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Super Wide Gear

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SuperWideGear GG US.jpg
Fast facts on the Super Wide Gear
Manufacturer: Sega, VIC Tokai
Made for: Sega Game Gear
Release Date RRP Code
Sega Game Gear
JP
¥2,280[1] HGG-3014
Sega Game Gear
US
$19.99[2] ?
Sega Game Gear
UK
£?
Sega Game Gear
FR
?
Sega Game Gear
DE
?
Sega Game Gear
ES
?
Sega Game Gear
BR
R$? ?



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The Super Wide Gear, known as the Big Window II (ビッグウインドーII) in Japan, is the second screen magnifer for the Sega Game Gear to be released by Sega. It is a replacement for the Wide Gear and has a similar purpose - it clips on to the bottom of the system and magnifies the display for easy viewing.

The Super Wide Gear makes a number of important changes to address problems with the earlier Wide Gear. This time the device clips is supported by top clips as well as bottom ones, and rests on the unit rather than floating above. The result is a more studier piece of kit. It still, however, requires to be screwed into the unit for stability. The device will also fold away for easy storage.

At this present time it is unknown exactly who designed the Super Wide Gear - though clearly adopted by Sega as a first party product, it credits VIC Tokai in Europe. Furthermore it is currently unknown what the situation is with the original Big Window whose design (by ABBA) seems identical to this one.

Accessories such as the Super Wide Gear exacerbate the issue of the Game Gear not being particularly portable. Unlike the normal Wide Gear, the Super Wide Gear is unlikely to be damaged during travel, but the added weight and volume combined with the already bulky nature of the system is the reason the Game Gear Carrying Case had to be created.

Gallery

Promotional material

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EGM US 059.pdfEGM US 059.pdf

PDF
Print advert in
Electronic Gaming Monthly (US) #59: "June 1994" (1994-xx-xx)
also published in:
  • GamePro (US) #60: "July 1994" (1994-xx-xx)[3]
  • Sega Visions (US) #20: "August/September 1994" (1994-xx-xx)[4]
  • Sega Visions (US) #21: "October/November 1994" (1994-xx-xx)[5]
  • Electronic Gaming Monthly (US) #65: "December 1994" (1994-xx-xx)[6]
  • Sega Visions (US) #22: "December/January 1994/1995" (1994-xx-xx)[7]
  • GamePro (US) #66: "January 1995" (199x-xx-xx)[8]
  • Sega Visions (US) #23: "February/March 1995" (199x-xx-xx)[9]

Physical scans

Game Gear, US (older)
SuperWideGear GG US Box Back Older.jpgSuperWideGear GG US Box Spine Older.jpgSuperWideGear GG US Box Front Old.jpg
Cover
Game Gear, US (newer)
SuperWideGear GG US Box Back Newer.jpgNospine-small.pngSuperWideGear US Box front.jpg
Cover
Game Gear, EU
SuperWideGear EU Box front.JPG
Cover
Game Gear, JP

Game Gear, JP (newer)
BigWindowII GG JP Box Back Alt.jpgNospine-small.pngBigWindowII GG JP Box Front.jpg
Cover
Game Gear, BR
SuperWideGear GG BR Box Back.jpgNospine-small.pngSuperWideGear GG BR Box Front.jpg
Cover

External links

References

  1. http://sega.jp/fb/segahard/gg/window.html
  2. File:GamePro US 056.pdf, page 102
  3. File:GamePro US 060.pdf, page 138
  4. File:SegaVisions US 20.pdf, page 2
  5. File:SegaVisions US 21.pdf, page 118
  6. File:EGM US 065.pdf, page 332
  7. File:SegaVisions US 22.pdf, page 132
  8. File:GamePro US 066.pdf, page 20
  9. File:SegaVisions US 23.pdf, page 52
Sega Game Gear Hardware
Game Gear Variations Sega Game Gear (Japan | North America | Europe | Other Regions) | Wide Gear
Add-ons Action Replay | Game Genie | Master Gear Converter (Gear Master | Nuby Converter) | Stereo FM Tuner | TV Tuner
Cases Carry-All | Deluxe Carry-All Case | Gear Bag | Holster Case | Standard Carrying Case | Soft Case | Third Party (Play & Carry Case)
Accessories Car Adaptor | Car Antenna | Battery Pack | Cleaning Gear | Gear-to-Gear Cable | PowerBack (Third Party) | Screen Magnifier (Wide Gear | Super Wide Gear | Third-Party)

Handy Gear | Master Link Cable