Sega has considered Saturn Mini & Dreamcast Mini but costs were too high

Japanese gaming publication Famitsu has chatted with Sega’s classic hardware producer Yosuke Okunari about the newly announced Mega Drive Mini 2. Famitsu asked Mr. Okunari about whether they had thought about the prospect of bringing out a Sega Saturn Mini or Sega Dreamcast Mini. Okunari said that they have, but he admitted that with the semiconductor shortages due to COVID-19 coupled with the internal costs of developing Saturn Mini or Dreamcast Mini they ultimately decided against it. The Mega Drive Mini 2 is due out in Japan this October and comes with 50 games preinstalled including some from the Sega Mega CD. A western release date for the Sega Mega Drive Mini 2 has not been announced.

“Some of you may say ‘this isn’t a Sega Saturn Mini’ or ‘I wanted a Dreamcast mini’, it’s not that we didn’t think about that direction. The development of new boards has been stagnant due to the Coronavirus and, of course, it would be a fairly expensive product in terms of cost.”

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