Sega is releasing a tiny Game Gear Micro for its 60th anniversary

midian182

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The Game Gear Micro arrives in Japan on October 8, where it will cost 4,980 yen (around $45 - $50). As you can see in the photos, the screen is comically small, measuring just 1.15 inches. If, however, you preorder all four versions of the handsets at once, a replica of the original Game Gear’s Big Window Micro lens accessory will be included, making the display easier to see for those without magnifying glasses for eyes.

The entire console is just 80mm x 43mm x 20mm, making it easy to lose down the sofa. As for what games it plays, that depends on your choice of color. Each Game Gear Micro comes with four preinstalled titles: Black will get you get you Sonic, Out Run, Royal Stone, and Puyo Puyo Tsu; blue has Sonic & Tails, Gunstar Heroes, Sylvan Tale, and Baku Baku Animal; red includes Game Gear Shinobi, Columns, and the two Megami Tensei Gaiden games, while yellow comes with Shining Force, Shining Force II, Shining Force: Final Conflict, and Nazo Puyo Aruru no Ru.

Other specs of the Game Gear Micro include a single mono speaker and a headphone jack. You can charge it via USB, though it also runs off two AAA batteries, and users can save their progression in games, thankfully.

Several gaming companies have released miniature ‘classic editions’ of their beloved retro consoles. Nintendo’s NES and SNES Classics were both a huge success, while Sony’s PlayStation Classic failed to impress and saw its price drop from $100 to $24.99 in the space of a few months. Sega has been here before, too; it’s Genesis Mini gained excellent reviews, with some calling it the best classic edition console to date.

It’s a shame Sega didn’t decide to bring out a miniature version of the brilliant Dreamcast for its anniversary. With that tiny screen, it seems the Game Gear Micro will appeal more to collectors than fans of retro games. If you do want one and live outside of Japan, prepare for disappointment: there's no mention of the console getting a Western release.

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QuantumPhysics

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I still have my Game Gear and it works.

I still have my games for it.

Why don’t you do the smart thing and bring the GG back using lithium iOn battery technology and loaded with game gear’s greatest hits?

Sega was way ahead of Nintendo when it came to gameplay and having top-notch features such as a colored backlit LCD screen while Nintendo was still ripping us off up until the GameBoy SPGAME GEAR.jpg
 
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Vulcanproject

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I still have my Game Gear and it works.

I still have my games for it.

Why don’t you do the smart thing and bring the GG back using lithium iOn battery technology and loaded with game gear’s greatest hits?

Sega was way ahead of Nintendo when it came to gameplay and having top-notch features such as a colored backlit LCD screen while Nintendo was still ripping us off up until the GameBoy SPView attachment 86691
The game Gear was great, Nomad is what I would really want.

Although the Nomad didn't play Master System or Game Gear titles the libraries had a lot of crossover, and in this day and age a Nomad recreation with everything else loaded on it would hardly be a technical challenge.

These little Game Gears are cute. It's clearly a marketing exercise though to split the games libraries up. So people will more than likely buy different versions and screw your wallet out for $200 for four of them, when they could easily do what you want and profitably build a full recreation with 50 games for under $200- heck that's Switch Lite money.
 
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3volv3d

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I can't help but think this kind of thing should be illegal.
Does it have any real value? No.
Does it waste time resources etc? Yes.
Does it seem pointless? Very much so.
I think that of many products these days though.
 

Jeff Schmidt

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They could make a full size or larger one and include a ton of game gear and master system games. Put 2 controller ports on it and hdmi out and it would sell a lot better than this. 4 games is kind of crappy.
 
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pcnthuziast

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I can't help but think this kind of thing should be illegal.
Does it have any real value? No.
Does it waste time resources etc? Yes.
Does it seem pointless? Very much so.
I think that of many products these days though.
It's e waste is what it is so yes I agree with you.