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This Day in Sega: August 18th

August 18, 2016

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We pushed around our eggs, War still totally rages on, and we put an end to the conflict with our Dragon power on This Day in Sega history for August 18th!

1987

Doki Doki Penguin Land: Uchuu Daibouken (Mark III, JP)

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The Japanese counterpart of the Master System game Penguin Land hit the land of the rising sun. It’s the sequel to Doki Doki Penguin Land, both puzzle platform games where you control a penguin pushing an egg across a screen.

Sega would release one more sequel in the adorable franchise, Ikazuse! Koi no Doki Doki Penguin Land MD, in 1992 on the Sega Game Toshokan service. Yes, the same dial-up gaming library that gave us the Phantasy Star II text adventures!

Creative Assembly Founded

Sega’s future subsidiary Creative Assembly was founded in England. The company got it’s start porting Amiga and ZX Spectrum game to DOS, even doing Psygnosis’ Shadow of the Beast.

In 1993, they began working with EA to produce DOS sports games, dipping their hands into cricket, rugby and soccer.

1999 saw the start of their Total War franchise with Shogun: Total War, which was their breakout hit.

In 2005, Sega acquired the company as a means to help strengthen their Western game presence.

Creative Assembly would continue making popular Total War installments along with developing Viking: Battle for Asgard and the phenomenal Alien Isolation.

2005

Sega Ages 2500 Series Vol. 18: Dragon Force (PS2, JP)

sega ages 2500 vol 18 dragon force cover

The 18th entry in the Sega Ages 2500 series saw a PS2 remake of the Sega Saturn Strategy game Dragon Force. Newly enhanced audio, voice acting, a couple of new characters, and some changed graphics round out the list of differences from the original release.

Closing Remarks

That’s all for today’s edition of This Day in Sega. Do you think a Western localization of Dragon Force on the PS2 would’ve been a hit? Let me know in a comment down below and keep playing Sega!

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