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Konami, Tecmo & Capcom Flock to Sega (Retro Rumor #10)
By Cyril Lachel     |   Posted on December 05, 2015   |   Episode 10 (Show Archive)  

   
Welcome to 30 Ridiculous Retro Rumors, a brand new series that will run daily between November 26 and December 25, 2015. This is a series where we debunk some of the craziest rumors and predictions of all time. Today we're taking a look at Konami, Tecmo and Capcom. After the success of the Genesis, Electronic Gaming Monthly predicted some of the biggest franchises would make the leap to Sega's 16-bitter. They were wrong. See for yourself in the tenth episode of 30 Ridiculous Retro Rumors.


This is a real rumor taken directly from the December 1990 issue of Electronic Gaming Monthly ...


As my father used to tell me, anything is possible if you wait long enough. Virtual Reality will go mass market, Batman will fight Superman and every television show you ever cared about will return for another season ... but only if you wait long enough. And while this may work as a life lesson about being patient, it in no way excuses Quartermann's terrible track record.

Here we see the so-called gossip guru worried that the Super NES might not catch up to Sega's two year head start. Thanks to brisk sales, Quartermann predicted that some of Japan's biggest third-party publishers would jump ship and support the Genesis and Sega CD. He predicted Tecmo, Konami and Capcom would port games like Ninja Gaiden, Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles, Aliens, UN Squadron and 1941. This was a great list of games on a system that had built its reputation on high-quality arcade ports.

There's just one problem, only one of these games hit the Genesis. Tecmo didn't bring Ninja Gaiden, Konami never ported Aliens and UN Squadron flew over to the Super NES. In fact, the only game mentioned to make the leap to Genesis was Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles, and I guarantee The Hyperstone Heist was not the game Quartermann had in mind.

For what it's worth, Konami, Tecmo and Capcom did eventually become third-party publishers on Sega consoles, but not for several years. For example, Capcom didn't sign on to the Genesis until 1993 and Konami's first real offerings didn't show up until 1992. It's true that Quartermann was eventually proven right, but just like my father always said, anything can happen if you wait long enough.
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