A Dreamcast Mini Could be in the Works at SEGA — Maybe

A quote in the latest issue of Famitsu confirms that someone at SEGA is at least thinking about the Dreamcast.

It's a safe bet that more mini consoles on the way from SEGA. The company just launched the Game Gear Micro in Japan on October 6 and the Genesis Mini on September 19, 2019, both of which have received positive reviews. Now a new quote has the internet buzzing that a Dreamcast mini could be next on the list. 

The excerpt in question comes from Sega Creative Producer Yosuke Okunari in the latest issue of Famitsu (from Ryokutya2089 by way of Siliconera). 

Okunari says that since the Game Gear Micro is only available in Japan (unless fans import the system, of course), the next project he hopes to work on is a worldwide one, something that's larger in scale and generally has wide appeal. 

The Dreamcast could be one of those. 

He goes on to say that the next mini console, whatever it is, won't release for some time. It won't be as close to the Game Gear Micro as the Game Gear Micro was to the Genesis mini, which was roughly a year. 

[The] Game Gear Micro is only sold in Japan. If I do the next [mini system], I think the scale of the project, with an eye on the world, will be much larger. So I can't put it out two years after the Mega Drive Mini, this time next year. I can't make it so quickly.

Next, I think I'll go with a concept similar to the Megadora Mini. If I dare to name it, it's the SG1000 Mini or the Dreamcast Mini ...

Obviously, this isn't direct confirmation that a Dreamcast Mini is in the works at SEGA, but it does confirm that some at the company are certainly considering it. 

The Dreamcast launched in North America on September 9, 1999, two years before its untimely demise (read: discontinuation) in March 2001. Despite its short lifespan, the console's legacy endures, with it routinely popping up on "best of" lists 20 years later. There's no doubt a fanbase and market for the still-unconfirmed mini version of the console. 

Stay tuned to GameSkinny for more on SEGA's lineup of mini consoles. 

[Sources: Twitter, Siliconera]

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Published Oct. 8th 2020

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