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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 20343x 50%
ALF 1989 11714x 67%
Ace of Aces 1986 37751x 62%
Action Fighter 1986 22343x 58%
Addams Family, The 1991 15475x 62%
After Burner 1987 12009x 74%
Alex Kidd in Miracle ... 1986 230863x 69%
Alex Kidd in Shinobi ... 1990 21841x 71%
Alex Kidd: High-Tech ... 1989 21028x 67%
Alex Kidd: The Lost Stars 1988 22472x 67%
Alibaba and 40 Thieves 1982 7135x 69%
Alien 3 1992 12267x 70%
Altered Beast 1988 12925x 45%
Astro Warrior 1986 27940x 75%
Astérix 1991 41114x 59%
Astérix-Great Rescue 1993 6553x 65%
Astérix: Secret Mission 1993 19893x 60%
Aztec Adventure 1987 13544x 58%
Baku Baku Animal 1995 31202x 72%
Bank Panic 1987 22903x 59%
Batman Returns 1992 5885x 62%
Battle Out Run 1989 55736x 62%
Black Belt 1986 36349x 65%
Bomber Raid 1988 28019x 69%
Bonanza Bros. 1990 9442x 78%
Bubble Bobble 1986 17557x 76%
Buggy Run 1993 48230x 60%
California Games 1987 16206x 62%
California Games II 1990 11037x 60%
Carmen Sandiego (VGA) 1988 3552x 35%
Casino Games 1989 8784x 51%
Castle of Illusion 1990 33536x 63%
Chase H.Q. 1988 12559x 64%
Choplifter 1982 31820x 67%
Columns 1990 10184x 79%
Cool Spot 1993 10266x 40%
Daffy Duck in Hollywood 1994 2837x 70%
Deep Duck Trouble 1993 26261x 61%
Desert Strike 1992 4319x 55%
Disney’s Aladdin 1993 16858x 75%
Double Dragon 1987 13976x 67%
Dracula 1993 11698x 82%
Earthworm Jim 1994 12532x 59%
Ecco the Dolphin 1992 8695x 58%
Enduro Racer 1987 11978x 74%
F-1 Spirit 1987 6900x 56%
F1 1993 3982x 75%
FIFA International Soccer 1993 12914x 65%
Fantasy Zone 1986 22164x 68%
Fantasy Zone II 1987 16081x 68%
Flicky 1984 8275x 80%
GP Rider 1990 7731x 76%
Gangster Town 1987 24686x 57%
Gauntlet 1985 20433x 67%
Ghost House 1986 18247x 76%
Ghostbusters 1984 12743x 77%
Ghouls ’N Ghosts 1988 15858x 86%
Golden Axe 1989 101461x 68%
Golden Axe Warrior 1991 25818x 80%
Golvellius 1988 15541x 77%
Gradius 1985 1975x 70%
Great Baseball 1987 13278x 79%
Great Soccer 1985 19223x 68%
Great Volleyball 1987 5925x 73%
Gun.Smoke 1987 3111x 50%
Hang-On 1985 31304x 60%
Home Alone 1991 11049x 67%
Impossible Mission 1984 8625x 60%
Indiana Jones and ... 1989 24903x 57%
Ironman 1989 9424x 50%
Kenseiden 1988 17439x 65%
King’s Quest 1984 21483x 66%
Klax 1989 17447x 57%
Kung Fu Kid 1987 16126x 70%
Land of Illusion 1992 28687x 64%
Lemmings 1991 11171x 53%
Line of Fire 1989 6493x 49%
Lion King, The 1994 47362x 69%
Lucky Dime Caper 1991 21191x 75%
Marble Madness 1984 9767x 67%
Master of Darkness 1992 20023x 74%
Mercs 1990 7858x 60%
Michael Jackson's Moon... 1990 5332x 76%
Monopoly 1987 12050x 78%
Montezuma’s Revenge 1984 21240x 64%
Mortal Kombat 1993 146619x 72%
Mortal Kombat 3 1995 14691x 75%
Mortal Kombat II 1994 15790x 70%
Ms. Pac-Man 1982 14970x 65%
My Hero 1985 11538x 71%
Nemesis 2 1987 2338x 58%
New Zealand Story 1989 13451x 64%
Ninja Gaiden 1992 38442x 79%
Olympic Gold 1992 12358x 59%
Operation Wolf 1987 18491x 66%
OutRun 1986 34825x 65%
OutRun Europa 1991 7223x 54%
Pac-Mania 1988 17216x 76%
Paperboy 1984 12351x 66%
Penguin Adventure 1986 6671x 35%
Penguin Land 1987 20439x 68%
Phantasy Star 1987 27582x 83%
Pit Pot 1985 13529x 60%
Pit-Fighter 1990 992x 20%
Pooyan 1982 3327x 52%
Populous 1989 20547x 76%
Power Strike 1988 17574x 64%
Power Strike II 1993 12102x 50%
Predator 2 1992 4213x 37%
Prince of Persia 1989 18034x 75%
Pro Wrestling 1986 3511x 57%
Psycho Fox 1989 22843x 71%
R-Type 1988 29303x 75%
Rainbow Islands 1987 6384x 61%
Rambo 1986 22801x 64%
Rambo III 1988 21262x 65%
Rampage 1986 13981x 79%
Rastan 1987 19540x 75%
Renegade 1986 11611x 80%
Road Rash 1991 43061x 63%
RoboCop 3 1992 7199x 60%
RoboCop vs Terminator 1993 8869x 63%
Rocky 1987 49040x 66%
Rygar 1986 10335x 74%
Sagaia 1989 1754x 70%
Sega Chess 1991 16724x 84%
Shadow Dancer 1989 11125x 61%
Shanghai 1986 10325x 77%
Shinobi 1987 43237x 65%
Simpsons: Bart vs. ... 1991 11550x 69%
Simpsons: Bart vs. World 1991 11830x 53%
Solomon’s Key 1986 11250x 74%
Sonic Chaos 1993 50035x 76%
Sonic the Hedgehog 1991 70230x 76%
Sonic the Hedgehog 2 1992 163676x 71%
Space Harrier 1985 2981x 57%
Spider-Man Vs. the ... 1990 22757x 58%
Spider-Man: Return of ... 1992 11802x 74%
Spy vs Spy 1984 14934x 84%
Star Wars 1991 10671x 49%
Street Fighter II 1992 19214x 74%
Streets of Rage 1991 12425x 78%
Streets of Rage 2 1993 18664x 81%
Strider 1989 11612x 69%
Submarine Attack 1990 4327x 53%
Summer Games 1984 3540x 57%
Super Boy 4 1992 8968x 60%
Super Boy I 1989 25967x 61%
Super Boy II 1989 7886x 62%
Super Boy III 1991 6997x 61%
Super Monaco GP 1989 8877x 67%
Super Tennis 1986 25907x 63%
T2: The Arcade Game 1991 8045x 58%
Tecmo World Cup 1989 94x 70%
Teddy Boy 1986 21775x 67%
Terminator 2 1991 11672x 69%
The Jungle Book 1994 11980x 58%
The Ninja 1986 16264x 78%
The Smurfs 1993 930x 70%
The Terminator 1992 17355x 64%
Tom and Jerry: The Movie 1992 9212x 65%
TransBot 1985 5312x 81%
Vigilante 1988 22135x 67%
WC Leader Board 1987 1272x 80%
Winter Olympics 94 1993 6090x 80%
Wonder Boy 1987 47783x 67%
Wonder Boy 2 1987 49382x 74%
Wonder Boy III 1989 28758x 72%
World Championship Soccer 1989 10138x 78%
World Grand Prix 1986 27499x 64%
Xenon 2: Megablast 1989 13672x 68%
Ys 1987 18193x 62%
Zillion 1987 20262x 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)
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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