Roughly 9 months after the release of the impressive SEGA Genesis Mini console, SEGA of Japan has announced its next retro console. Instead of a desktop sized Dreamcast or Saturn, the legendary game developer is planning on releasing 4 mini versions of its classic handheld alongside a magnifying clip that's also a throwback to 90's portable gaming accessories.
There will be 4 versions of the Game Gear Micro with different games based on the color of the system.
The Black console will have the following games:
- Sonic The Hedgehog
- Royal Stone
- Puyo Puyo 2
- Out Run
The Red console comes packed with:
- The G.G. Shinobi
- Megami Tensei Gaiden: Last Bible
- Megami Tensei Gaiden: Last Bible Special
The Yellow console includes:
- Nazo Puyo: Arle no Roux
- Shining Force
- Shining Force II
- Shining Force: Final Conflict
The Blue console has:
- Baku Baku Animal: Sekai Shiikugakari Senshuken
- Gunstar Heroes
- Sonic & Tails
- Sylvan Tale
There is also an accessory called "The Big Window Micro". Not only is this a throwback to some of the most frustrating portable accessories of my childhood, this is also a great way to make the SEGA Game Gear Micro small screen easier to look at.
The hardware itself is roughly the size of a GBA Micro at 80mm x 43mm x 20mm. Unlike Nintendo's short-lived micro Gameboy, the SEGA Game Gear Micro will allow the use of either two AAA batteries or charge via USB. It also has a headphone jack.
The Sega Game Gear is remembered as one of the first handheld consoles to feature a color screen and at the time, impressive audio and graphics. Since its release in 1990 it was seen as the only real competitor to Nintendo's Gameboy and a leading reason why millions of AA batteries were stolen from VCR remotes and Walkmans worldwide. The Sega Game Gear was ultimately discontinued in 1997 due to low sales numbers (approx 10mil) and the lack of major exclusive titles when compared to Nintendo's juggernaut of a handheld console, the Gameboy. While the Sega Game Gear didn't win the portable console war for Sega, it's still looked back on fondly by many, partially due to the psychological effects of nostalgia and partially due to the still impressive games lineup and unique 90's flair to its library.
While this lineup is definitely unique, the idea of 4 separate consoles may make this set of systems a hassle to acquire a complete collection of for collectors. The small portable size, diverse game selection, and reasonable pricing roughly around $45 (4,980 yen), could make the Sega Game Gear Micro a really cool gift this holiday season when it releases on October 6th. You can preorder it from Japan right now, although currently, there is no word on a Western release. Hopefully, we'll hear something about that soon.
What do you think about Sega releasing a micro version of the Game Gear? What games do you want to see on here? Did you ever actually beat Sonic Labyrinth? Let us know in the comments below!