Game Gear/GG ROMs

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5 In 1 Funpak Thumbnail 5 In 1 Funpak
Console: Game Gear
Genre: Board Game, Strategy, Turn Based Tactics
Year: 1994
3.0 20865
Mortal Kombat Thumbnail Mortal Kombat
Console: Game Gear
Genre: Action, Fighting
Year: 1993
3.5 13373
Sonic Chaos Thumbnail Sonic Chaos
Console: Game Gear
Genre: Action, Platform
Year: 1993
4.0 8274
Mortal Kombat - Shinken Kourin Densetsu Thumbnail Mortal Kombat - Shinken Kourin Densetsu
Console: Game Gear
Genre: Action, Fighting
Year: 1993
3.0 7829
Spider-Man - Return Of The Sinister Six Thumbnail Spider-Man - Return Of The Sinister Six
Console: Game Gear
Genre: Action, Platform
Year: 1993
3.5 5505
Mighty Morphin Power Rangers Thumbnail Mighty Morphin Power Rangers
Console: Game Gear
Genre: Action, Beat Em Up
Year: 1994
3.6 5339
Terminator 2 - Judgment Day Thumbnail Terminator 2 - Judgment Day
Console: Game Gear
Genre: Action, Platform
Year: 1993
3.9 5265
Sonic The Hedgehog Thumbnail Sonic The Hedgehog
Console: Game Gear
Genre: Action, Platform
Year: 1991
3.5 5173
Sonic Blast Thumbnail Sonic Blast
Console: Game Gear
Genre: Action, Platform
Year: 1996
3.7 5029
Paperboy 2 Thumbnail Paperboy 2
Console: Game Gear
Genre: Action
Year: 1992
3.9 4813
Primal Rage Thumbnail Primal Rage
Console: Game Gear
Genre: Action, Fighting
Year: 1995
3.0 4654
Ecco The Dolphin Thumbnail Ecco The Dolphin
Console: Game Gear
Genre: Action, Platform
Year: 1994
2.3 4509
Mickey Mouse No Castle Illusion Thumbnail Mickey Mouse No Castle Illusion
Console: Game Gear
Genre: Action, Platform
Year: 1991
2.8 4303
Shinobi II - The Silent Fury Thumbnail Shinobi II - The Silent Fury
Console: Game Gear
Genre: Action, Platform
Year: 1992
4.6 4161
Home Alone Thumbnail Home Alone
Console: Game Gear
Genre: Action
Year: 1992
2.5 3495
Alien 3 Thumbnail Alien 3
Console: Game Gear
Genre: Action, Horror, Platform
Year: 1994
0.0 3372
Arcade Classics Thumbnail Arcade Classics
Console: Game Gear
Genre: Compilation
Year: 1996
2.8 3358
Aladdin Thumbnail Aladdin
Console: Game Gear
Genre: Action, Platform
Year: 1994
0.0 3287
Dr. Robotnik's Mean Bean Machine Thumbnail Dr. Robotnik's Mean Bean Machine
Console: Game Gear
Genre: Puzzle
Year: 1993
3.8 3208
Gunstar Heroes Thumbnail Gunstar Heroes
Console: Game Gear
Genre: Action, Shooter
Year: 1995
5.0 3187
Hook Thumbnail Hook
Console: Game Gear
Genre: Action, Platform
Year: 1992
2.8 3175
Sonic & Tails Thumbnail Sonic & Tails
Console: Game Gear
Genre: Action, Platform
Year: 1993
3.8 3102
Aladdin Thumbnail Aladdin
Console: Game Gear
Genre: Action, Platform
Year: 1994
3.5 3007
Arch Rivals Thumbnail Arch Rivals
Console: Game Gear
Genre: Sports
Year: 1992
0.0 2997
Sonic Drift 2 Thumbnail Sonic Drift 2
Console: Game Gear
Genre: Racing
Year: 1995
3.8 2980

Console History: Sega Game Gear


As mobile gaming was taking off in the early nineties, Sega was playing catch-up to Nintendo’s Game Boy. Released in 1990, a year after the Game Boy, the Sega Game Gear packed all the specs to be a monster of mobile gaming console, but it just couldn’t beat out the Game Boy.

Today, the Game Gear is emulated on Android devices and other modern systems out of a feel for nostalgia. Despite being discontinued in 1996, never to see a proper successor (unless you count the awkward, short-lived, North America-only Sega Nomad), the Game Gear garnered a legion of dedicated fans within the 11 million units it sold. Plus, it doesn’t hurt that it had some really great games.

When competing against the Game Boy, Sega marketed it as the cooler and technologically superior product. This was actually pretty true. It was essentially a handheld Sega Master System, packing all the power of that gaming system into a handheld device. Not to mention that it had a beautiful, backlit color screen that blew the Game Boy’s grayscale screen out of the water.

Still, those specs came at a price. Even though it was more expensive than the Game Boy, its battery didn’t last nearly as long. The Game Boy could go over thirty hours on four AA batteries, but the Game Gear required six AA batteries to make it only 5 hours at the most. That would burn through a lot of batteries quickly, and almost defeats the purpose of a mobile device if you need to carry around a bag full of batteries.

The advantage of emulation, however, is that batteries are no longer a problem. Now you can get the full power of the Game Gear with none of the drawbacks. Plus, with games designed for a mobile device, the games are generally easier to handle than Master System games while using an Android device. Many Game Gear titles were actually just Master System ports, but they accounted for the smaller screen size and button layout. The Game Gear actually retained a horizontal gamepad which was easier to hold than Nintendo’s Game Boy.

As far as games are concerned, the Game Boy got over 1,000 titles in its lifetime, while the Game Gear got just over 300. But don’t let the quantity fool you, the Game Gear’s titles were nothing to laugh at. Classic titles like Land of Illusion Starring Mickey Mouse, Prince of Persia, Sonic the Hedgehog, Dragon Crystal, Street Rage 2, and more all brought out the best in the Game Gear. You haven’t truly experienced Sonic the Hedgehog until you play this classic.

It’s only successor, if you could call it that, was the Sega Nomad — a North America-only handset that was essentially a mobile Sega Genesis. The Game Gear was Sega’s last worldwide handheld gaming device, and with only two buttons compared to the six buttons on Nomad, it is simpler to emulate on modern devices. The console itself had a few optional and strange peripherals including a TV tuner that allowed users to watch TV on the tiny 3.2 inch screen. An unusual addition, no doubt, but one that separated it even more from the Game Boy. Also available was an accessory that magnified the screen to make it appear bigger for those who disliked squinting at the tiny screen. You could even connect two Game Gears with a cable for multiplayer action.

If you’ve never stepped outside of the Nintendo bubble, give it a try. Nintendo has some great games and devices, but give the Game Gear and some of its unique games a try and you won’t regret it. This device sold 11 million units for a reason. It may have lost to the Game Boy in the long run, but it had a great run for a while and will continue to live on in emulators for years to come.