Super Wide Gear

From Sega Retro

SuperWideGear GG US.jpg
Super Wide Gear
Manufacturer: Sega, VIC Tokai
Type: Display device
Made for: Sega Game Gear
Release Date RRP Code
Sega Game Gear
¥2,280[1] HGG-3014
Sega Game Gear
$19.99More...[2] ?
Sega Game Gear
Sega Game Gear
Sega Game Gear
Sega Game Gear
Sega Game Gear
Sega Game Gear
R$? ?

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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 magnifier 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 sturdier 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.


Promotional material

EGM US 059.pdfEGM US 059.pdf

Print advert in Electronic Gaming Monthly (US) #59: "June 1994" (1994-xx-xx)
also published in:

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
Game Gear, US (newer)
SuperWideGear GG US Box Back Newer.jpgNospine-small.pngSuperWideGear US Box front.jpg
Game Gear, EU
SuperWideGear GG EU Box Back.jpgNospine-small.pngSuperWideGear EU Box front.JPG
Game Gear, JP
BigWindowII GG JP Box Top.jpg
BigWindowII GG JP Box Back.jpgBigWindowII GG JP Box Spine.jpgBigWindowII GG JP Box Front.jpg
BigWindowII GG JP Box Bottom.jpg
Game Gear, JP (newer)
BigWindowII GG JP Box Back Alt.jpgNospine-small.pngBigWindowII GG JP Box Front Alt.jpg
Game Gear, BR
SuperWideGear GG BR Box Back.jpgNospine-small.pngSuperWideGear GG BR Box Front.jpg

External links


Sega Game Gear Hardware
Game Gear Variations Sega Game Gear (Japan | North America | Europe (West | North | South | Central and East) | 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