With the Game Gear Micro now releasing in Japan, SEGA’s Yosuke Okunari talked about what’s next in a recent issue of Famitsu Magazine. Thanks to Siliconera, we have some translated tidbits from the article:
“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…”
It’s interesting that the Astro City Mini is not mentioned, and that SEGA are considering everything from their earliest console to their last console. What would you like to see next from SEGA? Sound off in the comments below!
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12 responses to “SEGA Talks About What’s Next After the Game Gear Micro”
If they go with an 8-bit system, I would think the Master System Mini would find a much bigger audience than the SG-1000. The Master System was very successful in Europe and is still selling in various forms in Brazil. A Dreamcast Mini would probably outsell an 8-bit Mini, but it would also be more expensive.
However, my hope is that prior to a Dreamcast Mini, we could get a Saturn Mini.
My bet is on some 8-bit console for budget reasons. I’ve given up hope for any sort of miniaturized version of the disc-based consoles coming from Sega. They love to joke around about the Dreamcast and Saturn but that’s never going to happen. Maybe once Nintendo releases a N64 mini everyone will jump on the gravy train like what happened after SNES Mini came out.
I’m probably one of few people who were really disappointed with the MD Mini, especially after having bought PC Engine Mini. Not only is the build quality way superior, Konami managed to squeeze in CD-based games as well as give every region the same games library as far as I know (with a cool region switching option in the menu). It feels like an all-around premium product, unlike the hollow, light and cheap feeling MD Mini. And Japan as always gets exclusive roms and 6 button controllers as default, everyone else in the world is forced to play Street Fighter 2 on a 3-button pad instead. Or buy 2 extra 3rd party 6-button controllers. For a mini console. Definitely not a waste of money. But hey, never before released TETRIS, now THAT’S value.
My GG Mini is due to arrive on Friday, I don’t have high hopes for it. Bought it as a collectible more than anything so I guess it’ll fulfill that role at least.
I have both the PC Engine Mini and the Genesis Mini, too. Although I agree, the PC Engine Mini has a great international library, some of the games aren’t translated, so that’s a minus. Gen/MD has the same region switching functionality (M2 handled both systems).
But regarding the build quality… no way is the PC Engine Mini better. It’s partially down to the fact that it’s barely been “miniaturized” compared to the original, but the Gen/MD Mini is a marvelous, exactly accurate scaled-down reproduction. The PCE Mini just doesn’t have the same fine detailing, and it’s also been altered (NEC references removed due to Konami owning it now). The PC Engine d-pad is also uncomfortably stiff compared to the Gen/MD.
Why can’t they just focus on games
Because that’s what they are, they are in entertainment industry (also movies, arcade center, and vacation place in Japan), not just games.
Dreamcast mini here we go!
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I dont think this “lets make everything mini and micro” really makes sense.
I like the Game Gear Micro for the nostalgia and already play it a few minutes a day…
But another console, really should be a more modern handheld of some sorts in cooperation with steam or so,
since they wont leave other systems for a good reason.
But the market could really use a cool handheld console that, … talking about pricetags, is just a bit below the Nintendo Switch.
This would NOT even need to be with detachable controllers, which wasnt reds best idea…
It would just need to be able to offer Games with a Quality-Level between Dreamcast and WiiU
and it should really be able to hook up*(display its content) on the TV-Screen either via usb-c to HDMI and/or via ChromeCast…
Give THIS to the FANS for 150-200 Dollars… it will sell like hotcake.
The thing is, if you dont reduce that new SEGA gear to proprietery SEGA games,*(which would not make much sense anyway, looking at how SEGA makes money today) it could even easily OUTSELL the Switch Light.
Because no one likes the Switch light, for it is confined to only nintendo approved games AND
the worst contra to SL:
IT IS NO SWITCH and it cant display on the big screen though it could. – people hate that.
AND MARK MY WORDS:
spare Indie Developers a nintendo/sony like approval-hell-torture.
You could quality-confirm games with some label or tag…. but going through an approval process like you have to for nintendo switch, would scare away lots of indie-devs with supercute games.
.. i know this is just an indie devs wet fantasy, but hey… let us dream.
The Retrocade is sort of like what you’re describing… not powerful enough to run Dreamcast-style games, but they are putting out cartridges of curated 2D indie titles.
Sorry, I meant to say Evercade, not Retrocade
Saturn mini with shining force 3 and dragon force 2 translated for the west please!
Not sure if you’re aware or interested in the DF2 fan translation that was done a few years back, but it’s pretty good. The same team did the two other SF3 titles as well. You can play them all at full speed on a decent PC using Beetle Saturn.