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Hardware Classics: Sega Game Gear

Nintendo Life: It's easy to see the thinking behind the Game Gear, the machine Sega positioned as a Game Boy-beater in the early '90s. The firm's Mega Drive / Genesis platform was doing a fine job of stealing away market share from the aging NES, and Sega no doubt assumed it could do the same in the portable arena with hardware that was more powerful that what Nintendo had to offer. Dubbed "Project Mercury" in its early development life and based heavily on the 8-bit Master System console - Sega's domestic NES challenger - the Game Gear arrived in Japan in 1990 amid a groundswell of hype and expectation, a lot of which had to do with Sega's elevated standing in the industry at that time.

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ZeekQuattro1536d ago

I didn't play my Game Gear nearly as much as I did my Gameboy as a kid. Despite being more powerful and having more colors I just didn't enjoy it as much. Well that and it would tear through batteries so I would have to plug it into a wall all the time limiting it portability. Despite that it still had some games I was glad to own. SOR 2, Ecco 1, Sonic 2, Sonic Spinball, Sonic Chaos and most importantly Mighty Morphin Power Rangers the game. I remember being blown away seeing scenes from the show rendered in pixels. lol Good times. The game still holds up today imo and I play it from time to time.

FallenAngel19841536d ago (Edited 1536d ago )

So many of Nintendo's conpetitors believed that having the most powerful handheld was the key to dethroning Nintendo in the mobile market.

Oh how wrong all of them were.

donwel1536d ago

I have two gamegears, neither of which still work.
Though if I'm being honest, I still don't remember how I managed to acquire the second one.
Oh and for comparison, I have an OG game boy as well. That still works.

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Tankbusta401536d ago

I still have 2 game gears(mine and my brothers) and all the games sitting in a drawer in my living room. Joe Montana on game gear FTW!!

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