When Sega Heard the World Wanted a New Retro Mini, They Took it Literally

Admittedly, Sega has one of the most desirable backlog of hardware and game libraries due for the retro mini treatment (Master System, Sega CD, Saturn, Dreamcast) so when rumors of new hardware began floating about, the retro community at large was feverish with anticipation.

Sadly it looks like we’re going to have to wait a bit longer for that Saturn Mini but in the meantime meet the Sega Game Gear Micro.

This little gadget is available for preorder now on Amazon.jp and coincides with the company’s June 3rd 60th anniversary.  It retails for roughly $50 and comes available in 4 color options: Black, red, yellow and blue.  However, this is no mere cosmetic choice situation as each of the different colored shells will come packed with 4 different games from the Game Gear library (full breakdown below).




Sonic the Hedgehog
Puyo Puyo 2
Out Run
Royal Stone


Revelations: The Demon Slayer
Megami Tensei Gaiden: Last Bible Special
The GG Shinobi


Shining Force Gaiden: Ensei – Jashin no Kuni he
Shining Force: The Sword of Hajya
Shining Force Gaiden: Final Conflict
Nazopuyo Aruru no Ru


Sonic Chaos
Gunstar Heroes
Sylvan Tale
Baku Baku Animal

Living up to is moniker, this thing is TINY!  We’re talking keychain novelty status with a 1.15″ full color display.  Yet even with so small a form factor, all of the buttons and inputs are fully functional – and yes it contains a mono speaker, stereo headphone jack, USB-rechargeable battery pack and the ability to run off a pair of AAAs as well.

They are expected to release on October 6th though as of yet there has been no official North American plans.  So if you’ve got to get one (or all of them as Sega is surely hoping), Amazon of Japan is your only option.


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Jason Russell has been working in video game journalism since the early 1990s before the internet existed, the term "fanzine" had meaning and sailors still debated as to whether or not the earth was flat. The first time. More recently he's cofounded the science fiction publishing house Starry Eyed Press , writes and runs the blog CG Movie Review in his spare time and has been corrupting WhatCulture with video game lists. And sometimes, when the planets align and the caffeine has fully left his system, it's rumored he sleeps.