Game Gear On 3DS Is Cool, Despite Sega's Failed Attempt To Destroy Nintendo
In the 90s, Sega did whatever it took to bash Mario and Co. Today, they're the best of friends. So cute.
This week, Sega released three Game Gear titles on Nintendo's 3DS eShop: Sonic the Hedgehog: Triple Trouble, Shinobi and Dragon Crystal.
The Game Gear was Sega's now deceased portable from the 90s, which was the company's way of battling Nintendo's Game Boy. Higher ups probably thought the portable would run neck and neck with the black and white handheld for good reason. Not only did Game Gear play host to classic Sega franchises like Sonic and Streets of Rage, but it also displayed color graphics, 32 on screen from a palette of 4,096.
To be fair, the system had a decent six-year run in the U.S. and wound up selling 11 million units worldwide.
The Game Boy? Over 118 million.
Much like it did with Genesis, Sega pulled out all the stops to make Nintendo look inferior. Watch the below commercial, and you'll easily understand the message. Game Boy is old and stupid, the system for fat people. Game Gear is cool, and looks good in the hands of skinny nerds with sweet 90s haircuts.
In the end, Sega wound up looking ridiculous. Game Gear consumed six AA batteries in roughly six hours and the quality games were few and far between.
Meanwhile, Nintendo managed to extend the life of the Game Boy well into 2003, thanks to Game Boy Color.
That said, it's cool to see things come full circle, and even cooler that Sega wound up ditching its obnoxious smear campaign to jump into bed with the big N.
As for those Game Gear titles...not exactly as good as we remembered them.