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|Merged into: Hitmaker|
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At less than 40 staff, Sega Rosso was the smaller first-party studio serviced by Sega during this period. Sasaki and many of his peers had previously migrated from Namco (having worked on the original Ridge Racer), being part of Sega AM3 (working on Sega Rally Championship) and then AM Annex/AM12 during the 1990s. In 1999, AM12 became Sega Software R&D Dept. 5 for a year - Sega Rosso is the continuation of this effort.
As Sega was considered to be "blue" and "cool", Sasaki wanted to name the company after something "red" and "hot", eventually landing on "Sega Rosso" - rosso being the Italian word for red. A core part of the company was dealing with racing games, though it branched off into other areas too. Many of its games did not leave Japan, making it one of the lesser known Sega companies of the era. It was also one of the last to get its own logo and identity, so often went uncredited as a studio.
Sega Rosso started with four development "lines"; Star Wars Racer Arcade, NASCAR Arcade, Cardcaptor Sakura: Tomoyo no Video Daisakusen and Cosmic Smash. It is most famous for starting Sega's series of arcade racing games based on the Initial D anime license.
In October 2003 the studio was merged into Hitmaker, creating an odd case where the PlayStation 2 game, Initial D: Special Stage credits Sega Rosso in its original release, but Hitmaker in the PlayStation 2 The Best budget range.
- Initial D: Version 3 (2004)
- Main article: Sega Rosso/Magazine articles.
|Domestic Sega studios|
|CSK||Sega Sammy Holdings|
|Sega Enterprises, Ltd.||Sega Corporation||Sega Games & Interactive|
|Sega R&D 1||Sega AM1||R&D #1||WOW Entertainment||Sega WOW||Sega AM1|
|Studio 128||Sega R&D 8||Sega AM2||R&D #2||AM2 of CRI||Sega-AM2||Sega AM2|
|Sega AM11||R&D #4||Amusement Vision||New Entertainment||Sega CS1|
|Ryu ga Gotoku Studio|
|Sega AM3||R&D #3||Hitmaker||Sega AM3|
|AM Annex||R&D #5||Sega Rosso|
|Sega AM4||Sega Mechatronics||Product R&D|
|N. Pro. R&D|
|Sega AM5||Mirai R&D||Family Entertainment|
|Sega R&D 2||Sega CS||Sega CS1||R&D #6||Smilebit||Sega Sports Design|
|Sega PC||Online R&D|
|Sega CS2||R&D #7||Overworks||GE2||Sega CS3|
|Sega CS3||R&D #8||GE1||Sega CS2|
|R&D #9||United Game Artists|
|Sega Sound Team|
|Sega Digital Studio||Wave Master||Wave Master (label)|
|Mobile Content R&D||Sega Networks|
|Visual Entertainment||Marza Animation Planet|