Recently announced by Sega as part of their 60th anniversary celebrations. Releasing in four colours, with four games available on each:
Hardware details and game lineup
I like how dinky it is, even if it manages to make the Game Boy Micro seem like the king of practicality! Since the price is rather low I can see myself picking up at least a couple out of curiousity.
However I have many concerns. Firstly, I already planned on playing my growing selection of Game Gear games via the upcoming Analogue Pocket, so I feel these devices’ long term appeal will largely depend on how good the hardware is. And the low price of each unit doesn’t fill me with hope. If you look at the first photo above, the plastics on the D-Pad and buttons are of a notably low quality, and the paint-work above the face buttons doesn’t inspire confidence either - the “1” above button 1 is barely legible.
Considering the games lineup as well, we’re really just left with something designed as a novelty than something made to seriously celebrate the Game Gear’s heritage. It’s hard to shake the feeling that the Game Gear deserves better.
But enough from me. What do you make of this?