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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 1652x 37%
Addams Family, The 1991 7974x 64%
Alex Kidd in Miracle ... 1986 50090x 60%
Alex Kidd in Shinobi ... 1990 5122x 70%
Alex Kidd: High-Tech ... 1989 8816x 69%
Alex Kidd: The Lost Stars 1988 8931x 53%
Alien 3 1992 5716x 77%
Altered Beast 1988 4196x 49%
Astro Warrior 1986 10612x 58%
Astérix 1991 21446x 52%
Astérix-Great Rescue 1993 818x 60%
Astérix: Secret Mission 1993 9414x 60%
Baku Baku Animal 1995 2651x 80%
Bank Panic 1987 10919x 57%
Black Belt 1986 13887x 61%
Bomber Raid 1988 10539x 64%
Bonanza Bros. 1990 1831x 85%
Bubble Bobble 1986 6490x 78%
Buggy Run 1993 4225x 58%
California Games 1987 6149x 62%
California Games II 1990 4345x 62%
Castle of Illusion 1990 13030x 59%
Chase H.Q. 1988 4683x 80%
Choplifter 1982 10444x 61%
Columns 1990 4050x 79%
Cool Spot 1993 4054x 70%
Deep Duck Trouble 1993 12015x 62%
Disney’s Aladdin 1993 6244x 74%
Double Dragon 1987 6218x 76%
Dracula 1993 4622x 80%
Earthworm Jim 1994 4075x 58%
Ecco the Dolphin 1992 2366x 67%
FIFA 1993 5468x 67%
Fantasy Zone 1986 7636x 64%
Fantasy Zone II 1987 5837x 59%
Flicky 1984 1736x 80%
GP Rider 1990 1356x 75%
Gangster Town 1987 9300x 52%
Gauntlet 1985 8183x 68%
Ghost House 1986 7917x 73%
Ghostbusters 1984 3179x 60%
Ghouls ’N Ghosts 1988 2592x 80%
Golden Axe 1989 46437x 65%
Golden Axe Warrior 1991 8849x 76%
Golvellius 1988 6123x 63%
Great Soccer 1985 7902x 67%
Hang-On 1985 13414x 59%
Home Alone 1991 4478x 60%
Indiana Jones and ... 1989 10617x 60%
Ironman 1989 3578x 50%
Kenseiden 1988 6678x 57%
King’s Quest 1984 8180x 57%
Klax 1989 7390x 40%
Kung Fu Kid 1987 3371x 70%
Land of Illusion 1992 10664x 61%
Lemmings 1991 4783x 50%
Lion King, The 1994 16671x 64%
Lucky Dime Caper 1991 8276x 78%
Marble Madness 1984 4003x 70%
Master of Darkness 1992 8379x 73%
Mercs 1990 2731x 60%
Monopoly 1987 5017x 77%
Montezuma’s Revenge 1984 11364x 64%
Mortal Kombat 1993 39691x 67%
Mortal Kombat 3 1995 5757x 85%
Mortal Kombat II 1994 6114x 77%
Ms. Pac-Man 1982 5268x 66%
My Hero 1985 1599x 57%
New Zealand Story 1989 4901x 66%
Ninja Gaiden 1992 15484x 64%
Olympic Gold 1992 4952x 57%
Operation Wolf 1989 9731x 72%
OutRun 1986 12601x 60%
Pac-Mania 1988 7085x 79%
Paperboy 1984 5769x 68%
Penguin Land 1987 8037x 73%
Phantasy Star 1987 7797x 86%
Pit Pot 1985 5492x 62%
Populous 1989 7330x 76%
Power Strike 1988 6849x 62%
Power Strike II 1993 1786x 49%
Prince of Persia 1989 7314x 83%
Psycho Fox 1989 7656x 67%
R-Type 1988 9467x 72%
Rambo 1986 10157x 67%
Rambo III 1988 10868x 61%
Rampage 1986 5211x 80%
Rastan 1987 6578x 67%
Renegade 1986 4657x 81%
Road Rash 1991 11877x 60%
RoboCop 3 1992 1957x 60%
RoboCop vs Terminator 1993 2252x 70%
Rocky 1987 16611x 60%
Rygar 1986 3598x 71%
Sega Chess 1991 6156x 74%
Shanghai 1986 3984x 83%
Shinobi 1987 11198x 67%
Simpsons: Bart vs. ... 1991 5023x 73%
Simpsons: Bart vs. World 1991 3222x 37%
Solomon’s Key 1986 4363x 69%
Sonic the Hedgehog 1991 12641x 77%
Sonic the Hedgehog 2 1992 31904x 73%
Spider-Man Vs. the ... 1990 8373x 61%
Spider-Man: Return of ... 1992 4572x 73%
Spy vs Spy 1984 5328x 87%
Star Wars 1991 3265x 30%
Street Fighter II 1992 8094x 70%
Streets of Rage 1991 4727x 72%
Streets of Rage 2 1993 5287x 84%
Strider 1989 4697x 86%
Super Boy I 1989 3262x 56%
Super Monaco GP 1989 2535x 80%
Super Tennis 1986 11001x 58%
T2: The Arcade Game 1991 970x 75%
Teddy Boy 1986 8050x 63%
Terminator 2 1991 5259x 69%
The Jungle Book 1994 4675x 58%
The Ninja 1986 6382x 73%
The Terminator 1992 7630x 64%
Vigilante 1988 7921x 65%
Winter Olympics 94 1993 898x 70%
Wonder Boy 1987 16587x 66%
Wonder Boy 2 1987 10688x 68%
Wonder Boy III 1989 9575x 56%
World Championship Soccer 1989 4300x 76%
World Grand Prix 1986 11935x 61%
Xenon 2: Megablast 1989 5211x 71%
Ys 1987 6877x 57%
Zillion 1987 7842x 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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