A new Sega Mini console is possible as the company announces a “new project”

The Japanese Sega account on Twitter cryptically teased an urgent notice for a ‘new project’, which could be a new one. Sega mini console, which will be revealed during a live broadcast on June 3 at 4:00 a.m. PST (or 7:00 a.m. EST). The tweet is accompanied by a photo of a misshapen cake from a Sega Mega Drive or Genesis controller.

Why this “new project” leans towards a mini Sega console

The announcement (posted above), as translated by Google, reveals that Hiroyuki Miyazaki and Yosuke Okunari will appear on the livestream. During the 2019 Japanese Sega Festival, the two made an appearance to reveal the Mega Drive Mini, which was released on September 19, 2019. This, along with the photo of the cake, suggests that the company will unveil a new Sega mini console, possibly a sequel Mega Drive Mini or Sega Genesis Mini.

Both Miyazaki and Okunari have been with Sega since the mid-1990s, with Okunari having worked extensively as a producer or supervisor on numerous retro re-releases, including 3D Classics on Nintendo 3DS and several Sega Ages game ports for Nintendo Switch. Miyazaki also has a long pedigree in the business and was appointed project manager for the Mega Drive Mini.

Okunari had already mentioned in October 2020 during an interview with Famitsu (translated by Siliconera) that after the Game Gear Micro was released in Japan, the company would consider the SG-1000 Mini or a Dreamcast mini for its next retro mini console. At the time, he said that whatever it was, Sega wouldn’t be able to release one “next year or two years after the Mega Drive Mini”. Well, we’re well past two years now, so now seems like the perfect time to see if Sega is indeed making another mini console this year.

The live presentation will be streamed on YouTube as good as on Nico Nico Live Stream.

In other news, Knockout City will be free-to-play starting June 1, and Stray’s release date may have been leaked on PlayStation’s database.

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