Yesterday, news of Sega‘s latest round of massive lay-offs hit the web, and the world’s reaction was… ‘meh’. The company’s been slowly marching towards a whimpering, pathetic corporate death for some time now, but this recent batch of bad news may be the final nail in the coffin. When you think about it, this is probably one of the saddest events to happen in our lifetimes, or at least it is if you grew up in the 90’s.
At one point in time, Sega was the best video game company on the planet (as some would argue), home to such massive fan favourites as Sonic and… well, pretty much just Sonic, since a lot of those games were multi-platform. But somewhere along the line it got really bad, like really REALLY bad. I blame the advent of 3D gaming. For some reason, Sega just couldn’t adapt to that world, even though their own 3D console (Dreamcast) was an underrated marvel.
The most curious rumours surrounding Sega’s slow decline, though, are those about Nintendo and their interest in Sega’s properties. Can you imagine if the House of Mario got their hands on Sonic? What an insanely great game they would make. Just look at how well they’ve been at keeping their own characters relevant in this world of 3D gaming and gritty FPS behemoths. Nintendo could resurrect Sega in a stunning and revolutionary way… if they buy it, that is.
But, that notion might be a little far fetched. I have a feeling Sega will drag its death on for a few more years and continue shovelling out mediocre game after mediocre game… but the prospect of a Nintendo takeover is pretty damn interesting. We can at least hope it will happen.
What do you guys think? Will Nintendo buy Sega?.