• Game Gear Micro announced, launches October 6 in Japan
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    Game Gear Micro announced, launches October 6 in Japan

    Sega has announced Game Gear Micro, a miniature version of its 1990-released handheld game console, in celebration of the company’s 60th anniversary. It will launch in black, blue, red, and yellow color variations on October 6 in Japan for 4,980 yen. Each color variation includes four games: Black Out Run Puyo Puyo Tsu Royal Stone […]Source
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    A lot of YouTubers are stewing about this but I think they're kind of cool. I just don't think they understand that this niche is pretty specific to Japan's gaming culture. They're collectables, or Gacha-like in ways. They're complaining about only having four games on each but I don't think these are selling out for the games. It's a type of novelty that doesn't have the same appeal in many other countries. That's why they'll probably stay in Japan.

    Sure, we have the "mini" versions of consoles and I think one of the main principles was staying faithful to the original look and feel while also having a size reduction. A mini Game Gear wouldn't really stand out if it was only a fair size reduction. Yet, in these tiny things, as well as looking very similar in a micro size, they've included a headphone jack, a battery panel, the ability to play from a power lead (something I needed for my Game Gear when I was a kid) and even a micro version of that weird magnifying glass accessory that I might have owned as a kid too. (It's just difficult to remember as a lot of handhelds had counterparts.)

    The Game Gear, though... that whooped the Game Boy in many ways. Too bad it was impractical to use out of the house without the cash to blow on many boxes of batteries. (Then again you could say that about the original Game Boy, something I also had. It just didn't have a way to play it without having to buy batteries.)
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