In celebration of their 60th anniversary on June 3rd, Sega has announced a new handheld gaming console, the Game Gear Micro. Sega’s Game Gear Micro consoles feature some notable differences from the original. Those differences are earning Sega significant backlash. Here are the criticisms.

Set to be released in October 2020, there are four unique versions of Sega’s Game Gear Micro. Each is a miniature version of Sega’s original Game Gear console from the 90s. However, fans aren’t so nostalgia blind that they don’t see the obvious issues with the console.

The Game Gear Micro is 93% Smaller Than Sega’s Original

Sega's Game Gear Micro.
Sega’s Game Gear Micro
Credit: Sega

The dimensions of the console are 3.15 in × 1.69 in × 0.79 in. That’s over 90% smaller than the original Game Gear. Such a small console means tiny controls and buttons. This could make it difficult to play games, especially for fans with larger hands. Holding such a small console has the potential to be very uncomfortable. It would cause strain on your fingers just to hold the device.

"Big Window" for Sega Game Gear Micro.
“Big Window” for the Game Gear Micro
Credit: Sega

Even worse than that, however, is the size of the screen. The display on Sega’s Game Gear Micro is only 1.15 inches. For context, that is smaller than the average adult thumb. For anybody with poor eyesight, this will make games extremely challenging. In addition, some RPG games require players to read text dialogue. Reading such small dialogue on a tiny screen would be an incredible feat.

To Sega’s credit, they recognized that the Game Gear Micro may have a size issue. Their solution: a magnifying glass. No, really! Along with the Game Gear Micro consoles, Sega is selling a “Big Window.” The “Big Window” wraps around the screen of the console and makes it larger. It has many people wondering why Sega didn’t just make the screen, or the whole console itself, larger.

Sega Only Has Four Games per Game Gear Micro

All four Game Gear Micro consoles from Sega.
All Game Gear Micro consoles
Credit: Sega

Seeing four different color options for the Game Gear Micro may seem exciting at first. That is until you realize they’re actually four different consoles. Each Game Gear Micro features an entirely unique set of four Sega games preloaded. Yes, you only get four game options per console. That means a grand total of sixteen games, and you can’t trade them out.

This is unlike the original Game Gear, where you bought games separately and could swap them out with ease. Plus, the original Game Gear offered over 300 games! Now, Sega is only offering sixteen games for the Game Gear Micro in four different consoles. Here are the games for each console.

Sega’s black Game Gear Micro comes with:

Black Game Gear Micro from Sega.
Credit: Sega
  • Sonic the Hedgehog
  • Puyo Puyo 2
  • OutRun
  • Royal Stone

Sega’s blue Game Gear Micro includes:

Blue Game Gear Micro from Sega.
Credit: Sega
  • Sonic Chaos
  • Gunstar Heroes
  • Sylvan Tale
  • Baku Baku Animal

Sega’s red Game Gear Micro has:

Red Game Gear Micro from Sega.
Credit: Sega
  • Revelations: The Demon Slayer
  • Megami Tensei Gaiden: Last Bible Special
  • The G.G. Shinobi
  • Columns

Sega’s yellow Game Gear Micro features:

The yellow Game Gear Micro from Sega.
Credit: Sega
  • Shining Force Gaiden: Ensei Jashin no Kuni e
  • Shining Force: The Sword of Hajya
  • Shining Force Gaiden: Final Conflict
  • Nazo Puyo: Aruru no Ru

The lack of games and the inability to access multiple games on one console frustrated many fans. It might force players to buy multiple consoles, even if they only wanted two games. Many saw the design as an intentional money grab. They considered it a way to force collectors to buy four different consoles.

Sega’s Game Gear Micro consoles Cost $50 Each.

Since the Game Gear Micro is so puny, and the selection of games is just as small, you’d expect Sega to sell them fairly cheaply. However, the full set costs over $200 (¥ 21,912). That is more expensive than the original $106 Game Gear upon release, with its 3.2-inch screen and over 300 games. That is also more expensive than Nintendo’s $199 Switch Lite, the most advanced handheld console to date with over 2,000 games and a 5.5-inch screen.

Nintendo Switch Lite, cheaper than Sega's Game Gear Micros.
The Nintendo Switch Lite, which retails for $199
Credit: Nintendo

Many critics see the Game Gear Micro consoles as an obvious cash grab from Sega. However, others like the idea. Some collectors and fans of Sega are excited about the new Game Gear Micro.

What do you think? Will you be buying one? Why or why not? Leave a comment below and remember to keep coming back for more gaming news and information.