Presenting Sega this week Mega Drive Mini 2, A new mini version of the historical console that contains 50 classic games during a livestream. An announcement for that effect was in the air, but many actually hoped for one Dreamcast or reappearance of Saturn, Thus remaining frustrated. Hardware producer Yosuke Okunari explained the reason for the decision.
Okunari explains in an interview with Famitsu (translated by @gosokku) that Sega thought of making a Saturn or a Dreamcast mini, but eventually chose a newer version of Mega Drive because Inconvenience and high cost Due to the Kovid epidemic and the resulting semiconductor crisis.
“It’s not that Sega hasn’t explored the concept (to create a Saturn or a Dreamcast mini), but the components of the Mega Drive Mini can’t run Saturn games, and developing and producing new chipsets during the epidemic is a process both difficult and expensive.Okunari later joked that an event could be Saturn / Dreamcast Mini today Costs a lot as a modern console Given the difficulties mentioned.
Okunari also explained that the team would like to create one more Game Gear MicroBut even in this case the increased cost of parts can increase the selling price by 50% compared to the previous model.
This is why Sega has chosen Sega Mega Drive Mini 2, Ocunari claims it is a “Extension” Previous versions and which require a less complex manufacturing process.
Available from Sega Mega Drive Mini 2 October 27, 2022 in Japan Priced at around $ 75. At the moment there is no confirmation yet to launch the console in the west.