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Fast facts on Sega Game Gear
Manufacturer: Sega
Release Date RRP Code
Sega Game Gear
JP
¥19,800 ?
Sega Game Gear
US (NY/LA)
$149.95[1] ?
Sega Game Gear
US (Nationwide)
$149.95[1] ?
Sega Game Gear
UK
£99.99Media:MeanMachines UK 09.pdf[3][4]
Sega Game Gear
FR
?F
Sega Game Gear
DE
DM ?
Sega Game Gear
ES
?Ptas
Sega Game Gear
BR
R$160,000 ?
Sega Game Gear
KR
₩198,000 SPC-150

The Sega Game Gear (セガゲームギア) is a handheld video game console developed by Sega and released in late 1990 as a response to Nintendo's Game Boy handheld . It is a full colour console and was Sega's first attempt to compete in the handheld games market (the second being the Sega Nomad — a handheld Sega Mega Drive). In South Korea it is known as the Handy Gam*Boy (핸디겜보이).

Hardware

See also: Game Gear consoles

The Sega Game Gear is a "portable" device which was designed to address problems with Nintendo's Game Boy. It is held lengthwise at the sides (preventing the cramping of hands which plagued Nintendo's system) and has a backlit, colour LCD screen, allowing for clearer and more vibrant visuals than its main rival.

Similarly to the Sega Mega Drive, which at the time was Sega's main focus in the home console market, the Sega Game Gear is derived from the earlier Sega Master System. Unlike the Mega Drive, however, the Game Gear is largely identical to the Master System, the major difference being a VDP capable of displaying palettes consisting of a wider variety of colors, and the playback of stereo sound. Game Gear games traditionally run at a smaller resolution too, although with a screen built similarly to televisions of the era, the Game Gear is fully capable of playing games in higher resolutions.

Like the Master System, the Game Gear features a D-Pad and two buttons, 1 and 2, but also adds a third, Start. This is one button short of a Game Boy.

Unfortunately, due to technical limitations of the era, the Game Gear demands six AA batteries to be played on the go, of which the fluorescent backlight on the LCD screen will eat through in three to five hours (though a battery pack provides longer playtime). Furthermore, the system gives off more heat than the Game Boy, often leading to "sweaty palms" after prolonged use. The system was also considered not to be very "portable" - it's bulky size means it does not fit in many pockets, and the power-draining backlight of the LCD screen (which cannot be turned off) meant Game Gears were unusable after a short period of time. An AC adaptor can be plugged into the system so that it runs off the mains, but this was not considered practical for consumers of the day.

Game Gears were also manufactured at a time where capacitor problems were rampant across the electronics industry. As a result, screen and audio failures are common, and fixes are not always simple.

Technical Specifications

  • Main Processor: Zilog Z80 (8-bit)
  • Processor Speed: 3.579545 MHz (same as NTSC colorburst)
  • Resolution: 160 x 144 pixels
  • Colors Available: 4,096
  • Colors on screen: 32
  • Maximum Sprites: 64
  • Sprite Size: 8x8
  • Screen Size: 3.2 Inches
  • Audio: Texas Instruments SN76489
  • RAM: 24 KB

History

Main article: History of the Sega Game Gear.

Games

See List of Game Gear games for a complete list.

Launch titles

Gallery

Magazine articles

Main article: Sega Game Gear/Magazine articles.

Promotional material

Print advertisements

GamePlayers US 0304.pdfGamePlayers US 0304.pdf

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Game Players (US) Vol. 3 No. 4 "April 1991" (1991-xx-xx); also published in














Game Players (US) Vol. 3 No. 5 "May 1991" (1991-xx-xx)[6]

GamePlayers US 0306.pdfGamePlayers US 0306.pdf

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Game Players (US) Vol. 3 No. 6 "June 1991" (1991-xx-xx); also published in














Sega Visions (US) #5: "Summer 1991" (1991-xx-xx)Media:SegaVisions US 05.pdf[7]

GamePlayers US 0307.pdfGamePlayers US 0307.pdf

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Game Players (US) Vol. 3 No. 7 "July 1991" (1991-xx-xx)
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  • Electronic Gaming Monthly (US) #27: "October 1991" (1991-xx-xx)[8]

SegaVisions US 06.pdf

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Sega Visions (US) #6: "Fall 1991" (1991-xx-xx)

EGM US 027.pdfEGM US 027.pdf

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Electronic Gaming Monthly (US) #27: "October 1991" (1991-xx-xx)

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Sega Visions (US) #7: "Winter 1991/1992" (1991-xx-xx)

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Sega Visions (US) #8: "May/June 1992" (1992-xx-xx)

GamePro US 037.pdfGamePro US 037.pdf

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GamePro (US) #37: "August 1992" (1992-xx-xx)

EGM US 044.pdfEGM US 044.pdf

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Electronic Gaming Monthly (US) #44: "March 1993" (1993-xx-xx)

Raze UK 11.pdfRaze UK 11.pdf

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Raze (UK) #11: "September 1991" (1991-07-25)
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  • Raze (UK) #12: "October 1991" (1991-08-29)[9]

Joystick FR 018.pdfJoystick FR 018.pdf

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Joystick (FR) #18: "Juillet/Août 1991" (1991-xx-xx)
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  • Consoles + (FR) #2: "Octobre 1991" (1991-xx-xx)[10]

Joystick FR 020.pdfJoystick FR 020.pdf

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Joystick (FR) #20: "Octobre 1991" (1991-xx-xx)
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  • Joystick (FR) #21: "Novembre 1991" (1991-xx-xx)[11]

Gamers DE 1992-01.pdfGamers DE 1992-01.pdf

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Gamers (DE) #1/92: "Februar/März 1992" (1992-xx-xx)

HobbyConsolas ES 002.pdfHobbyConsolas ES 002.pdfHobbyConsolas ES 002.pdf

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Hobby Consolas (ES) #2: "Noviembre 1991" (1991-xx-xx)

MegaForce ES 01.pdfMegaForce ES 01.pdf

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Mega Force (ES) #1: "Mayo 1992" (1992-xx-xx)

Micromania ES 056.pdfMicromania ES 056.pdf

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MicroManía (ES) #56: "Enero 1993" (199x-xx-xx)
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  • MicroManía (ES) #57: "Febrero 1993" (1993-xx-xx)[12]

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MicroManía (ES) #58: "Marzo 1993" (1993-xx-xx)
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  • MicroManía (ES) #59: "Abril 1993" (1993-xx-xx)[13]

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MicroManía (ES) #60: "Mayo 1993" (1993-xx-xx)
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  • MicroManía (ES) #61: "Junio 1993" (1993-xx-xx)[14]

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MicroManía (ES) #64: "Septiembre 1993" (1993-xx-xx)

HobbyConsolas ES 046.pdf

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Hobby Consolas (ES) #46: "Julio 1995" (1995-xx-xx)

GamePower IT 07.pdf

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Game Power (IT) #7: "Giugno 1992" (1992-xx-xx)

MegaForce PT 01.pdf

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Megazone (AU) #26: "February/March 1993" (1993-xx-xx)
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  • Megazone (AU) #27: "April/May 1993" (1993-xx-xx)[16]

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Megazone (AU) #26: "February/March 1993" (1993-xx-xx)
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  • Megazone (AU) #27: "April/May 1993" (1993-xx-xx)[17]

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Megazone (AU) #28: "June 1993" (1993-xx-xx)
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  • Megazone (AU) #30: "August 1993" (1993-08-04)[18]













  • Megazone (AU) #31: "September 1993" (1993-xx-xx)[19]

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Ação Games (BR) #5: "xxxx xxxx" (xxxx-xx-xx)
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SegaForce SE 1993 02.pdf

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SegaForce SE 1993 02.pdf

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Television advertisements

External links

  • Console Database - Sega Game Gear info and FAQs
  • SMS Power - Technical information and more on the Game Gear and its bigger brother, the Master System

References

  1. 1.0 1.1 File:GamePro US 022.pdf, page 16
  2. File:GamePro US 022.pdf, page 8
  3. File:MeanMachines UK 09.pdf, page 11
  4. File:Raze UK 11.pdf, page 17
  5. File:AcaoGames BR 003.pdf, page 14
  6. File:GamePlayers US 0305.pdf, page 28
  7. File:SegaVisions US 05.pdf, page 28
  8. File:EGM US 027.pdf, page 134
  9. File:Raze UK 12.pdf, page 72
  10. File:ConsolesPlus FR 002.pdf, page 6
  11. File:Joystick FR 021.pdf, page 130
  12. File:Micromania ES 057.pdf, page 30
  13. File:Micromania ES 059.pdf, page 3
  14. File:Micromania ES 061.pdf, page 48
  15. File:Bestial PT 03.pdf, page 14
  16. File:Megazone AU 27.pdf, page 95
  17. File:Megazone AU 27.pdf, page 24
  18. File:Megazone AU 30.pdf, page 2
  19. File:Megazone AU 31.pdf, page 2
  20. File:AcaoGames BR 006.pdf, page 20
  21. File:AcaoGames BR 008.pdf, page 4
  22. File:SegaForce SE 1993 03.pdf, page 2
  23. File:SegaForce SE 1993 05.pdf, page 36
  24. File:SegaForce SE 1994 04.pdf, page 44
  25. File:SegaForce SE 1994 06.pdf, page 2
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