[UPDATE: 12:06pm 6/3/2020] Apparently, Sega may be working on something called “Fog Gaming” which may use the CPU and GPU of arcade machines to create something of a ‘cloud’ gaming solution according to the leaker. It may be more complicated than that and divert resources differently. Sony’s Folding @ Home comes to mind when I think of how this could work. We’d be interested to see if they utilize this new method to bring us something similar to Stadia but for Sega and arcade games though a cloud platform. All speculation at this point, so let’s hold off on saying anything decisively until we learn more.
Late last night, Kotaku reported that Sega dropped news of a Miniature version of their popular Game Gear handheld console. Even though it showed promise, the original version of the console failed out against the Gameboy in the early 90’s because of its poor battery life and lack of original games among other things. The micro was created for Sega’s 60th Anniversary celebration. It will cost $50 USD is slated to release on October 6, 2020 in Japan with no western release date in being mentioned. It looks small enough to be a holiday stocking stuffer, am I right? I mean, this thing is only 80 mm by 43mm by 20 mm. Kotaku reports that it will release on June 10, but you’ll notice in the promotional image below it that date formats outside of the United States aren’t read in the same order.
Games Will Be Exclusive To Each Color
In what seems like a completely greedy move, Sega states that each of the four Micro colors will only hold four games apiece. That’s right, in 2020 where memory is basically a non-issue, a big company is releasing four games on to a piece of hardware with less memory than your toaster and charging you $50. Interesting times we live in. The games that each Micro will house are listed below for your convenience:
- Sonic The Hedgehog
- Puyo Puyo Tsu
- Royal Stone
- Sonic & Tails
- Gunstar Heroes
- Baku Baku Animal: Sekai Shiikugakari Senshuken
- Shining Force
- Shining Force II
- Shining Force: Final Conflict
- Nazo Puyo: Arle no Roux
- Megami Tensei Gaiden: Last Bible
- Megami Tensei Gaiden: Last Bible Special
- The GG Shinobi
‘Big Window Micro’…So You Can See Oxymorons
This is where it gets really bizarre. Sega also announced something called the ‘Big Window Micro’, which sounds like an oxymoron. The Micro’s screen is apparently too small to see without the aide of a magnifying glass attachment accessory or at least, that’s what the marketing here is conveying. Why not just make it a reasonably sized handheld to begin with?
This is NOT The “Big Scoop”
Earlier this week a Japanese tech journalist teased a “huge scoop” regarding Sega that would be “revolutionary” and “rile up the game industry”. The Game Gear Micro is not it. As you can see from industry analysts, consultants and translators below on their twitter accounts, the aforementioned news will likely break in Famitsu, a Japanese video game magazine that’s well known and respected and will be. The news will be much… Well, bigger than the Micro.
There Is A Better Solution
Many people quickly became disappointed that today’s announcement wasn’t of a successor to the Dreamcast. Ohers still were upset because a simple 2gb memory stick could hold every Game Gear game known to man and yet we see Sega restricting the games per device in such an odd manner. We personally wish that they would just drop all 390 games created for the system onto the App Store and Google Play Store via their Sega Forever service and call it a day. SEGA Forever is “a growing collection of classic SEGA games that are free-to-play (with ad support) for iOS and Android mobile devices.”
- Play free
- Save your game progress
- Leaderboard — compete with the world for high scores
- Controller support — fully integrated wireless Bluetooth controller support **
- Offline play
- Games released regularly; download them all!
Currently, Sega Forever only has about 20 games, so they’ve clearly fallen short of their quota. Although none of the games currently on the service are Game Gear games, I think it still presents an interesting opportunity that more people would be open to. Either way, we were surprised by this tiny announcement and wanted to give you some deeper insights all the while sparking our hopes for the future all of the Game Gear games residing on our phones and Chromebooks. The Game Gear Micro seems like a cash grab if we’re honest, but what are your thoughts? Let us know in the comments below!