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Yuji Naka Was Against Sega Bailing From The Hardware Business

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Posted February 5, 2009 - By Frank Meyer

The good folks at Kikizo.com scored a rare interview with former Sonic Team president Yuji Naka, admitting to initially opposing the idea of Sega taking leave of the hardware business.

“Until the very final moments, I was really against Sega leaving the hardware business,” he admitted. “In a way I feel that, had that decision not been made, Sega would have gone bankrupt -- so maybe it was a good business decision. But at the same time, I also feel like, what the hell -- we should have given it a go, and we should have taken that risk.”

Of course, we all know that Naka is credited with programming and producing the original 1991 Sonic the Hedgehog and that he is currently the man behind Let's Tap, the first game developed by his new company Prope .

In the interview, Naka also discusses leaving and returning to Sega, founding Prope, as well as some upcoming games.

Imagine if Sega stayed in the game. How different would the console world be today? Do you think the "big three" would be the "big four"? Or do you think one of the other companies would have been nudged out? Would Microsoft even have made an attempt to enter the business is Sega didn't leave a big hole?

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