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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 6020x 64%
Alex Kidd in Miracle ... 1986 35216x 61%
Alex Kidd in Shinobi ... 1990 2450x 69%
Alex Kidd: High-Tech ... 1989 6635x 71%
Alex Kidd: The Lost Stars 1988 6665x 50%
Alien 3 1992 4285x 77%
Altered Beast 1988 2508x 55%
Astro Warrior 1986 8126x 60%
Astérix 1991 18293x 52%
Astérix: Secret Mission 1993 7319x 61%
Baku Baku Animal 1995 656x 70%
Bank Panic 1987 8228x 54%
Black Belt 1986 10312x 61%
Bomber Raid 1988 7485x 64%
Bonanza Bros. 1990 239x 70%
Bubble Bobble 1986 4827x 81%
California Games 1987 4612x 62%
California Games II 1990 2986x 62%
Castle of Illusion 1990 9417x 60%
Chase H.Q. 1988 3141x 80%
Choplifter 1982 7644x 62%
Columns 1990 2843x 79%
Cool Spot 1993 2773x 70%
Deep Duck Trouble 1993 9124x 63%
Disney’s Aladdin 1993 4566x 74%
Double Dragon 1987 4803x 70%
Dracula 1993 3360x 80%
Earthworm Jim 1994 2475x 59%
Ecco the Dolphin 1992 1052x 67%
FIFA 1993 3989x 67%
Fantasy Zone 1986 5567x 64%
Fantasy Zone II 1987 4001x 60%
Flicky 1984 456x 60%
GP Rider 1990 192x 50%
Gangster Town 1987 6917x 57%
Gauntlet 1985 5443x 67%
Ghost House 1986 5928x 78%
Ghostbusters 1984 1603x 60%
Ghouls ’N Ghosts 1988 843x 70%
Golden Axe 1989 38452x 67%
Golden Axe Warrior 1991 6696x 76%
Golvellius 1988 4500x 69%
Great Soccer 1985 5678x 65%
Hang-On 1985 9975x 61%
Home Alone 1991 3048x 60%
Indiana Jones and ... 1989 8046x 55%
Ironman 1989 2184x 50%
Kenseiden 1988 4840x 57%
King’s Quest 1984 6043x 57%
Klax 1989 5140x 38%
Land of Illusion 1992 7852x 62%
Lemmings 1991 3609x 48%
Lion King, The 1994 12926x 64%
Lucky Dime Caper 1991 5920x 84%
Marble Madness 1984 2863x 70%
Master of Darkness 1992 5496x 74%
Mercs 1990 1527x 60%
Monopoly 1987 3545x 76%
Montezuma’s Revenge 1984 8412x 68%
Mortal Kombat 1993 27836x 68%
Mortal Kombat 3 1995 3939x 84%
Mortal Kombat II 1994 4296x 77%
Ms. Pac-Man 1982 3676x 66%
New Zealand Story 1989 3491x 66%
Ninja Gaiden 1992 11392x 64%
Olympic Gold 1992 3577x 57%
Operation Wolf 1989 7424x 71%
OutRun 1986 9469x 64%
Pac-Mania 1988 5074x 76%
Paperboy 1984 4144x 68%
Penguin Land 1987 5885x 73%
Phantasy Star 1987 5720x 83%
Pit Pot 1985 3917x 62%
Populous 1989 5480x 76%
Power Strike 1988 4683x 71%
Prince of Persia 1989 5800x 83%
Psycho Fox 1989 5697x 65%
R-Type 1988 6475x 70%
Rambo 1986 7534x 67%
Rambo III 1988 8196x 63%
Rampage 1986 3495x 85%
Rastan 1987 4713x 67%
Renegade 1986 3471x 81%
Road Rash 1991 8804x 60%
RoboCop 3 1992 720x 60%
RoboCop vs Terminator 1993 876x 55%
Rocky 1987 12321x 61%
Rygar 1986 2428x 71%
Sega Chess 1991 4374x 74%
Shanghai 1986 2820x 83%
Shinobi 1987 8217x 66%
Simpsons: Bart vs. ... 1991 3584x 71%
Simpsons: Bart vs. World 1991 1797x 37%
Solomon’s Key 1986 2967x 67%
Sonic the Hedgehog 1991 8729x 76%
Sonic the Hedgehog 2 1992 18508x 75%
Spider-Man Vs. the ... 1990 5991x 57%
Spider-Man: Return of ... 1992 3265x 73%
Spy vs Spy 1984 3506x 85%
Star Wars 1991 1764x 35%
Street Fighter II 1992 6342x 70%
Streets of Rage 1991 3277x 72%
Streets of Rage 2 1993 2620x 88%
Strider 1989 2976x 86%
Super Monaco GP 1989 1310x 60%
Super Tennis 1986 8189x 57%
Teddy Boy 1986 5929x 65%
Terminator 2 1991 4022x 69%
The Jungle Book 1994 3403x 58%
The Ninja 1986 4569x 73%
The Terminator 1992 5821x 64%
Vigilante 1988 5807x 66%
Wonder Boy 1987 11793x 64%
Wonder Boy 2 1987 7416x 69%
Wonder Boy III 1989 6722x 53%
World Championship Soccer 1989 3039x 76%
World Grand Prix 1986 9217x 60%
Xenon 2: Megablast 1989 3691x 71%
Ys 1987 5015x 58%
Zillion 1987 5532x 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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