“Since the Dreamcast, there has never been a failed console launch until now,” says Dreamcast hardware producer Hideki Sato at the party, “We can thank Sony for bringing us all together today.”
While the PlayStation Vita may eventually outsell the Dreamcast, the Vita’s first year has not been pleasant. The Vita has been selling more slowly than the Dreamcast since October and it was more recently outsold 47 to 1 in one week by the Nintendo 3DS.
The party consisted of mainly ex-Sega employees who were prevalent during the Dreamcast era including former game designer Yuji Naka, and former president Shoichiro Irimajiri. Hideki Sato arranged the party himself after hearing the news that the Vita was being outsold badly by the 3DS.
“I could not help myself,” he told reporters, “After hearing that the Vita was selling worse than the Dreamcast, I almost did the party right then and there. But then when I heard the news that the Vita was outsold 47 to one just made me so happy, I couldn’t resist.”
The party started off with a speech by Sato and quickly devolved into a drunken bash with many events including throwing old Sony products Sato had collected off of the roof and dancing to Samba de Amigo music. Naka ended the party with the following speech:
I hope Sony falls to the wayside just like Sega did. I hope that Sony pays for every mistake it ever made just like we did. They think they are invincible but they are not. It’s a shame Kaz couldn’t be here today. I would have loved to StreetPass him on my 3DS!
Sony president Kazuo Hirai declined his invitation to the party.