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GameGear

GameGear

Welcome to the SEGA GameGear section here at SoreThumb Retro Games. We stock a large selection of games, accessories and systems. The Sega Game Gear was Sega's first handheld game console. It was the third commercially available color handheld console, after the Atari Lynx and the TurboExpress. Work began on the console in 1989 as a portable version of the Master System with a lower resolution screen, but allowed for a larger color palette. In addition, it could also produce stereo sound (through headphones) as opposed to the Master System's monaural output, though very few games made use of the stereo capabilities. Unlike the original Game Boy, in which the screen was positioned above the buttons, the system was held in a landscape position, with the controls at the sides, making it less cramped to hold. Because of the similarities between the Master System and the Game Gear, it was fairly easy for Master System games to be ported to Game Gear cartridges. Alternately, the Master Gear Converter was released during the system's lifetime which allowed original Master System games to be played on the Game Gear.

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  1. Game Gear -Handheld- + Colums ( Game Gear )

    Game Gear -Handheld- + Columns+ 4-in- 1 ( Game Gear )

    £28.00

    Game Gear -Handheld- +5 games in total) Fully tested 100% working Handheld+ Columns game. Item is used so may show signs of wear. Learn More
  2. Super Wide Gear  ( Game Gear )

    Super Wide Gear ( Game Gear )

    £8.00

    The Super Wide Gear, known as the Big Window IIin Japan, is the second screen magnifer for the Sega Game Gear to be released by Sega. It is a replacement for the Wide Gear and has a similar purpose - it clips on to the bottom of the system and magnifies the display for easy viewing. The Super Wide Gear makes a number of important changes to address problems with the earlier Wide Gear. This time the device clips is supported by top clips as well as bottom ones, and rests on the unit rather than floating above. The result is a more studier piece of kit. It still, however, requires to be screwed into the unit for stability. The device will also fold away for easy storage. At this present time it is unknown exactly who designed the Super Wide Gear - though clearly adopted by Sega as a first party product, it credits VIC Tokai in Europe. Furthermore it is currently unknown what the situation is with the original Big Window whose design (by ABBA) seems identical to this one. Accessories such as the Super Wide Gear exacerbate the issue of the Game Gear not being particularly portable. Unlike the normal Wide Gear, the Super Wide Gear is unlikely to be damaged during travel, but the added weight and volume combined with the already bulky nature of the system is the reason the Game Gear Carrying Case had to be created. Learn More
  3. Master Gear Converter  ( Game Gear )

    Master Gear Converter ( Game Gear )

    £10.00

    The Master Gear Converter, sometimes known simply as the Master Gear, Gear Master Converter or in Brazil, Master Gear Adaptor is an accessory for the Sega Game Gear, allowing the unit to play Sega Master System games. The history of the device is not fully understood. It was developed by the Hong Kong company, Kalplus and originally released in late 1991. However, there are many different varieties of this device, some officially branded by Sega, so the distribution chain remains a mystery. Kalplus filed a US patent for the device in late 1991, which they held for a brief period between 1993 and 1994, and they also held the "Master Gear" trademark for a while. The Master System Converter is a simplistic device which fits into the Game Gear's cartridge slot, which in turn allows for western-style Master System cartridges to be placed inside and run on the Game Gear, similar in nature to the Power Base Converter for the Sega Mega Drive. The Game Gear is essentially an upgraded Master System and thus has no trouble playing Master System games, however is unable to offer any other advantages such as FM Sound offered by the FM Sound Unit. It also cannot run Sega Cards natively, though could in theory do when armed with a Card Catcher and a Master System Region Converter. When playing Master System games, the output is resized to fit the Game Gear's smaller screen. This can make some games more difficult to play, as smaller sprites become difficult to make out such as bullets or text. There is also no way of inserting a second controller in order to play two player games. Games which rely on the Light Phaser or 3D Glasses will also struggle. All Game Gears are region free, so the converters are likewise region free. Some games are not fully compatible with the Master System Converter for various reasons, such as Lord of the Sword, Phantasy Star and Outrun. The unit will also not function in a late 90s Majesco Game Gear, however the updated version of the unit, the Master System Converter 2, will. The Master System Converter 2 is otherwise identical to the original model - plans were once put in place to allow a second control pad to be inserted, but no such feature can be found in the final release. Learn More
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    NUBY Game Gear Carry Case ( Game Gear )

    £5.00

    NUBY Game Gear Carry Case ( Game Gear ) THE WORD NUBY IS STARTING TO FADE Learn More
  5. ASCII ware GameGear Carry All    ( Game Gear )

    ASCII ware GameGear Carry All ( Game Gear )

    £7.00

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    The Sega Game Gear Official Carry Case. Hard wearing plastic carry case to protect your Game Gear when it's not in use. Has the official Sega Game Gear logo on the box. Item is used so may show signs of wear Learn More
  6. Game Gear Battery Pack   ( Game Gear )

    Game Gear Battery Pack ( Game Gear )

    £9.00

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    The official Sega Game Gear Battery Pack (バッテリーパック) is a rechargeable battery pack for the Sega Game Gear, and the first released by Sega. It provides an alternative to spending a fortune on AA batteries by having something which can be charged and reused. The Battery Pack contains several Nickel-Cadmium rechargeable battery cells and plugs into the Game Gear's AC adaptor port. The Battery Pack is an odd device which hangs out of the unit, adding to the questions of whether the Game Gear is a truly portable console. It was designed to clip onto a user's belt, though the obvious assumption it makes is that Game Gear users were wearing belts, else it would dangle around and be damaged. Though in retrospect it appears to have been poorly designed, Nintendo originally had the same idea with its Game Boy equivalent battery pack. What separates the two is that the Game Gear's battery pack is substantially bigger and inconvienient. The Battery Pack can be rech Learn More
  7. Wide Gear   ( Game Gear )

    Wide Gear ( Game Gear )

    £6.00

    The Wide Gear, known as the Big Window (ビッグウインドー) in Japan, is the original screen magnifier for the Sega Game Gear. The Game Gear received more than its fair share of magnifiers, several of which were officially licensed, but this is likely to be the first and most simple iteration of the device. The Wide Gear does as the name suggests - it makes the screen "wider". It is merely a transparent piece of plastic mounted to the Game Gear unit at the bottom which acts as a lens and enlarges the picture for easier viewing. The Wide Gear is just plastic - it does not increase the resolution of the display nor the quality of the Game Gear's built-in screen. The Wide Gear is not a flexible accessory - it has to be physically screwed into the Game Gear and will always hover above the screen at a certain distance. It cannot be folded nor is it particularly strong, and as it is not simple to install, the device is not considered to be very "portable". Working Wide Gears are hence not very common - Sega would roll out a replacement line of Super Wide Gears instead, which would become the official screen magnifier of choice. Learn More
  8. Stereo FM Tuner  ( Game Gear )

    Stereo FM Tuner ( Game Gear )

    £9.00

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    The Stereo FM Tuner is a third party accessory for the Sega Game Gear. It was manufactured by Recoton who distributed it themselves, but it was also distributed by Beeshu with their own branding. Similar to the Game Gear TV Tuner, the FM Tuner fits into the Game Gear's cartridge slot to pick up transmissions, however the FM Tuner does FM radio as opposed to television. Features include a tuning button, volume button, and a headset plug. Oddly, unlike most analogue radios, it cannot interpret AM signals, and so the user cannot listen to medium or long wave stations. Learn More
  9. Game Gear TV Tuner  ( Game Gear )

    Game Gear TV Tuner ( Game Gear )

    £10.00

    The TV Tuner, known as the TV Auto Tuner (TVオートチューナーパック) in Japan, is a Sega Game Gear accessory which allows users to watch analogue television on the system's built-in screen. Sega were keen to advertise the TV Tuner shortly after the system's launch for two distinct reasons, firstly because handheld televisions were still a relatively new invention and a dedicated system was still quite pricy in the early 90s, and secondly because in order to cope with a colour television signal, you would require a colour screen - something Nintendo's Game Boy lacked, and which Sega were happy to point out at every given opportunity. The TV Tuner plugs into the Game Gear's cartridge slot, and has a mono A/V input. This means that if required, a VCR, camcorder or another video game console can be connected and played off the system - it essentially turns the Game Gear into standard 1990s-spec television. Some models have an extra port for an extra antenna (the Game Gear Car Antenna was the only official product to use it) - this port was removed in some variants because it served no purpose in many regions. TV Tuners also differ depending on the television standard. For example, the US model uses NTSC, whereas the European model uses PAL. On top of this there are several different types of PAL - the United Kingdom for example uses PAL-I and so had a different TV Tuner to France and Germany. Learn More
  10. Space Harrier  ( Game Gear )

    Space Harrier ( Game Gear )

    £8.00

    Run… fly… dodge those obstacles, but return fire on wave after wave of attacking aliens. Armed with a really big gun, you have to defend yourself against the alien hordes using your wits to navigate around the screen. But watch out for those end of level bosses! Originating in the arcades, Space Harrier is a third-person rail shooter with pseudo-3D graphics, set in the same world as Fantasy Zone. The lone titular hero fights aliens with a fireball-launching cannon, which can also be used to transform the hero into a flying rocket. The protagonist is constantly in motion, but the speed of his movement can be regulated by the player. Learn More

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