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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 5144x 64%
Alex Kidd 4 1989 5434x 71%
Alex Kidd in Miracle ... 1986 27804x 62%
Alex Kidd: The Lost Stars 1988 5349x 47%
Alien 3 1992 3631x 77%
Altered Beast 1988 1728x 55%
Astro Warrior 1986 6802x 61%
Astérix 1991 14578x 52%
Astérix: Secret Mission 1993 6125x 61%
Bank Panic 1987 6837x 55%
Black Belt 1986 8158x 60%
Bomber Raid 1988 5805x 66%
Bubble Bobble 1986 4115x 81%
California Games 1987 3870x 62%
California Games II 1990 2357x 62%
Castle of Illusion 1990 7736x 62%
Chase H.Q. 1988 2403x 80%
Choplifter 1982 6336x 61%
Columns 1990 2311x 79%
Cool Spot 1993 2268x 70%
Deep Duck Trouble 1993 7603x 65%
Disney’s Aladdin 1993 3897x 74%
Double Dragon 1987 3997x 70%
Dracula 1993 2758x 80%
Earthworm Jim 1994 1751x 59%
Ecco the Dolphin 1992 386x 80%
FIFA 1993 3304x 70%
Fantasy Zone 1986 4530x 64%
Fantasy Zone II 1987 3091x 60%
Gangster Town 1987 5600x 60%
Gauntlet 1985 4104x 68%
Ghost House 1986 4942x 76%
Ghostbusters 1984 919x 60%
Ghouls ’N Ghosts 1988 226x 70%
Golden Axe 1989 33373x 67%
Golden Axe Warrior 1991 5611x 75%
Golvellius 1988 3599x 69%
Great Soccer 1985 4467x 68%
Hang-On 1985 7892x 59%
Home Alone 1991 2540x 60%
Indiana Jones and ... 1989 6661x 55%
Ironman 1989 1584x 50%
Kenseiden 1988 3943x 59%
King’s Quest 1984 4934x 58%
Klax 1989 4128x 36%
Land of Illusion 1992 6426x 62%
Lemmings 1991 3047x 48%
Lion King, The 1994 10702x 66%
Lucky Dime Caper 1991 4791x 83%
Marble Madness 1984 2343x 70%
Master of Darkness 1992 4464x 74%
Mercs 1990 1012x 60%
Monopoly 1987 2931x 76%
Montezuma’s Revenge 1984 6820x 68%
Mortal Kombat 1993 21421x 67%
Mortal Kombat 3 1995 3286x 84%
Mortal Kombat II 1994 3538x 77%
Ms. Pac-Man 1982 2968x 63%
New Zealand Story 1989 2949x 66%
Ninja Gaiden 1992 8870x 63%
Olympic Gold 1992 3033x 57%
Operation Wolf 1989 6236x 71%
OutRun 1986 7550x 63%
Pac-Mania 1988 4188x 76%
Paperboy 1984 3425x 68%
Penguin Land 1987 4723x 75%
Phantasy Star 1987 4533x 82%
Pit Pot 1985 3206x 68%
Populous 1989 4585x 76%
Power Strike 1988 3700x 72%
Prince of Persia 1989 4920x 90%
Psycho Fox 1989 4441x 63%
R-Type 1988 5100x 71%
Rambo 1986 6115x 66%
Rambo III 1988 6786x 62%
Rampage 1986 2920x 85%
Rastan 1987 3722x 64%
Renegade 1986 2870x 81%
Road Rash 1991 6889x 63%
RoboCop 3 1992 184x 60%
RoboCop vs Terminator 1993 350x 60%
Rocky 1987 9942x 58%
Rygar 1986 1897x 71%
Sega Chess 1991 3575x 71%
Shanghai 1986 2351x 83%
Shinobi 1987 6625x 65%
Simpsons: Bart vs. ... 1991 2993x 71%
Simpsons: Bart vs. World 1991 1268x 37%
Solomon’s Key 1986 2371x 67%
Sonic the Hedgehog 1991 6757x 73%
Sonic the Hedgehog 2 1992 13567x 75%
Spider-Man Vs. the ... 1990 4788x 57%
Spider-Man: Return of ... 1992 2702x 73%
Spy vs Spy 1984 2879x 85%
Star Wars 1991 1159x 35%
Street Fighter II 1992 5492x 70%
Streets of Rage 1991 2703x 72%
Streets of Rage 2 1993 1681x 88%
Strider 1989 2274x 86%
Super Monaco GP 1989 744x 60%
Super Tennis 1986 6384x 57%
Teddy Boy 1986 4985x 65%
Terminator 2 1991 3403x 69%
The Jungle Book 1994 2859x 58%
The Ninja 1986 3693x 73%
The Terminator 1992 4737x 64%
Vigilante 1988 4714x 65%
Wonder Boy 1987 9172x 62%
Wonder Boy 2 1987 5927x 66%
Wonder Boy III 1989 5395x 52%
World Championship Soccer 1989 2454x 76%
World Grand Prix 1986 7533x 59%
Xenon 2: Megablast 1989 3074x 71%
Ys 1987 4109x 57%
Zillion 1987 4474x 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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