It was at the very beginning of the 90s that the Game Gear, Sega's first portable console, saw the light of day, in particular, to compete with Nintendo and its Game Boy. The main difference was that this console was beautifully backlit and used the same system as the living room console, the Master System. There was even an adapter to put the Master System cartridges on the Game Gear! The resolution was just lower to accommodate its tiny 3.2-inch screen. Game Gears games in Australia are still available and loved by gamers. You can easily search and find your favorite games online.
Sega recently announced a new gaming console under the name of Sega Game Gear Micro is cute, and that's about the best thing about it. It's the smallest retro gaming console you'll come across these days. But yes, the console is usable, in the sense that it is running games. If the 80mm x 43mm x 20mm handheld console with a 1.15-inch screen is used for gaming, we'll have to wait a few months to find out.
Given its size, you shouldn't be surprised that it doesn't boast as many games as, say, an NES Mini. There are 16 old-fashioned Sega Game Gear titles, but a Game Gear Micro can only hold 4. Sega's solution? Craft 4 Game Gear Micro, which you will need to purchase if you want the entire collection.
Price and Availability
The Game Gear has never been able to beat the Game Boy in sales because of its price and batteries. But Sega's portable console still managed to develop some good ideas, such as the many additional peripherals for, for example, watching TV or playing its Master System games. Sega Game Gear Games price in Australia ranges from 20 to 150 AUD. Here above, we have enlisted in various stores where you can buy several games at a reasonable price.
Sega Game Gear Game Console History
The Game Gear was released on October 6, 1990, in Japan. For the time, it was a real gem of technology: it became the first Japanese portable console in color (the Atari Lynx was released a year before November 1989, but Atari is not Japanese manufacture). SEGA presents its objectives from the outset: The Game Gear is there to dethrone the Nintendo Game Boy and, to a lesser extent, the Atari LYNX.
It must be said that the technical characteristics of the Game Gear are more than an 8-bit processor (Z-80),32 colors displayable simultaneously on a palette of 4096 colors, a large screen of 3.2 inches, backward compatible with the Master Games Western system thanks to the Game Converter, 64 sprites displayable on the net.
Compared to the Game Boy, the baby of Sega seems well done and manages and sweeps the weak points of its direct competitor! SEGA also wants to make the Game Gear a beautiful and practical console. A black design recalls the Master System; everything is done to make the SEGA laptop light (batteries included the Game Boy weighs 270g, the Lynx 800g, and the Game Gear compromises with 500g).
To highlight the advantages of the Game Gear, SEGA sells a nomadic TV adapter making the Game Gear a whole television set! This peripheral sublimates the pretty colors of the console screen (the 4096 colors are used!) And it is supposed to attract nomadic adults: we, therefore, see Japanese ads showing adults watching TV on the Game Gear while fishing. Unfortunately, it will not meet the expected success.
In 1995, the sales of the Game Gear were in free fall. Indeed, all the attention is directed towards the new 32-bit consoles. March 29, 1996, Sega tries a stroke of genius to revive its sales by releasing a console marketed in the "toys" departments, the Kids Gear. A change of shape and appearance designed to attract the attention of the youngest, the Kids Gear is still compatible with the Game Gear toy library.
The Future of Game Gear Console
Even if until 1996 (December 1996 G Sonic is the last game to be released),Sega and a few third-party publishers tried to remove a few titles, no one (many fans or journalists) dared to ask the question the future of the Game Gear. Will we see a Game Gear 2? Or a new Sega portable console?
And yet, in 2001, a great upheaval as unexpected as it was surprising, was to revive, for a short time, the Game Gear. Indeed, not wanting to miss the debut of the game on mobile phones, Sega America announces that a contract has been signed with the company Synovial.
This would allow the official emulation of Game Gear games on all telephony and electronic promoters. There were then three packs in the name of Virtual Game Gear, which combined three games. These packs could be downloaded from the internet for a few dollars.