Sega May Announce A Dreamcast Mini This Friday, If The Gods Exist And They Love Me

Sega May Announce A Dreamcast Mini This Friday, If The Gods Exist And They Love Me
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The big question on all our minds right now is this: Will Sega announce the retro revival of their big slay Sega Dreamcast this week? Or their flop-era Sega Saturn?

A tweet posted by the official Sega account has announced an upcoming livestream happening this Friday at 9:00PM AEST.

The Google translation of this tweet reads as follows:

Urgent notice!

Live broadcast to announce Sega’s new project will be delivered from 20:00 on June 3 (Friday)

Appearance is [Hiroyuki Miyazaki] [Yosuke Okunari] … … Does that mean?

Sega truly one-upped anybody wanting to spark the rumour mill and did the dang thing themselves. So why do they highlight the appearance of Miyazaki and Okunari in particular? Let’s discuss.

Yosuke Okunari is a producer at Sega, and has almost exclusively worked on retro re-releases for the company for the past 15 years. This includes his work on Sega Ages 2500 for the PlayStation 2, Sega 3D Classics for the Nintendo 3DS, and Sega Ages for the Nintendo Switch. Most notably, he was the contents lead for the Sega Mega Drive Mini.

Hiroyuki Miyazaki is an executive manager at Sega that has worked most recently as the project lead on the Sega Mega Drive Mini. Not only did they work together on the Sega Mega Drive Mini, but they were the two representatives that announced the retro console at the Japanese Sega festival in 2019.

Considering Okunari has said in an interview with Famitsu that the next Sega retro console release could potentially be the Dreamcast back in 2020, it definitely seems like that’s going to be the direction they’re heading in. We’ve already seen somebody make their very own Dreamcast Mini, so I can safely say that there’s definitely a strong fan backing behind a possible official release of a Dreamcast Mini.

Me personally? I’m keen for it. I apologise if this makes anybody feel old, but I was 3 years old when the Sega Dreamcast came out, so I never really got into it. Not only that, but we were a Nintendo 64 household. In saying that, there are heaps of games for the Dreamcast that I’ve known about but never got to play, like Jet Set Radio, Shenmue and Space Channel 5.

Also, Sonic Adventure 2: Battle on the GameCube is my all-time favourite Sonic game, so I’d be keen to give the original Sonic Adventure a red-hot go on the chunky controller it was made for.

Comments

  • I do hope it’s true, love my Dreamcast.

    Hope they add the disc drive noise and VMU.

    I won’t hold my breath.

  • Would have loved a Sega Saturn Mini.

    Sega have re-released many of the best Dreamcast games over the years in various collections and on Steam, but the Saturn has been very under represented. I know it’s got much less of a following than the Dreamcast, so the commercial viability is probably not there, but the console was so hard to fund back in the day I feel like there’s a whole generation who can discover it.

    • I honestly hope they do both eventually! Sega Saturn had a lot of very cool games but definitely got overthrown by the Nintendo 64. I also doubt they have plans to move into the next-gen world considering their classic stuff does super well, so fingers crossed!

      • The Saturn outsold the N64 in Japan and not by a small margin either. It even had almost 3 times as many games as the N64. In the west, the failed Saturn due to a combination of their own stupidity and Sony taking advantage of said stupidity.

        • The Saturn’s demise was very prematurely announced and enacted in the West. Fighting games in the ram cart era really haven’t been matched for quality since (unless you happened to own a Neo Geo). Its yet to be seen if the upcoming Capcom fighting game will be as buttery smooth and loading free as the Vampire Savior / Savior 2 / Hunter 2 releases were.

          • … fighting game *collection*. I’d sacrifice to elder gods if we could get a Darkstalkers / Vampire 4.

  • While I’d love a Dreamcast Mini, I don’t see it happening. The Dreamcast controllers alone will just make the thing too expensive, not to mention the VMU and how they’ll handle that. If it’s another mini retro console, it’s more likely going to be a Master System Mini or a Saturn Mini, and my money’s on the former given how difficult the Saturn is to emulate properly.

  • It’s the all-new SEGA Mega Drive Mini…. 2!

    Announced to a considerable dearth of fan excitement.

    • Honestly I got it so incredibly wrong and yet all I could do is laugh! The gods do not exist and they do not love me!

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