Monday, June 25, 2012
Santa Seaman Signifies Sega Secret?
So, fairly recently, there was a tweet from the creator of Seaman, Yoot Saito, which contained one strange thing. The tweet, as reported by Joystiq, contained an image of a Santa-themed Seaman, as well as a statement that basically says "Time to start thinking of the end of the year". For as subtle as it is, it is -not-, but that's kind of the point and for that alone, well the fact that there was a Santa Seaman alone, is pretty amazing, I should say. I mean, as you know, I am kind of a Christmas fiend, as well as a Sega fiend, so seeing the both of them together like that.....yeah, that'll get the ol' mind going into overdrive at the possibilities. Of course, in this scenario, as it's been presented, there's really only three real possibilities that could come from this. Okay, maybe four.
The first possibility is, of course, the one I prefer the most. As Sega is wont to do, they seem to release a group of four of their classics through the digital services with remastering work done and updates where appropriate. With Sonic Adventure, Space Channel, Crazy Taxi and Sega Bass Fishing being last year's offerings (Which was then bundled together in a collection for PC and 360 users only; damnit Sega), this year's group seems to have already been started with the upcoming Jet Set Radio HD for....well, everything but the 3DS it seems. With reports that state Shenmue 1 & 2 are up next in the remaster list, as well as rumors associated with those saying Skies of Arcadia is a possibility too, we might just have our full Dreamcast volume for this year, if we figure that Seaman HD would be the last one, as it would come out during the holidays. Assuming they either do five games this year or only do the first Shenmue, leaving Sonic Adventure 2 and Shenmue 2 both for next year, which is precisely the kind of dickery Sega would pull.
Obviously, this is tantalizing to me because not only would I love to just throw money at Sega through remasters for PS3/PSN (as well as collection disks if you would let me, Sega!), but with Jet Set Radio's position on the Vita, it would suggest that the rest of this year's catalog might make it to it as well. As in, portable Jet Set Radio, Shenmue, Skies of Arcadia and Seaman (which would totally work, what with the built-in microphone). Are you drooling yet at the very thought of this? I AM. I'm sure you know this already, but I did really want to lay it out like that. Because it is very delicious looking laid out like that, and if I could dedicate an entire Vita page to a straight-up Sega page.....man. Now I want this very badly. Like....-so very badly- you don't even know. I didn't even play Seaman on the Dreamcast (mostly because I didn't even know what the hell), but I would throw down $10 for the ability to do so nowadays, especially if I could take the experience anywhere.
The second option, which may or may not be more likely all things considered, is that this is merely a teaser for a possible 3DS release of the game that has apparently been rumored of for two years. As in a release around the holidays, or an announcement that will come around the holidays to say that Seaman will come out....sometime after the holidays. I'm sure you can figure out where I was going with that. You're smart people. While still delicious as a prospect, since it is still portable Seaman which has been updated (and will be able to use a mic, ala 3DS mic) I'm sure you all know that I more prefer the Vita, despite my acquiescence to the fact that I will have to get a 3DS at some point to get my Harvest Moon fix. (I may go with the XL if they release a Circle Pad Pro for it. By my estimations, if they do that, the thing will be the same width as a Wii U pad. Wonder if that will be a coincidence?) So regardless of what portable the theoretical Seaman HD comes out on, I'll be able to buy it, and you can bet that I will.
The third and fourth options are, then, fairly simple. Being that Nintendo is in the midst of a bigger digital push, a combination of these two previous options could be possible. As in, Seaman HD swims to the 3DS....as well as everything else. Kinect (and headsets), Playstation Eye (and headsets), Built-in Mics, PC Headsets, every platform has an option, granted not a 'guaranteed' one but a likely one, that the game will be playable, so Sega could simply decide, as they need to do, that the most money possible is the best option. Let everyone buy it and, guess what? Some people totally will! Amazing! Conversely, on the flip side for the fourth option, this could all just be an elaborate ruse and the end-result will be something Japan specific involving Seaman that nobody cares about. Like.....a urinal game featuring Seama-oh god nevermind.
...Anyways. With Sega, all things are possible, I suppose. How many of them are positive is always up in the air and questionable, but any of the above are viable options for this bit of news. Of course, we just won't be able to know what will come of it for a long while and by then, who knows if we'll remember this. I...probably will. Since I'll be able to link this post and say "Hey, this happened" when I talk about just what was announced. Everyone else? Might not score too high on the old "things I need to remember" scale. Still, it will probably be neat, whatever happens! Because Dreamcast revivals are what we need to thrive - for we lost it too soon. Too soon. Sadface.