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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 2414x 47%
Addams Family, The 1991 8473x 64%
Alex Kidd in Miracle ... 1986 55567x 61%
Alex Kidd in Shinobi ... 1990 5852x 70%
Alex Kidd: High-Tech ... 1989 9445x 68%
Alex Kidd: The Lost Stars 1988 9664x 58%
Alien 3 1992 6176x 77%
Altered Beast 1988 4673x 49%
Astro Warrior 1986 11380x 59%
Astérix 1991 22448x 52%
Astérix-Great Rescue 1993 1254x 60%
Astérix: Secret Mission 1993 10035x 60%
Baku Baku Animal 1995 3223x 80%
Bank Panic 1987 11664x 56%
Black Belt 1986 15083x 59%
Bomber Raid 1988 11450x 62%
Bonanza Bros. 1990 2359x 80%
Bubble Bobble 1986 7033x 78%
Buggy Run 1993 6307x 53%
California Games 1987 6594x 62%
California Games II 1990 4694x 62%
Castle of Illusion 1990 13936x 59%
Chase H.Q. 1988 5098x 76%
Choplifter 1982 11250x 61%
Columns 1990 4427x 79%
Cool Spot 1993 4418x 70%
Deep Duck Trouble 1993 12834x 62%
Disney’s Aladdin 1993 6769x 76%
Double Dragon 1987 6681x 76%
Dracula 1993 4991x 80%
Earthworm Jim 1994 4533x 58%
Ecco the Dolphin 1992 2704x 67%
FIFA 1993 5900x 67%
Fantasy Zone 1986 8191x 64%
Fantasy Zone II 1987 6312x 63%
Flicky 1984 2151x 80%
GP Rider 1990 1778x 75%
Gangster Town 1987 10019x 52%
Gauntlet 1985 8846x 68%
Ghost House 1986 8501x 73%
Ghostbusters 1984 3671x 60%
Ghouls ’N Ghosts 1988 3165x 76%
Golden Axe 1989 48882x 65%
Golden Axe Warrior 1991 9513x 76%
Golvellius 1988 6632x 63%
Great Soccer 1985 8544x 66%
Hang-On 1985 14410x 60%
Home Alone 1991 4904x 60%
Indiana Jones and ... 1989 11298x 58%
Ironman 1989 3951x 50%
Kenseiden 1988 7167x 57%
King’s Quest 1984 8916x 57%
Klax 1989 8088x 40%
Kung Fu Kid 1987 4100x 70%
Land of Illusion 1992 11482x 60%
Lemmings 1991 5218x 50%
Lion King, The 1994 17842x 65%
Lucky Dime Caper 1991 8990x 78%
Marble Madness 1984 4377x 70%
Master of Darkness 1992 9052x 73%
Mercs 1990 3198x 60%
Monopoly 1987 5541x 78%
Montezuma’s Revenge 1984 11955x 65%
Mortal Kombat 1993 43121x 68%
Mortal Kombat 3 1995 6313x 79%
Mortal Kombat II 1994 6671x 75%
Ms. Pac-Man 1982 5756x 60%
My Hero 1985 2164x 57%
New Zealand Story 1989 5289x 66%
Ninja Gaiden 1992 16750x 64%
Olympic Gold 1992 5348x 57%
Operation Wolf 1989 10387x 71%
OutRun 1986 13673x 60%
Pac-Mania 1988 7665x 79%
Paperboy 1984 6148x 68%
Penguin Land 1987 8662x 73%
Phantasy Star 1987 8434x 83%
Pit Pot 1985 6001x 62%
Populous 1989 7932x 76%
Power Strike 1988 7532x 61%
Power Strike II 1993 2434x 44%
Prince of Persia 1989 7790x 85%
Psycho Fox 1989 8476x 70%
R-Type 1988 10350x 73%
Rambo 1986 10700x 68%
Rambo III 1988 11665x 61%
Rampage 1986 5682x 80%
Rastan 1987 7174x 67%
Renegade 1986 5032x 81%
Road Rash 1991 13091x 59%
RoboCop 3 1992 2294x 60%
RoboCop vs Terminator 1993 2648x 70%
Rocky 1987 18035x 60%
Rygar 1986 3973x 71%
Sega Chess 1991 6654x 76%
Shanghai 1986 4347x 83%
Shinobi 1987 12268x 66%
Simpsons: Bart vs. ... 1991 5430x 73%
Simpsons: Bart vs. World 1991 3672x 37%
Solomon’s Key 1986 4758x 69%
Sonic the Hedgehog 1991 14149x 77%
Sonic the Hedgehog 2 1992 35918x 74%
Spider-Man Vs. the ... 1990 9151x 58%
Spider-Man: Return of ... 1992 5006x 73%
Spy vs Spy 1984 5962x 87%
Star Wars 1991 3721x 30%
Street Fighter II 1992 8700x 70%
Streets of Rage 1991 5168x 72%
Streets of Rage 2 1993 5910x 86%
Strider 1989 5209x 86%
Super Boy I 1989 4359x 49%
Super Monaco GP 1989 2940x 80%
Super Tennis 1986 11882x 58%
T2: The Arcade Game 1991 1368x 75%
Teddy Boy 1986 8604x 63%
Terminator 2 1991 5711x 69%
The Jungle Book 1994 5079x 58%
The Ninja 1986 6894x 76%
The Terminator 1992 8213x 64%
Vigilante 1988 8551x 64%
Winter Olympics 94 1993 1201x 70%
Wonder Boy 1987 18060x 64%
Wonder Boy 2 1987 11845x 68%
Wonder Boy III 1989 10518x 57%
World Championship Soccer 1989 4708x 76%
World Grand Prix 1986 12986x 60%
Xenon 2: Megablast 1989 5667x 71%
Ys 1987 7405x 60%
Zillion 1987 8540x 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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