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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 3492x 49%
ALF 1989 1653x 68%
Addams Family, The 1991 9177x 61%
Alex Kidd in Miracle ... 1986 66529x 62%
Alex Kidd in Shinobi ... 1990 6979x 72%
Alex Kidd: High-Tech ... 1989 10437x 69%
Alex Kidd: The Lost Stars 1988 10706x 61%
Alien 3 1992 6794x 77%
Altered Beast 1988 5340x 51%
Astro Warrior 1986 12751x 61%
Astérix 1991 23953x 52%
Astérix-Great Rescue 1993 1750x 60%
Astérix: Secret Mission 1993 10976x 60%
Aztec Adventure 1987 762x 60%
Baku Baku Animal 1995 4345x 67%
Bank Panic 1987 12788x 57%
Batman Returns 1992 427x 60%
Battle Out Run 1989 4006x 66%
Black Belt 1986 16814x 59%
Bomber Raid 1988 12900x 65%
Bonanza Bros. 1990 3029x 76%
Bubble Bobble 1986 7725x 78%
Buggy Run 1993 9188x 54%
California Games 1987 7206x 61%
California Games II 1990 5235x 60%
Castle of Illusion 1990 15433x 60%
Chase H.Q. 1988 5751x 67%
Choplifter 1982 12584x 66%
Columns 1990 4920x 79%
Cool Spot 1993 4894x 70%
Deep Duck Trouble 1993 14065x 60%
Disney’s Aladdin 1993 7469x 72%
Double Dragon 1987 7343x 76%
Dracula 1993 5455x 80%
Earthworm Jim 1994 5304x 57%
Ecco the Dolphin 1992 3183x 58%
FIFA 1993 6505x 64%
Fantasy Zone 1986 9224x 62%
Fantasy Zone II 1987 7109x 62%
Flicky 1984 2564x 80%
GP Rider 1990 2188x 75%
Gangster Town 1987 11125x 53%
Gauntlet 1985 9965x 65%
Ghost House 1986 9358x 70%
Ghostbusters 1984 4302x 60%
Ghouls ’N Ghosts 1988 3888x 76%
Golden Axe 1989 53252x 65%
Golden Axe Warrior 1991 10648x 78%
Golvellius 1988 7465x 65%
Great Baseball 1987 1184x 79%
Great Soccer 1985 9531x 64%
Hang-On 1985 15845x 60%
Home Alone 1991 5390x 60%
Impossible Mission 1984 449x 57%
Indiana Jones and ... 1989 12461x 57%
Ironman 1989 4474x 50%
Kenseiden 1988 8252x 56%
King’s Quest 1984 9884x 57%
Klax 1989 9060x 41%
Kung Fu Kid 1987 5186x 70%
Land of Illusion 1992 12717x 60%
Lemmings 1991 5739x 50%
Lion King, The 1994 20205x 65%
Lucky Dime Caper 1991 10087x 80%
Marble Madness 1984 4842x 70%
Master of Darkness 1992 10069x 73%
Mercs 1990 3644x 60%
Monopoly 1987 6191x 78%
Montezuma’s Revenge 1984 12764x 65%
Mortal Kombat 1993 51113x 67%
Mortal Kombat 3 1995 7066x 79%
Mortal Kombat II 1994 7589x 75%
Ms. Pac-Man 1982 6606x 64%
My Hero 1985 2987x 38%
New Zealand Story 1989 5787x 62%
Ninja Gaiden 1992 18766x 64%
Olympic Gold 1992 5884x 56%
Operation Wolf 1989 11485x 66%
OutRun 1986 15662x 62%
Pac-Mania 1988 8483x 74%
Paperboy 1984 6657x 63%
Penguin Land 1987 9638x 73%
Phantasy Star 1987 9702x 76%
Pit Pot 1985 6751x 62%
Populous 1989 8833x 78%
Power Strike 1988 8451x 64%
Power Strike II 1993 3359x 44%
Prince of Persia 1989 8830x 72%
Psycho Fox 1989 9651x 67%
R-Type 1988 11566x 71%
Rainbow Islands 1987 670x 56%
Rambo 1986 11640x 66%
Rambo III 1988 12661x 62%
Rampage 1986 6283x 80%
Rastan 1987 8349x 71%
Renegade 1986 5609x 81%
Road Rash 1991 14991x 61%
RoboCop 3 1992 2683x 60%
RoboCop vs Terminator 1993 3125x 70%
Rocky 1987 20881x 60%
Rygar 1986 4558x 71%
Sega Chess 1991 7401x 76%
Shanghai 1986 4839x 83%
Shinobi 1987 14687x 66%
Simpsons: Bart vs. ... 1991 5992x 73%
Simpsons: Bart vs. World 1991 4214x 37%
Solomon’s Key 1986 5331x 69%
Sonic the Hedgehog 1991 17017x 79%
Sonic the Hedgehog 2 1992 43646x 72%
Spider-Man Vs. the ... 1990 10367x 59%
Spider-Man: Return of ... 1992 5631x 73%
Spy vs Spy 1984 6969x 81%
Star Wars 1991 4310x 30%
Street Fighter II 1992 9712x 67%
Streets of Rage 1991 5798x 72%
Streets of Rage 2 1993 6844x 81%
Strider 1989 6552x 69%
Super Boy I 1989 6226x 53%
Super Monaco GP 1989 3382x 80%
Super Tennis 1986 13155x 58%
T2: The Arcade Game 1991 1918x 58%
Teddy Boy 1986 10309x 63%
Terminator 2 1991 6340x 69%
The Jungle Book 1994 5639x 58%
The Ninja 1986 7550x 76%
The Terminator 1992 9156x 64%
Vigilante 1988 9524x 62%
Winter Olympics 94 1993 1656x 80%
Wonder Boy 1987 20545x 64%
Wonder Boy 2 1987 14209x 67%
Wonder Boy III 1989 12086x 62%
World Championship Soccer 1989 5217x 76%
World Grand Prix 1986 14482x 61%
Xenon 2: Megablast 1989 6192x 65%
Ys 1987 8277x 60%
Zillion 1987 9574x 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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