One set of Sega game console-representing anime ladies takes on another group of game console-representing anime girls this week, in the game Superdimension Neptune VS Sega Hard Girls, which will be released later this month.
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Anime characters have been depicting the console wars since the 2010 release of Idea Factory’s Hyperdimension Neptunia series. An anthropomorphized game system was created by Sega and Dengeki Bunko in 2013 as part of their Dengeki Bunko Dengeki Bunko label.
A PlayStation Vita action RPG pits the two generations of Sega technology against one another. Let’s take a look back at the history of the Sega consoles!
There are characters in Hyperdimension that symbolize Sega hardware that dates back to the Mega Drive/Genesis, so we’ll begin with those.
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Though the character designs make it clear, Sega Hard Girls are often referred to as “Sega Hard Girls” due to their namesake system. On her hair clip and shoes, for example, are the three classic Mega Drive controller buttons. She carries a 16-bit gaming encyclopedia with her in case anyone forgets what she knows about the genre.
A self-obsessed North American cowgirl named Genesis appears in the Sega Hard Girls game for the Mega Drive in North America. Definitely.
It’s called the “Hyperdimension.” To protect their intellectual property, the Neptunia world tries to keep things ambiguous. Almost every CPU character in the series has both a civilian and a power-up mode, which is worth noticing.
In the Hyperdimension Neptunia universe, Plutia represents the Mega Drive. The outline of a controller around her waist is enough to identify her as a civilian. Her CPU form is, uh, not bad, but it’s not great either. That much is certain: if she were a Mega Drive, I’d have no idea (though a reader points out her choker, which is totally Mega Drive).
During the next generation, the two traits diverge, one taking a more archetypal turn than the other one.
What is a superdimension? Asking yourself, “What is a Sega Neptune?” For what reason was it intended to be one system that included both the Sega Mega Drive and the 32X add-on? It was never commercialized and is now considered a joke. Hyperdimension Neptunia’s primary character, or rather her, is this.
Neptune, or Nep or Nepnep as her friends call her, is the protagonist of most of the Hyperdimension Neptunia games. Aside from her pluck and a lack of knowledge, she has a tendency to breach the fourth wall. As a result, she turns into Purple Heart, one of the more tame CPU transformations.
Sega’s Hard Girls: The Next Generation Superdimension’s Neptune is Saturn, and she’s also a reminder that Japanese consoles aren’t necessarily the same as those in the West. With the S logo on her collar and boots, Saturn has the trio of buttons that debuted on the Japanese Saturn controller. ‘Saturn’ Because we’re edgy over here in North America, the buttons on our shirts were all black.
Saturn is described on the Superdimension Neptune website as “always snarky and aloof.” Even though she puts on a rough exterior, her true nature is quite sensitive.
This is the point at which the two properties once again meet. Only two anime girls are Dreamcasts, despite the fact that everyone adores the Dreamcast.
We’d have to go with Sega Hard Girls’ Dreamcast if we were picking victors here. On her head, it looks like she’s wearing a Dreamcast controller Between the orange swirls and the pink taffy hair, she looks much like I remember the Dreamcast.
It’s worth mentioning that the Sega Hard Girls have a character that represents the Dreamcast controller’s visual memory unit. They cover a lot of ground.
In Megadimension Neptunia VII for the PlayStation 4, Uzume Tennouboshi made her Hyperdimension series debut as Superdimension Neptune. For some reason, she’s got a VMU strapped to her glove, as well as an odd-looking black sleeve that she wears.
When she transforms into her alter ego, Orange Heart, she’s the sweetest person you’ve ever met. Her Dreamcast lid adornment is a great addition to her outfit.
If we didn’t mention Sega’s foray into portable gaming, we’d be doing ourselves a disservice.
It’s possible that Sega Hard Girls: Game Gear refers to the Game Gear’s rather short battery life (at least it wasn’t the Nomad).
And she’s not only because her hair looks like Rainbow Dash’s or that she has controller buttons adorning her head—one she’s of my favorite Sega Hard Girls designs, period. Those are the essential points.
Nepgear, the CPU candidate for the Game Gear, bears a striking resemblance to her older sister, Neptune. In either incarnation, she lacks a strong connection to the Sega hardware. Considering the designs of her fellow CPU contenders, especially the twins who symbolize the Nintendo DS (two screens, get it?), this is particularly awful.
In Superdimension Neptune Vs. Sega Hard Girls, you won’t have to worry about mistaking a CPU or CPU candidate for a Sega Hard Girl. Here’s a link to the Japanese Sega Hard Girls character page, where you can view all of the anthropomorphized Sega hardware in all its splendor.