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Sega Corporation (株式会社セガ Kabushiki gaisha Sega?), pronounced sæ'ɡə (US/Canada/UK) or si'ɡə (Australia/New Zealand) usually styled as SEGA, is a multinational video game software developer and an arcade software and hardware development company headquartered in Ōta, Tokyo, Japan, with various offices around the world. Sega previously developed and manufactured its own brand of home video game consoles from 1983 to 2001, but a restructure was announced on January 31, 2001 that ceased continued production of its existing home console, effectively exiting the company from the home console business. While arcade development would continue unchanged, the restructure shifted the focus of the company's home video game software development to consoles developed by various third-party manufacturers.

Sega's head offices, as well as the main office of its domestic division, Sega Corporation (Spartata), are located in Ōta, Tokyo, Japan. Sega's European division, Sega Europe Ltd., is headquartered in the Brentford area of London in the United Kingdom. Sega's North American division, Sega of America Inc., is headquartered in San Francisco; having moved there from Redwood City, California in 1999. Sega Australia is headquartered in Sydney, and Sega Publishing Korea is headquartered in Jongno, Seoul, Korea.

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The Sonic the Hedgehog series is a franchise of video games released by Sega starring and named after their mascot character Sonic the Hedgehog. The series began in 1991 with the release of Sonic the Hedgehog on the Sega Mega Drive/Genesis. An 8-bit version of the game was also released for the Master System and Game Gear formats. Sonic was responsible for turning Sega into a leading video game company during the 16-bit era, and his first game soon replaced Altered Beast as the default pack-in game for the Mega Drive in North America and Europe. As of March 2007, the franchise has sold more than 45 million games copies. Games in the series are developed by Sonic Team, with the exception of some spinoffs that were independently developed by Sega of America, as well as portable games, which are usually developed by Dimps. The main programmer for the first game was Yuji Naka, who would later become head of the Sonic Team division, and the game planner was Hirokazu Yasuhara. The music of the first two Sonic the Hedgehog games on the Mega Drive/Genesis were composed by Masato Nakamura of the Japanese band Dreams Come True.

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  • The Quartermasters (70's)
  • The Arcade Experts. (early 80's)
  • The challenge will always be there. (c. 1987, Master System)
  • Now, there are no limits. (c. 1986-1987, Master System)
  • Welcome To The Next Level. (c. 1992-1994, Genesis, Sega CD, Game Gear)
  • Genesis does what Nintendon't. (c. 1989-1991, Genesis)
  • The "SEGA!!! scream". (c. 1992-1997, Genesis, Saturn, probably others)
  • Do me a favour, plug me into a Sega (talking TV).
  • To be this good takes AGES, To be this good takes SEGA.
  • Segata Sanshiro (c. 1997-1998, Saturn, Japan)
  • Hot hits today! Hot hits on the way! (c. 1988, Master System)
  • Major fun and games! (c. 1988-1989, Master System)
  • Sega, c'est plus fort que toi ! ('Sega, it's stronger than you!', cult French TV slogan, early 90's)
  • It's Thinking. (promotion for Dreamcast)
  • Up to 6 billion players. (Early Dreamcast tagline)
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Naoto Ōshima (大島 直人 Ōshima Naoto?) is a Japanese national and former Sega employee who designed the characters of Sonic the Hedgehog and Doctor Eggman. However, Yuji Naka often gets the credit for his work on the Sonic series, because of his close association with the Sonic name. Ōshima gained renown at Sega's Sonic Team for creating characters and playing integral roles in the development of games like Phantasy Star, Sonic CD, NiGHTS Into Dreams, and Sonic Adventure.

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