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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 6358x 64%
Alex Kidd in Miracle ... 1986 37865x 62%
Alex Kidd in Shinobi ... 1990 3022x 72%
Alex Kidd: High-Tech ... 1989 7047x 72%
Alex Kidd: The Lost Stars 1988 7104x 50%
Alien 3 1992 4561x 77%
Altered Beast 1988 2817x 55%
Astro Warrior 1986 8562x 59%
Astérix 1991 18966x 52%
Astérix: Secret Mission 1993 7688x 61%
Baku Baku Animal 1995 1019x 70%
Bank Panic 1987 8790x 56%
Black Belt 1986 11027x 63%
Bomber Raid 1988 8025x 63%
Bonanza Bros. 1990 476x 70%
Bubble Bobble 1986 5125x 81%
California Games 1987 4877x 62%
California Games II 1990 3225x 62%
Castle of Illusion 1990 9977x 60%
Chase H.Q. 1988 3439x 80%
Choplifter 1982 8093x 61%
Columns 1990 3047x 79%
Cool Spot 1993 2999x 70%
Deep Duck Trouble 1993 9721x 64%
Disney’s Aladdin 1993 4823x 74%
Double Dragon 1987 5036x 70%
Dracula 1993 3597x 80%
Earthworm Jim 1994 2745x 59%
Ecco the Dolphin 1992 1295x 67%
FIFA 1993 4259x 67%
Fantasy Zone 1986 5930x 64%
Fantasy Zone II 1987 4313x 60%
Flicky 1984 656x 60%
GP Rider 1990 409x 50%
Gangster Town 1987 7413x 57%
Gauntlet 1985 5911x 67%
Ghost House 1986 6282x 78%
Ghostbusters 1984 1903x 60%
Ghouls ’N Ghosts 1988 1065x 70%
Golden Axe 1989 40126x 68%
Golden Axe Warrior 1991 7041x 73%
Golvellius 1988 4778x 69%
Great Soccer 1985 6076x 62%
Hang-On 1985 10609x 61%
Home Alone 1991 3272x 60%
Indiana Jones and ... 1989 8563x 55%
Ironman 1989 2420x 50%
Kenseiden 1988 5197x 57%
King’s Quest 1984 6454x 57%
Klax 1989 5563x 38%
Kung Fu Kid 1987 1548x 81%
Land of Illusion 1992 8401x 62%
Lemmings 1991 3809x 48%
Lion King, The 1994 13697x 64%
Lucky Dime Caper 1991 6328x 84%
Marble Madness 1984 3067x 70%
Master of Darkness 1992 6573x 74%
Mercs 1990 1747x 60%
Monopoly 1987 3736x 76%
Montezuma’s Revenge 1984 8943x 66%
Mortal Kombat 1993 30250x 69%
Mortal Kombat 3 1995 4199x 84%
Mortal Kombat II 1994 4586x 77%
Ms. Pac-Man 1982 3962x 66%
New Zealand Story 1989 3733x 66%
Ninja Gaiden 1992 12173x 64%
Olympic Gold 1992 3806x 57%
Operation Wolf 1989 7813x 71%
OutRun 1986 10094x 64%
Pac-Mania 1988 5395x 77%
Paperboy 1984 4454x 68%
Penguin Land 1987 6267x 74%
Phantasy Star 1987 6078x 83%
Pit Pot 1985 4203x 62%
Populous 1989 5796x 76%
Power Strike 1988 5084x 71%
Prince of Persia 1989 6050x 83%
Psycho Fox 1989 6020x 65%
R-Type 1988 7017x 72%
Rambo 1986 8047x 67%
Rambo III 1988 8701x 61%
Rampage 1986 3850x 85%
Rastan 1987 5077x 67%
Renegade 1986 3683x 81%
Road Rash 1991 9332x 61%
RoboCop 3 1992 917x 60%
RoboCop vs Terminator 1993 1099x 55%
Rocky 1987 13134x 61%
Rygar 1986 2607x 71%
Sega Chess 1991 4689x 74%
Shanghai 1986 2975x 83%
Shinobi 1987 8786x 66%
Simpsons: Bart vs. ... 1991 3793x 73%
Simpsons: Bart vs. World 1991 2043x 37%
Solomon’s Key 1986 3233x 67%
Sonic the Hedgehog 1991 9439x 76%
Sonic the Hedgehog 2 1992 21423x 76%
Spider-Man Vs. the ... 1990 6413x 57%
Spider-Man: Return of ... 1992 3450x 73%
Spy vs Spy 1984 3781x 85%
Star Wars 1991 2041x 33%
Street Fighter II 1992 6698x 70%
Streets of Rage 1991 3530x 72%
Streets of Rage 2 1993 2991x 88%
Strider 1989 3248x 86%
Super Monaco GP 1989 1527x 80%
Super Tennis 1986 8731x 57%
Teddy Boy 1986 6278x 65%
Terminator 2 1991 4224x 69%
The Jungle Book 1994 3607x 58%
The Ninja 1986 4875x 73%
The Terminator 1992 6114x 64%
Vigilante 1988 6192x 66%
Wonder Boy 1987 12690x 66%
Wonder Boy 2 1987 8006x 69%
Wonder Boy III 1989 7284x 54%
World Championship Soccer 1989 3270x 76%
World Grand Prix 1986 9750x 61%
Xenon 2: Megablast 1989 3955x 71%
Ys 1987 5366x 58%
Zillion 1987 5974x 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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