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!

Can anyone find my magnifying glass?!?

SO WHAT HAPPENED TO THE “GAME CHANGING” ANNOUNCEMENT?

Many of us were getting carried away last week with the supposed news of a game-changing announcement (Dreamcast 2 anyone?!). Their were other wild rumours of a SEGA/Xbox X-Series partnership in the Japanese market too.

In the end, the other announcement turned out to be ‘FOG GAMING’, in Japan, arcades are still big business with SEGA running a large chunk of them in Tokyo alone.

Basically, it allows the CPU and GPU power of the arcade machines to stream arcade games to the cloud and monetise the arcade machines out of hours. This technology is unlikely to be used outside of Japan, hardly on par with the PS5 announcement right?


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 GAMES:

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

  • Sonic the Hedgehog
  • Puyo Puyo 2
  • OutRun
  • Royal Stone

Blue

  • Sonic & Tails
  • Gunstar Heroes
  • Sylvan Tale
  • Baku Baku Animal

Red

  • Megami Tensei Gaiden: Last Bible
  • Megami Tensei Gaiden: Last Bible Special
  • The GG Shinobi
  • Columns

Yellow

  • 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 VERDICT:

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.


All images by SEGA

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