SEGA AM Research & Development No. 2

Moby ID: 2156

  • SEGA-AM2 Co., LTD. (from 2001 to 2004-06-30)
  • AM2 of CRI (from 2000 to 2001)
  • AM R&D Dept. #2 (from 1983-10-01 to 1999)

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While all of Sega's development teams have left their mark on the industry, none have had a more profound impact than AM2. Over the years, AM2 has practically defined the arcade experience with titles such as Hang-On, Space Harrier, Afterburner, Virtua Fighter, and Daytona USA. In fact, AM2 is such a strong name in the industry that when Sega's AM Departments were spun-off and renamed, AM2 kept their name. Formed in 1983, AM2 employs about 200 people at their offices in Tokyo's Shibuya district.

One can't tell the story of AM2 without talking about Yu Suzuki. AM2's star developer is one of the most highly-regarded visionaries in the industry. He joined Sega in 1983 as a programmer and producer, and two years later he created Hang-On, the first simulation arcade game. Hang-On was also the first arcade racing game to feature a fully interactive cabinet, with the player sitting on and controlling a replica motorcycle.

While Suzuki's games are the most prominent, they are not the only games AM2 has produced. The group has rocked arcades with titles like Daytona USA, Virtua Cop, Virtua Striker, and Fighting Vipers. AM2 is also responsible for Dreamcast versions of their arcade hits Outtrigger and Wheeler American Pro Trucker.

Souce: Selected articles from AM2 Official Website

Credited on 88 Games from 1985 to 2021

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Virtua Fighter 5: Ultimate Showdown (2021 on PlayStation 4, Arcade)
Shenmue I & II (2018 on Windows, PlayStation 4, Xbox One...)
Soul Reverse (2018 on Arcade)
Hatsune Miku: Project Mirai 2 (2013 on Nintendo 3DS)
Daytona USA (2011 on Xbox 360, PlayStation 3, Xbox One)
Virtua Fighter 5: Final Showdown (2010 on Xbox 360, PlayStation 3, Xbox One...)
Ghost Squad Evolution (2007 on Arcade)
OutRun 2 SP SDX (2006 on Arcade)
After Burner: Climax (2006 on Xbox 360, PlayStation 3, iPhone...)
Virtua Fighter 5 (2006 on Xbox 360, PlayStation 3, Arcade)
Sega Ages 2500: Vol.24 - Last Bronx: Tokyo Bangaichi (2006 on PlayStation 2)
OutRun 2006: Coast 2 Coast (2006 on Windows, PlayStation 2, Xbox...)
Sega Ages 2500: Vol.19 - Fighting Vipers (2005 on PlayStation 2)
Ghost Squad (2004 on Wii, Arcade)
Sega Ages 2500: Vol.16 - Virtua Fighter 2 (2004 on PlayStation 2)
Virtua Quest (2004 on PlayStation 2, GameCube)
OutRun 2 SP (2004 on Arcade)
Chō Jikū Yōsai Macross (2003 on PlayStation 2)
OutRun 2 (2003 on Xbox, Arcade)
Virtua Cop 3 (2003 on Arcade)

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The division merges with CSK Research Institute Corp. and the name is maintained.

October 1, 1983

Company founded.


Yu Suzuki joins Sega as programmer and producer.

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