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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 6896x 64%
Alex Kidd in Miracle ... 1986 42041x 60%
Alex Kidd in Shinobi ... 1990 3715x 75%
Alex Kidd: High-Tech ... 1989 7609x 72%
Alex Kidd: The Lost Stars 1988 7670x 53%
Alien 3 1992 4940x 77%
Altered Beast 1988 3249x 55%
Astro Warrior 1986 9200x 59%
Astérix 1991 19777x 52%
Astérix: Secret Mission 1993 8243x 61%
Baku Baku Animal 1995 1473x 70%
Bank Panic 1987 9501x 56%
Black Belt 1986 11910x 62%
Bomber Raid 1988 8905x 64%
Bonanza Bros. 1990 839x 70%
Bubble Bobble 1986 5565x 81%
California Games 1987 5264x 62%
California Games II 1990 3521x 62%
Castle of Illusion 1990 10958x 60%
Chase H.Q. 1988 3816x 80%
Choplifter 1982 8844x 61%
Columns 1990 3324x 79%
Cool Spot 1993 3310x 70%
Deep Duck Trouble 1993 10423x 64%
Disney’s Aladdin 1993 5294x 74%
Double Dragon 1987 5403x 70%
Dracula 1993 3948x 80%
Earthworm Jim 1994 3160x 59%
Ecco the Dolphin 1992 1586x 67%
FIFA 1993 4633x 67%
Fantasy Zone 1986 6407x 64%
Fantasy Zone II 1987 4748x 60%
Flicky 1984 964x 60%
GP Rider 1990 690x 50%
Gangster Town 1987 8036x 57%
Gauntlet 1985 6656x 68%
Ghost House 1986 6849x 73%
Ghostbusters 1984 2269x 60%
Ghouls ’N Ghosts 1988 1553x 85%
Golden Axe 1989 42291x 66%
Golden Axe Warrior 1991 7594x 73%
Golvellius 1988 5192x 63%
Great Soccer 1985 6625x 64%
Hang-On 1985 11477x 60%
Home Alone 1991 3681x 60%
Indiana Jones and ... 1989 9246x 54%
Ironman 1989 2800x 50%
Kenseiden 1988 5640x 57%
King’s Quest 1984 7062x 57%
Klax 1989 6133x 40%
Kung Fu Kid 1987 2085x 73%
Land of Illusion 1992 9130x 62%
Lemmings 1991 4098x 48%
Lion King, The 1994 14660x 65%
Lucky Dime Caper 1991 6988x 85%
Marble Madness 1984 3331x 70%
Master of Darkness 1992 7137x 74%
Mercs 1990 2019x 60%
Monopoly 1987 4130x 76%
Montezuma’s Revenge 1984 9796x 65%
Mortal Kombat 1993 33630x 69%
Mortal Kombat 3 1995 4538x 84%
Mortal Kombat II 1994 5036x 77%
Ms. Pac-Man 1982 4370x 66%
My Hero 1985 486x 75%
New Zealand Story 1989 4072x 66%
Ninja Gaiden 1992 13281x 65%
Olympic Gold 1992 4119x 57%
Operation Wolf 1989 8368x 71%
OutRun 1986 10940x 61%
Pac-Mania 1988 5901x 77%
Paperboy 1984 4857x 68%
Penguin Land 1987 6853x 73%
Phantasy Star 1987 6575x 83%
Pit Pot 1985 4607x 62%
Populous 1989 6235x 76%
Power Strike 1988 5633x 66%
Prince of Persia 1989 6406x 83%
Psycho Fox 1989 6519x 67%
R-Type 1988 7807x 71%
Rambo 1986 8751x 67%
Rambo III 1988 9426x 62%
Rampage 1986 4329x 87%
Rastan 1987 5547x 67%
Renegade 1986 3960x 81%
Road Rash 1991 10168x 61%
RoboCop 3 1992 1263x 60%
RoboCop vs Terminator 1993 1461x 55%
Rocky 1987 14208x 60%
Rygar 1986 2906x 71%
Sega Chess 1991 5176x 74%
Shanghai 1986 3254x 83%
Shinobi 1987 9456x 66%
Simpsons: Bart vs. ... 1991 4203x 73%
Simpsons: Bart vs. World 1991 2412x 37%
Solomon’s Key 1986 3545x 67%
Sonic the Hedgehog 1991 10391x 77%
Sonic the Hedgehog 2 1992 25110x 74%
Spider-Man Vs. the ... 1990 7061x 61%
Spider-Man: Return of ... 1992 3763x 73%
Spy vs Spy 1984 4234x 85%
Star Wars 1991 2395x 30%
Street Fighter II 1992 7139x 70%
Streets of Rage 1991 3908x 72%
Streets of Rage 2 1993 3920x 92%
Strider 1989 3727x 86%
Super Boy I 1989 1313x 50%
Super Monaco GP 1989 1829x 80%
Super Tennis 1986 9514x 57%
T2: The Arcade Game 1991 139x 50%
Teddy Boy 1986 6854x 63%
Terminator 2 1991 4546x 69%
The Jungle Book 1994 3935x 58%
The Ninja 1986 5360x 73%
The Terminator 1992 6541x 64%
Vigilante 1988 6768x 67%
Wonder Boy 1987 13895x 66%
Wonder Boy 2 1987 8875x 67%
Wonder Boy III 1989 8056x 55%
World Championship Soccer 1989 3589x 76%
World Grand Prix 1986 10467x 60%
Xenon 2: Megablast 1989 4341x 71%
Ys 1987 5844x 57%
Zillion 1987 6562x 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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