As the company reaches a significant milestone, SEGA announces the Game Gear Micro to be released later in the year.
SEGA is sixty years old today. As part of their celebrations the company has announced their latest console, the Game Gear Micro.
Following great success with their Mega Drive/Genesis Mini SEGA have gone one step further with their latest product announcement. Mini wasn’t quite small enough, it seems. SEGA’s Game Gear re-issue is “micro”.
Measuring in at only 80mm x 43mm x 20mm with a screen measuring just 1.5 inches wide these cute handhelds may be just a little too small.
In terms of spec, there’s a mono speaker, a headphone socket and units can be powered by two AAA batteries or recharged via micro-USB. An extremely short battery life was always the biggest problem with the original Game Gear which took six AAs.
Units come in four colours, each with a unique set of four games. The lineup is likely to change for the UK/US launch of the system (presuming there will be one), but gamers in Japan have the following to look forward to:
The classic black edition comes with Sonic the Hedgehog, Out Run, Royal Stone and Puyo Puyo Tsu. A blue unit will come bundled with Sonic & Tails, Gunstar Heroes, Sylvan Tale and Baku Baku Animal. Yellow units comes with Shining Force, Shining Force II, Shining Force: Final Conflict and Nazo Puyo Aruru no Ru. Lastly the Red units will have GG Shinobi, Columns and Megami Tensei Gaiden 1&2.
SEGA have set a launch date for the Game Gear Micro as October 6th in Japan. The date coincides with the Game Gear’s 30th anniversary.
The Game Gear Micro comes priced at ¥4980 per unit (approximately $45/£35 but expect the price to be rounded and exchange rates ignored). For those that pre-order all four colours there’s some relief for your eyesight. SEGA have also produced the ‘Big Window’ magnifier.