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History of video games/Platforms/Game Gear

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History[edit | edit source]

Game Gear logotype.

Development[edit | edit source]

While in development the Game Gear was known as Project Mercury.[1]

The Game Gear was made domestically in Japan.[2]

Launch[edit | edit source]

The Game Gear was launched in October of 1990 costing 19,800 yen.[2][1]

Discontinuation[edit | edit source]

Sega discontinued the Game Gear in 1997,[1] with 11 million consoles sold.[3] During the 30th anniversary of the system in 2020, Sega produced the Game Gear Micro a miniature reproduction of the Game Gear.

Technology[edit | edit source]

The internal architecture of the Game Gear is very similar to Sega's earlier home console, the Master System.[1][4]

Compute[edit | edit source]

The Game Gear uses an 8-bit Zilog Z80 based processor clocked at 3.58 megahertz.[5][4]

The Game Gear has eight kilobytes of RAM, and 16 kilobytes of video RAM.[4][6]

Hardware[edit | edit source]

The Game Gear has a 3.2 inch color screen with a resolution of 160 pixels by 144 pixels.[4][5]

The Game Gear uses a Texas Instruments SN76489 chip for sound.[4]

The Game Gear required the use of 6 AA batteries.[1]

Notable games[edit | edit source]

1991[edit | edit source]

1992[edit | edit source]

1993[edit | edit source]

1994[edit | edit source]

1995[edit | edit source]

1996[edit | edit source]

Special Edition Game Gear Consoles[edit | edit source]

  • Enjoy Coca-Cola Game Gear[7]

Gallery[edit | edit source]

Console[edit | edit source]

Internals[edit | edit source]

References[edit | edit source]