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In the memory of video game lovers there are multiple memories that could make an account of the development of this industry . One of the consoles most appreciated for its originality at the time was the Sega Game Gear ; Despite its limited success, other companies continued to put it up for sale and make modifications to it.

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What is the Sega Game Gear?

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The Sega Game Gear is a portable game console manufactured by Sega in response to the appearance of the Nintendo Game Boy. It is the third portable console with a color screen in history, preceded by Atari Lynx and Turbo Express.   

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  • History of the Sega Game Gear
  • Sega Game Gear Features
  • Technical specifications
  • Models
  • Cartridges
  • Accessories
  • Featured Games
  • Curiosities of the Sega Game Gear

History of the Sega Game Gear

With the appearance of the Nintendo Game Boy, Sega saw the need to create and launch the Game Gear, its strategy was to present to the world a technically superior laptop with a wide range of games, thanks to conversions from the Master System to the Game Gear .

Although surpassed in size to the Game Boy from Nintendo , its design was modern and attractive, had a backlit color display, iconic features shared with the Atari Lynx and Turbo Express . In addition to games, it featured the TV tuner , easy to plug into the cartridge socket, which allowed viewing of television on the console screen.

Its success in Japan was limited due to various manufacturing problems in its first commercial packages; Another problem was its duration, with only 5 hours maximum due to its screen backlit to resolve this difficulty, sold separately a pack of 6 rechargeable batteries type Ni-Cd, but its cost high and the need to download them from the whole to return to recharge them, did not make it popular.

The Game Gear reached only 10.7% of the market share, despite its ergonomic design and its magnificent screen for the time; Despite this, it was profitable for Sega and was on the market for six years. Likewise, its price went from 130 euros in 1990 to 90 euros in 1996. 

The commercial life of the Game Gear ended in 1997 , the last game to appear for it was The Lost World: Jurassic Park , in December of that year.

In 2000, Majesco released several more models and was redesigned in 2006 with the backing of Coleco or PlayPal , which required only three AAA batteries and contained 20 games.

Sega Game Gear Features

It is the portable Master System with a lower resolution, but with a greater color palette and graphic potentiality . It also had stereo sound only available using headphones, although very few games were programmed with that type of sound.

As there was a lot of similarity between the Game Gear and the Master System, many games were written directly to Game Gear cartridges without the need for reprogramming. Likewise, an adapter called “ Master Gear Converter” was available to insert the Master System cartridges into the Game Gea r.

Technical specifications

  • CPU : Zilog Z80 (8-bit) 3.579545 MHz.
  • RAM : 8kB of RAM and an additional 16kB of video RAM.
  • Screen: 3.2 Inches.
  • Resolution: 160 x 144 pixels.
  • Color palette: 4096 colors.
  • Display colors : 32 colors.
  • Sprites on screen: 64.
  • Sprite Size: 8x.
  • Audio: Texas Instruments SN76489 4 Channels, 8 voices.

Models

  • HGG – 3210 Black: original dark gray console.
  • HGG – 3210 White: Only 10,000 units sold in Japan, included a white plastic case, matching TV tuner, transformer and six batteries.
  • 2110 Sports Edition – Identical to the standard Geam Gear, released in 1993, it included the World Series Baseball game.
  • 3210 CR Coca-Cola: red in color, with the phrase “Coca Cola Game Gear” on the front, released in Japan in 1994, included the Coca Cola Kid game.
  • HGG – 3120 Ray: Released in Japan with the game called Magic Rayearth.
  • HGG – 3210 Blue: It was sold only in the Japanese market together with the title Ninku and a couple of figurines of the characters of the game.
  • HGG – 3210 Yellow: this model is part of a series of three colors (yellow, blue and red).
  • HGG – 3210 Smoke: presentation in gray.
  • HGG – 3223 Kids Gear: this model was intended for the toy department, the controls were changed to be easier for children and its case was decorated with images of characters from the animated series “Virtua Fighter”.
  • Majesco version: black in color and manufactured in 2000.

Cartridges

The cartridges are removable housing containing memory devices only reading . In the case of the Sega Game Gear, its cartridges were the cases that contained the different games that the console could read.

Accessories

  • Game Gear Battery Pack (external battery).
  • TV Tuner.
  • Cable Gear To Gear (double play with two consoles).
  • Master Gear Converter (Master System games on Game Gear).
  • Universal power supply .
  • Power supply for the car.
  • Rechargeable battery.
  • Wide Gear (magnifying glass for the screen).
  • Carry All (backpack for console and games).

Featured Games

  • Sand
  • Aladdin
  • Asterix and the Great Rescue
  • Caesar’s Palace
  • Chuck rock
  • Cool spot
  • Dynamite headdy
  • Donald Duck, The Lucky Dime Caper
  • Donald Duck, Deep Duck Trouble
  • Earthworm jim
  • Factory Panic
  • Fatal Fury Special
  • Fifa International Soccer
  • Garfield
  • GP Raider
  • James Pond 2
  • Jurassic park
  • Lion king
  • The smurfs
  • Marble madness
  • Marko’s Magic Football
  • Mickey Mouse Castle of Illusion
  • Mickey Mouse Land Illusion
  • Mickey Mouse Legend Illusion
  • Micro Machines
  • Micro Machines 2 Turbo Tournament
  • Mortal Kombat
  • Mortal Kombat 2
  • NBA Jam
  • NHL Hockey
  • PGA Tour Golf II
  • Mighty Morphing Power Rangers
  • Power Strike II
  • Out run
  • Olympic Gold
  • Robocop vs Terminator
  • Sensible Soccer
  • Shinobi
  • Shonibi II
  • Sonic
  • Sonic 2
  • Sonic chaos
  • Sonic Triple Trouble
  • Sonic Drift Racing
  • Sonic blast
  • Speedy gonzalez
  • Star wars
  • Street of rage
  • Street of rage 2
  • Super off road
  • Super Columns
  • Tempo Jr
  • The Incredible Hulk
  • The Jugle Book
  • True Lies
  • Virtua Fighter Animation
  • Wonder boy
  • World Cup USA 94

Curiosities of the Sega Game Gear

  • During its creation it was called the Mercury project .
  • It was the first console to read games from another platform .
  • It allowed you to watch television on your screen .
  • Majesco relaunched the Game Gear in 2000.
  • Marketing for the product included appearances in movies and series.
  • Their presentations were simple and similar between models to avoid confusion.
  • In the commercial campaign, buyers were referred to as privileged only if they acquired this type of console because it was a radical product.

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