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Salduchi
05-14-2018, 05:53 PM
I want to buy an early CIB Game Gear. I want to know more about which box variants came in which order and in which year. To my knowledge the 1st Game Gear to launch in the US was the red box one that came packed with Columns. I think these had flat screens (as opposed to the bubble screen) and were made in 1991 only. The 2nd release was the blue box core set that did NOT come with a game but showed Sonic 1 on the front. I think these were from 1992 or and maybe late 1991. I can't find any information about this on the internet. Does anyone know any more information. Thanks a lot.

Tripredacus
05-15-2018, 11:18 AM
I'm not sure about the release dates. The original definately was the one that came with Columns. The next were from 1992 and were:
- The Core System (shows Sonic on the screen) which comes with no game.
- "Sonic the Hedgehog Included" which comes with Sonic.

Afterwards there is a Sonic 2 pack and the Super Sonic Sports Pack which comes with a bag, Sonic 2 and The Majors. After that was when the purple caution stripe boxes start.

Ref: https://segaretro.org/Game_Gear_consoles_in_North_America

Salduchi
05-18-2018, 12:15 AM
Thanks for the response. I just bought a brand new blue box core system on eBay that doesn't come with a game but has sonic 1 on the front. It should arrive tomorrow and I feel stupid for this but I am going to open it and see how it works. I'll check the serial number. Is it a 91 or 92 manufactured console? Does it have a flat or bubble screen? Do the capacitors really fail without use? Since it's the second American release and it's new I am interested.

I feel like the blue box core system had to have been released before the black and red box version. The blue box one catches the eye more and the fact that it did not include a game is interesting.

Salduchi
05-19-2018, 10:43 AM
For anyone interested, here is an update...

Opened it up and it looks beautiful. Obviously new although the back of the gamegear has some scratches from rattling around in the box for 25 years. Upon boot up, I heard a hiss coming from the speaker and no back light came on. The back light finally came on after about 20 seconds. I guess it was warming up. Games work and the sounds is loud and works perfect but the screen has to be viewed at a weird angle to see anything. The serial number starts with 02xxxxxx making it a 92 manufactured console. I assume the only way to get a 1991 console is to get one with the Columns pack in. It also has a bubble screen. I noticed a weird burning smell which I think is from the components being used from the first time.

My conclusion is that caps do die without use. I will be getting it recapped in the coming weeks. Opening a brand new Game Gear brings me back to my 7th birthday. Such nastolgia!

xelement5x
05-19-2018, 11:12 PM
Nice, that would have been like the longest 20 seconds of my life there waiting for it to actually kick in.

Ecco
05-23-2018, 03:26 PM
For anyone interested, here is an update...

Opened it up and it looks beautiful. Obviously new although the back of the gamegear has some scratches from rattling around in the box for 25 years. Upon boot up, I heard a hiss coming from the speaker and no back light came on. The back light finally came on after about 20 seconds. I guess it was warming up. Games work and the sounds is loud and works perfect but the screen has to be viewed at a weird angle to see anything. The serial number starts with 02xxxxxx making it a 92 manufactured console. I assume the only way to get a 1991 console is to get one with the Columns pack in. It also has a bubble screen. I noticed a weird burning smell which I think is from the components being used from the first time.

My conclusion is that caps do die without use. I will be getting it recapped in the coming weeks. Opening a brand new Game Gear brings me back to my 7th birthday. Such nastolgia!

So you're assuming the caps died becuase the screen viewing angle? It might be a completely normal screen lol, they all need the right view angle AFAIK. Even back in the 90's. Make sure to adjust the Game Gear's brightness which also changes the view angle.

Salduchi
05-23-2018, 06:14 PM
You cannot see anything straight on. You can kinda make out what's on the screen if the Game Gear is tilted up. It's a very unnatural angle. I adjusted the bringtness/contract with no luck. The Game Gear from my childhood was not like this.