Yoot Saito teases 3DS Seaman

Developer responds to fan request for updated online version of virtual life sim, responds that something along those lines can be expected.

When Yoot Saito's voice-recognizing life sim Seaman debuted on the Dreamcast 10 years ago, a microphone was such an unusual peripheral that Sega had to make one specifically for the game and bundle it with every copy. Now that microphones are standard features on handheld hardware, it appears that Saito's virtual life sim might be venturing into new environs.

The last time Seaman was spotted in the wild was in his Japan-only 2007 PS2 sequel.

Last night, the developer answered a fan's question on his Twitter account and teased a new Seaman-like project in the process. A follower of Saito's expressed a desire to see Seaman swimming on Nintendo's 3DS, with some online functionality along the lines of Nintendo's Flipnote Studio built in. (Flipnote allows users to create their own digital flipbook animations and share them online.) In his reply, Saito said he couldn't go into detail but added that it would be good for people to expect something along those lines.

The original Seaman release didn't overly impress critics when it debuted, but it managed to sell more than 550,000 copies in its first six months on sale. It was later ported to the PlayStation 2, and a full-fledged sequel was made for Sony's system in 2007. Neither PS2 game saw release outside of Japan.

For more on Seaman, check out GameSpot's review of the original Dreamcast edition.

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80 comments
ar2_arr
ar2_arr

wow i dont know the firts game, but watching the video, it look weird and creepy

grungeman91
grungeman91

I don't want no seaman on my DS screen.

Jedilink109
Jedilink109

Sweetness. I always thought the first game was.....weird. I have wondered since it came out if they would make another new one. This should be sweet and it would be an absolute PERFECT fit on 3DS. You can have him swimming around in 3D and everything. Sounds awesome to me. :D

o0MrCheesy0o
o0MrCheesy0o

3D seamen... Oh gawd! It's coming at my face :O

nichh-y
nichh-y

When I saw 'teases 3DS seaman' I thought of something completely different...

prioritymail
prioritymail

Seaman for the Dreamcast was fun. I'm glad to see this game again

spike6958
spike6958

I was picturing something completely different.

Phantom_--
Phantom_--

At :36 seconds I see two bananas...

travisstaggs
travisstaggs

The Dreamcast Seaman game was actually some what fun. Hopefully this turns out good.

boobush
boobush

Does he try to headbutt eggman?

snailz
snailz

Wow.. I can't wait to see Seaman coming right at me!

mf1986
mf1986

one of those games that is unique and doesnt sell well.

Cloud_Reaper
Cloud_Reaper

what a horrible horrible name for a title lmao

Nintendo_Ownes7
Nintendo_Ownes7

Cool I would also like if Yoot Saito made a Odama sequal on the 3DS aswell.

U_LOST_ME_87
U_LOST_ME_87

although Sega's Dreamcast lived for a short time, the games are unforgettable & so special ... its been 10 years .. SEGA BRING BACK THE DREAMCAST GODDAMITT !!!!!!!!!!!!!

mr_squibble
mr_squibble

I don't know whether to be excited or very afraid. I guess a little refreshed Seaman action is a decent thing, for those who are into that type of thing.

Sphire
Sphire

Sticky white stuff...

73X
73X

Definitely creepy. Will pass.

kejigoto
kejigoto

Freaking awesome! Seaman was a great Dreamcast game and I think it would work very well on the 3DS! Definitely would be cool to see some more Dreamcast games make the jump onto the 3DS. Toy Commander and Powerstone please!!!

Bortson
Bortson

"What it Seaman doing on the back of Tom Cruise?" & "Come along Swallow" were the first things I thought of when reading the article title.

freedom01
freedom01 moderator

all I can say about this game is just no

zideeq
zideeq

OH MY GOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOD!!!!!! OH MY!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!! what the flying FRUCK! is this?!?!?!? who knows what this game is!? does this exist on the very planet I am living on! WHAT PRODUCED THIS STRANGE CREATURE!

mr-misio
mr-misio

Hey guys , Japanese gamers always were freaky bunch :) so , but the game is freaking scary @_)

Chimpman_Z
Chimpman_Z

OR...the developer can come up with some new ideas. hmmm.

Kajiuro
Kajiuro

I.. I think I'm terrified.

ValentineRain
ValentineRain

Apparently I am very out of touch with the gaming community. I had no idea anyone was waiting for another Seaman game.

kikitube
kikitube

This game freaked me out. I mean what is this?

pallidorus
pallidorus

This game was so addicting, it was basically a virtual pet that had an attitude and a very good memory. I remember it would tell me stuff that I told it the day I had my first conversation with it. I would get a 3DS for this alone.

RazgrizX
RazgrizX

What The Hell is this ?!!!!!!!!!!!!! I just can't figure it out....it makes no sense or whatsoever !!!!

DCUltrapro
DCUltrapro

the main issue with that game was that you HAD TO check on the retarded fish ALL the fooking time! I mean you couldn't check on it in the morning then go to work, come home and check on it again cos it would just die, so theres literally no way of playing it unless you take 2 weeks off work!!

DiscGuru101
DiscGuru101

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DiscGuru101
DiscGuru101

Man this game was weird. I had completely forgotten it. I still have my Dreamcast but I never thought to own this bad boy... I think mostly because the creature is hideous, and it is named Seaman. This looks like a cross between Tail of the Sun and Lost in Blue.

zelosphia_8
zelosphia_8

Missed out on the original Seaman and it's expensive to get online. I'd love a sequel.

Witchsight
Witchsight

Ok Japan, we know youre weird, you can stop.

SuperYeti22
SuperYeti22

Cool! Semen! Oh oops, I meant Seaman.

EddyG0RD0
EddyG0RD0

"Seaman and Swallow" anyone remembers them from some South Park episode? :D :D :D

kavadias1981
kavadias1981

Might be worth watching. I never tried the original (did it even make it to the UK?). The potential is there though so hopefully this time they can impress the critics.

Recboy
Recboy

a seaman game for kinect would be better.