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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 6082x 49%
ALF 1989 3858x 61%
Ace of Aces 1986 3768x 71%
Addams Family, The 1991 10654x 62%
Alex Kidd in Miracle ... 1986 96880x 66%
Alex Kidd in Shinobi ... 1990 10156x 64%
Alex Kidd: High-Tech ... 1989 12824x 70%
Alex Kidd: The Lost Stars 1988 13244x 61%
Alien 3 1992 8039x 77%
Altered Beast 1988 7095x 48%
Astro Warrior 1986 15779x 65%
Astérix 1991 27348x 54%
Astérix-Great Rescue 1993 2791x 60%
Astérix: Secret Mission 1993 12866x 61%
Aztec Adventure 1987 3301x 62%
Baku Baku Animal 1995 7128x 74%
Bank Panic 1987 15197x 57%
Batman Returns 1992 1478x 60%
Battle Out Run 1989 14230x 61%
Black Belt 1986 20713x 62%
Bomber Raid 1988 16051x 65%
Bonanza Bros. 1990 4276x 76%
Bubble Bobble 1986 9584x 77%
Buggy Run 1993 16412x 58%
California Games 1987 8764x 62%
California Games II 1990 6330x 60%
Castle of Illusion 1990 19155x 60%
Chase H.Q. 1988 7139x 66%
Choplifter 1982 16464x 66%
Columns 1990 6023x 79%
Cool Spot 1993 5859x 70%
Deep Duck Trouble 1993 16886x 60%
Desert Strike 1992 522x 60%
Disney’s Aladdin 1993 9317x 69%
Double Dragon 1987 8668x 70%
Dracula 1993 6661x 80%
Earthworm Jim 1994 6771x 57%
Ecco the Dolphin 1992 4269x 58%
Enduro Racer 1987 3441x 80%
FIFA 1993 7945x 63%
Fantasy Zone 1986 12725x 62%
Fantasy Zone II 1987 9259x 64%
Flicky 1984 3698x 80%
GP Rider 1990 3120x 75%
Gangster Town 1987 13604x 54%
Gauntlet 1985 12682x 66%
Ghost House 1986 11196x 76%
Ghostbusters 1984 5809x 60%
Ghouls ’N Ghosts 1988 5235x 79%
Golden Axe 1989 63372x 65%
Golden Axe Warrior 1991 13520x 79%
Golvellius 1988 9207x 70%
Great Baseball 1987 3731x 77%
Great Soccer 1985 11735x 70%
Hang-On 1985 19023x 60%
Home Alone 1991 6517x 60%
Impossible Mission 1984 1457x 58%
Indiana Jones and ... 1989 15237x 57%
Ironman 1989 5601x 50%
Kenseiden 1988 10068x 56%
King’s Quest 1984 12231x 58%
Klax 1989 10898x 42%
Kung Fu Kid 1987 7686x 55%
Land of Illusion 1992 16323x 61%
Lemmings 1991 6876x 43%
Line of Fire 1989 658x 38%
Lion King, The 1994 27696x 69%
Lucky Dime Caper 1991 12721x 79%
Marble Madness 1984 5861x 50%
Master of Darkness 1992 12149x 70%
Mercs 1990 4504x 60%
Michael Jackson's Moon... 1990 365x 85%
Monopoly 1987 7499x 78%
Montezuma’s Revenge 1984 14562x 64%
Mortal Kombat 1993 71552x 69%
Mortal Kombat 3 1995 8706x 79%
Mortal Kombat II 1994 9575x 67%
Ms. Pac-Man 1982 8236x 69%
My Hero 1985 4754x 56%
New Zealand Story 1989 6969x 63%
Ninja Gaiden 1992 23465x 80%
Olympic Gold 1992 7039x 57%
Operation Wolf 1987 13824x 65%
OutRun 1986 19730x 61%
OutRun Europa 1991 2063x 44%
Pac-Mania 1988 10408x 75%
Paperboy 1984 7926x 64%
Penguin Land 1987 12001x 74%
Phantasy Star 1987 13040x 79%
Pit Pot 1985 8329x 62%
Populous 1989 11232x 82%
Power Strike 1988 10572x 66%
Power Strike II 1993 5252x 45%
Predator 2 1992 689x 50%
Prince of Persia 1989 10583x 72%
Psycho Fox 1989 12310x 69%
R-Type 1988 15052x 72%
Rainbow Islands 1987 1739x 56%
Rambo 1986 14047x 63%
Rambo III 1988 14671x 65%
Rampage 1986 7813x 80%
Rastan 1987 10790x 74%
Renegade 1986 7158x 83%
Road Rash 1991 20726x 59%
RoboCop 3 1992 3658x 60%
RoboCop vs Terminator 1993 4318x 80%
Rocky 1987 27699x 61%
Rygar 1986 5803x 74%
Sega Chess 1991 9073x 78%
Shadow Dancer 1989 2164x 40%
Shanghai 1986 6085x 73%
Shinobi 1987 20204x 65%
Simpsons: Bart vs. ... 1991 7184x 73%
Simpsons: Bart vs. World 1991 5342x 53%
Solomon’s Key 1986 6586x 69%
Sonic Chaos 1993 9392x 79%
Sonic the Hedgehog 1991 27647x 79%
Sonic the Hedgehog 2 1992 67700x 72%
Spider-Man Vs. the ... 1990 12867x 59%
Spider-Man: Return of ... 1992 7160x 73%
Spy vs Spy 1984 9087x 79%
Star Wars 1991 5609x 33%
Street Fighter II 1992 11887x 74%
Streets of Rage 1991 7298x 71%
Streets of Rage 2 1993 10609x 82%
Strider 1989 7559x 69%
Super Boy I 1989 10334x 53%
Super Monaco GP 1989 4418x 80%
Super Tennis 1986 15915x 61%
T2: The Arcade Game 1991 2957x 58%
Teddy Boy 1986 12575x 65%
Terminator 2 1991 7673x 69%
The Jungle Book 1994 6913x 58%
The Ninja 1986 9037x 78%
The Terminator 1992 11093x 61%
Vigilante 1988 11668x 64%
Winter Olympics 94 1993 2526x 80%
Wonder Boy 1987 26289x 65%
Wonder Boy 2 1987 21044x 73%
Wonder Boy III 1989 15818x 67%
World Championship Soccer 1989 6249x 78%
World Grand Prix 1986 17333x 61%
Xenon 2: Megablast 1989 7402x 65%
Ys 1987 10333x 62%
Zillion 1987 11711x 58%

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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