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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 5706x 64%
Alex Kidd in Miracle ... 1986 32635x 61%
Alex Kidd in Shinobi ... 1990 1941x 63%
Alex Kidd: High-Tech ... 1989 6240x 71%
Alex Kidd: The Lost Stars 1988 6204x 49%
Alien 3 1992 3987x 77%
Altered Beast 1988 2223x 55%
Astro Warrior 1986 7639x 60%
Astérix 1991 17096x 52%
Astérix: Secret Mission 1993 6871x 61%
Bank Panic 1987 7662x 55%
Black Belt 1986 9547x 62%
Bomber Raid 1988 6839x 64%
Bubble Bobble 1986 4539x 81%
California Games 1987 4315x 62%
California Games II 1990 2735x 62%
Castle of Illusion 1990 8786x 60%
Chase H.Q. 1988 2867x 80%
Choplifter 1982 7140x 62%
Columns 1990 2597x 79%
Cool Spot 1993 2546x 70%
Deep Duck Trouble 1993 8557x 63%
Disney’s Aladdin 1993 4321x 74%
Double Dragon 1987 4521x 70%
Dracula 1993 3118x 80%
Earthworm Jim 1994 2208x 59%
Ecco the Dolphin 1992 811x 67%
FIFA 1993 3700x 67%
Fantasy Zone 1986 5215x 64%
Fantasy Zone II 1987 3686x 60%
Flicky 1984 235x 60%
Gangster Town 1987 6431x 60%
Gauntlet 1985 4969x 67%
Ghost House 1986 5542x 78%
Ghostbusters 1984 1330x 60%
Ghouls ’N Ghosts 1988 597x 70%
Golden Axe 1989 36727x 68%
Golden Axe Warrior 1991 6320x 76%
Golvellius 1988 4167x 69%
Great Soccer 1985 5220x 65%
Hang-On 1985 9305x 59%
Home Alone 1991 2832x 60%
Indiana Jones and ... 1989 7556x 55%
Ironman 1989 1918x 50%
Kenseiden 1988 4505x 57%
King’s Quest 1984 5619x 57%
Klax 1989 4751x 38%
Land of Illusion 1992 7363x 62%
Lemmings 1991 3377x 48%
Lion King, The 1994 12243x 64%
Lucky Dime Caper 1991 5488x 84%
Marble Madness 1984 2648x 70%
Master of Darkness 1992 5116x 74%
Mercs 1990 1295x 60%
Monopoly 1987 3286x 76%
Montezuma’s Revenge 1984 7779x 67%
Mortal Kombat 1993 25494x 68%
Mortal Kombat 3 1995 3655x 84%
Mortal Kombat II 1994 3984x 77%
Ms. Pac-Man 1982 3400x 61%
New Zealand Story 1989 3262x 66%
Ninja Gaiden 1992 10602x 64%
Olympic Gold 1992 3328x 57%
Operation Wolf 1989 6987x 71%
OutRun 1986 8867x 64%
Pac-Mania 1988 4723x 76%
Paperboy 1984 3873x 68%
Penguin Land 1987 5459x 73%
Phantasy Star 1987 5301x 82%
Pit Pot 1985 3612x 68%
Populous 1989 5143x 76%
Power Strike 1988 4283x 72%
Prince of Persia 1989 5525x 83%
Psycho Fox 1989 5352x 65%
R-Type 1988 5946x 71%
Rambo 1986 7071x 67%
Rambo III 1988 7670x 62%
Rampage 1986 3239x 85%
Rastan 1987 4353x 67%
Renegade 1986 3211x 81%
Road Rash 1991 8166x 58%
RoboCop 3 1992 529x 60%
RoboCop vs Terminator 1993 661x 60%
Rocky 1987 11510x 61%
Rygar 1986 2223x 71%
Sega Chess 1991 4050x 74%
Shanghai 1986 2632x 83%
Shinobi 1987 7580x 65%
Simpsons: Bart vs. ... 1991 3332x 71%
Simpsons: Bart vs. World 1991 1569x 37%
Solomon’s Key 1986 2749x 67%
Sonic the Hedgehog 1991 7996x 76%
Sonic the Hedgehog 2 1992 16642x 75%
Spider-Man Vs. the ... 1990 5569x 57%
Spider-Man: Return of ... 1992 3040x 73%
Spy vs Spy 1984 3205x 85%
Star Wars 1991 1514x 35%
Street Fighter II 1992 6002x 70%
Streets of Rage 1991 3053x 72%
Streets of Rage 2 1993 2247x 88%
Strider 1989 2708x 86%
Super Monaco GP 1989 1104x 60%
Super Tennis 1986 7546x 57%
Teddy Boy 1986 5593x 65%
Terminator 2 1991 3782x 69%
The Jungle Book 1994 3172x 58%
The Ninja 1986 4243x 73%
The Terminator 1992 5416x 64%
Vigilante 1988 5436x 66%
Wonder Boy 1987 10830x 64%
Wonder Boy 2 1987 6842x 68%
Wonder Boy III 1989 6269x 53%
World Championship Soccer 1989 2788x 76%
World Grand Prix 1986 8569x 60%
Xenon 2: Megablast 1989 3437x 71%
Ys 1987 4715x 58%
Zillion 1987 5143x 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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