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Sega Sports R&D
IndustryVideo game industry
Founded1994; 25 years ago (1994)
(Team Andromeda)
1998; 21 years ago (1998)
2004; 15 years ago (2004)
(Sega Sports Japan)
ProductsMario & Sonic at the Olympic Games series
Panzer Dragoon series
Jet Set Radio series
The Typing of the Dead series
ParentSega Games Co., Ltd.

Sega Sports R&D (also known as Sega Sports Japan) was a Japanese video game development division of Sega. The studio was responsible for creating and producing the Let's Make a, 90 Minutes, Sega Worldwide Soccer, Virtua Pro Football, and Mario & Sonic at the Olympic Games series. In 2016, the division was merged with CS1 R&D and ceased to exist.[citation needed]


AM6 (1994–1998)

Initially founded in mid-1994 as part of Consumer Software R&D Dept. 1,[citation needed] Team Andromeda became a separate internal development team when the first Sega Saturn software was entering development.[1] The name came from Andromeda, the code used to make their games.[1] 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 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 Polyphony Digital, Artoon, feelplus and Land Ho!

Smilebit (1998–2004)

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)

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

Games developed

as AM6

as Smilebit

as Sega Sports Japan


  1. ^ a b "Panzer Dragoon: The Maximum Inquisition!". Maximum: The Video Game Magazine. Emap International Limited (6): 42–44. May 1996.
  2. ^ "Hundred Swords – Dreamcast". IGN. Retrieved 31 March 2015.
  3. ^ "Mario and Sonic at the London 2012 Olympic Games Overview". Polygon. Retrieved 9 June 2015.
  4. ^ "Mario and Sonic at the Sochi 2014 Olympic Winter Games Overview". Polygon. Retrieved 9 June 2015.