I love video games and by extension, the gaming systems.
From holing up in a relative’s home with the first Playstation to now owning my own personal consoles, I’ll always love the excitement they bring.
But of course, I’m still young. Which means I never got to experience classics the Atari 2600, Super NES or even the Sega Genesis.
The only upside is that I don’t get to be the subject of ‘ok boomer’ jokes.
Recently, however, one such console is getting released in a much…tinier form.
Quick History Lesson
If you haven’t heard of the Sega Game Gear well, I don’t blame you.
The handheld console released in 1990, about a year after another popular console you’re probably more familiar with: the Gameboy.
I’ll spare you the numbers game, but basically the Game Gear didn’t do too well against its Nintendo competition. The latter went on to make many more versions such as the Gameboy Colour, Advance and SP.
Not to say it didn’t do well, the Game Gear still helped out the company financially.
However, the console more or less stopped production after 1997 with no advancement of the initial model.
That is, until an announcement this month.
A Small Touch
It’s less of a sequel rather than a celebratory item.
Wanting to celebrate 30 years since the launch of the original, Sega has now relaunched the handheld device for the 21st century.
And it comes in bite-sized pieces.
Like, 80mm wide, 43mm long and coupled with a 30mm long screen kind of small.
Look, I know the initial complaint decades ago was that the console was too wide.
But that’s four of those in your hands.
The now aptly named Game Gear Micro will come in all the four colours you see above: blue, yellow, black and red.
They each come with different title depending on which variant you get too. Though, you shouldn’t expect too much since each only comes with four games.
Sonic the Hedgehog
Puyo Puyo 2
Sonic & Tails
Baku Baku Animal
Shining Force Gaiden
Shining Force Gaiden 2
Shining Force Gaiden Final Conflict
Nazo Puyo Arle no Roux
Megami Tensei Gaiden: Last Bible
Megami Tensei Gaiden: Last Bible Special
The GG Shinobi
But well, your collecting senses tell you that it’s for the love and it can’t possibly be that expensive right?
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Price and Release Date
For something pocket-sized with only old games in it, this isn’t the cheapest thing.
Are you ready?
It costs around S$64 dollars for each. So S$256 if you want all of it.
I’m not going to recommend against buying it, but that’s honestly a little much.
To top it off, the console is set to release on 6 October later this year and only in Japan for now.
This means you still have to get through the hurdles of shipping costs, potentially paying extra if you want it faster and whatnot.
Again, I don’t really think Sega intended for people to be constantly playing this.
It seems more like a nostalgia item to bring out potential great memories if you had a childhood with it.
Maybe one day when I’m old and greying, a re-sized PSP would be released and I’d probably throw money at it too.
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