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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 3947x 47%
ALF 1989 2148x 68%
Addams Family, The 1991 9447x 61%
Alex Kidd in Miracle ... 1986 71959x 63%
Alex Kidd in Shinobi ... 1990 7507x 67%
Alex Kidd: High-Tech ... 1989 10901x 70%
Alex Kidd: The Lost Stars 1988 11160x 63%
Alien 3 1992 7024x 77%
Altered Beast 1988 5631x 51%
Astro Warrior 1986 13353x 64%
Astérix 1991 24569x 53%
Astérix-Great Rescue 1993 1975x 60%
Astérix: Secret Mission 1993 11356x 60%
Aztec Adventure 1987 1212x 60%
Baku Baku Animal 1995 4828x 69%
Bank Panic 1987 13251x 56%
Batman Returns 1992 641x 60%
Battle Out Run 1989 5655x 66%
Black Belt 1986 17541x 58%
Bomber Raid 1988 13448x 66%
Bonanza Bros. 1990 3315x 76%
Bubble Bobble 1986 8105x 78%
Buggy Run 1993 10318x 57%
California Games 1987 7476x 61%
California Games II 1990 5444x 60%
Castle of Illusion 1990 16123x 59%
Chase H.Q. 1988 6004x 67%
Choplifter 1982 13162x 67%
Columns 1990 5125x 79%
Cool Spot 1993 5107x 70%
Deep Duck Trouble 1993 14621x 60%
Disney’s Aladdin 1993 7817x 75%
Double Dragon 1987 7614x 76%
Dracula 1993 5682x 80%
Earthworm Jim 1994 5586x 57%
Ecco the Dolphin 1992 3364x 58%
Enduro Racer 1987 1127x 68%
FIFA 1993 6745x 62%
Fantasy Zone 1986 9746x 59%
Fantasy Zone II 1987 7469x 62%
Flicky 1984 2779x 80%
GP Rider 1990 2366x 75%
Gangster Town 1987 11592x 53%
Gauntlet 1985 10707x 66%
Ghost House 1986 9754x 70%
Ghostbusters 1984 4619x 60%
Ghouls ’N Ghosts 1988 4195x 76%
Golden Axe 1989 55027x 65%
Golden Axe Warrior 1991 11159x 79%
Golvellius 1988 7822x 65%
Great Baseball 1987 1578x 76%
Great Soccer 1985 9985x 67%
Hang-On 1985 16449x 60%
Home Alone 1991 5625x 60%
Impossible Mission 1984 667x 57%
Indiana Jones and ... 1989 12991x 57%
Ironman 1989 4702x 50%
Kenseiden 1988 8594x 56%
King’s Quest 1984 10320x 57%
Klax 1989 9416x 40%
Kung Fu Kid 1987 5709x 70%
Land of Illusion 1992 13344x 58%
Lemmings 1991 5967x 50%
Lion King, The 1994 21287x 66%
Lucky Dime Caper 1991 10619x 80%
Marble Madness 1984 5040x 70%
Master of Darkness 1992 10493x 73%
Mercs 1990 3819x 60%
Monopoly 1987 6465x 78%
Montezuma’s Revenge 1984 13116x 65%
Mortal Kombat 1993 56107x 68%
Mortal Kombat 3 1995 7437x 79%
Mortal Kombat II 1994 8009x 75%
Ms. Pac-Man 1982 7010x 67%
My Hero 1985 3306x 38%
New Zealand Story 1989 6011x 62%
Ninja Gaiden 1992 19677x 65%
Olympic Gold 1992 6099x 58%
Operation Wolf 1989 11915x 66%
OutRun 1986 16433x 63%
Pac-Mania 1988 8867x 74%
Paperboy 1984 6902x 64%
Penguin Land 1987 10076x 73%
Phantasy Star 1987 10318x 74%
Pit Pot 1985 7068x 62%
Populous 1989 9227x 80%
Power Strike 1988 8850x 65%
Power Strike II 1993 3731x 44%
Prince of Persia 1989 9164x 72%
Psycho Fox 1989 10273x 69%
R-Type 1988 12247x 72%
Rainbow Islands 1987 885x 56%
Rambo 1986 12074x 67%
Rambo III 1988 13038x 62%
Rampage 1986 6552x 80%
Rastan 1987 8901x 72%
Renegade 1986 5882x 83%
Road Rash 1991 16055x 61%
RoboCop 3 1992 2860x 60%
RoboCop vs Terminator 1993 3364x 70%
Rocky 1987 21983x 60%
Rygar 1986 4816x 71%
Sega Chess 1991 7762x 76%
Shanghai 1986 5213x 86%
Shinobi 1987 15530x 66%
Simpsons: Bart vs. ... 1991 6199x 73%
Simpsons: Bart vs. World 1991 4447x 37%
Solomon’s Key 1986 5584x 69%
Sonic the Hedgehog 1991 19036x 76%
Sonic the Hedgehog 2 1992 48467x 73%
Spider-Man Vs. the ... 1990 10918x 59%
Spider-Man: Return of ... 1992 5940x 73%
Spy vs Spy 1984 7332x 81%
Star Wars 1991 4585x 33%
Street Fighter II 1992 10176x 71%
Streets of Rage 1991 6077x 72%
Streets of Rage 2 1993 7353x 81%
Strider 1989 6746x 69%
Super Boy I 1989 7107x 51%
Super Monaco GP 1989 3589x 80%
Super Tennis 1986 13690x 60%
T2: The Arcade Game 1991 2134x 58%
Teddy Boy 1986 10696x 63%
Terminator 2 1991 6636x 69%
The Jungle Book 1994 5880x 58%
The Ninja 1986 7852x 76%
The Terminator 1992 9580x 64%
Vigilante 1988 9936x 62%
Winter Olympics 94 1993 1866x 80%
Wonder Boy 1987 21545x 63%
Wonder Boy 2 1987 15324x 69%
Wonder Boy III 1989 12856x 64%
World Championship Soccer 1989 5433x 76%
World Grand Prix 1986 15108x 62%
Xenon 2: Megablast 1989 6425x 66%
Ys 1987 8644x 61%
Zillion 1987 9985x 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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