The rumours were true and Sega is re-entering the hardware business with a new console, although one rather smaller than expected.
It may not be the Dreamcast 2 or an industry-shattering event on par with the reveal of the PlayStation 5 (both were rumoured at one point) but Sega has announced a new console to celebrate its 60th anniversary – a miniature version of 90s handheld the Sega Game Gear.
Although there’s nothing yet about a Western release, the console will be out on 6 October in Japan for just ¥4,980 (£36) and comes in four colour variations: black, blue, red, and yellow.
Each colour contains four different games, but you can pick up the complete set for ¥29,980 (£219), which also contains a ‘Big Window’ magnifying glass you can stick on the front to see the screen better.
The Game Gear Micro is just 80 millimetres wide by 43 millimetres tall, and 20 millimetres deep. That’s tiny, as the original Game Gear was 210mm by 113mm by 38mm.
Since it’s primarily aimed at the Japanese market many of the games on the console were never released in the West, but here’s a list of what each colour contains.
The emulation is being handled by M2, who also did the Sega Mega Drive Mini, so that pretty much guarantees they’ll run perfectly.
Black Game Gear Micro games
Puyo Puyo 2
Royal Stone: Hirakareshi Toki No Tobira
Sonic The Hedgehog
Blue Game Gear Micro games
Yellow Game Gear Micro games
Nazo Puyo: Aruru No Ru
Shining Force Gaiden: Ensei – Jashin No Kuni He
Shining Force: The Sword Of Hajya
Shining Force Gaiden: Final Conflict
Red Game Gear Micro games
Megami Tensei Gaiden: Last Bible
Megami Tensei Gaiden: Last Bible Special
All the talk of Sega teaming up with Microsoft, to help the Xbox sell in Japan, seems to have come to nothing, but the Game Gear Micro is not the game-changing announcement that was promised.
Instead, that’s a cloud-gaming service for Japanese arcades called Fog Gaming. We’ll have more on that as the information is translated, but it’s unclear whether it’s something that would ever be used in the West.
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