Sega Falcom

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Sega Falcom
Founded: 1991
Defunct: 1995?

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Sega Falcom Inc. (セガ・ファルコム) was a short-lived alliance between members of Sega and Falcom.

While founded in the second half of 1991 to much fanfare, Sega Falcom did not manage to release any games until 1994, and the brand was dropped in 1995. In 1992 it announced a range of Sega Mega-CD games, but all were cancelled save for Popful Mail (originally announced as Sister Sonic), which arrived much later than planned. Popful Mail was also the only Sega Falcom game that was released outside of Japan (through Working Designs).

Falcom games had been released on Sega systems prior to this partnership - the Master System version of Ys: Ancient Ys Vanished Omen and the Mega Drive version of Sorcerian were ported by Sega in 1989 and 1990, respectively. Furthermore, the Mega Drive version of Ys III: Wanderers from Ys (1991) was ported by Telenet Japan, not Sega.

The existence of Sega Falcom did not inhibir Falcom from developing for rivals systems. For example, Ys IV: Mask of the Sun which was announced for the Mega-CD by Sega Falcom (before being cancelled) also appeared on the Super NES.

Magazine articles

Main article: Sega Falcom/Magazine articles.

Promotional material

Print advert in Beep! MegaDrive (JP) #1991-10: "October 1991" (1991-09-07)
Print advert in Beep! MegaDrive (JP) #1991-12: "December 1991" (1991-11-08)



Timeline of Sega of Japan research and development divisions