Sega Announces Game Gear Micro
June 03, 2020
Sega is prepping another mini console to follow up its successful Sega Genesis Mini, and while many fans have clamored for a Dreamcast Mini or Saturn Mini, the company is instead going even more niche with a tiny Game Gear. Coming in October exclusively to Japan (as of this announcement) is Game Gear Micro, an impractically small version of the company's Game Boy competitor that measures only three inches wide with a one inch screen. While that is adorably cute, it's much too small to play as anything more than a quick gimmick. Four colors will be available, each color model will have four different games built into it, and each model costs ¥4980 (approximately $45 USD). Luke Plunkett at Kotaku has more.
The handheld is only 80mm wide, while the screen is a tiny 1.15 inches across, though it’ll be a little easier to see if you preorder all four handhelds at once, as you’ll get a free replica of the original Game Gear’s “Big Window” magnifying accessory.
Now for some bullshit: each of the four different colours comes with four different games installed on it.
The black one comes with Sonic, Out Run, Royal Stone and Puyo Puyo Tsu. Blue comes with 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 has Shining Force, Shining Force II, Shining Force: Final Conflict and Nazo Puyo Aruru no Ru.
There's no way this would fly outside of Japan. The Game Gear just doesn't have enough nostalgia cache in places like the United States, especially if the meager game library is split across four different hardware models that one can barely see to play. An international version would only catch my interest if it were a larger device and had many more worthwhile games built it. The problem with that is there aren't very many worthwhile Game Gear games to begin with that would appeal to an American audience. You'd have to include all of the Sonic the Hedgehog games (some of which are downright dismal, such as Sonic Blast) and favorite fare like Streets of Rage, Ristar, and more Shinobi. Hell, there was even a decent enough little Mega Man port for Game Gear, so throw that in too. Come back with at least twenty fun games built into this thing, Sega, and we'll talk.