On the occasion of its 60th anniversary, Sega is carrying out a series of promotional actions of a very different kind. One of the most interesting is to bring to light data and information about its long history, with revelations as interesting as the one that makes this fun and very juicy video about his career as a hardware manufacturer: the moment when he designed a portable console in the nineties that would have succeeded his successful Game Gear.
The name of the prototype was Venus, as can be seen on the same console case that producer Hiroyuki Miyazaki holds in the video. The unique name follows Sega’s custom of calling many of its projects as stars. Of the solar system. Game Gear itself was called Mercury while it was being developed, and the custom stuck to the end with the Saturn, which retained its name when it was released. Other names (not always during their respective developments, they were sometimes retro-named for internal documentation) were Moon (Mega Drive Mini) and Mars (Mega Drive 32X).
From Venus to Nomad
Venus would eventually become the Nomad, a portable console that would only come out in 1995 in the United States, trying in vain to scratch something from the Game Boy market from Nintendo. Essentially, it was a pocket-sized Mega Drive, and it could run the cartridges of the desktop console. It could also be connected to a television with a video cable. The fact of being put on sale at the end of the life of the Mega Drive, the eternal problems of Sega with the batteries of its laptops and its short time in the market ended up ruining the project.
They are interesting, within the same video, other projects that did not get to see the light, and their respective code names. Neptune intended to combine the Mega Drive with the 32X add-on, but it did not work. And Pluto was a Saturn with a network connection, something that became a reality with the Dreamcast, in one of its most commented, applauded and visionary features.