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Dances with Sega

James is joined by retro-enthusiast and all round nice guy, Naoki Saito, to talk all about his quarter-scale DDR cabinet as well as looking back at Sega's 16-bit Tower of Power and their foray into 32-bit, the Saturn.
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Show Notes

Growing up in the late 80s and early 90s, Sega were in a console war with their fellow Japanese rivals, Nintendo. Keen to show what they could do, they created more and more add-ons for the Mega Drive (or Genesis to our North American friends) like the Mega CD and 32X. Sega were really doing what Nintendon’t, for very good reasons!

As the 90s came closer to the millennium we also saw a new craze from Japan for dancing games, notably Dance Dance Revolution by arcade legends Konami, or Dancing Stage as it was known in Europe. These dance based games really saw a following and even to this day dance games are incredibly popular.

My guest this week is here to talk about both nostalgic experiences, especially as he’s working on a one-quarter sized all-in-one DDR mini-Arcade build using an Intel NUC, a custom input board and more lights than Blackpool Illuminations.

We delve into lots of nerdy details on the famed ‘Sega Tower of Power’, as well as pondering what may have been if Sega hadn’t ended their console hardware with the too-little-too-late DreamCast.

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Chapter Times

  1. 00:00:00: Adopt A Listener
  2. 00:01:05: Introductions
  3. 00:06:20: A Brief iMovie Chat
  4. 00:09:08: Why Arcade Builds?
  5. 00:13:44: Quarter Scale DDR
  6. 00:36:33: Modern Dance Games
  7. 00:39:32: Project Outfox
  8. 00:43:02: Arcade Experience Scale
  9. 00:47:11: Saga Mega Drive
  10. 00:57:23: Mega CD
  11. 01:09:44: 32X
  12. 01:14:55: Tower of (Unstable) Power
  13. 01:23:35: Saga Saturn
  14. 01:38:23: Sega’s Legacy Today
  15. 01:46:17: Wrapping Up


Intro and outro theme: Ace of Clubs by RoccoW

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