Yosuke Okunari – the Sega staffer who has been closely concerned with most of the corporate’s fresh unfashionable ventures, together with the Sega Ages line and the Mega Force Mini – has hinted that the corporate might take on a “Dreamcast Mini” within the close to long term.
Sega’s ultimate main foray on the planet of house consoles, the Dreamcast performed host to titles corresponding to Soul Calibur, Loopy Taxi, Shenmue and Skies of Arcadia, however in spite of sturdy gross sales in North The usa, it could not pull the corporate out of the opening it discovered itself in following the underperformance of the Saturn, and it quickly changed into transparent that the marketplace was once transferring in favour of Sony’s upcoming PlayStation 2, which might move directly to promote a staggering 155 million devices to the Dreamcast’s 9.13 million.
Chatting with Famitsu in an interview translated by way of Nintendo Existence contributor Robert Sephazon, Okunari says:
Subsequent, we’re bearing in mind ideas very similar to the Mega Force [Genesis] Mini. If I needed to identify some concepts, one thing like an SG1000 Mini or a Dreamcast Mini.
Okunari states that they will be unable to finish the following mini console venture because of its scope by way of this time subsequent 12 months – or, in different phrases, two years after the Mega Force Mini was once launched. As a result of the prime price and time important to expand the following venture, Sega goes with the one who has probably the most practical possible for luck within the international marketplace.
When the Famitsu interviewer playfully suggests Sega will have to miniaturise the huge R360 arcade device, Okunari takes it in excellent spirit:
Sure, one thing like that. (laughs) Possibly we will even expand a Stroll the Canine Mini!
This doesn’t suggest that the Dreamcast Mini is a lifeless cert, after all – an SG1000 Mini could be more straightforward from a technical point of view, and a Grasp Gadget Mini might be viable as Sega has not too long ago launched the Sport Equipment Micro, which is in line with a hand-held console that has an excessively an identical structure to Sega’s 8-bit NES rival.
The Sport Equipment Micro is most effective to be had in Japan. As we now have the arena [market] in attention, after we expand our subsequent [Mini] venture, the scope can be a lot higher.
Dreamcast emulation is at an excessively complex level nowadays, in order that specific device would make numerous sense for Sega’s burgeoning mini-console line – and the device is fairly well-known globally, in spite of promoting so few devices again within the day. Time will inform.