The Game Gear Micro is the latest in the long line of miniaturised systems, revealed earlier this morning as part of SEGAâ€™s 60th anniversary celebrations.
SEGA Japan has opted for four different colour models, roughly 40% the size of the original, with each featuring four games. The colourful collectables are due out in Japan 6th October, priced 4980Â Yen (around Â£40) a pop.
A â€˜Big Windowâ€™ screen magnifier will also be available at launch. Considering the screen is barely an inch in size (240×180 pixels), this accessory is bound to be in high demand.
The original black model features Sonic the Hedgehog, OutRun, Puyo Puyo, and Royal Stone (aka Crystal Warriors) – a well-rounded assortment.
The yellow model is Shining Force centric, including three Shining Force RPGs along with Nazo Puyo: Arle no Roux â€“ a Puyo Puyo spin-off. The red unit goes big on RPGs too, including Atlusâ€™ Last Bible (part of the Megami TenseiÂ series) and its sequel, the much loved GG Shinobi and good old Columns.
Itâ€™s the pale blue model that gets our attention, featuring Sonic & Tails (Sonic Chaos), underrated puzzler Baku Baku Animal, little-known RPGÂ Sylvan Tail, and M2â€™s impressive conversion of Gunstar Heroes.
The teeny tiny handheld can be powered by 2 AA batteries or via a USB lead. Keeping true to the original, thereâ€™s a headphone jack and the speaker remains mono.
Reception on social media has been somewhat mixed, with many gamers feeling that itâ€™s simply far too small, which in turn will make it uncomfortable to use for long periods. This has seemingly reduced it to the status of being a â€˜neat little collectableâ€™ and nothing more. A slightly larger system containing all 16 games would have been a more appealing proposition.
Plans for a western version are still to be announced. If SEGA decides to release something similar in the west, we can expect a vastly different game assortment at the very least.