which could help fund a return to the console space) but also would make fans happy with Sega again and make new fans as well!
Sonic Frontiers’s sales numbers aren’t out yet for the United States as of writing this. Bur we have Japan’s numbers, and in Japan it did better than any Sonic game since 2001. The best selling Sonic game in TWENTY YEARS. And that’s because Sonic Team put in the effort and Sega let them delay the game by a year to better the experience. The thing is Sonic is doing great and Sega is doing better overall than before at delivering quality content for game series in general. They could make a comeback, whether soon or far into the future. I really think they could do it
Sorry for this long ramble, I’m a big Sonic and Sega fangirl lol. If anyone’s read all the way to the bottom I appreciate that, and I’d love to hear your thoughts in the reblogs or replies!
We were in the future, and the only gaming company that existed was SoTendoSoft (Sony, Nintendo, Microsoft) and I went to jail because I didn't have the latest update on my Switch.
I don't even own a Switch...
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