Super Wide Gear
From Sega Retro
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.