Sega Poll: Sega Saturn wins

The poll had participants primarily from Japan.


The hosts were:

Hiroyuki Miyazaki, the lead producer of several games in the Sega Ages remake series. He also created later games such as Bayonetta. Now in executive management at Sega.

Kensaku Nishimura: had an unconventional transition to public relations & marketing from part of the Sega Hitmaker division that created games such as Crackin’ DJ Part 2 in 2001.

Yosuke Okunari, producer/assistant producer of games and remakes including the Sega Ages series of retro game re-releases for PS2 and The House of the Dead 4 for PS3 in 2012.

Creations were not limited to games.  Phantom River Stone stated that the poll took place over a 3-day period, although I am sure they’ve had the choices out for a lot longer than that. An impressive response of 16,141 votes were received. A strong representation of 3,000+ votes were from overseas. It was pointed that the votes were “scrubbed” to remove any duplicate votes from the same IP address – but not in any finger-pointing way!

The Sega Saturn was second popular of its generation and most popular console in Japan with the backing of Sega Saturn mascot, Segata Sanshiro and without the backing of Sega of America and mascot marketing of Sonic the Hedgehog. Sega Saturn, Segata Sanshiro and Sakura Wars won major awards. Here is the poll and its results:


Memorable Creation:

  1. Sakura Wars
  2. Sonic
  3. Phantasy Star Online
  4. Virtua Fighter
  5. Jet Set Radio
  6. Yakuza
  7. Panzer Dragoon
  8. Sega Saturn
  9. Persona
  10. Hatsune Miku
  11. Shenmue
  12. YumeIro Cast
  13. Virtua On
  14. Mega Drive
  15. Puyo Puyo
  16. Sangokushi Taisen
  17. Daytona USA


Memorable Character:

  1. Segata Sanshiro
  2. Kazuma Kiryu
  3. Ryo Hazuki
  4. Bayonetta
  5. Nights
  6. Dr. Eggman
  7. Temjin
  8. Arle
  9. Alex Kidd
  10. Ulala
  11. Erica Fontaine
  12. Kaito Shindo
  13. Morgana
  14. Beat
  15. Sonic
  16. Blaze Fielding
  17. Sakura Shinguji
  18. Vyse
  19. King of Beetles
  20. Director Yukawwa

Sonic won early for memorable character but not for memorable creation, getting beaten by Dr. Eggman. Ryo Hazuki did better than Shenmue itself.

Wanted Revival:

  1. Sakura Wars
  2. Jet Set Radio
  3. Virtua On
  4. Shenmue
  5. Virtua Fighter
  6. Panzer Dragoon
  7. Shining Force
  8. Eternal Arcadia
  9. Streets of Rage
  10. Nights into Dreams
  11. Space Channel 5
  12. Shinobi
  13. Sangokushi Taisen Trading Cards
  14. Burning Ranger
  15. Fashionable Witches Love and Berry
  16. Alex Kidd
  17. Outrun
  18. Dreamcast
  19. Daytona USA
  20. Answer x Answer

No real surprises in Wanted Revivals, although I didn’t really know if Jet Set and Virtua On were that big in the US. Just make something SEGA!

I am a bit worried that there may be a regional difference due to the success of games such as Sakura Wars being more popular in Japan than the US. Sigh..


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