In the early ’90s, SEGA had established a strong foothold in the North American market through the massive success of Sonic the Hedgehog as well as aggressive advertising tactics foreign to the video games industry at the time. In their mission to prove to the world that they were one step ahead of Nintendo, they continued to be a source of innovation through services such as Sega Channel (think digital storefronts but in the early ’90s), add-ons such as the Sega CD and today’s topic- the Sega Game Gear. In celebrating the company’s 60th anniversary, SEGA has announced some adorable micro versions of their beloved portable system which will go on sale in Japan starting in October dubbed Game Gear Micro.
Each of the four micro units varies in color and game selection, with a screen size of just 1.15 inches. Fortunately, SEGA will also be releasing a miniature version of the magnifying glass accessory for the vast majority that will no doubt need it (sold separately of course). Just like its bulkier ancestor, the Game Gear Micro will have a headphone jack and can run off triple-A batteries. Also, the unit will allow recharging via USB. The list below is a list of the four games included on each color variant.
Black- Sonic the Hedgehog, Puyo Puyo 2, Out Run, Royal Stone
Blue- Sonic Chaos, Gunstar Heroes, Sylvan Tale, Baku Baku Animal
Yellow- Shining Force Gaiden: Ensei – Jashin no Kuni he, Shining Force: The Sword of Hajya,Shining Force Gaiden: Final Conflict, Nazopuyo Aruru no Ru
Red-Revelations: The Demon Slayer,Megami Tensei Gaiden: Last Bible Special, Shinobi,Columns
Admittedly, the fact that there are only four games per unit is a setback considering these little guys will retail for 4,980 yen (USD 50 give or take) when they ship out on October 6th. That said, at least there are some real bangers here. The Game Gear iteration of Sonic The Hedgehog is an entirely different beast from its 16-bit brother, featuring unique locations and ambitious level design. While I’m not so sure I’d want to play it on such a tiny screen, it is well worth a look on its original hardware or through one of the many Sonic the Hedgehog compilation discs released throughout the years. I’m sure the hacking and modding community will have the Game Gear Micro cracked before long so that we’ll be able to add additional titles, as it didn’t take long for the Sega Genesis Mini or SNES Classic to be hacked. (Not that we can tell you where to go or how to do this- Google is your best friend.)
Pre-orders are currently live in the land of the rising sun, but as of this writing, there’s no word on a North American date. The probability that these will make their way to the States at a later time is very high, however.