SEGA Game Gear Micro announced (in Japan)
SEGA Game Gear Micro – the new ultra-mini console was announced last week coinciding with SEGA’s 60th anniversary.
The console measure a mere 80mm wide and 43mm tall, the screen measures just under 30mm, which is a third of it’s 1990 original screen size.
As you can see from this pic below, it brings a whole new meaning to mini (micro) consoles!
Game Gear Micro - Choose your colour
Anyway, back to the Micro! There are 4 colour varitions of the Game Gear Micro, Black, Blue, Yellow and Red, each rmed with 4 different games.
For collectors, this is a dream scenario for SEGA as the price per console is around £36 (exchange rate from yen to pound at time of writing). This would probably set you back over £150 with shipping for all 4, so you will either need to cough up or choose your one console wisely!
Also, this has only been announced for the Japanese market so you best get your import orders ready for this one.
The game on each console...
Below are the four Game Gear Micro variants and the games available, the games on this console have been emulated by AM2, who were also responsible for the impressive Mega Drive Mini.
Black Game Gear Micro
- Sonic the Hedgehog
- Puyo Puyo 2
- Royal Stone
Blue Game Gear Micro
- Sonic & Tails
- Gunstar Heroes
- Sylvan Tale
- Baku Baku Animal
Red Game Gear Micro
- Megami Tensei Gaiden: Last Bible
- Megami Tensei Gaiden: Last Bible Special
- The GG Shinobi
Yellow Game Gear Micro
- Shining Force Gaiden
- Shining Force Gaiden 2
- Shining Force Gaiden Final Conflict
- Nazo Puyo Arle no Roux
The BIG window
Of course, playing those games on such a tiny screen would be a huge problem for some.
SEGA’s solution? Introducing “BIG WINDOW”, to get your hands on this, you will need to order all four consoles.
The console is powered by 2 AAA batteries, it can also be powered by a USB micro cable. Also there is a built in speaker and headphone jack.
The Game Gear Micro came as a complete surprise, I am a huge fan of the console as I was a huge Game Gear gamer back in the early 90’s.
But, this console is a disapointment and is just too small for my chunky hands! I would have been happy with this being at least 3 times bigger with a larger library of games.
Although the micro is designed for the Japanese market, and perhaps this is exactly what they wanted, with a clear strategy to make money through the 4 colour variants.
However, it seems like an opportunity wasted, unless SEGA would consider a revised strategy and larger console for the western market? But I highly doubt this would happen.
If you want to get your hands on a SEGA Game Gear Micro, it’s scheduled to be released in Japan on 6th October 2020.