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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 3064x 51%
ALF 1989 1146x 68%
Addams Family, The 1991 8839x 64%
Alex Kidd in Miracle ... 1986 61035x 61%
Alex Kidd in Shinobi ... 1990 6431x 71%
Alex Kidd: High-Tech ... 1989 9926x 69%
Alex Kidd: The Lost Stars 1988 10248x 60%
Alien 3 1992 6518x 77%
Altered Beast 1988 5053x 49%
Astro Warrior 1986 12075x 61%
Astérix 1991 23286x 52%
Astérix-Great Rescue 1993 1526x 60%
Astérix: Secret Mission 1993 10543x 60%
Baku Baku Animal 1995 3867x 75%
Bank Panic 1987 12243x 57%
Batman Returns 1992 247x 60%
Battle Out Run 1989 2419x 68%
Black Belt 1986 16011x 59%
Bomber Raid 1988 12262x 63%
Bonanza Bros. 1990 2724x 80%
Bubble Bobble 1986 7409x 78%
Buggy Run 1993 8099x 56%
California Games 1987 6919x 62%
California Games II 1990 4992x 62%
Castle of Illusion 1990 14757x 60%
Chase H.Q. 1988 5442x 76%
Choplifter 1982 11976x 63%
Columns 1990 4704x 79%
Cool Spot 1993 4689x 70%
Deep Duck Trouble 1993 13536x 62%
Disney’s Aladdin 1993 7145x 72%
Double Dragon 1987 7058x 76%
Dracula 1993 5244x 80%
Earthworm Jim 1994 4959x 55%
Ecco the Dolphin 1992 2950x 67%
FIFA 1993 6228x 67%
Fantasy Zone 1986 8664x 64%
Fantasy Zone II 1987 6751x 63%
Flicky 1984 2361x 80%
GP Rider 1990 1995x 75%
Gangster Town 1987 10568x 53%
Gauntlet 1985 9423x 68%
Ghost House 1986 8953x 73%
Ghostbusters 1984 4009x 60%
Ghouls ’N Ghosts 1988 3579x 76%
Golden Axe 1989 51393x 65%
Golden Axe Warrior 1991 10072x 76%
Golvellius 1988 7045x 63%
Great Baseball 1987 771x 70%
Great Soccer 1985 9084x 64%
Hang-On 1985 15183x 60%
Home Alone 1991 5171x 60%
Impossible Mission 1984 203x 80%
Indiana Jones and ... 1989 11938x 58%
Ironman 1989 4223x 50%
Kenseiden 1988 7856x 57%
King’s Quest 1984 9442x 57%
Klax 1989 8637x 41%
Kung Fu Kid 1987 4680x 70%
Land of Illusion 1992 12129x 62%
Lemmings 1991 5485x 50%
Lion King, The 1994 19206x 64%
Lucky Dime Caper 1991 9622x 79%
Marble Madness 1984 4625x 70%
Master of Darkness 1992 9630x 73%
Mercs 1990 3459x 60%
Monopoly 1987 5894x 78%
Montezuma’s Revenge 1984 12403x 65%
Mortal Kombat 1993 47489x 68%
Mortal Kombat 3 1995 6707x 79%
Mortal Kombat II 1994 7186x 75%
Ms. Pac-Man 1982 6223x 64%
My Hero 1985 2609x 38%
New Zealand Story 1989 5553x 66%
Ninja Gaiden 1992 17897x 64%
Olympic Gold 1992 5632x 57%
Operation Wolf 1989 10980x 68%
OutRun 1986 14785x 62%
Pac-Mania 1988 8113x 79%
Paperboy 1984 6412x 68%
Penguin Land 1987 9157x 73%
Phantasy Star 1987 9082x 84%
Pit Pot 1985 6394x 62%
Populous 1989 8402x 78%
Power Strike 1988 8020x 63%
Power Strike II 1993 2895x 44%
Prince of Persia 1989 8329x 85%
Psycho Fox 1989 9131x 65%
R-Type 1988 11023x 73%
Rainbow Islands 1987 475x 70%
Rambo 1986 11206x 66%
Rambo III 1988 12233x 62%
Rampage 1986 5998x 80%
Rastan 1987 7809x 71%
Renegade 1986 5324x 81%
Road Rash 1991 14042x 61%
RoboCop 3 1992 2516x 60%
RoboCop vs Terminator 1993 2908x 70%
Rocky 1987 19609x 60%
Rygar 1986 4285x 71%
Sega Chess 1991 7066x 76%
Shanghai 1986 4583x 83%
Shinobi 1987 13175x 66%
Simpsons: Bart vs. ... 1991 5745x 73%
Simpsons: Bart vs. World 1991 3977x 37%
Solomon’s Key 1986 5081x 69%
Sonic the Hedgehog 1991 15469x 78%
Sonic the Hedgehog 2 1992 39921x 74%
Spider-Man Vs. the ... 1990 9824x 58%
Spider-Man: Return of ... 1992 5338x 73%
Spy vs Spy 1984 6567x 88%
Star Wars 1991 4088x 30%
Street Fighter II 1992 9245x 70%
Streets of Rage 1991 5537x 72%
Streets of Rage 2 1993 6470x 86%
Strider 1989 5557x 86%
Super Boy I 1989 5370x 54%
Super Monaco GP 1989 3194x 80%
Super Tennis 1986 12596x 58%
T2: The Arcade Game 1991 1703x 75%
Teddy Boy 1986 9124x 64%
Terminator 2 1991 6022x 69%
The Jungle Book 1994 5361x 58%
The Ninja 1986 7250x 76%
The Terminator 1992 8715x 64%
Vigilante 1988 9067x 65%
Winter Olympics 94 1993 1441x 80%
Wonder Boy 1987 19483x 65%
Wonder Boy 2 1987 12972x 66%
Wonder Boy III 1989 11295x 58%
World Championship Soccer 1989 4987x 76%
World Grand Prix 1986 13847x 61%
Xenon 2: Megablast 1989 5950x 71%
Ys 1987 7840x 61%
Zillion 1987 9090x 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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