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Video game console - Sega Master System (SMS)

    Sega Master System (SMS) was an 8-bit video game console released by Sega in 1985. Its original Japanese name was Sega Mark III, but Master System was also used in Japan. The sale on the European market was comparable with its main competitor, Nintendo Entertainment System. But thanks to its large availability, it failed at the North American and Japanese markets. Master System came as a direct competitor to the NES in the third generation of game consoles. Her successor, Sega Game Gear was handheld Master System console the with a few improvements.
    Both the Mark III and the Master System possess two slots for game input: one for ROM Cartridges and one for Sega Cards, along with an expansion slot and 2 controller ports. Input for Sega Cards used small card with the size of a credit card, similarly to the PC Engine / TurboGrafx-16. Cartridges have a much higher capacity, while the cards were much smaller and were used for cheaper games. 3D glasses were connected via Sega Card input, and allowed the 3D effects for specially designed games. By this way, both inputs worked together. In case of Master System II, card input has been removed, and only cartridges were used. It helped to reduce the cost of production. Since the cards were unpopular, only a few games were released on Sega cards and most of them were later rereleased also on cartridges. There was also an attempt to create a floppy drive like for the Mega Drive but it never came out into sales.
    The game controller of Master System console had only two buttons, one acted as a Start button, while pause button was directly on the console. The controller used a 9-pin connector and could also be connected with consoles: Atari 2600, Atari ST, Commodore Amiga, Commodore 64, Amstrad CPC and ZX Spectrum. Among the other controllers, it should be mentioned the Light Phaser. The Light Phaser was light gun created for the Master System console and was heavier than its counterpart Nintendo Zapper. It had more sensitive trigger and more accurate aiming. Sega also developed 3D glasses SegaScope 3-D, which used a small LCD screen, rapidly changing between left and right lens, creating two different images synchronized with the TV in order to create a stereoscopic 3D effect. The same technique was used with similar glasses for some 3-D movies in theaters, although these are mostly replaced with new technology. But there were only eight 3-D games compatible with the Master System.
    In 2006, Master System was reissued in the form of a small handheld console powered by three AAA batteries. The console had its own screen and included 20 games originally released for the Master System and Game Gear.

Alphabetical list of the games for console Sega Master System hosted at RetroGames.cz:

Name Released Number of hits User rating
Addams Family, The 1991 5420x 64%
Alex Kidd in Miracle ... 1986 30445x 59%
Alex Kidd in Shinobi ... 1990 1089x 61%
Alex Kidd: High-Tech ... 1989 5883x 71%
Alex Kidd: The Lost Stars 1988 5824x 49%
Alien 3 1992 3834x 77%
Altered Beast 1988 1993x 55%
Astro Warrior 1986 7271x 62%
Astérix 1991 15924x 52%
Astérix: Secret Mission 1993 6502x 61%
Bank Panic 1987 7286x 55%
Black Belt 1986 8908x 61%
Bomber Raid 1988 6327x 66%
Bubble Bobble 1986 4310x 81%
California Games 1987 4103x 62%
California Games II 1990 2563x 62%
Castle of Illusion 1990 8279x 61%
Chase H.Q. 1988 2647x 80%
Choplifter 1982 6789x 61%
Columns 1990 2459x 79%
Cool Spot 1993 2410x 70%
Deep Duck Trouble 1993 8085x 65%
Disney’s Aladdin 1993 4105x 74%
Double Dragon 1987 4295x 70%
Dracula 1993 2944x 80%
Earthworm Jim 1994 1975x 59%
Ecco the Dolphin 1992 564x 80%
FIFA 1993 3499x 67%
Fantasy Zone 1986 4881x 64%
Fantasy Zone II 1987 3398x 60%
Gangster Town 1987 6048x 62%
Gauntlet 1985 4600x 67%
Ghost House 1986 5247x 76%
Ghostbusters 1984 1103x 60%
Ghouls ’N Ghosts 1988 440x 70%
Golden Axe 1989 35180x 68%
Golden Axe Warrior 1991 5996x 76%
Golvellius 1988 3891x 69%
Great Soccer 1985 4840x 68%
Hang-On 1985 8632x 59%
Home Alone 1991 2688x 60%
Indiana Jones and ... 1989 7127x 55%
Ironman 1989 1751x 50%
Kenseiden 1988 4230x 58%
King’s Quest 1984 5289x 57%
Klax 1989 4477x 36%
Land of Illusion 1992 6920x 62%
Lemmings 1991 3209x 48%
Lion King, The 1994 11520x 66%
Lucky Dime Caper 1991 5161x 84%
Marble Madness 1984 2503x 70%
Master of Darkness 1992 4823x 74%
Mercs 1990 1158x 60%
Monopoly 1987 3097x 76%
Montezuma’s Revenge 1984 7291x 68%
Mortal Kombat 1993 23726x 67%
Mortal Kombat 3 1995 3494x 84%
Mortal Kombat II 1994 3770x 77%
Ms. Pac-Man 1982 3193x 63%
New Zealand Story 1989 3114x 66%
Ninja Gaiden 1992 9743x 64%
Olympic Gold 1992 3169x 57%
Operation Wolf 1989 6615x 71%
OutRun 1986 8237x 63%
Pac-Mania 1988 4472x 76%
Paperboy 1984 3665x 68%
Penguin Land 1987 5124x 73%
Phantasy Star 1987 4945x 82%
Pit Pot 1985 3411x 68%
Populous 1989 4857x 76%
Power Strike 1988 3988x 72%
Prince of Persia 1989 5317x 83%
Psycho Fox 1989 4992x 65%
R-Type 1988 5498x 71%
Rambo 1986 6632x 66%
Rambo III 1988 7300x 62%
Rampage 1986 3088x 85%
Rastan 1987 4039x 64%
Renegade 1986 3056x 81%
Road Rash 1991 7570x 60%
RoboCop 3 1992 339x 60%
RoboCop vs Terminator 1993 512x 60%
Rocky 1987 10818x 61%
Rygar 1986 2045x 71%
Sega Chess 1991 3816x 71%
Shanghai 1986 2488x 83%
Shinobi 1987 7124x 65%
Simpsons: Bart vs. ... 1991 3169x 71%
Simpsons: Bart vs. World 1991 1435x 37%
Solomon’s Key 1986 2557x 67%
Sonic the Hedgehog 1991 7374x 74%
Sonic the Hedgehog 2 1992 15142x 75%
Spider-Man Vs. the ... 1990 5183x 57%
Spider-Man: Return of ... 1992 2866x 73%
Spy vs Spy 1984 3035x 85%
Star Wars 1991 1342x 35%
Street Fighter II 1992 5752x 70%
Streets of Rage 1991 2869x 72%
Streets of Rage 2 1993 1975x 88%
Strider 1989 2495x 86%
Super Monaco GP 1989 917x 60%
Super Tennis 1986 6979x 55%
Teddy Boy 1986 5311x 65%
Terminator 2 1991 3603x 69%
The Jungle Book 1994 3011x 58%
The Ninja 1986 3960x 73%
The Terminator 1992 5101x 64%
Vigilante 1988 5126x 65%
Wonder Boy 1987 10036x 63%
Wonder Boy 2 1987 6424x 68%
Wonder Boy III 1989 5865x 52%
World Championship Soccer 1989 2633x 76%
World Grand Prix 1986 8052x 60%
Xenon 2: Megablast 1989 3252x 71%
Ys 1987 4427x 58%
Zillion 1987 4841x 65%

All information in this article are from: http://www.wikipedia.org/.


North American/European Master System
along with gamepad controller.
 

Technical data:
Manufacturer: Sega
Generation: Third (8-bit era)
Retail availability: October 1985 (Japan)
September 1986 (USA)
October 1986 (Europe)
September 1987 (Australia)
Discontinued: 1989 (Japan), 1992 (USA), 1996 (Europe)
Units sold: 20 million (As of 2016)
Media: ROM cartridge, Sega Card
Processor (CPU): 8-bit Zilog Z80 at 3,58 MHz
Screen resolution: 256 x 192
Colors: 32 colors on-screen
Controller input: gamepad (cross + 2 buttons)
Light Phaser (light gun)
Best-selling game: Alex Kidd in Miracle World
Predecessor: SG-1000 (1983)
Successor: Sega Mega Drive / Genesis (1988)

 

Most popular SMS games:

SMS: Alex Kidd in Miracle World Alex Kidd in Miracle World

SMS: Sonic the Hedgehog Sonic the Hedgehog

SMS: Astérix Astérix

SMS: Hang-On Hang-On

SMS: Wonder Boy Wonder Boy

SMS: Phantasy Star Phantasy Star

SMS: Golvellius Golvellius: Valley of Doom


 

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