SEGA Dreamcast Mini And Other Minis Teased By Famitsu
While mini consoles have dropped in prominence since Nintendo retired the NES and SNES Classic Editions, the idea still appears to be successful for SEGA following the release of the Genesis Mini last year. The months since have seen even more micro consoles announced by the company, with the retro likes of the Game Gear handheld and Astro City arcade cabinets also getting the miniaturized treatment. With three of SEGA’s most popular gaming devices coming out into the world again, the company appears to be mulling over the future of their minis as well as the potential of the long-awaited SEGA Dreamcast Mini.
In a recent interview for Japanese publication Famitsu (via DualShockers), SEGA hardware producer Yousuke Okunari and product sales team manager Aiko Matsuda spoke about the potential of future minis in conjunction with the launch of the Game Gear Micro. Acknowledging the success of the Genesis Mini, Okunari revealed that SEGA is “considering every console for possible” for a mini console, including a potential Dreamcast Mini. However, the producer stressed, “It doesn’t mean we’ll actually make them all. But it also means we’re considering things SEGA fans wouldn’t even imagine.”
Probably, the new Mini console we’ll make will be similar in concept to the Mega Drive Mini. Maybe it’ll be the SG-1000 Mini, maybe it’ll be the Dreamcast Mini…”
Whatever SEGA ends up making, Okunari and Matsuda expressed that mini consoles would need to stay successful for the line to continue. The launch of the Game Gear Micro and December’s upcoming Astro City Mini are currently only set for release in Japan, but Okunari hinted that SEGA’s next scaled-down hardware could instead aim for a worldwide market. However, he admits the high-profile device definitely won’t be ready in time for Holiday 2021, but fans might be able to expect a new mini announcement somewhere “around that time.”
“In the Hardware business, a considerable amount of money moves when starting a project, so at first we’ll proceed with the most realistic plan,” Okunari divulged. “Game Gear Micro is only sold domestically, so we were able to make it fast. I think our next project will be on a bigger, worldwide scale. So this means the next Mini won’t release around that time in 2021, as in only two years after the Mega Drive Mini. We can’t make it that fast (laughs). In any case, if everything goes well, we’ll be able to make announcements around that time of year in 2021.”
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