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Green Game Gear prototype console (France)
Post Posted: Sat Sep 15, 2018 2:03 pm
Recent auction (missed it, but I think rg010803 got it):

https://www.ebay.fr/itm/CONSOLE-SEGA-GAME-GEAR-VERTE-ORIGINAL-LIRE-DESCRIPTION-/...

Description (French)
CONSOLE GAME GEAR IMAGE TOP . son TOP OCCASION ORIGINAL M A ETE DONNEE PAR UN DIRECTEUR DE CHEZ SEGA A L EPOQUE SUREMENT UN PROTOTYPE JAMAIS VU SUR INTERNET

(English translation~) Was given to me by a director from Sega (France) a while ago.. probably a prototype, never seen before on the internet.
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Post Posted: Sat Sep 15, 2018 3:24 pm
A little clarification, as someone pointed out that: "Voltage inverter board near the cartridge slot and LED backlight panel taken from a Ni****do DS LCD screen"
Apparently the seller pointed to the buyer than the screen has been modded.
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Post Posted: Sun Sep 16, 2018 3:07 pm
I'm sure you already noticed this if you care, but the IC date codes suggest late-1992 manufacture
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Post Posted: Sun Sep 16, 2018 4:35 pm
Isn't that plastic imprint pointing to December 1993?
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Post Posted: Sun Sep 16, 2018 5:03 pm
KingMike wrote
Isn't that plastic imprint pointing to December 1993?


You're right! That's pretty odd then — possibly a shell swap back in the day to test the color?
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Post Posted: Mon Sep 17, 2018 8:22 am
An in-house prototype for evaluation by different market would most probably be a shell swap, so I'm not surprised of that.

To clarify a few things:

This color wasn't used in any retail Game Gear.

I haven't verified but some people are saying that no other GG released in JP/US have a Grey start button. Some Game Gear such as the Smoke Game Gear have Grey d-pad and 1-2 buttons (not sure if it is the same tint of grey) but no start button.

Another feedback:
"Eudald Salarich: I don't know if real or not but... Many years ago I was talking with a guy who worked for Sega distribution in Spain and he told me about a green, orange and a pink prototypes were made but never released"

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