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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 SMS games hosted at RetroGames.cz:

Name Released Number of hits User rating
20 em 1 1995 1135x 40%
Addams Family, The 1991 7636x 64%
Alex Kidd in Miracle ... 1986 47185x 60%
Alex Kidd in Shinobi ... 1990 4570x 75%
Alex Kidd: High-Tech ... 1989 8356x 72%
Alex Kidd: The Lost Stars 1988 8449x 53%
Alien 3 1992 5390x 77%
Altered Beast 1988 3846x 55%
Astro Warrior 1986 10083x 60%
Astérix 1991 20837x 52%
Astérix-Great Rescue 1993 511x 60%
Astérix: Secret Mission 1993 8998x 60%
Baku Baku Animal 1995 2242x 80%
Bank Panic 1987 10378x 57%
Black Belt 1986 13100x 61%
Bomber Raid 1988 9956x 64%
Bonanza Bros. 1990 1453x 85%
Bubble Bobble 1986 6170x 81%
Buggy Run 1993 3049x 62%
California Games 1987 5830x 62%
California Games II 1990 4038x 62%
Castle of Illusion 1990 12238x 57%
Chase H.Q. 1988 4362x 80%
Choplifter 1982 9844x 61%
Columns 1990 3763x 79%
Cool Spot 1993 3787x 70%
Deep Duck Trouble 1993 11505x 64%
Disney’s Aladdin 1993 5879x 74%
Double Dragon 1987 5865x 76%
Dracula 1993 4380x 80%
Earthworm Jim 1994 3753x 58%
Ecco the Dolphin 1992 2076x 67%
FIFA 1993 5165x 67%
Fantasy Zone 1986 7140x 64%
Fantasy Zone II 1987 5425x 58%
Flicky 1984 1431x 80%
GP Rider 1990 1099x 75%
Gangster Town 1987 8834x 54%
Gauntlet 1985 7674x 68%
Ghost House 1986 7547x 73%
Ghostbusters 1984 2856x 60%
Ghouls ’N Ghosts 1988 2279x 80%
Golden Axe 1989 44872x 65%
Golden Axe Warrior 1991 8400x 73%
Golvellius 1988 5778x 63%
Great Soccer 1985 7410x 66%
Hang-On 1985 12734x 58%
Home Alone 1991 4197x 60%
Indiana Jones and ... 1989 10138x 58%
Ironman 1989 3307x 50%
Kenseiden 1988 6266x 57%
King’s Quest 1984 7788x 58%
Klax 1989 6922x 40%
Kung Fu Kid 1987 2902x 70%
Land of Illusion 1992 10063x 61%
Lemmings 1991 4515x 48%
Lion King, The 1994 15932x 64%
Lucky Dime Caper 1991 7819x 80%
Marble Madness 1984 3727x 70%
Master of Darkness 1992 7908x 75%
Mercs 1990 2457x 60%
Monopoly 1987 4685x 76%
Montezuma’s Revenge 1984 10720x 65%
Mortal Kombat 1993 37791x 68%
Mortal Kombat 3 1995 5273x 84%
Mortal Kombat II 1994 5712x 77%
Ms. Pac-Man 1982 4951x 66%
My Hero 1985 1224x 57%
New Zealand Story 1989 4589x 66%
Ninja Gaiden 1992 14650x 64%
Olympic Gold 1992 4626x 57%
Operation Wolf 1989 9218x 72%
OutRun 1986 11968x 60%
Pac-Mania 1988 6671x 79%
Paperboy 1984 5476x 68%
Penguin Land 1987 7614x 73%
Phantasy Star 1987 7356x 86%
Pit Pot 1985 5124x 62%
Populous 1989 6909x 76%
Power Strike 1988 6396x 62%
Power Strike II 1993 1301x 49%
Prince of Persia 1989 6961x 83%
Psycho Fox 1989 7175x 67%
R-Type 1988 8865x 72%
Rambo 1986 9649x 67%
Rambo III 1988 10333x 61%
Rampage 1986 4903x 80%
Rastan 1987 6175x 67%
Renegade 1986 4366x 81%
Road Rash 1991 11217x 62%
RoboCop 3 1992 1705x 60%
RoboCop vs Terminator 1993 1968x 70%
Rocky 1987 15768x 59%
Rygar 1986 3304x 71%
Sega Chess 1991 5796x 74%
Shanghai 1986 3714x 83%
Shinobi 1987 10517x 66%
Simpsons: Bart vs. ... 1991 4752x 73%
Simpsons: Bart vs. World 1991 2930x 37%
Solomon’s Key 1986 4094x 69%
Sonic the Hedgehog 1991 11771x 78%
Sonic the Hedgehog 2 1992 29572x 73%
Spider-Man Vs. the ... 1990 7903x 61%
Spider-Man: Return of ... 1992 4257x 73%
Spy vs Spy 1984 4901x 87%
Star Wars 1991 2887x 30%
Street Fighter II 1992 7736x 70%
Streets of Rage 1991 4447x 72%
Streets of Rage 2 1993 4949x 84%
Strider 1989 4362x 86%
Super Boy I 1989 2516x 54%
Super Monaco GP 1989 2262x 80%
Super Tennis 1986 10397x 58%
T2: The Arcade Game 1991 670x 75%
Teddy Boy 1986 7635x 63%
Terminator 2 1991 4968x 69%
The Jungle Book 1994 4423x 58%
The Ninja 1986 6015x 73%
The Terminator 1992 7202x 64%
Vigilante 1988 7510x 65%
Winter Olympics 94 1993 601x 70%
Wonder Boy 1987 15523x 65%
Wonder Boy 2 1987 9910x 68%
Wonder Boy III 1989 8995x 56%
World Championship Soccer 1989 4031x 76%
World Grand Prix 1986 11298x 61%
Xenon 2: Megablast 1989 4872x 71%
Ys 1987 6499x 57%
Zillion 1987 7351x 62%

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

SMS: Golden Axe Golden Axe


 

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