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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 9970x 49%
ALF 1989 6060x 71%
Ace of Aces 1986 13325x 64%
Addams Family, The 1991 11913x 63%
Alex Kidd in Miracle ... 1986 136770x 68%
Alex Kidd in Shinobi ... 1990 13164x 68%
Alex Kidd: High-Tech ... 1989 14863x 62%
Alex Kidd: The Lost Stars 1988 15680x 66%
Alibaba and 40 Thieves 1982 2056x 62%
Alien 3 1992 9081x 70%
Altered Beast 1988 8468x 48%
Astro Warrior 1986 18378x 69%
Astérix 1991 30705x 56%
Astérix-Great Rescue 1993 3775x 60%
Astérix: Secret Mission 1993 14604x 57%
Aztec Adventure 1987 5954x 60%
Baku Baku Animal 1995 10538x 74%
Bank Panic 1987 17229x 56%
Batman Returns 1992 2451x 55%
Battle Out Run 1989 27400x 61%
Black Belt 1986 24512x 62%
Bomber Raid 1988 19000x 69%
Bonanza Bros. 1990 5485x 75%
Bubble Bobble 1986 11313x 78%
Buggy Run 1993 24881x 59%
California Games 1987 10270x 64%
California Games II 1990 7442x 60%
Carmen Sandiego (VGA) 1988 883x 60%
Casino Games 1989 1559x 44%
Castle of Illusion 1990 22730x 63%
Chase H.Q. 1988 8435x 64%
Choplifter 1982 20559x 65%
Columns 1990 6986x 79%
Cool Spot 1993 6786x 70%
Deep Duck Trouble 1993 19271x 63%
Desert Strike 1992 1400x 55%
Disney’s Aladdin 1993 10701x 75%
Double Dragon 1987 9864x 68%
Dracula 1993 7700x 80%
Earthworm Jim 1994 8118x 57%
Ecco the Dolphin 1992 5396x 58%
Enduro Racer 1987 5197x 76%
F1 1993 881x 75%
FIFA International Soccer 1993 9193x 64%
Fantasy Zone 1986 15171x 65%
Fantasy Zone II 1987 10956x 67%
Flicky 1984 4800x 75%
GP Rider 1990 4056x 75%
Gangster Town 1987 15877x 55%
Gauntlet 1985 14725x 67%
Ghost House 1986 12777x 76%
Ghostbusters 1984 7657x 78%
Ghouls ’N Ghosts 1988 6470x 79%
Golden Axe 1989 72829x 66%
Golden Axe Warrior 1991 16493x 81%
Golvellius 1988 10877x 72%
Great Baseball 1987 6637x 76%
Great Soccer 1985 13660x 69%
Great Volleyball 1987 1652x 67%
Gun.Smoke 1987 549x 50%
Hang-On 1985 22256x 60%
Home Alone 1991 7505x 60%
Impossible Mission 1984 2436x 60%
Indiana Jones and ... 1989 17690x 57%
Ironman 1989 6588x 50%
Kenseiden 1988 11706x 58%
King’s Quest 1984 14744x 62%
Klax 1989 12602x 51%
Kung Fu Kid 1987 9659x 65%
Land of Illusion 1992 19560x 63%
Lemmings 1991 7937x 43%
Line of Fire 1989 1882x 53%
Lion King, The 1994 33193x 67%
Lucky Dime Caper 1991 14803x 80%
Marble Madness 1984 6835x 50%
Master of Darkness 1992 13980x 71%
Mercs 1990 5255x 60%
Michael Jackson's Moon... 1990 1395x 76%
Monopoly 1987 8664x 79%
Montezuma’s Revenge 1984 16102x 64%
Mortal Kombat 1993 90530x 72%
Mortal Kombat 3 1995 10199x 78%
Mortal Kombat II 1994 11112x 70%
Ms. Pac-Man 1982 9706x 63%
My Hero 1985 6303x 68%
New Zealand Story 1989 8150x 63%
Ninja Gaiden 1992 27540x 78%
Olympic Gold 1992 8194x 57%
Operation Wolf 1987 14973x 65%
OutRun 1986 23679x 63%
OutRun Europa 1991 3274x 51%
Pac-Mania 1988 11920x 73%
Paperboy 1984 8984x 64%
Penguin Adventure 1986 1686x 42%
Penguin Land 1987 14046x 69%
Phantasy Star 1987 15934x 80%
Pit Pot 1985 9581x 65%
Pooyan 1982 559x 63%
Populous 1989 13770x 76%
Power Strike 1988 12250x 61%
Power Strike II 1993 6816x 48%
Predator 2 1992 1423x 50%
Prince of Persia 1989 12215x 72%
Psycho Fox 1989 14739x 71%
R-Type 1988 18020x 73%
Rainbow Islands 1987 2812x 54%
Rambo 1986 15953x 62%
Rambo III 1988 16249x 66%
Rampage 1986 9183x 80%
Rastan 1987 13040x 77%
Renegade 1986 8508x 78%
Road Rash 1991 26472x 64%
RoboCop 3 1992 4505x 60%
RoboCop vs Terminator 1993 5748x 77%
Rocky 1987 33230x 65%
Rygar 1986 6856x 74%
Sega Chess 1991 10787x 81%
Shadow Dancer 1989 4403x 58%
Shanghai 1986 7096x 73%
Shinobi 1987 26676x 63%
Simpsons: Bart vs. ... 1991 8246x 73%
Simpsons: Bart vs. World 1991 6566x 53%
Solomon’s Key 1986 7697x 72%
Sonic Chaos 1993 23044x 76%
Sonic the Hedgehog 1991 39404x 78%
Sonic the Hedgehog 2 1992 96515x 71%
Spider-Man Vs. the ... 1990 15105x 59%
Spider-Man: Return of ... 1992 8324x 73%
Spy vs Spy 1984 10279x 79%
Star Wars 1991 6768x 46%
Street Fighter II 1992 13718x 76%
Streets of Rage 1991 8425x 74%
Streets of Rage 2 1993 13088x 84%
Strider 1989 8450x 69%
Summer Games 1984 549x 50%
Super Boy I 1989 13793x 55%
Super Monaco GP 1989 5319x 80%
Super Tennis 1986 18494x 64%
T2: The Arcade Game 1991 4810x 58%
Teddy Boy 1986 14568x 66%
Terminator 2 1991 8729x 69%
The Jungle Book 1994 8772x 58%
The Ninja 1986 10454x 80%
The Terminator 1992 12672x 62%
Tom and Jerry: The Movie 1992 2405x 62%
TransBot 1985 1207x 70%
Vigilante 1988 13778x 64%
Winter Olympics 94 1993 3334x 80%
Wonder Boy 1987 32245x 65%
Wonder Boy 2 1987 27487x 71%
Wonder Boy III 1989 18780x 69%
World Championship Soccer 1989 7200x 78%
World Grand Prix 1986 19822x 62%
Xenon 2: Megablast 1989 8888x 67%
Ys 1987 12072x 61%
Zillion 1987 13809x 60%

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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