In Japan next week, Sega is expected to introduce a “new project,” which may be retro-themed. – Sega
An urgent alert has been sent out via Sega’s official Japanese Twitter account: “Urgent notice!
Until 20:00 on June 3rd, Sega will be streaming a live announcement of their upcoming project.
Starting at 8pm on June 3, Sega will webcast the announcement in a live presentation on its Japanese YouTube account (12pm BST, 7am ET).
Hiroyuki Miyazaki and Yosuke Okunari will be part of the webcast, which prompts a question: “What does it mean?”
Also included: A chocolate cake depicting the Mega Drive/Genesis controllers.
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For some reason, the appearance of Miyazaki and Okunari, who both launched the Mega Drive Tiny at a Japanese Sega event this year, implies that there will be an announcement of another mini system.
Okunari is a Sega producer that has worked on vintage re-releases for the firm over the last 15 years, including the Sega Ages 2500 series on PS2, the Sega 3D Classics series on 3DS and the Sega Ages series on Nintendo Switch.
He also served as the Sega Mega Drive Mini console’s content director, which debuted in 2019.
For his part, Sega executive manager Yusuke Miyazaki has worked on a wide range of products, including the Mega Drive Mini.
This month, the Game Gear Micro was released in Japan, but its maker insists that the next release must be worldwide before it can be considered a Dreamcast tiny by Sega.
Sega’s next tiny system might be built on the Sega Dreamcast, according to Okunari.
Famitsu interviewed Okunari after the Japanese-only release of the Game Gear Mini, and he expressed his desire for the next project to create hardware with greater worldwide potential.
I imagine we’ll do something similar to the Mega Drive Mini for our next one,” he stated.
“It might be an SG-1000 Mini or a Dreamcast Mini, if I had to name two.”