The Sega Game Gear (ゲームギア Gēmu Gia?) is a handheld video game console manufactured by Sega. It competed with Nintendo's Game Boy. Introduced in 1990 as a portable Sega Master System, it was in production from 1990 to 1997. The game Collumns came bundled in with the Game Gear, with only six games released along side the initial launch.
There were twelve Sonic games released for the system that have been ported to later games released by Sega, such as Sonic Adventure DX: Director's Cut, Sonic Gems Collection and Sonic Mega Collection Plus. Nine games for this system, including were released for the Nintendo 3DS Virtual Console . In celebration of the thirtieth anniversary of the system, a miniaturized version was be released.
List of Sonic games
Sonic the Hedgehog
Sonic the Hedgehog 2
(Sonic and Tails in Japan)
Dr. Robotnik's Mean Bean Machine
Sonic Spinball (8-bit)
Sonic the Hedgehog Triple Trouble
(Sonic and Tails 2 in Japan)
Sonic Drift 2
Sonic 2 in 1 (Europe)
The Sega Game Gear featured many different add-ons and peripherals that both enhanced gameplay and added new functions to the handheld. The TV Tuner was the most anticipated and the best selling of these, allowing the Game Gear to connect to and receive TV broadcasts. Through the addition of an extra component, the Car Antenna, it was even possible to watch TV in the car by connecting to the external antenna terminal. This peripheral sold for ¥12800 in Japan, with the Car Antenna going for an extra ¥3800, although it did see an international release unlike many other 90's console add-ons.
- The Sega Game Gear is a region-free system, meaning owners of the console could play any game from any region without dealing with locking issues.
- There were 335 games released for the Sega Game Gear, with total this including 213 games for the United States, 171 games for Europe, 61 games for Japan, 22 games worldwide and 9 prototypes.
- There was an adapter for the Game Gear that allowed Sega Master System games to be played.
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