The Mega Drive Mini 2 — a retro assortment console that includes loads of SEGA classics — has simply been launched to the general public. Nonetheless, there’s extra ready for keen followers of the classics than only a journey down reminiscence lane. Displayed within the workers credit display of the console shines a memorial message for Rieko Kodama, a longtime producer at SEGA, who just lately handed away.
Out of respect for the legendary developer’s household, the broader public was not conscious of Kodama’s standing till this message was noticed. A foremost hand behind Phantasy Star, Skies of Arcadia, seventh Dragon and extra, Kodama was a significant determine within the online game business.
This, alongside different fascinating particulars in regards to the console, was noticed and publicly showcased by Retro Gamer Magazine’s Nick Thorpe on Twitter. It was this thread that spurred customers to verify the data with SEGA producer Yosuke Okunari by way of the platform, to which he replied “As you perceive it. We revered her.”
Lastly, the workers credit embrace a memorial message for Rieko Kodama. She began as an artist on video games reminiscent of Alex Kidd In Miracle World, Phantasy Star and Sonic The Hedgehog, and was the producer for Skies Of Arcadia, seventh Dragon and most just lately the Change Sega Ages video games. pic.twitter.com/v6xk8oUNYO
— Nick Thorpe (@HKT3030) October 26, 2022
Kodama was a pioneer within the business. Again in 2019, she spoke about her proudest moments, stating in regard to her involvement within the SEGA Ages and Mega Drive Mini initiatives: “I actually get pleasure from seeing or studying about followers experiences with previous SEGA titles, or having them come as much as me to speak at commerce reveals. These encounters make me really feel nice about working with the Mega Drive, even in the present day.”
As an individual who had such an impression on the Mega Drive era of video games, in addition to SEGA’s push to convey their retro assortment to fashionable consoles and on devoted retro programs, there’s possible no higher place to honour her reminiscence than the Mega Drive Mini 2. As a system meant to convey gamers again to the golden age of SEGA, it’s becoming that she be a everlasting inclusion.