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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 4894x 62%
Alex Kidd 4 1989 5025x 69%
Alex Kidd in Miracle ... 1986 25625x 63%
Alex Kidd: The Lost Stars 1988 4914x 52%
Alien 3 1992 3418x 77%
Altered Beast 1988 1480x 55%
Astro Warrior 1986 6118x 58%
Astérix 1991 13196x 52%
Astérix: Secret Mission 1993 5641x 63%
Bank Panic 1987 6314x 55%
Black Belt 1986 7368x 60%
Bomber Raid 1988 5313x 67%
Bubble Bobble 1986 3963x 81%
California Games 1987 3662x 62%
California Games II 1990 2163x 62%
Castle of Illusion 1990 7152x 63%
Chase H.Q. 1988 2222x 80%
Choplifter 1982 5895x 62%
Columns 1990 2175x 79%
Cool Spot 1993 2123x 70%
Deep Duck Trouble 1993 7036x 63%
Disney’s Aladdin 1993 3712x 70%
Double Dragon 1987 3745x 70%
Dracula 1993 2592x 80%
Earthworm Jim 1994 1549x 59%
Ecco the Dolphin 1992 246x 80%
FIFA 1993 3116x 68%
Fantasy Zone 1986 4272x 66%
Fantasy Zone II 1987 2831x 63%
Gangster Town 1987 5194x 63%
Gauntlet 1985 3676x 70%
Ghost House 1986 4581x 76%
Ghostbusters 1984 713x 60%
Golden Axe 1989 31567x 68%
Golden Axe Warrior 1991 5226x 78%
Golvellius 1988 3346x 69%
Great Soccer 1985 4067x 70%
Hang-On 1985 7160x 61%
Home Alone 1991 2391x 60%
Indiana Jones and ... 1989 6148x 55%
Ironman 1989 1447x 50%
Kenseiden 1988 3673x 59%
King’s Quest 1984 4614x 58%
Klax 1989 3791x 39%
Land of Illusion 1992 5951x 64%
Lemmings 1991 2898x 48%
Lion King, The 1994 9786x 66%
Lucky Dime Caper 1991 4395x 82%
Marble Madness 1984 2186x 70%
Master of Darkness 1992 4099x 74%
Mercs 1990 894x 60%
Monopoly 1987 2712x 76%
Montezuma’s Revenge 1984 6393x 68%
Mortal Kombat 1993 18943x 68%
Mortal Kombat 3 1995 3084x 84%
Mortal Kombat II 1994 3343x 74%
Ms. Pac-Man 1982 2738x 63%
New Zealand Story 1989 2803x 66%
Ninja Gaiden 1992 8014x 64%
Olympic Gold 1992 2871x 57%
Operation Wolf 1989 5882x 69%
OutRun 1986 6899x 64%
Pac-Mania 1988 3914x 77%
Paperboy 1984 3215x 68%
Penguin Land 1987 4410x 73%
Phantasy Star 1987 4194x 80%
Pit Pot 1985 3004x 68%
Populous 1989 4308x 75%
Power Strike 1988 3423x 72%
Prince of Persia 1989 4495x 89%
Psycho Fox 1989 4087x 61%
R-Type 1988 4671x 72%
Rambo 1986 5601x 66%
Rambo III 1988 6320x 61%
Rampage 1986 2746x 85%
Rastan 1987 3366x 64%
Renegade 1986 2677x 81%
Road Rash 1991 6269x 57%
RoboCop vs Terminator 1993 188x 60%
Rocky 1987 8978x 58%
Rygar 1986 1744x 71%
Sega Chess 1991 3341x 71%
Shanghai 1986 2223x 83%
Shinobi 1987 6136x 64%
Simpsons: Bart vs. ... 1991 2847x 71%
Simpsons: Bart vs. World 1991 1114x 35%
Solomon’s Key 1986 2236x 65%
Sonic the Hedgehog 1991 6226x 77%
Sonic the Hedgehog 2 1992 11993x 74%
Spider-Man Vs. the ... 1990 4384x 56%
Spider-Man: Return of ... 1992 2591x 73%
Spy vs Spy 1984 2750x 85%
Star Wars 1991 987x 35%
Street Fighter II 1992 5255x 70%
Streets of Rage 1991 2531x 70%
Streets of Rage 2 1993 1428x 88%
Strider 1989 2083x 86%
Super Monaco GP 1989 619x 60%
Super Tennis 1986 5855x 55%
Teddy Boy 1986 4658x 65%
Terminator 2 1991 3197x 69%
The Jungle Book 1994 2708x 58%
The Ninja 1986 3420x 73%
The Terminator 1992 4415x 61%
Vigilante 1988 4388x 65%
Wonder Boy 1987 8387x 65%
Wonder Boy 2 1987 5426x 68%
Wonder Boy III 1989 4939x 50%
World Championship Soccer 1989 2301x 76%
World Grand Prix 1986 6945x 59%
Xenon 2: Megablast 1989 2932x 71%
Ys 1987 3799x 57%
Zillion 1987 4068x 63%

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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