The Forgotten Legacy of the Sega Game Gear: A Look Back at the Portable Console That Could Have Been a Contender

The Sega Game Gear was a portable gaming device that was released in 1990 as a direct competitor to Nintendo’s Game Boy. Although it wasn’t as successful as the Game Boy, it still had a loyal following and some notable games that are still remembered today. One of the standout features of the Game Gear was its colour screen.


Unlike the Game Boy, which had a monochromatic display, the Game Gear’s screen could display up to 32 colours at once. This made games like Sonic the Hedgehog and Mortal Kombat much more visually impressive on the Game Gear than they were on the Game Boy.


However, the Game Gear did have some drawbacks. One of the biggest issues was its battery life. The Game Gear required six AA batteries to run, and they only lasted for a few hours at most. This made the Game Gear much less portable than the Game Boy, which had a much longer battery life. Another issue with the Game Gear was its size. While it was technically portable, it was much larger and heavier than the Game Boy. This made it less convenient to carry around, and it was also more prone to damage if dropped or bumped. To address this issue, Game Case protectors were introduced. These protectors were essentially cases that the Game Gear could be placed in when not in use. They were designed to protect the device from scratches, bumps, and other forms of damage while also making it easier to carry around. Game Case protectors came in a variety of styles and designs. Some were made of hard plastic and resembled small suitcases, while others were made of soft materials like neoprene and could be carried over the shoulder like a purse.


Overall, the Sega Game Gear was an impressive piece of gaming hardware that was ahead of its time in terms of graphics and screen quality. However, its short battery life and bulky design made it less popular than the Game Boy. For those who still enjoy playing Game Gear games today, Game Case protectors are a must-have accessory to ensure the device remains in good condition.


If you are an experienced Game Gear collector, or starting to build your first collection – we suggest that you protect your games with our Sega Game Gear game box protectors. At RetroShell we offer Game Gear game case protectors made of 4mm clear acrylic with a sliding door for easy access. Our Game Gear game box protectors are best in class, and allow you to stack your Game Gear game cases either horizontally or vertically to display your collection.