[To the beat of Don’t Stop Believin’ – Journey] Just a small console, Shrinkin’ to a palm-size, You’ll need to squint to see anything,
SEGA has announced a brand new console! Well, it’s not entirely new, instead, it’s just a modern version of a retro console. And you know what modern retro console means these days? That’s right, it’s a mini edition. Say hello to the Game Gear Micro that’s currently only slated for a Japan launch.
The Game Gear Micro has officially been revealed during SEGA’s 60th-anniversary celebrations. Originally, the Game Gear launched in Japan in 1990, but it did wind up heading West in April 1991. For those who never got to experience the original handheld console, it was the only handheld console from SEGA and had a similar button layout to the SEGA Mega Drive only there was an LCD screen thrown slap bang in the middle.
SEGA has revealed that there will be 4 different versions of the Micro version, Black, Blue, Yellow, and Red. Each one measures 80 mm wide x 43 mm high x 20 mm deep, making it “less than 40% of the original game gear.” Each version will cost 4,980 yen which roughly equates to just under $50.
The games available for the Game Gear in 1991 were all available through physical cartridges. With the Game Gear Micro, cartridges are removed and games are built into the system, however, despite there being over 300 games released for the original, the Micro version only includes 4 different games for the 4 different colors.
- The black console will include the original Sonic the Hedgehog which also includes a new stage that’s different from the Mega Drive version. The original theme song will also be present however the background music is being handled by Yuzo Koushi. In addition, Puyo Puyo will be available, along with Outrun and Royal Stone.
- The blue console has Sonic and Tails as the focal game. This console also includes Gunstar Heroes, Sylvan Tale, and Baku Baku Animal.
- Shining Force Gaiden: Ensei is the focal game for the yellow console. It comes with Shining Force: The Sword of Hajya, Shining Force Gaiden: Final Conflict, and Nazopuyo.
- The red console comes with Revelations: The Demon Slayer, Shin Megami Tensei Gaiden: Last Bible Special, The GG Shinobi, and Columns.
But wait! You might be wondering how on earth you’re going to enjoy playing those games on such a small screen. Look at it, it’s massively small. But that’s okay because SEGA has decided to introduce the “Big Window Micro“. However, it seems these aren’t in big supply as it’s detailed that you can only grab one on a first-come-first-served basis and providing you have reserved all four colors at the same time. That’s basically 27,000 something yen. I’m good at maths.
The console is capable of being powered by 2 AAA batteries, and players can also plug the system in through a USB cable for a longer playtime apparently. The batteries and USB cable are noted to be sold separately. The console also has built-in speakers with volume control, and there’s a headphone jack for those who wish to have the audio injected directly into their eardrums.
SEGA has not long just celebrated the 20th anniversary of the Dreamcast last year, but they didn’t seem to shrink that console which is a shame. However, the company did shrink the SEGA Mega Drive last year.
The Game Gear Micro is slated to be released on October 6, 2020, and is currently only available to reserve in Japan. There’s no word when the console will be arriving in the West, or even at all.