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June 4, 2020 Retro Gaming Blog Post:

Sega's upcoming Game Gear Micro offers four colors, each with four games and a one-inch screen

Game Gear Mirco
They look cute, but with a 1” screen is there any reason to play games on a Game Gear Micro?
Sega is releasing four versions of the Game Gear in a drastically small rendition tagged, Micro. There will be four colors of Game Gear Micro consoles, each with a unique set of four games. It is slated for sale in Japan on October 6 at about $50 (US) each. At this time no mention of whether it will be for sale in other territories.

You can charge it via USB or insert 2 AAA batteries which would indicate it has two power sources - alkaline and rechargeable batteries? Thee is a mono speaker and headphone jack. If you're concerned about the small screen, you can buy a bundle of all four colors and Sega will include a miniature version of their Big Window magnifier.

Miniaturization is cool and fun in static form, but when it comes to a playable game console - a one-inch screen doesn't make me want to buy one. I'd gladly snag the black console with Out Run, but what enjoyment will I get from it on a screen that small. I love playing Out Run on my 2DS, but a one-inch screen? Hmmm... no thanks.

These units are priced at $50 and only have four games on each one. There just seems to be a disconnect for me on the value of a nearly unplayable handheld console with only four games. I imagine collectors will love snatching up all four colors.

Here is a break down of the games included on each color of Game Gear Micro.

The black model comes with:
  1. Sonic the Hedgehog
  2. Puyo Puyo 2
  3. Out Run
  4. Royal Stone
The blue variant includes:
  1. Sonic Chaos
  2. Gunstar Heroes
  3. Sylvan Tale
  4. Baku Baku Animal
The yellow Game Gear Micro has:
  1. Shining Force Gaiden: Ensei - Jashin no Kuni he
  2. Shining Force: The Sword of Hajya
  3. Shining Force Gaiden: Final Conflict
  4. Nazopuyo Aruru no Ru
And the red version is preloaded with:
  1. Revelations: The Demon Slayer
  2. Megami Tensei Gaiden: Last Bible Special
  3. The GG Shinobi
  4. Columns
Sega Big Window mintiturized for Game Gear Mirco

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