WOW Entertainment

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WOW Entertainment
Founded: 2000-04-21[1]
Defunct: 2003-10-01[2]
Merged with: Overworks (2004)
Headquarters:
Japan
2000-04-21
2003-10-01

WOW Entertainment (ワウ エンターテイメント) was a development company owned by Sega Corporation during 2000 to 2003.

WOW Entertainment is a continuation of Sega Software R&D Dept. 1[3], though as with other R&D divisions of Sega restructured around this time, it was classed as a wholly owned subsidiary of Sega as opposed to simply being a R&D division. At one point was listed as having 107 employees, overseen by president Rikiya Nakagawa[4].

Not much has changed in terms of approach for the studio when it became WOW Entertainment. The studio provided a variety of different games to the arcades, as well as the Dreamcast. A very different venture for WOW was the attempt to rival Gran Turismo, with the Sega GT for Dreamcast and Sega GT 2002 for Xbox.

In October 2003, WOW Entertainment merged with Overworks to become Sega WOW (briefly "WOW Works")[2]. WOW Entertainment was itself briefly known by a different name from April 2000 until July, being WOW (株式会社ワウ).[5]

Company statistics

  • Capital: 120 million yen[6][7][8]
  • Number of Employees: 120 (2000-07-01)[6], 107[7], 127 (2003-04-01)[8]

Softography

NAOMI

  • (2001)
  • (2001)

NAOMI GD-ROM

  • (2000)
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  • (2002)

NAOMI Multiboard

  • (2000)

NAOMI 2

  • (2001)

Chihiro

  • (2002)

Triforce

  • (2003)

Dreamcast

  • (2000)
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PlayStation 2

  • (2001)
  • (2003)
  • (2003) (player animation)
  • (2003)
  • (2003) (player animation)

GameCube

  • (2002)
  • (2003)

Xbox

  • (2002)
  • (2002)
  • (2002)
  • (2003)

Game Boy Advance

  • (2001)
  • (2002)
  • (2002)

Windows PC

  • (2002)
  • (2003)
  • (2006)

i-mode 503i

  • (2001)
  • (2001)
  • (2002)

J-Sky (50KB)

  • (2001)
  • (2001)
  • (2002)
  • (2002)
  • (2002)
  • (2002)

J-Sky (100KB)

  • (2002)
  • (2002)

Vodafone Live! (256KB)

  • (2003)


Namco System 246

PC

List of staff

Magazine articles

Main article: WOW Entertainment/Magazine articles.

External links

References


Timeline of Sega of Japan research and development divisions








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