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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 5009x 64%
Alex Kidd 4 1989 5237x 70%
Alex Kidd in Miracle ... 1986 26604x 63%
Alex Kidd: The Lost Stars 1988 5132x 52%
Alien 3 1992 3535x 77%
Altered Beast 1988 1595x 55%
Astro Warrior 1986 6457x 59%
Astérix 1991 13827x 51%
Astérix: Secret Mission 1993 5862x 63%
Bank Panic 1987 6589x 53%
Black Belt 1986 7758x 61%
Bomber Raid 1988 5542x 69%
Bubble Bobble 1986 4043x 81%
California Games 1987 3755x 62%
California Games II 1990 2261x 62%
Castle of Illusion 1990 7419x 60%
Chase H.Q. 1988 2317x 80%
Choplifter 1982 6110x 61%
Columns 1990 2236x 79%
Cool Spot 1993 2198x 70%
Deep Duck Trouble 1993 7338x 63%
Disney’s Aladdin 1993 3811x 74%
Double Dragon 1987 3861x 70%
Dracula 1993 2660x 80%
Earthworm Jim 1994 1643x 59%
Ecco the Dolphin 1992 317x 80%
FIFA 1993 3217x 68%
Fantasy Zone 1986 4397x 66%
Fantasy Zone II 1987 2970x 60%
Gangster Town 1987 5417x 60%
Gauntlet 1985 3918x 68%
Ghost House 1986 4749x 76%
Ghostbusters 1984 823x 60%
Golden Axe 1989 32425x 68%
Golden Axe Warrior 1991 5436x 78%
Golvellius 1988 3474x 69%
Great Soccer 1985 4297x 70%
Hang-On 1985 7503x 59%
Home Alone 1991 2461x 60%
Indiana Jones and ... 1989 6393x 55%
Ironman 1989 1523x 50%
Kenseiden 1988 3804x 59%
King’s Quest 1984 4791x 58%
Klax 1989 3940x 39%
Land of Illusion 1992 6181x 62%
Lemmings 1991 2974x 48%
Lion King, The 1994 10254x 65%
Lucky Dime Caper 1991 4601x 80%
Marble Madness 1984 2270x 70%
Master of Darkness 1992 4270x 74%
Mercs 1990 945x 60%
Monopoly 1987 2821x 76%
Montezuma’s Revenge 1984 6586x 69%
Mortal Kombat 1993 20139x 66%
Mortal Kombat 3 1995 3184x 84%
Mortal Kombat II 1994 3457x 77%
Ms. Pac-Man 1982 2824x 63%
New Zealand Story 1989 2869x 66%
Ninja Gaiden 1992 8449x 63%
Olympic Gold 1992 2952x 57%
Operation Wolf 1989 6068x 71%
OutRun 1986 7250x 63%
Pac-Mania 1988 4052x 77%
Paperboy 1984 3317x 68%
Penguin Land 1987 4587x 75%
Phantasy Star 1987 4382x 80%
Pit Pot 1985 3101x 68%
Populous 1989 4443x 75%
Power Strike 1988 3563x 72%
Prince of Persia 1989 4683x 89%
Psycho Fox 1989 4262x 64%
R-Type 1988 4888x 71%
Rambo 1986 5849x 66%
Rambo III 1988 6545x 61%
Rampage 1986 2849x 85%
Rastan 1987 3550x 64%
Renegade 1986 2776x 81%
Road Rash 1991 6583x 62%
RoboCop 3 1992 114x 60%
RoboCop vs Terminator 1993 284x 60%
Rocky 1987 9418x 55%
Rygar 1986 1831x 71%
Sega Chess 1991 3467x 71%
Shanghai 1986 2291x 83%
Shinobi 1987 6385x 65%
Simpsons: Bart vs. ... 1991 2921x 71%
Simpsons: Bart vs. World 1991 1185x 35%
Solomon’s Key 1986 2291x 65%
Sonic the Hedgehog 1991 6471x 73%
Sonic the Hedgehog 2 1992 12754x 76%
Spider-Man Vs. the ... 1990 4599x 57%
Spider-Man: Return of ... 1992 2642x 73%
Spy vs Spy 1984 2807x 85%
Star Wars 1991 1050x 35%
Street Fighter II 1992 5371x 70%
Streets of Rage 1991 2600x 70%
Streets of Rage 2 1993 1549x 88%
Strider 1989 2184x 86%
Super Monaco GP 1989 680x 60%
Super Tennis 1986 6081x 55%
Teddy Boy 1986 4836x 65%
Terminator 2 1991 3304x 69%
The Jungle Book 1994 2779x 58%
The Ninja 1986 3571x 73%
The Terminator 1992 4580x 64%
Vigilante 1988 4549x 65%
Wonder Boy 1987 8754x 62%
Wonder Boy 2 1987 5680x 66%
Wonder Boy III 1989 5132x 50%
World Championship Soccer 1989 2374x 76%
World Grand Prix 1986 7215x 58%
Xenon 2: Megablast 1989 2999x 71%
Ys 1987 3977x 57%
Zillion 1987 4283x 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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