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Founded 1940
Headquarters Ōta, Tokyo, Japan
Key People (choice) David Rosen
Sector Video and computer games

SEGA (from SErvice GAmes and the full title being Sega Corporation) is a video game software and hardware developer, publisher and distributor. SEGA created many home video consoles from 1983-2001, which competed directly with Commodore home computers. However the name is more widely associated with the C64 due to the many video arcade titles that were ported and the compatibility of some home console hardware. This article covers that association.


Service Games was established in 1940 in Honolulu, Hawaii, developing and distributing slot machines. By 1965, the company merged with Rosen Enterprises and was renamed Sega. Prospering heavily from the arcade gaming boom between the late-1970s to mid-1980s, many of their titles became highly popular. As the video arcade machines were based upon common CPU architecture (for example Zilog Z80 and Motorola 68000), many of these games were highly suitable for porting to the home computer market. However, Sega commonly licensed titles to third party games publishing houses and development teams instead of becoming directly involved.

C64 Game Chronology[edit]

The titles that were coded for the C64 are in Table 1.

Table 1 - SEGA Games Ported to the C64
Title Year Publisher Developer Remarks
Cyber Police ESWAT 1990 US Gold
Action Fighter 1989 Firebird Core Design
Alien Storm 1991 US Gold
Alien Syndrome 1988 ACE
Altered Beast 1989 Activision
Bonanza Bros. 1992 US Gold
Buck Rogers: Planet of Zoom 1983 US Gold
Congo Bongo 1985 US Gold
Crack Down 1990 US Gold
Desolator 1988 US Gold originally Halls of Kairos
Dynamite Dux 1989 Activision Core Design
Enduro Racer 1987 Activision
Frogger 1983 Parker Brothers Sierra, Vision
Frogger II: Threeedeep! 1984 Parker Brothers
G-LOC R360 1992 US Gold
Galaxy Force 1989 Activision Software Studios
Golden Axe 1990 Virgin Games Probe Software, Visual FX
Hot Rod 1990 Activision Software Studios
Last Battle 1991 Elite Images Software
Line of Fire 1990 US Gold
Out Run 1988 US Gold Amazing Products
Out Run Europa 1991 US Gold Probe
Passing Shot 1989 Image Works, Mirrorsoft Teque Software
Power Drift 1990 Activision
Quartet 1987 Activision
Scramble Spirits 1990 Grand Slam
SDI: Strategic Defense Initiative 1988 Activision Source
Shadow Dancer 1991 US Gold Images Design
Shinobi 1989 Virgin Games
Sonic Boom 1990 Activision
Space Harrier 1987 Elite
Space Harrier II 1990 Grandslam
Spy Hunter 1983 US Gold
Star Trek 1983 Sega
Super Hang-On 1987 Electric Dreams Software Studios
Super Monaco G.P. 1991 US Gold
Super Zaxxon 1984 HesWare
Tapper 1984 US Gold
Thunder Blade 1989 US Gold
Time Scanner 1989 Activision Spider Soft
Turbo Out Run 1989 US Gold Probe Software
Up 'n Down 1984 US Gold
Wonder Boy 1987 Activision
Wonder Boy in Monster Land 1989 Activision Images Design
World Championship Soccer 1990 Elite
Zaxxon 1984 US Gold Synsoft

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Hardware Compatibility[edit]

The controllers of the Sega Master System used the RS-232 DE9 standard connector, which made them Commodore compatible. The second fire button was also supported in a few games (such as Last Ninja Remix). The Sega Light Phaser was an interchangeable accessory with the Commodore Light gun.


The controllers of the Sega Mega Drive also use the RS-232 DE9 standard connector, however the time signals that are sent to the CPU can cause hardware damage. They are therefore not Commodore-compatible.


External links[edit]

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