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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 1384x 37%
Addams Family, The 1991 7831x 64%
Alex Kidd in Miracle ... 1986 48697x 60%
Alex Kidd in Shinobi ... 1990 4878x 70%
Alex Kidd: High-Tech ... 1989 8602x 72%
Alex Kidd: The Lost Stars 1988 8708x 53%
Alien 3 1992 5580x 77%
Altered Beast 1988 4040x 51%
Astro Warrior 1986 10382x 61%
Astérix 1991 21125x 52%
Astérix-Great Rescue 1993 684x 60%
Astérix: Secret Mission 1993 9221x 60%
Baku Baku Animal 1995 2481x 80%
Bank Panic 1987 10673x 57%
Black Belt 1986 13498x 61%
Bomber Raid 1988 10264x 64%
Bonanza Bros. 1990 1669x 85%
Bubble Bobble 1986 6356x 81%
Buggy Run 1993 3673x 56%
California Games 1987 6000x 62%
California Games II 1990 4186x 62%
Castle of Illusion 1990 12654x 57%
Chase H.Q. 1988 4541x 80%
Choplifter 1982 10165x 61%
Columns 1990 3915x 79%
Cool Spot 1993 3941x 70%
Deep Duck Trouble 1993 11777x 64%
Disney’s Aladdin 1993 6083x 74%
Double Dragon 1987 6064x 76%
Dracula 1993 4533x 80%
Earthworm Jim 1994 3934x 58%
Ecco the Dolphin 1992 2244x 67%
FIFA 1993 5330x 67%
Fantasy Zone 1986 7397x 64%
Fantasy Zone II 1987 5636x 59%
Flicky 1984 1583x 80%
GP Rider 1990 1248x 75%
Gangster Town 1987 9061x 53%
Gauntlet 1985 7957x 68%
Ghost House 1986 7748x 73%
Ghostbusters 1984 3050x 60%
Ghouls ’N Ghosts 1988 2453x 80%
Golden Axe 1989 45746x 65%
Golden Axe Warrior 1991 8625x 76%
Golvellius 1988 5950x 63%
Great Soccer 1985 7660x 66%
Hang-On 1985 13074x 58%
Home Alone 1991 4368x 60%
Indiana Jones and ... 1989 10397x 60%
Ironman 1989 3455x 50%
Kenseiden 1988 6464x 57%
King’s Quest 1984 8013x 57%
Klax 1989 7162x 40%
Kung Fu Kid 1987 3139x 70%
Land of Illusion 1992 10344x 61%
Lemmings 1991 4668x 50%
Lion King, The 1994 16301x 64%
Lucky Dime Caper 1991 8077x 78%
Marble Madness 1984 3872x 70%
Master of Darkness 1992 8158x 77%
Mercs 1990 2615x 60%
Monopoly 1987 4865x 77%
Montezuma’s Revenge 1984 11100x 65%
Mortal Kombat 1993 38840x 68%
Mortal Kombat 3 1995 5545x 85%
Mortal Kombat II 1994 5938x 77%
Ms. Pac-Man 1982 5122x 66%
My Hero 1985 1413x 57%
New Zealand Story 1989 4750x 66%
Ninja Gaiden 1992 15087x 64%
Olympic Gold 1992 4800x 57%
Operation Wolf 1989 9513x 72%
OutRun 1986 12315x 60%
Pac-Mania 1988 6891x 79%
Paperboy 1984 5638x 68%
Penguin Land 1987 7834x 73%
Phantasy Star 1987 7579x 86%
Pit Pot 1985 5325x 62%
Populous 1989 7114x 76%
Power Strike 1988 6644x 62%
Power Strike II 1993 1576x 49%
Prince of Persia 1989 7154x 83%
Psycho Fox 1989 7402x 67%
R-Type 1988 9210x 72%
Rambo 1986 9928x 67%
Rambo III 1988 10619x 61%
Rampage 1986 5060x 80%
Rastan 1987 6371x 67%
Renegade 1986 4523x 81%
Road Rash 1991 11565x 62%
RoboCop 3 1992 1838x 60%
RoboCop vs Terminator 1993 2138x 70%
Rocky 1987 16218x 59%
Rygar 1986 3497x 71%
Sega Chess 1991 5986x 74%
Shanghai 1986 3853x 83%
Shinobi 1987 10849x 66%
Simpsons: Bart vs. ... 1991 4904x 73%
Simpsons: Bart vs. World 1991 3109x 37%
Solomon’s Key 1986 4237x 69%
Sonic the Hedgehog 1991 12259x 77%
Sonic the Hedgehog 2 1992 30918x 73%
Spider-Man Vs. the ... 1990 8167x 61%
Spider-Man: Return of ... 1992 4435x 73%
Spy vs Spy 1984 5127x 87%
Star Wars 1991 3073x 30%
Street Fighter II 1992 7945x 70%
Streets of Rage 1991 4590x 72%
Streets of Rage 2 1993 5114x 84%
Strider 1989 4544x 86%
Super Boy I 1989 2960x 56%
Super Monaco GP 1989 2412x 80%
Super Tennis 1986 10744x 58%
T2: The Arcade Game 1991 835x 75%
Teddy Boy 1986 7848x 63%
Terminator 2 1991 5136x 69%
The Jungle Book 1994 4558x 58%
The Ninja 1986 6209x 73%
The Terminator 1992 7432x 64%
Vigilante 1988 7708x 65%
Winter Olympics 94 1993 757x 70%
Wonder Boy 1987 16061x 66%
Wonder Boy 2 1987 10315x 68%
Wonder Boy III 1989 9299x 56%
World Championship Soccer 1989 4178x 76%
World Grand Prix 1986 11689x 61%
Xenon 2: Megablast 1989 5054x 71%
Ys 1987 6689x 57%
Zillion 1987 7608x 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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