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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 30265x 51%
ALF 1989 19722x 64%
Ace of Aces 1986 63521x 62%
Action Fighter 1986 64741x 63%
Addams Family, The 1991 19189x 62%
After Burner 1987 29358x 71%
Alex Kidd in Miracle ... 1986 316927x 70%
Alex Kidd in Shinobi ... 1990 31390x 72%
Alex Kidd: High-Tech ... 1989 27377x 68%
Alex Kidd: The Lost Stars 1988 29965x 66%
Alibaba and 40 Thieves 1982 13603x 62%
Alien 3 1992 15672x 71%
Altered Beast 1988 16792x 47%
Arcade Smash Hits 1992 7378x 71%
Astro Warrior 1986 38089x 78%
Astérix 1991 51414x 60%
Astérix-Great Rescue 1993 10087x 65%
Astérix: Secret Mission 1993 25110x 63%
Aztec Adventure 1987 20907x 62%
Baku Baku Animal 1995 125857x 74%
Bank Panic 1987 29001x 58%
Batman Returns 1992 9274x 59%
Battle Out Run 1989 76351x 62%
Battletoads in Battlemaniacs 1993 1572x 60%
Black Belt 1986 47376x 65%
Bomber Raid 1988 35683x 70%
Bonanza Bros. 1990 14708x 77%
Bubble Bobble 1986 23019x 77%
Buggy Run 1993 72811x 60%
California Games 1987 20587x 65%
California Games II 1990 14085x 60%
Carmen Sandiego (VGA) 1988 6403x 35%
Casino Games 1989 16336x 46%
Castle of Illusion 1990 45043x 66%
Chase H.Q. 1988 16120x 64%
Choplifter 1982 47464x 67%
Columns 1990 13377x 81%
Cool Spot 1993 14072x 57%
Daffy Duck in Hollywood 1994 6751x 70%
Deep Duck Trouble 1993 33460x 63%
Desert Strike 1992 7019x 55%
Disney’s Aladdin 1993 21438x 78%
Double Dragon 1987 18149x 66%
Dr. Robotnik's Mean ... 1993 7891x 77%
Dracula 1993 16103x 83%
Earthworm Jim 1994 16701x 60%
Ecco the Dolphin 1992 12805x 57%
Enduro Racer 1987 19509x 75%
F-1 Spirit 1987 16348x 58%
F1 1993 7636x 80%
FIFA International Soccer 1993 18044x 67%
Fantasy Zone 1986 30300x 73%
Fantasy Zone II 1987 21784x 70%
GP Rider 1990 10971x 73%
Galaxian 1979 4213x 78%
Gangster Town 1987 33079x 57%
Gauntlet 1985 26596x 66%
Ghost House 1986 24321x 72%
Ghostbusters 1984 18085x 80%
Ghouls ’N Ghosts 1988 21835x 79%
Golden Axe 1989 128333x 68%
Golden Axe Warrior 1991 34901x 80%
Golvellius 1988 20338x 79%
Gradius 1985 5225x 78%
Great Baseball 1987 19734x 76%
Great Soccer 1985 24625x 67%
Great Volleyball 1987 11346x 76%
Gun.Smoke 1987 6757x 75%
Hang-On 1985 40401x 59%
Home Alone 1991 15781x 67%
Impossible Mission 1984 14871x 63%
Indiana Jones and ... 1989 32228x 59%
Ironman 1989 12569x 50%
Kenseiden 1988 23687x 67%
King’s Quest 1984 27835x 64%
Klax 1989 21525x 59%
Krusty's Fun House 1992 2351x 70%
Kung Fu Kid 1987 22203x 71%
Land of Illusion 1992 39784x 66%
Lemmings 1991 15175x 47%
Line of Fire 1989 10674x 46%
Lion King, The 1994 52364x 69%
Lucky Dime Caper 1991 27738x 72%
Marble Madness 1984 13141x 73%
Master of Darkness 1992 27120x 77%
Mercs 1990 10789x 80%
Michael Jackson's Moon... 1990 9912x 79%
Monopoly 1987 15407x 79%
Montezuma’s Revenge 1984 27866x 63%
Mortal Kombat 1993 199119x 73%
Mortal Kombat 3 1995 18393x 73%
Mortal Kombat II 1994 19579x 71%
Ms. Pac-Man 1982 20628x 65%
My Hero 1985 16806x 75%
Nemesis 2 1987 7202x 69%
New Zealand Story 1989 16916x 64%
Ninja Gaiden 1992 50411x 79%
Olympic Gold 1992 16901x 59%
Operation Wolf 1987 21958x 66%
OutRun 1986 46173x 64%
OutRun Europa 1991 12080x 61%
Pac-Mania 1988 22986x 78%
Paperboy 1984 15585x 66%
Penguin Adventure 1986 12989x 60%
Penguin Land 1987 27636x 71%
Phantasy Star 1987 40479x 84%
Pit Pot 1985 17324x 60%
Pit-Fighter 1990 4756x 55%
Pooyan 1982 5999x 52%
Populous 1989 27684x 75%
Power Strike 1988 22519x 66%
Power Strike II 1993 16773x 57%
Predator 2 1992 7408x 37%
Prince of Persia 1989 23696x 72%
Pro Wrestling 1986 9608x 57%
Psycho Fox 1989 32660x 74%
R-Type 1988 40357x 75%
Rainbow Islands 1987 9896x 58%
Rambo 1986 31004x 65%
Rambo III 1988 28153x 66%
Rampage 1986 20421x 85%
Rastan 1987 26483x 77%
Renegade 1986 14783x 80%
Road Rash 1991 53522x 63%
RoboCop 3 1992 11440x 80%
RoboCop vs Terminator 1993 13020x 65%
Rocky 1987 66993x 68%
Rygar 1986 14394x 74%
Sagaia 1989 4627x 70%
Sega Chess 1991 24024x 82%
Shadow Dancer 1989 19380x 66%
Shanghai 1986 13948x 77%
Shinobi 1987 56796x 66%
Simpsons: Bart vs. ... 1991 15406x 72%
Simpsons: Bart vs. World 1991 15043x 53%
Slap Shot 1990 3999x 64%
Solomon’s Key 1986 15425x 74%
Sonic Chaos 1993 69371x 76%
Sonic the Hedgehog 1991 97988x 79%
Sonic the Hedgehog 2 1992 200387x 72%
Space Harrier 1985 7872x 68%
Spider-Man Vs. the ... 1990 29624x 59%
Spider-Man: Return of ... 1992 15816x 73%
Spy vs Spy 1984 21144x 82%
Star Wars 1991 15156x 53%
Street Fighter II 1992 25317x 75%
Streets of Rage 1991 16491x 79%
Streets of Rage 2 1993 22552x 81%
Strider 1989 14580x 69%
Submarine Attack 1990 10012x 42%
Summer Games 1984 6831x 60%
Super Boy 4 1992 21285x 69%
Super Boy I 1989 48984x 62%
Super Boy II 1989 18857x 63%
Super Boy III 1991 18907x 66%
Super Monaco GP 1989 12247x 74%
Super Monaco GP II 1992 3297x 70%
Super Tennis 1986 31790x 62%
T2: The Arcade Game 1991 11571x 57%
Tecmo World Cup 1989 4850x 36%
Teddy Boy 1986 27963x 68%
Terminator 2 1991 14808x 69%
The Flash 1991 7613x 70%
The Jungle Book 1994 16185x 58%
The Ninja 1986 23964x 57%
The Smurfs 1993 4889x 70%
The Terminator 1992 23454x 66%
Tom and Jerry: The Movie 1992 17017x 68%
TransBot 1985 11261x 80%
Vigilante 1988 30239x 67%
WC Leader Board 1987 3709x 80%
Winter Olympics 94 1993 9458x 73%
Wonder Boy 1987 67072x 70%
Wonder Boy II 1987 72038x 74%
Wonder Boy III 1989 39061x 73%
World Championship Soccer 1989 13157x 74%
World Grand Prix 1986 34885x 64%
Xenon 2: Megablast 1989 18428x 68%
Ys 1987 23673x 67%
Zillion 1987 28281x 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)
Manual: Sega_Master_System.pdf
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

SMS: Mortal Kombat Mortal Kombat

SMS: Rocky Rocky


 

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