In 1991, SEGA released the Game Gear to compete with Nintendo’s wildly successful Game Boy. While the Game Gear did have features Nintendo’s handheld lacked (color screen, more comfortable), it just couldn’t keep pace. Today the Game Gear has a loyal following and is a very easy system to start collecting. In this episode of The Gaming Historian, we go over everything about the system and reasons why it failed.
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I have said before that my favorite gaming console is probably the Game Boy. It was the first system I owned that actually belonged to me, and it had so many good games. Not to mention, it was portable! When you are a kid, long car rides become nothing thanks to the Game Boy. Not to be outdone, my brother had a Game Gear. It had a few solid titles, but it really paled in comparison to it’s Nintendo rival. One game I played religiously on my Game Boy was Mega Man . It’s probably my brother’s favorite game series as well, so he would constantly ask to play. Little did we know, that Mega Man was available for him on the Game Gear.
In 1992, Galoob Toys released a device known as the Game Genie, which allowed players to manipulate their favorite Nintendo games. It was met with a lawsuit from Nintendo, who claimed the device violated their copyright on games. However, the courts disagreed and the Game Genie became one of the most popular cheat devices ever. The Gaming Historian takes a look at the Game Genie including it’s creation, the battle in the courtroom, and how the device worked.
In April of 2010, Derek (Happy Video Game Nerd) and I (Gaming Historian) switched shows! It was fun to do an actual game review, and here is what I decided to cover. Ristar is one of the best platformer games I have ever played, but it was a late release for the Genesis and many gamers simply overlooked it. Despite critical praise, it did not sell well. However, it is an awesome game and worth checking out. Along with the review, I also poke fun at myself and others.