Mega Drive Mini 2 with Mega CD games announced at Sega LIVE event | Games | Entertainment

UPDATE: Sega announced its latest console – the Sega Mega Drive Mini 2 – today.

The new retro console will be released later this year, will hit shelves in Japan in October, and the console will be included with over 50 games.

The games included on the new retro console include Mega CD titles, a first for Sega’s retro console line.

Among the Mega CD games confirmed for the Mega Drive Mini 2 are Silpheed, Sonic CD and Shining Force CD.

ORIGINAL: It’s been a big week for Sega, with the iconic video game name revealing the first ever Sonic Frontiers gameplay which is followed by a mysterious live stream. Sega’s next live stream will take place on Friday, June 3 with a start time of 12pm UK time. The event is streamed live on YouTube, and it’s rumored that a new mini console – either the Dreamcast Mini or the Saturn Mini – could be announced.

Details on the live stream – which you can watch by clicking play above – are scarce, but we do know that the Sega event will feature executive director Hiroyuki Miyazaki and creative producer Yosuke Okunari, and will be hosted by Misuzu Araki.

It’s interesting because Miyazaki-san and Okunari-san were featured in the 2019 stream that announced the Mega Drive Mini.

A Sega Twitter post announcing the event also hinted at this old retro console, with a photo of a cake shaped like a Mega Drive controller posted alongside the stream details.

That could be a pretty heavy hint that another retro console is on the horizon.

So far, Sega has released two retro consoles in recent years, which followed Nintendo’s success with the NES and SNES Classic Minis.

These retro consoles are the Sega Mega Drive Mini and the Game Gear Mini.

While a Saturn Mini would surely excite many fans of 90s games who grew up in the 32-bit era, the Dreamcast Mini might be the more likely option.

Okunari-san has previously said he’d like to see a Dreamcast Mini, so this might be the most obvious candidate for a new retro Sega console.

If a Dreamcast Mini is Sega’s next retro console, there will be tons of amazing games that could feature on the device.

The Dreamcast had a short life cycle, but in its less than three years on sale, it brought many groundbreaking changes.

From the push for online gaming, to a second screen in the controller thanks to VMU, to groundbreaking open-world games such as Shenmue, the Dreamcast was a console well ahead of its time.

Besides Shenmue, games that could feature on a potential Dreamcast Mini include contenders like Virtua Fighter 3, Sonic Adventure, Crazy Taxi, Jet Set Radio, Virtua Tennis, Sega Rally 2, and Metropolis Street Racer.

Other Dreamcast classics include the original Soul Calibur, beloved RPG Skies of Arcadia, and Power Stone.

Jack L. Goldstein