Over the past few years we’ve seen game console companies cashing in on nostalgia by releasing “mini” versions of classic game consoles that come with a set of games pre-installed.

Now Sega is following up last year’s well-received Genesis Mini with a Sega Game Gear Micro. Actually, make that four Game Gear Micros.

The company will release a set of four tiny handheld game systems, each of which comes with has four games pre-installed.

Customers in Japan can pre-order the Game Gear Micro consoles for about $45 each, and they’re expected to ship in October. There’s no word on international pricing or availability, but I’d be surprised if Sega didn’t offer at least some version of the little game systems in the US and Europe at some point.

The weird thing about these micro consoles is that it’s not like the original Game Gear was particularly large. In fact, with a 1.15 inch display, the Game Gear Micro might be a bit too small for comfortable gameplay, which could help explain why Sega is offering an optional clip-on magnifier that sort gives you a larger screen.

Customers in Japan who pay about $200 for a pack that includes all four Game Gear Micro systems (for a total of 16 games) will get the magnifier add-on for free.

Here’s a run-down of the games that you get with each Game Gear Micro version:

Black

  • Sonic the Hedgehog
  • Puyo Puyo 2
  • Out Run
  • Royal Stone

Blue

  • Sonic Chaos
  • Gunstar Heroes
  • Sylvan Tale
  • Baku Baku Animal

Yellow

  • Shining Force Gaiden: Ensei – Jashin no Kuni he
  • Shining Force: The Sword of Hajya
  • Shining Force Gaiden: Final Conflict
  • Nazopuyo Aruru no Ru

Red

  • Revelations: The Demon Slayer
  • Megami Tensei Gaiden: Last Bible Special
  • The GG Shinobi
  • Columns

And here’s a comparison showing the differences between the new Game Gear Micro consoles and the original Game Gear handheld console:

Game Gear Micro Game Gear
Display 1.15 inch, 240 x 180 pixel 3.2 inch, 160 x 144 pixel, 4096 colors
Dimensions 80mm x 43mm x 20mm 210mm x 113mm x 38mm
Batteries 2 x AAA 6 x AA batteries

The Game Gear Micro also supports USB charging and has a mono speaker and a headphone jack.

Unlike the original Game Gear, the new Micro consoles are not designed to work with cartridges, which means you’re stuck with the four games that come with each device. If you want more than four games, you’ve got to buy another console.

On the one hand, $50 isn’t an awful price for four games. On the other hand, it seems like a wasteful use of hardware and we’re talking about games that are close to 30-years old. I’ll be curious to see whether hackers find a way to sideload additional titles onto the Game Gear Micro as they’ve done with other retro-consoles including the Sony PlayStation Classic and NES Classic.

 

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  1. As someone who owned a Game Gear, and over 20 games, there are a total of 3 games across all 4 colours that I’m familiar with.

    Sounds like this is going to be a Japanese exclusive, and I’m not disappointed.

    Would be nice if Nintendo did this with the GBA. Just dont shrink it.

  2. complete nonsense…dead on arrival from my perspective. I still have my original Sega Genesis and would be the first to buy this kind of product…if I could only see what I was playing. If it was larger and had 30 games…maybe $45…maybe.

  3. I saw the title, and got excited for a Sega version of a Game Boy Micro. Then, I read the article, and was a bit let down. I guess, like you say, there’s always the chance of sideloading. At that point, though, it wouldn’t be much different from any cheap portable emulator that loads roms, like a PocketGo or somesuch, other than the aesthetics.

  4. Sega, while your scientists were so preoccupied with whether or not they could, they didn’t stop to think if they should.

  5. Just because you can build a TV console remake smaller than the original, doesn’t mean you should build a handheld console remake smaller too.