Super Wide Gear
From Sega Retro
|Super Wide Gear|
|Made for: Sega Game Gear|
|Manufacturer: Sega, VIC Tokai|
|Type: Display device|
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 Wide Gear, 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.
also published in:
- GamePro (US) #60: "July 1994" (1994-xx-xx)
- Sega Visions (US) #20: "August/September 1994" (1994-xx-xx)
- Sega Visions (US) #21: "October/November 1994" (1994-xx-xx)
- Electronic Gaming Monthly (US) #65: "December 1994" (1994-xx-xx)
- Sega Visions (US) #22: "December/January 1994/1995" (1994-xx-xx)
- GamePro (US) #66: "January 1995" (199x-xx-xx)
- Sega Visions (US) #23: "February/March 1995" (199x-xx-xx)
- Sega of Japan catalogue pages (Japanese): Game Gear
- http://sega.jp/fb/segahard/gg/window.html (Wayback Machine: 2013-02-08 08:04)
- GamePro, "March 1994" (US; 1994-xx-xx), page 102
- GamePro, "July 1994" (US; 1994-xx-xx), page 138
- Sega Visions, "August/September 1994" (US; 1994-xx-xx), page 2
- Sega Visions, "October/November 1994" (US; 1994-xx-xx), page 118
- Electronic Gaming Monthly, "December 1994" (US; 1994-xx-xx), page 332
- Sega Visions, "December/January 1994/1995" (US; 1994-xx-xx), page 132
- GamePro, "January 1995" (US; 199x-xx-xx), page 20
- Sega Visions, "February/March 1995" (US; 199x-xx-xx), page 52
|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||A/V Cable | Battery Pack | Car Adaptor | Car Antenna | Cleaning Gear | Gear-to-Gear Cable | PowerBack (Third Party) | Screen Magnifier (Wide Gear | Super Wide Gear | Third-Party)|