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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 5236x 49%
ALF 1989 3105x 68%
Ace of Aces 1986 1513x 65%
Addams Family, The 1991 10098x 62%
Alex Kidd in Miracle ... 1986 85768x 65%
Alex Kidd in Shinobi ... 1990 9106x 65%
Alex Kidd: High-Tech ... 1989 12045x 69%
Alex Kidd: The Lost Stars 1988 12333x 60%
Alien 3 1992 7645x 77%
Altered Beast 1988 6467x 50%
Astro Warrior 1986 14749x 65%
Astérix 1991 26213x 53%
Astérix-Great Rescue 1993 2467x 60%
Astérix: Secret Mission 1993 12267x 59%
Aztec Adventure 1987 2372x 58%
Baku Baku Animal 1995 6173x 70%
Bank Panic 1987 14405x 57%
Batman Returns 1992 1167x 60%
Battle Out Run 1989 10212x 64%
Black Belt 1986 19363x 61%
Bomber Raid 1988 14975x 65%
Bonanza Bros. 1990 3914x 76%
Bubble Bobble 1986 8974x 79%
Buggy Run 1993 13626x 57%
California Games 1987 8231x 63%
California Games II 1990 5958x 60%
Castle of Illusion 1990 17822x 60%
Chase H.Q. 1988 6651x 66%
Choplifter 1982 14752x 67%
Columns 1990 5680x 79%
Cool Spot 1993 5571x 70%
Deep Duck Trouble 1993 15888x 60%
Desert Strike 1992 157x 60%
Disney’s Aladdin 1993 8713x 72%
Double Dragon 1987 8270x 65%
Dracula 1993 6250x 80%
Earthworm Jim 1994 6275x 57%
Ecco the Dolphin 1992 3864x 58%
Enduro Racer 1987 2455x 81%
FIFA 1993 7391x 63%
Fantasy Zone 1986 11400x 61%
Fantasy Zone II 1987 8538x 63%
Flicky 1984 3356x 80%
GP Rider 1990 2829x 75%
Gangster Town 1987 12716x 54%
Gauntlet 1985 11784x 65%
Ghost House 1986 10573x 73%
Ghostbusters 1984 5297x 60%
Ghouls ’N Ghosts 1988 4791x 79%
Golden Axe 1989 59847x 65%
Golden Axe Warrior 1991 12632x 79%
Golvellius 1988 8631x 70%
Great Baseball 1987 2841x 81%
Great Soccer 1985 11057x 67%
Hang-On 1985 17842x 60%
Home Alone 1991 6142x 60%
Impossible Mission 1984 1178x 57%
Indiana Jones and ... 1989 14246x 57%
Ironman 1989 5237x 50%
Kenseiden 1988 9458x 56%
King’s Quest 1984 11403x 58%
Klax 1989 10312x 42%
Kung Fu Kid 1987 6960x 64%
Land of Illusion 1992 14962x 60%
Lemmings 1991 6465x 50%
Lion King, The 1994 25446x 70%
Lucky Dime Caper 1991 11845x 79%
Marble Madness 1984 5521x 50%
Master of Darkness 1992 11519x 69%
Mercs 1990 4236x 60%
Monopoly 1987 7075x 78%
Montezuma’s Revenge 1984 14000x 65%
Mortal Kombat 1993 64375x 69%
Mortal Kombat 3 1995 8188x 79%
Mortal Kombat II 1994 9006x 65%
Ms. Pac-Man 1982 7805x 67%
My Hero 1985 4163x 48%
New Zealand Story 1989 6571x 63%
Ninja Gaiden 1992 21913x 80%
Olympic Gold 1992 6656x 58%
Operation Wolf 1989 13085x 65%
OutRun 1986 18337x 62%
OutRun Europa 1991 1578x 48%
Pac-Mania 1988 9799x 75%
Paperboy 1984 7502x 64%
Penguin Land 1987 11116x 73%
Phantasy Star 1987 11815x 77%
Pit Pot 1985 7841x 62%
Populous 1989 10266x 76%
Power Strike 1988 9867x 65%
Power Strike II 1993 4695x 48%
Predator 2 1992 387x 50%
Prince of Persia 1989 9958x 72%
Psycho Fox 1989 11495x 68%
R-Type 1988 13772x 72%
Rainbow Islands 1987 1410x 56%
Rambo 1986 13217x 65%
Rambo III 1988 14011x 64%
Rampage 1986 7220x 80%
Rastan 1987 10045x 73%
Renegade 1986 6633x 83%
Road Rash 1991 18759x 60%
RoboCop 3 1992 3328x 60%
RoboCop vs Terminator 1993 3897x 76%
Rocky 1987 25165x 62%
Rygar 1986 5403x 74%
Sega Chess 1991 8538x 78%
Shadow Dancer 1989 1284x 25%
Shanghai 1986 5699x 73%
Shinobi 1987 17839x 64%
Simpsons: Bart vs. ... 1991 6813x 73%
Simpsons: Bart vs. World 1991 4988x 53%
Solomon’s Key 1986 6202x 69%
Sonic Chaos 1993 4001x 84%
Sonic the Hedgehog 1991 23832x 78%
Sonic the Hedgehog 2 1992 58704x 72%
Spider-Man Vs. the ... 1990 12135x 58%
Spider-Man: Return of ... 1992 6692x 73%
Spy vs Spy 1984 8475x 84%
Star Wars 1991 5137x 33%
Street Fighter II 1992 11189x 73%
Streets of Rage 1991 6818x 71%
Streets of Rage 2 1993 9485x 85%
Strider 1989 7248x 69%
Super Boy I 1989 8962x 53%
Super Monaco GP 1989 4057x 80%
Super Tennis 1986 15061x 61%
T2: The Arcade Game 1991 2613x 58%
Teddy Boy 1986 11773x 64%
Terminator 2 1991 7259x 69%
The Jungle Book 1994 6492x 58%
The Ninja 1986 8590x 78%
The Terminator 1992 10450x 58%
Vigilante 1988 10981x 64%
Winter Olympics 94 1993 2279x 80%
Wonder Boy 1987 24292x 64%
Wonder Boy 2 1987 18777x 71%
Wonder Boy III 1989 14614x 66%
World Championship Soccer 1989 5926x 78%
World Grand Prix 1986 16433x 61%
Xenon 2: Megablast 1989 7002x 65%
Ys 1987 9653x 62%
Zillion 1987 10995x 59%

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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