Say Hi there To The Most Fascinating (And Costly) Sport Gear Micro

Game Gear Micro Aleste© Nintendo Life

To have fun its 60th birthday, Sega received as much as every kind of enjoyable stuff – and that included the discharge of latest {hardware}. Alongside the Astro Metropolis Mini console, the corporate additionally miniaturised its Sport Boy rival, the Sport Gear, releasing it in 4 color variants which every got here pre-loaded with totally different video games.

Once we went hands-on with the Sport Gear Micro, we got here away considerably puzzled; not solely is that this gadget seemingly unique to Japan (there’s been no indication of a western launch since we initially coated it), it is so tiny it is hardly sensible for extended play, and the choice to incorporate totally different video games on every mannequin means it’s a must to shell out a whole bunch of {dollars} to get the complete library.

Nevertheless, along with the 4 preliminary colors – black, yellow, blue and pink – Sega has additionally launched a fifth variant, which is available in white and ships with the identical video games discovered on the recently-released Aleste Assortment for Nintendo Swap. We not too long ago reviewed this assortment, giving it a glowing 8/10 rating.

The limited-edition package deal accommodates a bodily copy of the sport on Swap, the Sport Gear Micro, a ‘Huge Window’ accent (which makes the display considerably simpler to see) and a few artwork books. The model we received additionally got here with a bonus “Historical past of Aleste” e book (in Japanese, naturally).

Whereas the seemingly random collection of video games seen on the opposite Sport Gear Micros made it onerous to discover a variant which ticked all your private bins, the video games included right here (Aleste/Energy Strike, Energy Strike II, GG Aleste, GG Aleste 2 and GG Aleste 3) are all glorious, though it goes with out saying that they are all shmups so for those who’re not a fan of the style, it isn’t going to be notably interesting to you.

It is also value stating that the identical points we had with the opposite Sport Gear Micro fashions apply to this one; the controls are useable however enjoying for a very long time is painful, and the display is not perfect for fast-paced shooters with numerous small bullets shifting across the display at excessive velocity. The Huge Window does make issues a bit simpler, in fact.

The largest catch with this specific mannequin is the value. Retailers are promoting it for round $350 now, and due to the extremely restricted nature of the discharge, you possibly can anticipate its worth to rise over time (Play Asia, the place we sourced our copy, has already offered out of the Swap model, however the PS4 version remains to be up for grabs). Is it actually value it, when Aleste Assortment on Swap presents a superior expertise in virtually each regard? In all probability not, but it surely’s simply the Sport Gear Micro mannequin we have spent essentially the most time with.

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