Sega unveils Game Gear Micro on 30th anniversary
In celebration of its own 60th anniversary and a 30-year-old handheld console, Sega has created a miniature Game Gear Micro (GGM).
Initially announced for Japan with a release date of Oct. 6, the palm-sized Game Gear Micro comes in four colors, each stocked with four different games.
The classic black Game Gear Micro provides “Sonic the Hedgehog”, falling block puzzle “Puyo Puyo 2”, open-top arcade racer “Outrun” and turn-based strategy “Royal Stone”.
“Sonic the Hedgehog Chaos”, also known as “Sonic and Tails” leads the charge on the blue Micro, joined by iconic action title “Gunstar Heroes”, another falling block puzzle, “Baku Baku Animal”, and action-adventure “Sylvan Tale”.
The red GGM contains ninja platformer “Shinobi”, Sega’s most famous falling block title “Columns”, and two early “Megami Tensei” role-playing adventures in “Last Bible” and “Last Bible Special”.
Lastly, the yellow GGM is host to another three formative role-playing games in “Shining Force”, “Shining Force II” and “Shining Force: Final Conflict”, as well as “Puyo Puyo” spin-off “Nazo Puyo”.
Each is to be sold at 4,980 yen (around $45 or P2,200)
How small are the Game Gear Micros?
Sega has shrunk down 1990’s original 21 centimeters by 11.3 centimeters device and its 3.2 inch screen to 8 centimeters by 4.3 centimeters with a 1.5 inch screen.
How can one possibly play on a screen so small?
Well, just as the Game Gear had a Big Window magnification attachment, known as the Super Wide Gear internationally, there’s a Big Window being made for the Game Gear Micro.
There’s no word yet on how much that will go for separately, as Sega is currently offering it as a package incentive for those that buy all four Game Gear Micros together in a 29,980-yen bundle ($275 or P13,700).
Article now with info:
– yes, "Fog Gaming" is the "scoop"
– Sega will use arcades in Japan as the technical backbone
– CPUs and GPUs housed in arcade machines are mentioned specifically
– ultra-low latency is touted
– commercial idea is to use arcades outside business hours https://t.co/LWOiYuDAYj
— Dr. Serkan Toto / Kantan Games Inc. (@serkantoto) June 3, 2020
In related news, Sega also appears to be exploring the possibility of bringing Fog Gaming to some of its arcade machines, industry consultant Dr. Serkan Toto confirmed. RGA