There does not seem to be an end to the nostalgic of game consoles known as retro consoles, at least until the old consoles are exhausted from their ashes. Almost all these new and old consoles reduce their gigantic initial sizes, to a more portable model. But what if the original was already small at the start? What you get is a very small handheld computer that will tire your hands and eyes in the name of reliving an experience from the past.
The Sega Game Gear Micro is cute, and that’s pretty much the best thing about it. It’s here smallest retro game console you’ll encounter these days. But yes, the console is actually usable, in the sense that it performs games. If the 80 mm x 43 mm x 20 mm portable console with a 1.15 inch screen is really usable for games, we will 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 at total 16 old-fashioned Sega Game Gear titles, but a Game Gear Micro can only contain 4. The Sega solution? Make 4 Game Gear Micro that you will need to purchase if you want the entire collection.
Don’t worry, none of the games overlap, which is probably a good point. You’ll need to collect black, blue, yellow, and red models to stock up on Sonic, Megami Tensei, Shining Force Gaiden, and more.
Here’s what you get on each:
The black model is delivered with:
- Sonic the Hedgehog
- Puyo Puyo 2
- Out Run
- Royal stone
The blue variant includes:
- Sonic chaos
- Gunstar heroes
- Sylvan Tale
- Baku Baku Animal
The yellow Game Gear Micro has:
- Shining Force Gaiden: Ensei — Jashin no Kuni he
- Shining Force: The Sword of Hajya
- Shining Force Gaiden: Final Conflict
- Nazopuyo Aruru no Ru
And the red version is preloaded with:
- Revelations: The Demon Slayer
- Megami Tensei Gaiden: Last Bible Special
- The GG Shinobi
There is a single mono speaker and a headphone jack. It charges via USB, but can also operate on two AAA batteries. As for playing on a small screen, each Game Gear Micro comes with a clip to match each color.
Game Gear Micro is the way Sega celebrates its 60th anniversary this year. But since Game Gear is also celebrating its 30th anniversary in October, this is also when you can buy one. The small consoles will be launched on October 6 for 4,980 JPY, around 41 euros. International availability is still unknown.