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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 4563x 47%
ALF 1989 2565x 68%
Addams Family, The 1991 9741x 62%
Alex Kidd in Miracle ... 1986 78456x 65%
Alex Kidd in Shinobi ... 1990 8205x 67%
Alex Kidd: High-Tech ... 1989 11416x 69%
Alex Kidd: The Lost Stars 1988 11723x 60%
Alien 3 1992 7292x 77%
Altered Beast 1988 5999x 50%
Astro Warrior 1986 13999x 64%
Astérix 1991 25305x 53%
Astérix-Great Rescue 1993 2203x 60%
Astérix: Secret Mission 1993 11780x 61%
Aztec Adventure 1987 1747x 56%
Baku Baku Animal 1995 5438x 69%
Bank Panic 1987 13808x 56%
Batman Returns 1992 878x 60%
Battle Out Run 1989 7665x 65%
Black Belt 1986 18362x 60%
Bomber Raid 1988 14112x 66%
Bonanza Bros. 1990 3605x 76%
Bubble Bobble 1986 8524x 79%
Buggy Run 1993 11779x 56%
California Games 1987 7790x 63%
California Games II 1990 5679x 60%
Castle of Illusion 1990 16987x 60%
Chase H.Q. 1988 6295x 67%
Choplifter 1982 13824x 65%
Columns 1990 5396x 79%
Cool Spot 1993 5327x 70%
Deep Duck Trouble 1993 15228x 60%
Disney’s Aladdin 1993 8246x 72%
Double Dragon 1987 7918x 65%
Dracula 1993 5964x 80%
Earthworm Jim 1994 5912x 57%
Ecco the Dolphin 1992 3601x 58%
Enduro Racer 1987 1912x 79%
FIFA 1993 7017x 63%
Fantasy Zone 1986 10472x 59%
Fantasy Zone II 1987 7950x 62%
Flicky 1984 3044x 80%
GP Rider 1990 2594x 75%
Gangster Town 1987 12143x 53%
Gauntlet 1985 11191x 66%
Ghost House 1986 10153x 72%
Ghostbusters 1984 4920x 60%
Ghouls ’N Ghosts 1988 4456x 79%
Golden Axe 1989 57466x 65%
Golden Axe Warrior 1991 11835x 80%
Golvellius 1988 8189x 70%
Great Baseball 1987 2227x 79%
Great Soccer 1985 10487x 67%
Hang-On 1985 17122x 60%
Home Alone 1991 5866x 60%
Impossible Mission 1984 908x 57%
Indiana Jones and ... 1989 13558x 58%
Ironman 1989 4959x 50%
Kenseiden 1988 8976x 56%
King’s Quest 1984 10789x 57%
Klax 1989 9833x 42%
Kung Fu Kid 1987 6296x 70%
Land of Illusion 1992 14154x 59%
Lemmings 1991 6185x 50%
Lion King, The 1994 23615x 69%
Lucky Dime Caper 1991 11251x 79%
Marble Madness 1984 5267x 70%
Master of Darkness 1992 10968x 73%
Mercs 1990 4003x 60%
Monopoly 1987 6721x 78%
Montezuma’s Revenge 1984 13530x 65%
Mortal Kombat 1993 59830x 69%
Mortal Kombat 3 1995 7796x 79%
Mortal Kombat II 1994 8481x 70%
Ms. Pac-Man 1982 7442x 67%
My Hero 1985 3678x 48%
New Zealand Story 1989 6285x 62%
Ninja Gaiden 1992 20643x 66%
Olympic Gold 1992 6382x 58%
Operation Wolf 1989 12451x 66%
OutRun 1986 17381x 63%
OutRun Europa 1991 1157x 48%
Pac-Mania 1988 9308x 75%
Paperboy 1984 7167x 64%
Penguin Land 1987 10528x 73%
Phantasy Star 1987 10972x 76%
Pit Pot 1985 7406x 62%
Populous 1989 9711x 80%
Power Strike 1988 9290x 65%
Power Strike II 1993 4158x 44%
Predator 2 1992 140x 50%
Prince of Persia 1989 9537x 72%
Psycho Fox 1989 10842x 69%
R-Type 1988 12964x 70%
Rainbow Islands 1987 1151x 56%
Rambo 1986 12544x 65%
Rambo III 1988 13467x 63%
Rampage 1986 6818x 80%
Rastan 1987 9550x 73%
Renegade 1986 6219x 83%
Road Rash 1991 17424x 60%
RoboCop 3 1992 3058x 60%
RoboCop vs Terminator 1993 3623x 70%
Rocky 1987 23361x 60%
Rygar 1986 5082x 71%
Sega Chess 1991 8132x 78%
Shadow Dancer 1989 487x 35%
Shanghai 1986 5424x 73%
Shinobi 1987 16520x 66%
Simpsons: Bart vs. ... 1991 6502x 73%
Simpsons: Bart vs. World 1991 4713x 53%
Solomon’s Key 1986 5878x 69%
Sonic the Hedgehog 1991 21383x 78%
Sonic the Hedgehog 2 1992 53432x 73%
Spider-Man Vs. the ... 1990 11524x 59%
Spider-Man: Return of ... 1992 6265x 73%
Spy vs Spy 1984 7861x 84%
Star Wars 1991 4826x 33%
Street Fighter II 1992 10671x 73%
Streets of Rage 1991 6454x 72%
Streets of Rage 2 1993 8542x 84%
Strider 1989 6994x 69%
Super Boy I 1989 8045x 53%
Super Monaco GP 1989 3793x 80%
Super Tennis 1986 14336x 61%
T2: The Arcade Game 1991 2347x 58%
Teddy Boy 1986 11175x 65%
Terminator 2 1991 6926x 69%
The Jungle Book 1994 6161x 58%
The Ninja 1986 8195x 76%
The Terminator 1992 9983x 64%
Vigilante 1988 10407x 63%
Winter Olympics 94 1993 2045x 80%
Wonder Boy 1987 22802x 64%
Wonder Boy 2 1987 17020x 70%
Wonder Boy III 1989 13699x 66%
World Championship Soccer 1989 5667x 76%
World Grand Prix 1986 15777x 61%
Xenon 2: Megablast 1989 6707x 66%
Ys 1987 9131x 61%
Zillion 1987 10467x 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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