SEGA Venus, the prototype of Nomad that never saw the light

The Nomad prototype

SEGA Nomad

25 years have handed since SEGA Nomad was launched in the North American market, however that has not prevented us from discovering in the present day a brand new curiosity about its growth, and that is that the firm has proven for the first time what was the first prototype mannequin that most it could later carry the closing product to life. Your title? Obviously that of a planet: Venus.

We have been capable of confirm this in a video uploaded to the firm’s official YouTube channel, since with the thought of ​​commemorating the 60th anniversary of the firm, they’ve wished to evaluate all the residence consoles that they launched for 20 years. In the video, Hiroyuki Miyazaki explains the origin of the title of the SEGA prototypes, which started with the creation of Mercury, which we now know as Game-Gear.

The lacking planet

SEGA Venus

After Mercury, got here Mars (Mars), which was the title that would confer with the 32-bit accent of Mega Drive, and later, a reputation appeared that was right here to remain, since the closing product could be known as identical to the prototype: Saturn . But on this system of planets there have been nonetheless some to look. It was the case of Venus, the prototype of SEGA Nomad, the 16-bit laptop computer primarily based on the Mega Drive that had never been proven publicly … till in the present day.

As you’ll be able to see in the photos, the design appears even higher than that of the closing mannequin, no less than extra symmetrical, and with extra muted colours, nearer to Saturn (the Asian mannequin) than to the Mega Drive itself, though that appeared to be corrected with the closing mannequin. This mannequin has an uneven form that sought a form of left grip with which to comfortably deal with the management crosshead, one thing that didn’t have a lot impact.

20 years of launches

With Venus, SEGA lastly places the of completion on this technology of console prototypes named after planets in the photo voltaic system, a curious listing that was lately up to date with the launch of the Mega Drive Mini, which was known as Moon, which It would have been nice if the unique Mega Drive had been Earth (which sadly did not occur).

Meanwhile, there was additionally a cancellation, and it was that of Jupiter, a undertaking that never saw the light and that was primarily based on the traditional cartridges, however that SEGA was compelled to cancel as a consequence of the unbelievable demand and progress that the CD had- ROM. For this cause, the subsequent undertaking was born, which was none aside from Saturn.