Sega has announced a series of new portable games consoles.
To mark its 60th anniversary this year, Sega today (June 3rd) announced the release of its new Game Gear Micro consoles, miniature versions of the company’s Game Gear handheld consoles from the 90s.
There will be four colour variations of the Game Gear Micro; black, blue, yellow, and red, and the console will launch on October 6th, 2020, in Japan for a total of 4,980 yen (Around £36). There has been no word on a release date for the rest of the world.
What’s more, each of the consoles will come with their own four games, encouraging collectors to try and get their hands on all four variations. The games available on each console are as follows; the Black Game Gear Micro will have games including Sonic The Hedgehog, Puyo Puyo 2, Out Run, and Royal Store.
The Blue Game Gear Micro will have games such as Sonic Chaos, Gunstar Heroes, Sylvan Tale, and Baku Baku Animal. Meanwhile, the Yellow Game Gear Micro will have games including Shining Force Gaiden: Ensei – Jashin no Kuni he, Shining Force: The Sword of Hajya, Shining Force Gaiden: Final Conflict, and Nazopuyo Aruru no Ru. Finally, the Red Game Gear Micro features games such as Revelations: The Demon Slayer, Shin Megami Tensei Gaiden: Last Bible Special, The GG Shinobi, and Columns.
Sega’s New Consoles: More Details
Sega states tat the Game Gear Micro consoles can all be charged via USB but also runs on two AA batteries. The console measures 80mm x 43mm x 20mm, with a 1.15-inch display and it has a headphone jack and one mono speaker.
For players who find the console to be too small, Sega is also releasing a Big Window magnifying glass as an accessory for 27,255 yet (Around £200), offering a close-up view of the games.
In addition to the new consoles, it was revealed this week that Sega is working on a Fog Gaming service, a platform that will allow arcade games to be played off-hours. Much of what Fog Gaming is has been kept under wraps but insiders have confirmed that the service is not the equivalent of cloud gaming.
Since arcades are much more common in Japan than the rest of the world, it’s thought that the Fog Gaming cloud service won’t have much of an impact outside of the country. Not much is currently known about the service but we can expect Sega to announce more details in the future.