Re: Sonic cartoons

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Date: Fri, 15 Mar 1996 12:03:20 -0500

This is to all concerned -

SEGA has a very strong vested interest in the little blue critter. The
problem is maintaining fan support among the GAMING SYSTEMS, from what I can
tell. Let's put it this way. There was Atari, then the Commodore, then the
Amiga, then finally Nintendo unleashed the Super Mario Bros. and became a
monster. SEGA struck back with SONIC on the GENESIS SYSTEM and defeated
Mario. They countered with GAME GEAR which was superior to Game Boy. They
came out with the CD SYSTEM while Nintendo was reeling with the Super NES.
But then came the 3DO and SONY PLAYSTATION and other CD format systems,
creating confusion in the market place. Instead of getting the SATURN out to
counter these other systems, SEGA made a Nintendo-like mistake by coming out
with the 32-X.

Right now, there's a shake-up going on in the marketplace. Only so much
product can receive public support before the public says enough and clamors
for sanity. The public right now wants to feel they aren't buying a system
that'll be out of date by next year. So far, the best compromise seems to be
buying games you can play on your PC, instead of messingaround trying to
figure out which is the best system to get.

People like me are frustrated because while I like SEGA gaming systems and
SONIC THE HEDGEHOG games as well as a variety of others, right now games are
going exclusively with certain systems instead of being available for every
platform like they used to be. For instance, I'm looking forward to playing
the new GOLDENEYE game, but it's ONLY going to be made available for the
latest Nintendo system. And you're going to see more and more of this sort of
thing as companies fight for a bigger piece of the market share.

SEGA will support SONIC because of his acceptance in the marketplace. They
just may tend to downplay him because they may feel he only attracts a
certain segment of the market, and they want to reach a broader audience.
Only if the fan base makes its support of SONIC known to SEGA will the
corporate suits be able to determine the breadth and depth of that support.

SONIC isn't dead. Not by a long shot.


Received on Fri Mar 15 1996 - 12:29:13 PST

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