Sega has been a household name since the 90s, but it’s existed long before that. Starting from humble beginnings in Hawaii in the 1940s manufacturing slot machines, and later expanding into other coin operated machines with a big headquarters in Japan, and officially launching as Sega in the 60s, they eventually found their way into making arcade machines in the 70s, before later entering the home console market. The rest, as they say, is history.
Now, Sega wants to celebrate their varied beginnings and excellent games by giving us a whole range of announcements over their anniversary period. Which is to say, we’re going to be seeing a lot of cool Sega stuff over the next few days, and as such, we’ll keep you updated on it right here!
Game Gear Micro
The first announcement was a sort of niche one, but one that will delight many retro fans all the same. The Game Gear was Sega’s first attempt at a handheld console in the early 90s, The mini re-releases of consoles have been huge lately, and while it would have made sense to release a mainline console, putting these out is definitely different. But fun, and adorable. Look how teeny they are!!
In saying that, they’re meant to be more of a collectors item or a fun novelty, rather than a dedicated recreation of the gaming system, with each tiny Game Gear coming pre-loaded with four games depending on colour. Though players who do want to take the games a little bit more seriously will be able to get their hands on a tiny version of the Game Gear Big Screen, an accessory for the original Game Gear which magnified the screen for a better playing experience. Given the tiny Game Gear’s can literally be played with one hand and have a 1.15 inch display, this is definitely welcome news.
The games each model contains are:
Black model: Sonic the Hedgehog, Out Run, Puyo Puyo 2 and Royal Stone
Blue model: Sonic Chaos, Gunstar Heroes, Sylvan Tale and Baku Baku Animal
Red model: Revelations: The Demon Slayer, Shin Megami Tensei Gaiden: Last Bible Special, The G.G. Shinobi and Columns
Yellow model: Shining Force Gaiden, Shining Force: The Sword of Hajya, Shining Force Gaiden: Final Conflict, Nazo Puyo: Arle no Ru
As you can see, there’s a lot of Japanese titles there, and there’s no word as of yet whether these titles will be swapped out or retained for a Western release. There’s not even an official word on a Western release date yet, but Sega plans to launch the handheld on October 6th for 4980 Yen, or, roughly $65 AUD.