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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 16326x 51%
ALF 1989 9257x 64%
Ace of Aces 1986 28541x 62%
Action Fighter 1986 8093x 58%
Addams Family, The 1991 14011x 63%
After Burner 1987 5814x 66%
Alex Kidd in Miracle ... 1986 195365x 69%
Alex Kidd in Shinobi ... 1990 18319x 71%
Alex Kidd: High-Tech ... 1989 18493x 65%
Alex Kidd: The Lost Stars 1988 19837x 68%
Alibaba and 40 Thieves 1982 4952x 67%
Alien 3 1992 10931x 70%
Altered Beast 1988 11171x 46%
Astro Warrior 1986 23899x 75%
Astérix 1991 36968x 58%
Astérix-Great Rescue 1993 5489x 60%
Astérix: Secret Mission 1993 17809x 62%
Aztec Adventure 1987 10435x 59%
Baku Baku Animal 1995 23650x 71%
Bank Panic 1987 20566x 58%
Batman Returns 1992 4449x 55%
Battle Out Run 1989 41258x 62%
Black Belt 1986 32202x 63%
Bomber Raid 1988 24297x 70%
Bonanza Bros. 1990 7913x 78%
Bubble Bobble 1986 15143x 75%
Buggy Run 1993 38822x 59%
California Games 1987 14398x 62%
California Games II 1990 9467x 60%
Carmen Sandiego (VGA) 1988 2437x 35%
Casino Games 1989 5691x 47%
Castle of Illusion 1990 29199x 64%
Chase H.Q. 1988 11265x 64%
Choplifter 1982 27015x 66%
Columns 1990 8854x 79%
Cool Spot 1993 8713x 70%
Daffy Duck in Hollywood 1994 1798x 70%
Deep Duck Trouble 1993 23549x 63%
Desert Strike 1992 3106x 55%
Disney’s Aladdin 1993 14647x 79%
Double Dragon 1987 12189x 71%
Dracula 1993 9926x 82%
Earthworm Jim 1994 10751x 58%
Ecco the Dolphin 1992 7340x 58%
Enduro Racer 1987 9074x 78%
F-1 Spirit 1987 4193x 54%
F1 1993 2736x 75%
FIFA International Soccer 1993 11449x 64%
Fantasy Zone 1986 19387x 67%
Fantasy Zone II 1987 13911x 67%
Flicky 1984 6599x 80%
GP Rider 1990 6255x 76%
Gangster Town 1987 22186x 57%
Gauntlet 1985 18106x 68%
Ghost House 1986 15996x 76%
Ghostbusters 1984 10690x 81%
Ghouls ’N Ghosts 1988 11711x 84%
Golden Axe 1989 89937x 67%
Golden Axe Warrior 1991 22172x 81%
Golvellius 1988 13564x 75%
Gradius 1985 675x 70%
Great Baseball 1987 10444x 79%
Great Soccer 1985 16992x 68%
Great Volleyball 1987 4254x 70%
Gun.Smoke 1987 2100x 50%
Hang-On 1985 27541x 61%
Home Alone 1991 9593x 66%
Impossible Mission 1984 6800x 60%
Indiana Jones and ... 1989 21921x 56%
Ironman 1989 8291x 50%
Kenseiden 1988 15116x 62%
King’s Quest 1984 18825x 65%
Klax 1989 15529x 55%
Kung Fu Kid 1987 13541x 70%
Land of Illusion 1992 24955x 63%
Lemmings 1991 9887x 51%
Line of Fire 1989 4493x 53%
Lion King, The 1994 41679x 68%
Lucky Dime Caper 1991 18833x 76%
Marble Madness 1984 8444x 67%
Master of Darkness 1992 17723x 74%
Mercs 1990 6800x 60%
Michael Jackson's Moon... 1990 3896x 81%
Monopoly 1987 10701x 79%
Montezuma’s Revenge 1984 18960x 64%
Mortal Kombat 1993 125019x 72%
Mortal Kombat 3 1995 13049x 77%
Mortal Kombat II 1994 13877x 72%
Ms. Pac-Man 1982 12803x 62%
My Hero 1985 9458x 74%
New Zealand Story 1989 11923x 64%
Ninja Gaiden 1992 34173x 79%
Olympic Gold 1992 10645x 60%
Operation Wolf 1987 17103x 65%
OutRun 1986 30478x 66%
OutRun Europa 1991 5709x 54%
Pac-Mania 1988 15096x 75%
Paperboy 1984 11062x 64%
Penguin Adventure 1986 4395x 38%
Penguin Land 1987 17703x 69%
Phantasy Star 1987 22707x 85%
Pit Pot 1985 11896x 60%
Pooyan 1982 2161x 52%
Populous 1989 17906x 78%
Power Strike 1988 15383x 63%
Power Strike II 1993 10217x 52%
Predator 2 1992 2962x 50%
Prince of Persia 1989 15568x 75%
Psycho Fox 1989 19866x 70%
R-Type 1988 25908x 75%
Rainbow Islands 1987 4871x 59%
Rambo 1986 19742x 63%
Rambo III 1988 19154x 65%
Rampage 1986 11751x 82%
Rastan 1987 16836x 77%
Renegade 1986 10380x 78%
Road Rash 1991 36572x 62%
RoboCop 3 1992 6090x 60%
RoboCop vs Terminator 1993 7696x 63%
Rocky 1987 42793x 66%
Rygar 1986 8786x 74%
Sagaia 1989 503x 70%
Sega Chess 1991 14028x 84%
Shadow Dancer 1989 8579x 60%
Shanghai 1986 8960x 77%
Shinobi 1987 37095x 65%
Simpsons: Bart vs. ... 1991 10255x 69%
Simpsons: Bart vs. World 1991 10592x 53%
Solomon’s Key 1986 9638x 74%
Sonic Chaos 1993 40236x 77%
Sonic the Hedgehog 1991 57698x 76%
Sonic the Hedgehog 2 1992 137545x 71%
Space Harrier 1985 1340x 52%
Spider-Man Vs. the ... 1990 19425x 58%
Spider-Man: Return of ... 1992 10313x 74%
Spy vs Spy 1984 12615x 82%
Star Wars 1991 9047x 49%
Street Fighter II 1992 17107x 74%
Streets of Rage 1991 10734x 78%
Streets of Rage 2 1993 16907x 81%
Strider 1989 10218x 69%
Submarine Attack 1990 2612x 43%
Summer Games 1984 2160x 50%
Super Boy 4 1992 5357x 63%
Super Boy I 1989 20208x 60%
Super Boy II 1989 4887x 58%
Super Boy III 1991 4183x 62%
Super Monaco GP 1989 7546x 67%
Super Tennis 1986 23017x 66%
T2: The Arcade Game 1991 6601x 58%
Teddy Boy 1986 18737x 67%
Terminator 2 1991 10507x 69%
The Jungle Book 1994 10650x 58%
The Ninja 1986 13824x 80%
The Terminator 1992 15590x 63%
Tom and Jerry: The Movie 1992 6318x 63%
TransBot 1985 3703x 78%
Vigilante 1988 19402x 66%
WC Leader Board 1987 358x 80%
Winter Olympics 94 1993 4876x 80%
Wonder Boy 1987 41234x 67%
Wonder Boy 2 1987 40039x 73%
Wonder Boy III 1989 24682x 72%
World Championship Soccer 1989 8974x 78%
World Grand Prix 1986 24567x 64%
Xenon 2: Megablast 1989 11704x 69%
Ys 1987 15946x 61%
Zillion 1987 17695x 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)
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

SMS: Mortal Kombat Mortal Kombat

SMS: Rocky Rocky


 

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