SEGA have today announced that they will be released a new…or shall we say, old, mini console. SEGA will be digging into their archives to bring their loyal fans a taste of gamings past. The Game Gear Micro is a very small version of the original Game Gear, which was released by SEGA in 1990. The Game Gear was SEGA’s attempt to break up Nintendo’s dominate Game Boy market, but they didn’t receive the reception they had hoped and the console was eventually scraped by 1997.
The announcement of this handheld devices comes as SEGA is celebration their 60th anniversary. The device itself will be quite small, only measuring 80mm x 43mm x 20mm. It will feature a 1.15-inch display. The device will charge via a USB but it will also feature a slot for two AA batteries.
The Game Gear Mini will come in 4 separate colours, which oddly will actually feature different games. It’s going to be important to pick carefully. The available devices and games are:
Black Game Gear Micro
Sonic the Hedgehog
Puyo Puyo 2
Blue Game Gear Micro
Baku Baku Animal
Yellow Game Gear Micro
Shining Force Gaiden: Ensei – Jashin no Kuni he
Shining Force: The Sword of Hajya
Shining Force Gaiden: Final Conflict
Nazopuyo Aruru no Ru
Red Game Gear Micro
Revelations: The Demon Slayer
Megami Tensei Gaiden: Last Bible Special
The GG Shinobi
The Reception Hasn’t Been Overly Favourable
To say that fans are underwhelmed by the mini consoles announcement is perhaps an enormous understatement. If someone is willing to buy all 4 devices, they’re going to need to splash out 27,255 yen. That’s roughly $361 AUD or $250 USD. That’s a lot of money for an item you will barely be able to see. SEGA may feel that nostalgia will be enough to get these over the line with consumers, but it’s going to be a hard slog convincing people to purchase a device that they may lose even when they’re holding it.