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Fast facts on the TV Tuner
Manufacturer: Sega
Made for: Sega Game Gear
Release Date RRP Code
Sega Game Gear
JP
¥12,800[1] HGG-3001
Sega Game Gear
JP (2)
¥12,800[1] HGG-3015
Sega Game Gear
US
$? 2101
Sega Game Gear
UK
£74.99[2]
Sega Game Gear
FR
?F
Sega Game Gear
DE
DM ?
Sega Game Gear
ES
?Ptas
Sega Game Gear
BR
R$? 011840
Sega Game Gear
KR
₩? ?


The TV Tuner, known as the TV Auto Tuner (TVオートチューナーパック) in Japan, is a Sega Game Gear accessory which allows users to watch analogue television on the system's built-in screen.

Sega were keen to advertise the TV Tuner shortly after the system's launch for two distinct reasons, firstly because handheld televisions were still a relatively new invention and a dedicated system was still quite pricy in the early 90s, and secondly because in order to cope with a colour television signal, you would require a colour screen - something Nintendo's Game Boy lacked, and which Sega were happy to point out at every given opportunity.

The TV Tuner plugs into the Game Gear's cartridge slot, and has a mono A/V input. This means that if required, a VCR, camcorder or another video game console can be connected and played off the system - it essentially turns the Game Gear into standard 1990s-spec television. Some models have an extra port for an extra antenna (the Game Gear Car Antenna was the only official product to use it) - this port was removed in some variants because it served no purpose in many regions.

TV Tuners also differ depending on the television standard. For example, the US model uses NTSC, whereas the European model uses PAL. On top of this there are several different types of PAL - the United Kingdom for example uses PAL-I and so had a different TV Tuner to France and Germany.

Unfortunately due to the short battery life of the Game Gear, the TV Tuner is a largely redundant accessory unless the system is connected to an AC adapter. The battery life will be drained much faster with the TV Tuner than playing Game Gear games. Also as the world switches from analogue television to digital, the system becomes ever more useless, and the TV Tuner is reportedly incompatible with the late 90s Game Gear produced by Majesco.

Following the release of this device, NEC responded by releasing the TurboVision, a similar add-on for their rival handheld, the TurboExpress. Unofficial TV tuners would also show up for the Game Boy Advance and Nintendo DS in the years which followed.

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Promotional material

Physical scans

Game Gear, US
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Cover
Game Gear, EU
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Cover
Game Gear, JP (older)
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Cover
Game Gear, JP (newer)
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Cover
Game Gear, BR
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ModulodeTV GG BR Box Bottom.jpg
Cover
Game Gear, UK
TVTuner GG UK Box Front.jpg
Cover
Game Gear, KR
TVTuner GG KR Box Front.jpg
Cover
Game Gear, PT

TV Tuner GG PT Manual.pdf
Manual

External links

References

  1. 1.0 1.1 http://sega.jp/fb/segahard/gg/tuner.html
  2. File:MeanMachines UK 16.pdf, page 15
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