Sega Sports R&D

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Sega Sports R&D
Type Subsidiary of Sega
Industry Game development
Founded 1994 (as Team Andromeda)
1998 (as Smilebit)
2004 (as Sega Sports Japan)
Headquarters Japan
Products Video games
Parent Sega

Sega Sports R&D (also known as Sega Sports Japan) is the group responsible for creating the Let's Make a series, 90 Minutes, Sega Worldwide Soccer series, Virtua Pro Football, and the Mario & Sonic at the Olympic Games series.

History[edit]

AM6 (1994-1998)[edit]

Initially founded in mid-1994 as part of Consumer Software R&D Dept. 1, Team Andromeda became a separate internal development team during the Sega Saturn's lifespan. The group produced three Panzer Dragoon titles and, after the release of its final game Panzer Dragoon Saga in 1998, was then dissolved. Different teams of the same division were responsible for the Let's Make a series, which are made till today, and the Sega Worldwide Soccer series.

After the restructuring, many of the group's members joined Sega's Smilebit and United Game Artists development teams. Former Team Andromeda staff have also developed video games at other studios, including Artoon, feelplus and Land Ho.

Smilebit (1998-2004)[edit]

The Smilebit logo used from 1998 to 2004.

Key members of Team Andromeda were folded into the new second-party Sega studio Smilebit Corp., which crafted such titles as Jet Set Radio, Panzer Dragoon Orta and GunValkyrie. On July 1, 2004, Sega's subsidiaries, Wow Entertainment, Amusement Vision, Hitmaker, Smilebit, Sega Rosso, and United Game Artists reintegrated into Sega following the merge between Sega and Sammy in 2005, and a holding company, (Sega Sammy Holdings), was formed. The subsidiaries ceased to exist and were renamed.[citation needed]

Sega Sports Japan (2004-present)[edit]

The division was from now on was only for sports titles, adding the Mario & Sonic series. The department responsible for non-sport titles, became part of Amusement Vision under the lead of Toshihiro Nagoshi.

Games developed[edit]

as AM6

as Smilebit

as Sega Sports Japan

References[edit]