Thursday, September 25, 2008

Sega Naomi keeping the Dream alive!

Long after the Dreamcast died in the USA the Sega Naomi it's counterpart in the Arcades is still chugging along. It was a sad day in Febuary 2001 when Peter Moore and Sega USA pulled the plug on the little console that could, But Sega Japan would not let the Dreamcast go quietly in the dark. Little Development studios mainly Treasure and G.Rev were tinkering with the follow up sequel to the highly praised and sought after Radiant Silvergun. The game known only as Project RS-2 was destined to reach arcades in the December of 2001 and when it showed at the AM show a few months prior "IKARUGA" was highly touted as the savior of Shmups in Arcades. Many rumors started circulating that perhaps a Dreamcast release was possible due to its ease of porting from its Naomi Counterpart. In June of 2002 NCSX confirmed what many suspected that Ikaruga would indeed receive a console port on Sept 5th 2002.

The game was a hit with the critics and the fans and started a revolution of Arcade shmups being developed for the Naomi and susequently to the Dreamcast with official releases dating up to 2007. A remarkable run for a console people had deemed dead in 2001. Currently the Sega Naomi is seeing releases in the Arcade this year with Asian Dynamite Deka (Dynamite Cop),Akatsuki Denkou Senki , Illvelo, Mamonoro and Melty Blood Actress Again. The current AM show did not feature any Naomi games unfotunately and it seems that the Naomi will end its run this year as one of the longest tenured and highly successful arcade boards the market will ever see. The official first release in Arcades was House of The Dead 2 in 1998 and last releases will be Mamonoro and Melty Blood Actress Again which were released today. Even 10 years later House of the Dead 2 is a top earner in most Arcades.

A list of Naomi games with home ports is below.

Sega Naomi

18 Wheeler (Dreamcast,Gamecube,PS2)
Alien Front Online (Dreamcast)
Border Down (Dreamcast)
Cannon Spike (Dreamcast)
Capcom Vs Snk (Dreamcast)
Capcom Vs Snk Pro (Dreamcast,PS1)
Capcom Vs Snk 2 (Dreamcast,Gamecube,PS2,Xbox)
Chaos Field (Dreamcast,Gamecube,PS2,Wii)
Charge'N'Blast (Dreamcast)
Confidential Mission (Dreamcast)
Cosmic Smash (Dreamcast)
Crazy Taxi (Dreamcast,Gamecube,PC,PS2,PSP,Xbox)
Dead or Alive 2 (Dreamcast,PS2,Xbox)
Death Crimson OX (Dreamcast,PS2)
F1 World Grand Prix (Dreamcast)
F355 Challenge (Dreamcast,PS2)
Get Bass 2 (Dreamcast)
Giant Gram 2 : All Japan Pro Wrestling In Nippon Budokan (Dreamcast)
Giant Gram 2000 : All Japan Pro Wrestling 3 (Dreamcast)
Gigawing 2 (Dreamcast)
Guilty Gear X (Dreamcast,PC,PS2)
Guilty Gear XX (PC,PS2,Psp)
Guilty Gear XX Reload # (PS2,PSP,Xbox)
Guilty Gear XX Slash (PS2)
Guilty Gear XX Accent Core (PS2,Wii)
Heavy Metal Geomatrix (Dreamcast)
Ikaruga (Dreamcast,Gamecube,Xbox 360)
Karous (Dreamcast,Wii)
King Of Route 66 (Ps2)
Marvel Vs Capcom 2 (Dreamcast,PS2,Xbox)
Melty Blood Act Cadenza Version B (PC,PS2)
Mobile Suit Gundam Federation Vs Jion (Dreamcast)
Mobile Suit Gundam Federation Vs Jion DX (Dreamcast,PS2)
Monkey Ball (Gamecube,Iphone)
Musapey's Choco Marker (Dreamcast)
Ninja Assault (PS2)
Out Trigger (Dreamcast)
Powerstone (Dreamcast,Psp)
Powerstone 2 (Dreamcast,Psp)
Project Justice (Dreamcast)
Psyvariar 2 (Dreamcast,PS2,Xbox)
Puyo Puyo Da! (Dreamcast)
Puyo Puyo Fever (Dreamcast,DS,Gamecube,PC,Ps2,Psp,Xbox)
Radilgy (Dreamcast,Gamecube,Ps2,Wii)
Resident Evil Gun Survivor 2: Code Veronica (PS2)
Rythm Tengoku (DS)
Samba de Amigo (Dreamcast,Wii)
Samba de Amigo Version 2000 (Dreamcast)
Sega Marine Fishing (Dreamcast)
Sega Tetris (Dreamcast)
Senko No Ronde SP (Xbox 360)
Shikigami No Shiro 2 (Dreamcast,Gamecube,PC,PS2,Xbox)
Shooting Love 2007 Exzeal (Xbox 360)
Spawn (Dreamcast)
Sports Jam (Dreamcast)
Street Fighter Zero 3 Upper (Dreamcast,Psp)
Super Major League / World Series Baseball (Dreamcast)
The House of the Dead 2 (Dreamcast,PC,Wii,Xbox)
The Typing of the Dead (Dreamcast,PC,PS2)
Tokyo Bus Tour (Dreamcast)
Trigger Heart Exelica (Dreamcast,PS2,Xbox 360)
Trizeal (Dreamcast,PC,PS2)
Under Defeat (Dreamcast)
Virtua Athletics (Dreamcast)
Virtua Striker 2 Version 2000 (Dreamcast)
Virtua Tennis / Power Smash (Dreamcast)
Virtua Tennis 2 / Power Smash 2 (Dreamcast,PS2)
Virtual On Oratorio Tangram M.S.B.S.Ver.5.66 (Dreamcast,PS2)
WWF Royal Rumble (Dreamcast)
Zero Gunner 2 (Dreamcast)
Zombie Revenge (Dreamcast)

Sega Naomi 2

Beach Spikers (Gamecube)
Initial D Arcade Stage (PS2)
Initial D Arcade Stage 2 (PSP)
Initial D Arcade Stage 3 (PS3)
Virtua Fighter 4 (PS2)
Virtua Fighter 4 Evolution (PS2)
Virtua Striker 3 (Gamecube)

1 comment:

Franklin said...

Haha, I didn't realize I had so many of Sega Naomi's games. I'm a huge fan of arcade gaming, so I'm hoping that games like Street Fighter IV will make sure they never die out.

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