While it’s been teased that Sega has a “revolutionary” announcement that’s waiting in the wings, the company did surprise us all with the Sega Game Gear Micro. As the name suggests, this is the Game Gear of old, which has been shrunk down so that it fits in the palm of your hand.
When I first heard the news, the first thing that game to mind was “How the hell am I supposed to play this thing?”. A question I’m sure I’m not the only one who asked this. However, being bite-sized isn’t the only thing that’s different here. While the original Game Gear was able to play different games by swapping out cartridges, the Micro will only be able to play four built-in games.
There are four different colored versions of the Game Gear Micro, all of which contain four distinct games.
Black: Out Run, Puyo Puyo Tsu, Royal Stone, Sonic the Hedgehog
Blue: Baku Baku Animal: Sekai Shiikugakari Senshuken, Gunstar Heroes, Sonic & Tails, Sylvan Tale
Yellow: Nazo Puyo: Arle no Roux, Shining Force, Shining Force II, Shining Force: Final Conflict
Red: Columns, The G.G. Shinobi, Megami Tensei Gaiden: Last Bible, Megami Tensei Gaiden: Last Bible Special
The microdevice includes a 1.15-inch screen, a mono speaker, and a 3.5mm headphone jack. It’s powered by two AA batteries, so it won’t chew through those as the original Game Gear did. As we mentioned it’s small, as it measures in at 80 mm x 43 mm, 20.
The system will be released in Japan on 6th October 2020, priced at ¥4,980, which comes to about $50, or all four for ¥29,980 / $275. Also, if you buy them all, you’ll also receive the Sega Big Window, which is a magnifying device that will allow you to see the games a bit better.
While this is an interesting development, I doubt this is the big news that many outlets have been teasing. Still, it’s a novelty if anything else. All this does it make me miss my Game Gear, which I took with me while I enlisted in the Army. Due to health issues, I was discharged, but I always had my Game Gear by my side. That is until the day I shipped out to go back home, someone decided to snatch it out of my carrying bag.
As for Sega’s big announcement, something tells me this ain’t it chief. So I’ll keep watching out to see what other Sega news is on the horizon.
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