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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 18224x 50%
ALF 1989 10550x 66%
Ace of Aces 1986 33484x 63%
Action Fighter 1986 15346x 60%
Addams Family, The 1991 14770x 62%
After Burner 1987 9107x 74%
Alex Kidd in Miracle ... 1986 213808x 69%
Alex Kidd in Shinobi ... 1990 20126x 71%
Alex Kidd: High-Tech ... 1989 19777x 67%
Alex Kidd: The Lost Stars 1988 21314x 67%
Alibaba and 40 Thieves 1982 6104x 67%
Alien 3 1992 11632x 70%
Altered Beast 1988 12098x 45%
Astro Warrior 1986 25916x 75%
Astérix 1991 39075x 59%
Astérix-Great Rescue 1993 5988x 60%
Astérix: Secret Mission 1993 18926x 62%
Aztec Adventure 1987 12050x 57%
Baku Baku Animal 1995 28160x 72%
Bank Panic 1987 21718x 59%
Batman Returns 1992 5142x 62%
Battle Out Run 1989 51573x 62%
Black Belt 1986 34386x 64%
Bomber Raid 1988 26196x 70%
Bonanza Bros. 1990 8665x 77%
Bubble Bobble 1986 16342x 76%
Buggy Run 1993 43338x 60%
California Games 1987 15348x 62%
California Games II 1990 10243x 60%
Carmen Sandiego (VGA) 1988 3001x 35%
Casino Games 1989 7272x 51%
Castle of Illusion 1990 31564x 64%
Chase H.Q. 1988 11903x 64%
Choplifter 1982 29342x 66%
Columns 1990 9550x 79%
Cool Spot 1993 9544x 70%
Daffy Duck in Hollywood 1994 2375x 70%
Deep Duck Trouble 1993 25014x 61%
Desert Strike 1992 3733x 55%
Disney’s Aladdin 1993 15802x 74%
Double Dragon 1987 13150x 67%
Dracula 1993 10851x 82%
Earthworm Jim 1994 11677x 58%
Ecco the Dolphin 1992 8014x 58%
Enduro Racer 1987 10573x 76%
F-1 Spirit 1987 5612x 54%
F1 1993 3405x 75%
FIFA International Soccer 1993 12211x 64%
Fantasy Zone 1986 20833x 69%
Fantasy Zone II 1987 15024x 67%
Flicky 1984 7412x 80%
GP Rider 1990 7041x 76%
Gangster Town 1987 23576x 57%
Gauntlet 1985 19385x 68%
Ghost House 1986 17174x 76%
Ghostbusters 1984 11804x 76%
Ghouls ’N Ghosts 1988 13516x 85%
Golden Axe 1989 96074x 67%
Golden Axe Warrior 1991 24168x 81%
Golvellius 1988 14611x 75%
Gradius 1985 1348x 70%
Great Baseball 1987 11963x 78%
Great Soccer 1985 18134x 68%
Great Volleyball 1987 5094x 70%
Gun.Smoke 1987 2604x 50%
Hang-On 1985 29519x 60%
Home Alone 1991 10423x 66%
Impossible Mission 1984 7747x 60%
Indiana Jones and ... 1989 23471x 56%
Ironman 1989 8899x 50%
Kenseiden 1988 16257x 65%
King’s Quest 1984 20183x 66%
Klax 1989 16505x 57%
Kung Fu Kid 1987 14870x 70%
Land of Illusion 1992 26937x 62%
Lemmings 1991 10514x 53%
Line of Fire 1989 5584x 49%
Lion King, The 1994 44670x 69%
Lucky Dime Caper 1991 20104x 77%
Marble Madness 1984 9078x 67%
Master of Darkness 1992 18918x 74%
Mercs 1990 7367x 60%
Michael Jackson's Moon... 1990 4628x 80%
Monopoly 1987 11405x 79%
Montezuma’s Revenge 1984 20154x 63%
Mortal Kombat 1993 137335x 72%
Mortal Kombat 3 1995 13948x 77%
Mortal Kombat II 1994 14822x 72%
Ms. Pac-Man 1982 13925x 63%
My Hero 1985 10532x 72%
Nemesis 2 1987 1293x 58%
New Zealand Story 1989 12664x 64%
Ninja Gaiden 1992 36465x 79%
Olympic Gold 1992 11474x 59%
Operation Wolf 1987 17812x 65%
OutRun 1986 32875x 66%
OutRun Europa 1991 6507x 54%
Pac-Mania 1988 16201x 76%
Paperboy 1984 11760x 66%
Penguin Adventure 1986 5659x 38%
Penguin Land 1987 19177x 68%
Phantasy Star 1987 25427x 83%
Pit Pot 1985 12754x 60%
Pit-Fighter 1990 566x 30%
Pooyan 1982 2755x 52%
Populous 1989 19270x 76%
Power Strike 1988 16477x 63%
Power Strike II 1993 11129x 48%
Predator 2 1992 3601x 50%
Prince of Persia 1989 16876x 75%
Pro Wrestling 1986 2639x 54%
Psycho Fox 1989 21325x 69%
R-Type 1988 27683x 74%
Rainbow Islands 1987 5715x 61%
Rambo 1986 21345x 64%
Rambo III 1988 20168x 65%
Rampage 1986 13104x 82%
Rastan 1987 18222x 75%
Renegade 1986 11057x 80%
Road Rash 1991 40270x 62%
RoboCop 3 1992 6629x 60%
RoboCop vs Terminator 1993 8258x 63%
Rocky 1987 46221x 66%
Rygar 1986 9589x 74%
Sagaia 1989 1112x 70%
Sega Chess 1991 15349x 84%
Shadow Dancer 1989 9913x 60%
Shanghai 1986 9736x 77%
Shinobi 1987 40672x 65%
Simpsons: Bart vs. ... 1991 10950x 69%
Simpsons: Bart vs. World 1991 11244x 53%
Solomon’s Key 1986 10350x 74%
Sonic Chaos 1993 46064x 77%
Sonic the Hedgehog 1991 64665x 76%
Sonic the Hedgehog 2 1992 153819x 71%
Space Harrier 1985 2255x 57%
Spider-Man Vs. the ... 1990 21265x 58%
Spider-Man: Return of ... 1992 11107x 74%
Spy vs Spy 1984 13769x 82%
Star Wars 1991 9901x 49%
Street Fighter II 1992 18190x 74%
Streets of Rage 1991 11608x 78%
Streets of Rage 2 1993 17835x 81%
Strider 1989 10877x 69%
Submarine Attack 1990 3462x 49%
Summer Games 1984 2877x 57%
Super Boy 4 1992 7031x 65%
Super Boy I 1989 22614x 61%
Super Boy II 1989 6293x 62%
Super Boy III 1991 5494x 58%
Super Monaco GP 1989 8303x 67%
Super Tennis 1986 24577x 65%
T2: The Arcade Game 1991 7368x 58%
Teddy Boy 1986 20171x 67%
Terminator 2 1991 11086x 69%
The Jungle Book 1994 11327x 58%
The Ninja 1986 15151x 81%
The Smurfs 1993 336x 70%
The Terminator 1992 16488x 64%
Tom and Jerry: The Movie 1992 7790x 64%
TransBot 1985 4502x 81%
Vigilante 1988 20822x 66%
WC Leader Board 1987 871x 80%
Winter Olympics 94 1993 5529x 80%
Wonder Boy 1987 44439x 68%
Wonder Boy 2 1987 44809x 74%
Wonder Boy III 1989 26806x 71%
World Championship Soccer 1989 9574x 78%
World Grand Prix 1986 26114x 66%
Xenon 2: Megablast 1989 12744x 68%
Ys 1987 17106x 60%
Zillion 1987 19070x 63%

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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