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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 11263x 50%
ALF 1989 6592x 69%
Ace of Aces 1986 15928x 64%
Addams Family, The 1991 12264x 63%
Alex Kidd in Miracle ... 1986 145248x 68%
Alex Kidd in Shinobi ... 1990 13938x 68%
Alex Kidd: High-Tech ... 1989 15406x 63%
Alex Kidd: The Lost Stars 1988 16278x 68%
Alibaba and 40 Thieves 1982 2565x 62%
Alien 3 1992 9400x 70%
Altered Beast 1988 8831x 48%
Astro Warrior 1986 19078x 71%
Astérix 1991 31724x 57%
Astérix-Great Rescue 1993 4092x 60%
Astérix: Secret Mission 1993 15038x 57%
Aztec Adventure 1987 6637x 58%
Baku Baku Animal 1995 12555x 73%
Bank Panic 1987 17802x 57%
Batman Returns 1992 2775x 43%
Battle Out Run 1989 30342x 60%
Black Belt 1986 25419x 62%
Bomber Raid 1988 19798x 69%
Bonanza Bros. 1990 5915x 75%
Bubble Bobble 1986 11835x 78%
Buggy Run 1993 27085x 59%
California Games 1987 10712x 64%
California Games II 1990 7679x 60%
Carmen Sandiego (VGA) 1988 1216x 60%
Casino Games 1989 2041x 50%
Castle of Illusion 1990 23807x 63%
Chase H.Q. 1988 8761x 64%
Choplifter 1982 21774x 67%
Columns 1990 7259x 79%
Cool Spot 1993 7018x 70%
Daffy Duck in Hollywood 1994 368x 80%
Deep Duck Trouble 1993 19912x 63%
Desert Strike 1992 1633x 55%
Disney’s Aladdin 1993 11146x 75%
Double Dragon 1987 10152x 68%
Dracula 1993 8000x 80%
Earthworm Jim 1994 8436x 57%
Ecco the Dolphin 1992 5695x 58%
Enduro Racer 1987 5757x 78%
F1 1993 1146x 75%
FIFA International Soccer 1993 9538x 64%
Fantasy Zone 1986 15831x 65%
Fantasy Zone II 1987 11409x 67%
Flicky 1984 5097x 75%
GP Rider 1990 4349x 75%
Gangster Town 1987 16542x 55%
Gauntlet 1985 15276x 67%
Ghost House 1986 13217x 76%
Ghostbusters 1984 8065x 78%
Ghouls ’N Ghosts 1988 6947x 81%
Golden Axe 1989 75595x 66%
Golden Axe Warrior 1991 17411x 81%
Golvellius 1988 11301x 72%
Great Baseball 1987 7173x 78%
Great Soccer 1985 14144x 69%
Great Volleyball 1987 2105x 67%
Gun.Smoke 1987 743x 50%
Hang-On 1985 23026x 60%
Home Alone 1991 7805x 52%
Impossible Mission 1984 2726x 60%
Indiana Jones and ... 1989 18340x 57%
Ironman 1989 6848x 50%
Kenseiden 1988 12128x 58%
King’s Quest 1984 15459x 63%
Klax 1989 13044x 51%
Kung Fu Kid 1987 10311x 65%
Land of Illusion 1992 20464x 63%
Lemmings 1991 8281x 43%
Line of Fire 1989 2285x 53%
Lion King, The 1994 34680x 67%
Lucky Dime Caper 1991 15463x 81%
Marble Madness 1984 7090x 50%
Master of Darkness 1992 14528x 73%
Mercs 1990 5511x 60%
Michael Jackson's Moon... 1990 1822x 70%
Monopoly 1987 8990x 79%
Montezuma’s Revenge 1984 16483x 64%
Mortal Kombat 1993 94942x 72%
Mortal Kombat 3 1995 10574x 78%
Mortal Kombat II 1994 11487x 70%
Ms. Pac-Man 1982 10124x 63%
My Hero 1985 6753x 71%
New Zealand Story 1989 8466x 63%
Ninja Gaiden 1992 28435x 78%
Olympic Gold 1992 8563x 57%
Operation Wolf 1987 15294x 65%
OutRun 1986 24765x 64%
OutRun Europa 1991 3623x 48%
Pac-Mania 1988 12356x 73%
Paperboy 1984 9268x 64%
Penguin Adventure 1986 2202x 37%
Penguin Land 1987 14676x 70%
Phantasy Star 1987 16937x 82%
Pit Pot 1985 9978x 65%
Pooyan 1982 817x 63%
Populous 1989 14560x 76%
Power Strike 1988 12734x 61%
Power Strike II 1993 7386x 51%
Predator 2 1992 1678x 50%
Prince of Persia 1989 12676x 72%
Psycho Fox 1989 15514x 72%
R-Type 1988 18875x 74%
Rainbow Islands 1987 3090x 54%
Rambo 1986 16511x 62%
Rambo III 1988 16704x 66%
Rampage 1986 9639x 80%
Rastan 1987 13625x 77%
Renegade 1986 8796x 78%
Road Rash 1991 27957x 63%
RoboCop 3 1992 4728x 60%
RoboCop vs Terminator 1993 6037x 77%
Rocky 1987 34906x 65%
Rygar 1986 7157x 74%
Sega Chess 1991 11181x 81%
Shadow Dancer 1989 4981x 58%
Shanghai 1986 7357x 73%
Shinobi 1987 28115x 63%
Simpsons: Bart vs. ... 1991 8540x 73%
Simpsons: Bart vs. World 1991 6866x 53%
Solomon’s Key 1986 7978x 72%
Sonic Chaos 1993 26389x 76%
Sonic the Hedgehog 1991 42485x 78%
Sonic the Hedgehog 2 1992 103435x 71%
Spider-Man Vs. the ... 1990 15705x 59%
Spider-Man: Return of ... 1992 8640x 73%
Spy vs Spy 1984 10659x 81%
Star Wars 1991 7108x 46%
Street Fighter II 1992 14171x 76%
Streets of Rage 1991 8718x 74%
Streets of Rage 2 1993 13796x 83%
Strider 1989 8710x 69%
Summer Games 1984 804x 50%
Super Boy 4 1992 1949x 45%
Super Boy I 1989 15131x 56%
Super Boy II 1989 2176x 56%
Super Boy III 1991 1509x 63%
Super Monaco GP 1989 5637x 80%
Super Tennis 1986 19138x 64%
T2: The Arcade Game 1991 5052x 58%
Teddy Boy 1986 15309x 64%
Terminator 2 1991 9019x 69%
The Jungle Book 1994 9094x 58%
The Ninja 1986 10886x 80%
The Terminator 1992 13035x 63%
Tom and Jerry: The Movie 1992 2947x 62%
TransBot 1985 1604x 78%
Vigilante 1988 14312x 65%
Winter Olympics 94 1993 3622x 80%
Wonder Boy 1987 33832x 65%
Wonder Boy 2 1987 29565x 72%
Wonder Boy III 1989 19740x 70%
World Championship Soccer 1989 7467x 78%
World Grand Prix 1986 20457x 63%
Xenon 2: Megablast 1989 9264x 67%
Ys 1987 12532x 61%
Zillion 1987 14387x 60%

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


 

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