This Is the Coolest Retro-Rerelease That You Can’t Have (Yet)

The Game Gear Micro is a tiny miniature version of Sega’s original handheld console, the Game Game.


Remember the Game Gear, Sega’s portable handheld console that was released in the 90s and let you play classics like Sonic the Hedgehog and Mortal Kombat? Well, now there is a miniature version of that console (because miniature retro consoles are all the rage right now) called the Game Gear Micro — and it’s really small. Like, fit-in-your-palm small.

The Game Gear Micro was announced as part of a Sega 60th-anniversary celebration, and it’s not actually one console — it’s four. The Game Gear Micro comes in four different colors and each one is preloaded with a different set of four games. Each console has a tiny 1.15-inch screen, which is approximately a third of the size of the original Game Gear’s already small screen. It has a 3.5mm jack for headphones. And it can be charged via micro-USB or powered by two AAA batteries.

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The catch is that you can’t buy the Game Gear Micro in the United States, at least not yet. The little consoles are only available in Japan and they cost about $50 a pop. Sega has yet to announce when (or if) the consoles will be available outside of Japan. As somebody who owned a Game Gear growing up (before I turned to its arch-nemesis, the Game Boy), I absolutely hope that this little console makes its way stateside.

• The black console comes with Sonic the Hedgehog, Puyo Puyo 2, Out Run and Royal Stone.

• The blue console comes with Sonic Chaos, Gunstar Heroes, Sylvan Tale and Baku Baku Animal.

• The yellow console comes with Shining Force Gaiden: Ensei – Jashin no Kuni he, Shining Force: The Sword of Hajya, Shining Force Gaiden: Final Conflict and Nazopuyo Aruru no Ru.

• The red console comes with Revelations: The Demon Slayer, Megami Tensei Gaiden: Last Bible Special, The GG Shinobi and Columns.

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