Sega’s final hurray in the console space could be making a comeback in miniature form. In an interview with Siliconera regarding future mini consoles after Game Gear Micro, creative producer Yosuke Okunari (one of Saturn’s original marketers) admitted that a Dreamcast Mini could be on the table.
“I think for the next one, we may go with a concept close to the Mega Drive Mini,” he said. “If I have to say some names, it could be an SG-1000 Mini or a Dreamcast Mini…”
A miniature of the SG-1000 Mini (Sega’s first-ever video game console) would be very cool due to its retro nature, but if we had to guess, Sega would probably go with the fan-favorite Dreamcast, which is fondly remembered to this day thanks to its incredible library of games.
Okunari didn’t have anything to more to say about the possibility of a Dreamcast mini, but here are some quotes from the interview that shed light on its chances and potential date of availability.
- “For the next Mini, we are considering everything that has been imagined by everyone.”
- “Of course, it doesn’t mean we can realize all of them. We are also thinking about projects that nobody has imagined.”
- “The projects are moved by a substantial amount of money, so we’re working first on the one that, realistically speaking, has the highest possibility.”
- “The Game Gear Micro is only sold domestically in Japan. When we do the next one, I feel like the project scope will be much bigger as we gaze upon the world. So we won’t be able to release it at this time the next year or two years after the Mega Drive Mini. We can’t make it that quickly. (laughs)”
Originally released in 1998, Dreamcast ultimately faltered due to poor sales, which ultimately drove Sega out of the console business. Its legacy is alive and well thanks to its innovations and library of hit games, however, such as Ikaruga, Jet Set Radio, Shenmue, Sonic Adventure, and Soul Calibur.