Someone always has to take the joke just a little bit too far, don’t they? The latest mini retro console, isn’t just mini, it’s micro. Introducing the Game Gear Micro range, celebrating Sega’s 60th anniversary by shrinking down the once beefy handheld until it sports just a 1.15″ screen.
Despite having left the shrink ray on the consoles for a bit too long, they are fully featured little Game Gears. They have a single mono speaker, a headphone jack, can be powered by either two AA batteries or a rechargeable battery topped up via USB, and in typical mini console form, the system software allows for save states across the games on the system.
The shink-o-matic has, however, affected the number of games you get. Where the Mega Drive Mini came with 42 games, each Game Gear Micro only comes with four, each colour having a different set.
- Black – Sonic the Hedgehog, Puyo Puyo 2, Out Run, Royal Stone
- Blue – Sonic Chaos, Gunstar Heroes, Sylvan Tale, Baku Baku Animal
- Yellow – Shining Force Gaiden: Ensei – Jashin no Kuni he, Shining Force: The Sword of Hajya, Shining Force Gaiden: Final Conflict, Nazopuyo Aruru no Ru
- Red – Revelations: The Demon Slayer, Megami Tensei Gaiden: Last Bible Special, The GG Shinobi, Columns
The consoles have only been announced for release in Japan so far, with a street date of 6th October and a price of 4980 Yen, or around $50. Alternatively, you can buy a four-console pack for 21,912 Yen (~$200), getting you all four colours, and all 16 games to play.
The stupid thing about all of this is that Sega clearly know just how dumb this micro console is. For one thing, as reported in Famitsu (via Nintendo Life), the original plan was actually for each console to only come with a single game, but then they figured they could probably stretch to including three games, before some maverick decided they should really push the boat out and have four games.
Then there’s just the fact that Sega are also creating a Big Window magnifying glass to attach to the front of the console so that the 1.15″ screen is blown up to vaguely usable size. Yes, I get that these things were common handheld accessories back in the day, but it’s taking the retro homage a bit too far.