Game Gear Micro : for its 60th anniversary, Sega miniaturizes its handheld console of the 90s
Sega today celebrates its 60th anniversary by unveiling a miniaturized version of its Game Gear handheld console, the Game Gear Micro, which surfs the retro mini console trend. Since the beginning of the pandemic, almost everyone has flocked to video game consoles, both new and second-hand, to pass the time, Sega has taken the opportunity to release its Game Gear handheld console, which will be better than the old one.
Although it has lost some of its stunning looks since the 2000s, Sega is still popular and continues to strike a chord with nostalgic fans of the 80’s and 90’s. The famous Japanese manufacturer has recently put its foot in the game console business, releasing the Mega Drive Mini last year.Released in 1990, this battery-hungry handheld console (it was capable of draining six LR6 batteries in just 4 hours of play) and competitor to the Game Boy didn’t have the success Sega had hoped for, but it still made its mark on its era, distinguishing itself in particular by its colour LCD screen.30 years later, Sega is about to bring it back to life in a miniaturized version, the Game Gear Micro.
Unlike the Game Boy, which was available in a Micro version, the Game Gear has never had any little sisters. Only a few third party manufacturers have been involved in miniaturisation, notably Mediatronic with its Pocket Gear released in 2006 and AtGames with its Portable Arcade Gamer. This time, Sega has broken the rules at Nintendo, releasing a Game Gear Micro before its rival – eventually – released a Game Boy Mini.The principle remains the same as for the other retro mini consoles previously released: you take the original console, reduce its dimensions and integrate some of its flagship games in its internal memory to rekindle the flame of nostalgic people who will be tempted to acquire the console, if not to play its games again, at least for the collectible item it represents.
And it’s this second motivation that seems to us the most relevant for the Game Gear Micro, given its size: Sega hasn’t been idle in miniaturization, since the new one is only 8 cm long and 4.3 cm high for 2 cm thick! The buttons and the directional cross don’t follow the same reduction ratio, but remain quite small, so it might be tricky to handle this Game Gear Micro. It will be strongly recommended to have small fingers in addition to good eyes.
Ironically, the optional magnifying glass of the original Game Gear (Sega Wide Gear) is here proposed in Micro version to enlarge the display a little bit. This accessory, this time named “Big Window”, should however be reserved to first buyers who pre-ordered the expensive pack (29980 yens/~245 $) including the four versions of the Game Gear Micro.