July 31, 1996
Legend of Oasis has been Released
More News on Pepsi Man
from Game Fan Online
Daytona CCE News
from Next Generation Online
July 30, 1996
Sega Soft Announces New Brand
Enix Saturn Game
from Game Fan Online
July 29, 1996
Tetris Announced for the Saturn
July 27, 1996
Sega and Capcom Pinball Merger
from Game Fan Online
July 26, 1996
Sega Rally Plus
from NG Online
July 25, 1996
Marvel Super Heroes use of 8mbit Cart Not official
Sega Looking To MidEast
July 24, 1996
Miscellaneous Saturn News and Rumors
July 23, 1996
Japanese Saturn Releases
Vectorman Movie License
Ideal Entertainment will initially produce a computer-animated sci-fi/action film for theatrical release in late ’97 in association with Tribaltek, a team of acclaimed digital-effects producers on the current blockbuster hit “Independence Day” who are overseeing the
Toy Story”-like 3-D rendering of characters and environments based on the popular Sega Genesis video game.
We’re excited that Ideal and the digital wizards from `Independence Day’ are taking `VectorMan’ from the Genesis to the silver screen and beyond,” Shinobu Toyoda, general manager of licensing for Sega of America, said. “ `VectorMan’s’ characters, story line and visual imagery are the perfect foundation for an action-packed entertainment franchise.”
Sega PICO School Bus
Sega of America offers families in Pittsburgh a hands-on look at PICO, their highly acclaimed learning edutainment system for children. Up to 14 PICO Interactives will be displayed around the colorful PICO bus, featuring fun storyware such as Disney’s “101 Dalmatians,” “Smart Alex and Smart Alice” and Sonic the Hedgehog’s first Pico appearance in “Sonic’s Game World” plus costumed Pico characters.
July 21, 1996
Capcom Saturn News
from Michael Lit
July 18, 1996
Saturn New Releases
July 16, 1996
Sega Appoints New Boss
In addition, Sega announced that Bernard Stolar, previously of Sony Computer Entertainment America, has joined the company as executive vice president, responsible for product development and third-party business. Stolar will also sit on the board of directors of SOA.
These appointments complete SOA’s seasoned executive management team, which with Irimajiri at the head, is responsible for Sega’s business in North America.
In addition to Irimajiri and Stolar, the executive management team includes recently promoted Ted Hoff, executive vice president, sales and marketing, Katsufumi Miyazawa, chief financial officer, and Makoto Kaneshiro, vice president, business planning and operations.
As chief executive officer, Irimajiri replaces Tom Kalinske, formerly president and chief executive officer, who has announced he is leaving Sega after six years to join Education Technology LLC. Kalinske will remain at Sega until Sept. 30, 1996, and will remain a member of SOA’s board of directors.
Sega also announced that Hayao Nakayama and David Rosen have resigned as chairman and co-chairman of Sega of America, respectively. Nakayama, Sega Enterprises Ltd.’s president and chief executive officer, remains as chairman of the board of directors for Sega Holdings USA Inc. Rosen retains his directorship in Sega Enterprises and Sega Holdings.
Irimajiri, who retains his position as representative director and executive vice president of Sega Enterprises, Sega of America’s parent company, has been actively involved in the company’s North American business since he joined Sega in 1993.
“We are sorry to see Tom leave Sega, but he has left us in a strong position in the marketplace,” said Irimajiri. “I am excited to be taking a more active role at Sega of America now. We’re looking forward to an extremely favorable holiday season.”
Prior to joining Sega Enterprises, Irimajiri served almost 30 years at Honda Motor Corp.; serving more than four years as president and chief executive officer of Honda of America, where he led the way for Japanese car makers into U.S. manufacturing.
Stolar, with more than 18 years of industry experience, joins Sega from Sony Computer Entertainment America, where he served as executive vice president and was one of the key executives responsible for the launch of the Sony Playstation videogame system.
In addition to his position at Sega of America, Stolar will also serve as executive vice president and chief operating officer of Sega Entertainment Inc., the joint-venture company of Sega of America and SOFTBANK Holdings Inc., formed to develop PC CD-ROM software based on Sega properties.
In a related move, Sega announced that Shinobu Toyoda will devote more time to Sega Entertainment in his capacity as president and chief executive officer in order to help grow the PC business. Toyoda will serve as executive advisor to the chairman and general manager of licensing for Sega of America.
Sega also announced that Ted Hoff has been promoted to executive vice president of sales and marketing for Sega of America. Hoff had held the titles of senior vice president of sales and marketing since joining the company in March 1996.
Sega of America is the arm of Tokyo-based Sega Enterprises Ltd. responsible for the development, marketing and distribution of Sega videogames in the Americas. Sega Enterprises is a nearly $3.6 billion company recognized as the industry leader in interactive digital entertainment media, and is the only company that offers interactive entertainment experiences both inside and outside the home.
Enix for Saturn
Now, the deal seems finally to have happened. The 7/26 issue of Saturn Magazine includes a carefully worded statement on the topic. They claim that a “certain E company” (and I don’t think they’re talking about Electrobrain), is expected to announce the newest sequel to a “certain famous title,” which will reportedly be released this summer. Speculation is centering around a new Actraiser title.
Furthermore, they suggest another rumor, that a very familiar “E company” RPG series may appear on the Saturn. This could be a new game in Quintet’s Soulblazer/Illusion of Gaia/Tenchi Sozo series, or Produce’s Elnard [7th Saga]/Mystic Ark series, but speculation is, of course, currently centering on Dragon Quest. The first and possibly the second title will be announced in the next issue of Saturn Magazine, due out in less than 2 weeks.
Sega and Compaq deal