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REPORT: SEGA Game Gear sold a game in the first quarter of this year

The portable console debuted in Japan in 1990 and in the US in 1991

Occasionally some facts related to the industry surprise us because of its rarity. In this case, what happened is a light of hope for those who like to collect games and are looking for a title decades ago, as the NPD Group analysis firm revealed that in the first quarter of 2018 a title of SEGA Game Gear in the United States.

Yes, as you have just read, according to Mat Piscatella, NPD Group analyst who is responsible for revealing the sales of consoles and video games on a daily basis, surprised everyone with the news that a sale had been registered for the SEGA Game Gear, portable console. Yesterday, the analyst reported in his official Twitter account that someone in the US bought a game for Game Gear in some store; The game in question is Sonic the Hedgehog 2 in its portable version and the operation was registered by the NPD Group analysis system.

According to Piscatella, the purchase of Sonic the Hedhehog 2 for SEGA Game Gear is not due to an operation in a pawnshop or second-hand stores and neither can it be considered a purchase that was submitted many years ago as the scanning of the title code in a store register occurred in the first quarter of this year. To put things in perspective and the weirdness of the fact, the SEGA Game Gear debuted in Japan in 1990 and in 1991 did the same for the North American market. The console was discontinued in 1997, although in 2000 it returned to the market in a low-cost edition that was in charge of Majesco Entertainment with the authorization of SEGA.

After announcing the purchase, some followers of Piscatella considered that it could be a purchase related to the liquidation sale of the Toys "R" Us stores, a chain that filed for bankruptcy this year. Even, a user said that in his time as a worker in the extinct chain of stores Best and during the liquidation process in the late nineties, they found NES games that were never sold and that were in the hold since the eighties.

During the conversation, a user claimed that his brother-in-law was the one who acquired Sonic the Hedgehog 2 for Game Gear at a Wisconsin store last February. However, the user only responded to a couple of questions from Piscatella and then did not offer more information, so the analyst has not been able to confirm if this is true, but, what is a fact, is that a game of the SEGA's portable console appeared on the NPD Group sales list this quarter.

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