The Sega Game Gear has multiple TV-out mods available, as well other interesting options. Please
read on for more info:
The Sega Game Gear was built as direct competition to Nintendo's Game Boy. It is essentially a portable (upgraded) version of the Sega
Master System, with many accessories available. There's also a large group of developers creating
new mods and software patches for the system. This section will try to provide all the information you
need and keep you up to date on all new options.
If you're going to perform any mod on your Game Gear I strongly suggest you take the time to
replace all the capacitors in the system. They are the cause of 90% of all failures on the Game Gear
(including screen and audio problems). It's much easier to have someone do this for you, so I recommend
using RetroFixes Game Gear Capcacitor Replacement Service. If you're
comfortable performing such a tedious task, many retro game online stores sell capacitor replacement kits
and you can also check out the links on the right. Also, the following link has the values for each
capacitor on each Game Gear model, so you can order them individually if you'd like: http://console5.com/wiki/Game_Gear
If you've never replaced capacitors before, take a look at this video (I have no affiliation with this person, I
just found the video on YouTube and thought it was helpful):
Summary / Tips:
- In my opinion, the Game Gear's screen has not aged well. I suggest either installing a replacement LCD or finding a way to play the games on a TV, either via TV-out mod or romcart / modified rom file.
- If you prefer to play on the original, unmodified handheld, I recommend doing a full cap replacement. Also consider the Majesco version, as it might be a slight
improvement over the original.
- A few Game Gear games such as Fantasy Zone, Power Strike II and some of the Sonic
games supported stereo audio. The SMS Power community is working to find exactly which games support
stereo, as well as if it's stereo sound effects, music, or both: http://www.smspower.org/Development/MusicEngine-GGStereo
- You can play Master System games on the Game Gear via a converter, but in my opinion the
original Game Gear screen ruins the image.
If you'd like info on mods for other systems, head to the Getting RGB From Each System page or check
out the main page for more