SEGA creative director believes the next mini console will be either the SG-1000 Mini or a Dreamcast Mini

The latest edition of Famitsu contains an interview with SEGA’s creative director Yosuke Okunari. The interview is based around the SEGA Mini systems as the SEGA Game Gear Micro has just been released in Japan. Mr. Okunari was quizzed about what the company’s future plans are for the lucrative mini consoles to which Mr. Okunari said that while it hasn’t been decided, the next in line would probably be the very early SG-1000 Mini or a Dreamcast Mini. Here are some quotes by Yosuke Okunari from the new interview:

  • “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)”
  • “I think for the next one, we may go with a concept close to the Mega Drive Mini. If I have to say some names, it could be an SG-1000 Mini or a Dreamcast Mini…”



  1. I don’t think they could, but NFL2K / 2K1 were pretty big deals and very fun. The graphics in those games at the time seemed to be a huge leap from what we had before. Would buy for Crazy Taxi alone.

  2. So, they release a Dreamcast Mini, which prompts the world to play Skies of Arcadia, and recognizing the obvious brilliance of the title, demand for a sequel skyrockets, forcing Sega’s hand to make Skies of Arcadia 2.

    CLEARLY this is going to happen and not at all wishful thinking.

    1. I’d love to see a Dreamcast Classic come out. But has anyone considered that the controller would probably be bigger than the console?

      Also, would we get a removable VMU with the unit? You know, so that we can raise our Chao on the go?

    1. An N64 Classic would be great! Although, to get the best experience, you’d want to have a partnership with Microsoft, so that you could have the Rare games for the system.

  3. Sega already had the Nomad, which was a portable Genesis. It would be great for them to make a smaller version of that, one that contains roms for a collection of games with a front-end, they can keep or leave the screen as long as it still connects to HDMI, but honestly portable devices with that small of a screen and native resolution, are way better enjoyed on a large widescreen.
    The same goes for a Game Gear mini. Bring these classics to the big screen. Not everyone understands emulation and the ability to play on a PC with sometimed confusing controls and configurations and compatibility issues.

  4. A Dreamcast mini or Saturn mini might be more difficult to make on the basis that the original media was CD based and would require them to have a larger onboard rom storage, or otherwise make it possible to download games to an offline SD card, which could be an issue for copyright.
    Anyway, it would drive up the cost of the unit and not be profitable for them. Don’t get me wrong, I’d love to see it happen.

    1. Not really, a 16GB emmc flash storage is pretty cheap (Sony used it for the PS Classic), it costs like 10 bucks on the market (i guess Sega can get it cheaper by buying large quantities). Since DC games are around 1GB each that’s enough for a dozen of games at least.

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