To celebrate its 60th anniversary, Sega has announced a set of new micro consoles. The four Game Gear Micro handheld systems come in different colors, each corresponding to a set of four different pre-installed games. It’s also the 30th anniversary of the original Game Gear system, which debuted in 1990 in Japan.
Game Gear Micro brings micro value
The announcement page states a ¥4,980 price tag, which would likely equate to around $50 if the system ever receives an announcement for an international release. Although, the likelihood of this product (or at least all four versions) coming west seems somewhat low, since several of the more text-heavy-ish games like Shining Force: Final Conflict and the Shin Megami Tensei titles never received official English translations. Regardless, Oct. 6 is the Japanese release date for the Game Gear Micro. The four colors are black, blue, yellow, and red, and each set of pre-installed games is as follows:
- Black: Out Run, Puyo Puyo Tsu, Royal Stone, Sonic the Hedgehog
- Blue: Baku Baku Animal: Sekai Shiikugakari Senshuken, Gunstar Heroes, Sonic & Tails, Sylvan Tale
- Yellow: Nazo Puyo: Arle no Roux, Shining Force, Shining Force II, Shining Force: Final Conflict
- Red: Columns, The G.G. Shinobi, Megami Tensei Gaiden: Last Bible, Megami Tensei Gaiden: Last Bible Special
The system features a tiny 1.15 inch screen, along with a mono speaker and headphone jack and will run off two AAA batteries. Wired power is also available via a USB cable, although that sort of defeats the purpose. If you decide you want all four, a combo set will be available that comes with a Big Window Micro. This is a mini version of an existing accessory that served as a magnifying glass for the Game Gear’s screen.
Which of these looks the most appealing to you? And what do you think of paying Sega roughly $50 for four games on a tiny screen?