Just when you thought we’d heard the last gasp from the mini console craze, Sega has announced they’re bringing back another of their machines. Not the Saturn, not the Dreamcast…we mean the little guy. Say hello to the Game Gear Micro.
Why the Game Gear, you ask? Well, in 2020 it turns 30 years old. The Sega Genesis turned 30 last year and had its own mini console reissue, so Sega is doing the same for its tiny, battery-devouring cousin. Right now, the product has only been announced for Japan.
Of course, making a “mini” version of something that was already small (at least by 90s standards) results in a pretty teeny product. At 3.15 inches wide by 1.7 inches tall, the Game Gear Micro should be about the size of a Joy-Con in your palm. The screen itself is barely larger than an inch, and might be hard to see for some folks. That’s why you might need THIS unusual add-on:Â
But perhaps even that’s not as weird as this: there will actually be FOUR different Game Gear Micros, each a different color and containing four unique games. The black model will have Sonic the Hedgehog, Puyo Puyo 2, OutRun and Royal Stone (if some of these sound unfamiliar, remember, it’s Japan-only). The blue model will have Sonic & Tails, Gunstar Heroes, Sylvan Tale and Baku Baku Animal. The yellow model will have three Shining Force games and something called Nazo Puyo Arle no Roux, and the red model will have Shinobi, Columns and two Megami Tensei titles.
There was much speculation at the peak of the mini console fever that Nintendo would make a Game Boy Classic, but its own 30th anniversary passed in April of 2019 without any such announcement. It would later be revealed that the NES and SNES Classics were created as a stopgap measure to bring in revenue while the company worked on transitioning from Wii U to the Switch, and weren’t expected to be hits.
But they were and inspired the Genesis Mini, the Playstation Classic, the TG-16 Mini and now even a little Game Gear. The units go on sale in Japan this October.