It Might Be 10 Years Before There's a Sega Saturn Mini

It Might Be 10 Years Before There's a Sega Saturn Mini

Just in time for the Saturn's 35th birthday.

Sega officially unveiled the Genesis Mini, and it actually looks really good. So much so that people are wondering whether this will lead to a boom of quality retro Sega mini consoles. But if you're looking forward to a miniaturized version of the Genesis' follow-up, the Sega Saturn, don't hold your breath.

Speaking with IGN Japan, the Sega Genesis Mini project leader Hiroyuki Miyazaki says that it might take about 10 years before the Sega Saturn Mini becomes a reality. "It's simply a matter of cost and technology," says Miyazaki (via Google Translate). "It may be possible in 10 years. By that time the necessary chips should be cheaper."

The Sega Saturn is celebrating its 25th anniversary this year. But unlike the Genesis, which will be getting the mini console for its 35th birthday, there are no plans yet for a Saturn Mini. Though if things line up according to Miyazaki's timeline, there could be one for the Saturn's own 35th celebration.

It'll be a shame to not be able to get a Sega Saturn Mini considering all the great games lost to time. Panzer Dragoon Saga immediately comes to mind, but there's also games like Nights into Dreams, Virtua Fighter 2, Panzer Dragoon 2 Zwei, and more that'd be nice to play again in the modern era.

Early reactions to Sega Genesis seem to be positive, however, so here's hoping there will be more on the retro consoles from Sega in the future. In the meantime, the Sega Genesis Mini will be coming out on September 19 this year for $79.99. Here are the first 10 games out of 40 announced for the Sega Genesis Mini.

Correction: An earlier version of this story said that Miyazaki was unsure of the demand for a Dreamcast Mini. He was in fact referring to the Master System Mini. We've update the story with the new information and regret the error.

Sometimes we include links to online retail stores. If you click on one and make a purchase we may receive a small commission. See our terms & conditions.

Matt Kim

News Editor

Matt Kim is a former freelance writer who's covered video games and digital media. He likes video games as spectacle and is easily distracted by bright lights or clever bits of dialogue. He also once wrote about personal finance, but that's neither here nor there.

Related articles

PlayStation Overhauls Its Phone App Ahead of PS5 Launch

The PlayStation App is getting a new look and some new features.

AMD's New 6000 Series Graphics Cards Are Putting Pressure on Nvidia

It looked like Nvidia was pulling far ahead with GPUs. Now, it might be neck-and-neck.

Apex Legends Season 7 Features a Floating City and the Battle Royale's First Vehicle

A new map and a new way to get around are coming to the Apex Games.

Halo Infinite's Creative Director Has Left the Project

Chris Lee is the second director to leave Halo Infinite's development over the last two years.

You may also like

Hyrule Warriors: Age of Calamity's First Chapter Is Available Now in an eShop Demo

Transfer your save when the full game comes out! You can't lose, hero.

Romantic RPG Haven Will Launch This December

Set a date for this couple's journey into the unknown.

Bugsnax Will Be Free on PS5 at Launch Through PS Plus

If Astro's Playroom isn't up your alley, how about a trip to Snaktooth Island?

No More Heroes 1 and 2 Are Out Now for Nintendo Switch

Travis Touchdown is really making himself at home on Nintendo's latest device.