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Sega Game Gear

The Game Gear was Sega's response to the Nintendo Gameboy, the Monochrome handheld designed by Nintendo's Gunpei Yokoi, and released in 1989. Sega had taken note of the general publics criticisms of the Gameboy, and wanted to make a handheld console "everything that the Game Gear wasn't".

The Game Gear was released late 1989 in Japan, 1990 in North America and as usual, us Europeans had to wait even longer, until 1991!

The most obvious different between the two consoles was the 4096 colour palette of the Game Gear, with a maximum of 32 different colours on screen at any time. The screen size was larger than the Gameboy, and was back-lit which meant that you could play it pretty much anywhere, unlike the Gameboy which needed good light.

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The console itself was held lengthways, with buttons on either side. This ergonomic design change made the Game Gear much easier on the hands - one criticism of the Gameboy was that it had a very cramped feel it, and many people complained of sore wrists & hands after extended game play.

The Game Gear was, in essence, a portable Sega Master System. This meant that many Master System Games could be easily ported onto the handheld console. Indeed, a Master System Converter add-on was released, which allowed any Master System Game to be plugged into the Game Gear.

Another add-on which proved to be a popular selling point was the TV Tuner. A small device which clipped to the back of the Game Gear turned the handheld console into a small portable TV, not unlike the Sony Watchman. Other add-ons included a rechargeable battery pack, screen magnifier & multilink cable, to allow two Game Gears to be connected in versus play.

With all these add-ons and advantages over the Gameboy, you would expect the Game Gear to have been the more popular of the two consoles. Unfortunately for Sega, it was not - they had overlooked one very important detail. Battery Life. In the end the deciding factor in the latest chapter of the Sega vs Nintendo war was how long the batteries lasted.

While the Game Gear did indeed have everything the Gameboy lacked, it had to pay a price for these luxuries; the average lifespan on the batteries was between 3 and 5 hours, whereas the Gameboy could easily exceed 10 hours. This was a problem suffered by many other handhelds such as the Neo-Geo pocket and the Atari Lynx - while they may have been superior in every other way, it was the simplest of factors that made the Gameboy the overall winner, and eventually the best selling console of all time.

As with all good things, the Sega Game gears came to and end in 1997. In the end, there were over 200 games released for the console, although many of them never made it out of Japan, such as the excellent Sonic Drift & Sonic Drift 2, and take-on of Super Mario Kart which included a multi-link option. Thankfully these can all be played on any Game Gear as there is no region lockout, due to there being no TV compatibility problems.

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Fantasy Zone

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The Fantasy Zone is once again under siege! Dark Menon is back, and his forces are stronger than ever! Guide Opa-Opa through hosts of creepy creatures and stop Menons for good!

Ecco Tides of Time

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The evil Vortex has returned and Ecco faces a dangerous adventure. With help from the beautiful Trellia, guide Ecco through over twenty-five levels of aquatic action, including amazing 3D scenes. See Ecco morph into a shark, jellyfish and even a seagull as you battle to level the tides of time.

Factory Panic

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Sneak into the factories owned by a vicious tycoon and get the quality products to the people who rightfully deserve them!

Earthworm Jim

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Eat Dirt!  Jim - Just an ordinary earthworm caught in a suit he doesn't understand.  Faced with the daunting task of keeping the super-powered suit out of the evil clutches of his vicious enemies,  you'll have to use every weapon and power at your disposal.  Use your whip, plasma blaster and hamster (ummm.) to fight past Chuck and Fifi, Evil the Cat and Major Mucus.

Dynamite Headdy

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The scene is set! This headstrong puppet may be a reject but he's out to prove his worth! 14 zany switchable heads to choose and use as you bite, swing, jump and butt your way to the Dark Demon's castle.

Disney Double Pack

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Two games in one pack! Lucky Dime Caper: Trek through treacherous lands with Donald Duck to save his nephews and retrieve the Lucky Dimes from evil Magica De Spell!! Talespin: Kit and Baloo scramble to win the worlds zaniest flying context ever!, in Higher for Hire's famous sea duck. The prize: A Lucrative air-transport contract.

Devilish

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Blast through beasties and booby-traps in eight challenging dimensions for an experience that could only be called. Devillish!

Cosmic Spacehead

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Absorb your senses in this giant Extra Terrestrial Odyssey of Cosmic discovery! Radical Adventure, Awesome Arcade and superb Sub-Games combine in Cosmic Spacehead's 50's Sci-Fi quest to prove the Earth's existence.

Defenders of Oasis

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As the Prince, you must defend the world of Oasis from the dark forces in this challenging real-time role playing game.

Chuck Rock 2

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Eighteen months after his victory over Gary Gritter, Chuck Rock is now the owner of the hugely successful 'Chuck Motors' and has become a father.  Kidnapped by his evil enemy Brick Jagger, Chuck Rock is likely to become Chuck Dust unless somebody rescues him. A sudden crash as Chuck Junior bursts from his play pen 'Goo Goo Gaa Gaa, I'll be back."

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