Mini consoles have become a huge trend in recent years. While their origins can be traced back to the Plug ‘n’ Play consoles of the early 2000s, they really gained popularity with Nintendo’s NES mini. However, Sega actually had mini versions of its consoles long before Nintendo made the first one. Unfortunately, most of these mini consoles were either off-brand versions of the console or created by third parties. Despite this, Sega finally released its first in-house mini console in 2019 to rave reviews. It represented Sega’s classic game franchise in the best possible way, and it did so in style.
Recently, Sega released the Sega Genesis Mini 2, the sequel to the Genesis Mini. The Genesis Mini 2 has improved in almost every way over its predecessor and is a refreshing sequel at a time when very few mini consoles were available. . . One wonders why Sega chose to make a sequel to Genesis instead of a mini console based on their other consoles. The success of Genesis Minis indicates that Sega’s next mini console should be based on the Dreamcast.
Dreamcast’s Library and Features Could Work Well Today
Obviously, the Dreamcast wasn’t a direct sequel to Genesis, but the Sega Saturn did have a few memorable games and features that warranted a mini-version. Dreamcast, on the other hand, featured a lot of popular games and is still fondly remembered by fans today. Despite being seen as a financial failure, it has developed a cult following by fans that still continues today. Dreamcast had a great library of games worth revisiting, including games like this one. Sonic Adventure, Senmue, Sky of Arcadia, Jet Set Radioand Power Stone. There is no easy and reliable way to play many Dreamcast games on modern consoles. Some Dreamcast games are too late for a modern re-release, and a Dreamcast Mini would be the perfect way to do it.
The Dreamcast also had a ton of cool and unique features that could be easily updated and iterated to work for modern audiences on a mini console. For example, it had a visual memory unit (VMU) as a memory card for the system. Each VMU had a small screen, a D-Pad, and an A and B button and would fit into the Dreamcast’s controller. The VMU screen will display custom footage based on the game and players will be able to remove the VMU to play mini-games based on several Dreamcast games. In addition, players can connect to other VMUs to exchange data. This is easily expandable for a mini console. Sega may add more games that support the VMU and more minigames to play on it. More social functions can be added for players with Dreamcast mini to interact with each other.
Dreamcast Deserves a Second Chance
Bringing back the Dreamcast is an idea Sega has been considering. During the development of the Genesis Mini 2, Sega considered a Saturn Mini and a Dreamcast Mini. Unfortunately, according to Sega hardware manufacturer Yosuke Okunari, supply shortages caused by the pandemic would have made the console too expensive to manufacture and sell. But that doesn’t mean the Dreamcast Mini will never happen. As supplies become more readily available and easier to manufacture, the cost of manufacturing a Dreamcast Mini will certainly decrease. There is still hope that the Dreamcast will get another chance at life.
Sega has created some of the greatest games and consoles ever made. The studio has secured a firm place in the hearts of fans everywhere. The Dreamcast may not have been a success for Sega at the time, but there are countless fans around the world who love the console. If Sega can produce a Dreamcast mini console, it may have a second chance at success in the mini console wars.