If you are looking for the best Game Gear emulators for Android to play some of its little gems, you are in the right place! This is a detailed list of emulators and it's up to you to pick the one you prefer and start enjoying some nostalgia on your phone!
The Game Gear is an 8-bit handheld video game console that was released by Sega over 30 years ago, as an answer to Nintendo's GameBoy and Atari's Lynx, in October 1990. It is one of the two handheld consoles ever made by Sega, the Game Gear was essentially a handheld Master System.
Praised for its 4096 colour palette display and processing power, the Game Gear was also able to play Master System games with the use of a device called the Master Gear. My personal favourite was the TV tuner which could turn your console into a handheld TV.
What happened to Game Gear then?Even though one might say that the Game Gear was ahead of its time, it certainly had some major flaws as well. As a Game Gear owner from back in the day, I can tell you that the most frustrating thing about it was how fast that thing would drain its batteries. Yes, the colour screen was amazing compared to other handhelds at the time, but you could only play for 3 to 4 hours. After that, you would have to either recharge its batteries (or buy new ones) or have it plugged into its adapter, which somewhat defeats the purpose of a handheld console.
Sega took a very aggressive approach when advertising it. In the midst of the "great console war", they came up with quotes such as "If you were colour blind and had an IQ of less than 12, then you wouldn't mind which portable you had" among other now-notorious commercials. One of these even featured a dead squirrel...Can anyone imagine something like that today? Oh, and we have SEGA emulators for Android too!
Though those were different times, such advertising drew outrage from Nintendo even back then, but anyway I'm getting off track now. While we are here already, check out our list of SNES emulators...
Imagine selling 10 million units and still falling behind no less than 10 times behind your competitorThe Game Gear went on to sell over 10 million units worldwide, and even though it was simply blown away by its main competitor, the GameBoy, which sold over 110 million units, the console had some exclusive titles (including Sonic games) that you might want to try out today. So, how can you play Game Gear games today?
All you need is an Android device and an emulator. But, which emulator should you choose? There are many out there, which ones are the best? That's why you are here, to find out which Game Gear emulators for Android devices are the best, right?
Well then, before we get right into it, let's clear a couple of things for those who have never used an emulator before.
About Game Gear EmulatorsAn emulator is simply an app that allows a system to behave like another. Emulators are not games. If you thought that you would install an emulator app and start playing games, well, sorry but you would be incorrect. To play games you are going to need what's called a ROM.
About Game Gear ROMROM, which stands for Read-Only-Memory, is simply a file that contains the actual game data. And that's exactly what you need in order to play games on emulators. After you install an emulator app, you will have to load the ROM of your favourite game from the emulator in order to play. Sadly, I cannot tell you here how you can find ROMs, but a simple online search could answer all of your questions.
Now that we've got everything out of the way, let's move on with our list of the best Game Gear emulators for Android devices! Note that the emulators on the list are in no particular order.