The Retro Guide To Sega Arcade Games
Sega, like many Japanese developers, first made its name in your local arcade. games™ looks back at key 2D hits from the esteemed publisher
Join us as we take a look back over the cabinet games that helped to propel Sega into the big leagues and that pushed the innovation on its console releases
Chances are if you saw a technically astonishing game in your local arcade during the eighties and nineties, it was probably by Sega. While it would later go on to battle nintendo and atari in the home market, Sega’s first introduction to gamers was as an arcade manufacturer. it first started making electrical mechanical games like Motopolo, Periscope and Missile as early as the late Sixties, before moving into videogames like so many of its peers.
While Sega was happy to copy whatever was popular at the time (as many other developers did), it wasn’t afraid to innovate either, releasing games like Heavyweight Champ, considered by many to be one of the first one-on-one fighting games, or pushing ahead technically with releases like Turbo.
Sega really began to hit its stride during the eighties and nineties, mainly thanks to yu Suzuki who, along with his talented team at Sega-am2, released countless critically acclaimed games, including Space Harrier, Outrun, Virtua Fighter, Daytona USA, Virtua Cop and many others. Suzuki’s team not only revolutionised racing games with its ‘Super Scaler’ technology, but also introduced the first 3D polygon arcade fighting game and other firsts.
The power of Sega’s
Model series arcade boards are a story for another issue, however, as the sheer breadth and scale of Sega’s output means it would be impossible to cover all of its output here. With that in mind, here are some of the very best of its 2D games. how many did you play?