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SEGA Nomad prototype ‘Venus’ revealed for first time

One of our favorite things about SEGA game consoles are the cool codenames, mostly named after planets. The Game Gear was originally called “Mercury,” with the 32X codenamed “Mars.” We knew that SEGA’s Nomad handheld system was codenamed “Venus,” but we’ve never actually seen what one looks like.

Until today and thanks to SEGA of Japan’s Hiroyuki Miyazaki, who appears in the above video to offer a console timeline of sorts, beginning with SEGA’s first foray in the home video game console scene with the SG-1000 and ends with our beloved Dreamcast.

Along the way, Miyazaki talks about the Nomad and says that he recently discovered a Venus prototype, which he shows for the first time publicly. I have to admit, I prefer this prototype design much more than the final design we got with the Nomad. Something about the subdued colors and familiar buttons feels much more attractive than that weird slanty plastic box we got with the Nomad.

Anyway, let us know in the comments what you think of this awesome find!

Chris Powell

Chris is the editor-in-chief of Mega Visions Magazine and the co-creator of SEGA Nerds. He was the former managing editor of Airman magazine and has written for publications like Joystiq, PSP Fanboy, RETRO magazine, among others.
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