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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 7651x 49%
ALF 1989 5221x 68%
Ace of Aces 1986 10476x 63%
Addams Family, The 1991 11523x 62%
Alex Kidd in Miracle ... 1986 122649x 66%
Alex Kidd in Shinobi ... 1990 12243x 67%
Alex Kidd: High-Tech ... 1989 14227x 63%
Alex Kidd: The Lost Stars 1988 14906x 64%
Alibaba and 40 Thieves 1982 1556x 69%
Alien 3 1992 8751x 77%
Altered Beast 1988 7999x 48%
Astro Warrior 1986 17629x 67%
Astérix 1991 29655x 56%
Astérix-Great Rescue 1993 3424x 60%
Astérix: Secret Mission 1993 14047x 57%
Aztec Adventure 1987 5158x 60%
Baku Baku Animal 1995 8891x 74%
Bank Panic 1987 16605x 57%
Batman Returns 1992 2101x 60%
Battle Out Run 1989 23597x 61%
Black Belt 1986 23461x 63%
Bomber Raid 1988 18067x 69%
Bonanza Bros. 1990 5038x 79%
Bubble Bobble 1986 10670x 77%
Buggy Run 1993 22386x 58%
California Games 1987 9759x 62%
California Games II 1990 7084x 60%
Carmen Sandiego (VGA) 1988 577x 60%
Casino Games 1989 1145x 44%
Castle of Illusion 1990 21582x 62%
Chase H.Q. 1988 8007x 64%
Choplifter 1982 19260x 65%
Columns 1990 6649x 79%
Cool Spot 1993 6439x 70%
Deep Duck Trouble 1993 18462x 63%
Desert Strike 1992 1104x 55%
Disney’s Aladdin 1993 10235x 75%
Double Dragon 1987 9396x 68%
Dracula 1993 7306x 80%
Earthworm Jim 1994 7670x 57%
Ecco the Dolphin 1992 5078x 58%
Enduro Racer 1987 4592x 76%
F1 1993 543x 75%
FIFA International Soccer 1993 8777x 64%
Fantasy Zone 1986 14472x 65%
Fantasy Zone II 1987 10424x 67%
Flicky 1984 4462x 75%
GP Rider 1990 3792x 75%
Gangster Town 1987 15138x 53%
Gauntlet 1985 14074x 67%
Ghost House 1986 12263x 76%
Ghostbusters 1984 6986x 81%
Ghouls ’N Ghosts 1988 6008x 79%
Golden Axe 1989 70176x 66%
Golden Axe Warrior 1991 15449x 81%
Golvellius 1988 10267x 72%
Great Baseball 1987 4976x 74%
Great Soccer 1985 13097x 69%
Gun.Smoke 1987 315x 50%
Hang-On 1985 21351x 61%
Home Alone 1991 7141x 60%
Impossible Mission 1984 2134x 60%
Indiana Jones and ... 1989 16967x 57%
Ironman 1989 6258x 50%
Kenseiden 1988 11170x 57%
King’s Quest 1984 13823x 62%
Klax 1989 12117x 48%
Kung Fu Kid 1987 9019x 65%
Land of Illusion 1992 18581x 62%
Lemmings 1991 7551x 43%
Line of Fire 1989 1462x 53%
Lion King, The 1994 31549x 67%
Lucky Dime Caper 1991 14029x 79%
Marble Madness 1984 6498x 50%
Master of Darkness 1992 13418x 72%
Mercs 1990 4976x 60%
Michael Jackson's Moon... 1990 1021x 76%
Monopoly 1987 8224x 79%
Montezuma’s Revenge 1984 15604x 64%
Mortal Kombat 1993 84869x 69%
Mortal Kombat 3 1995 9655x 79%
Mortal Kombat II 1994 10608x 68%
Ms. Pac-Man 1982 9193x 63%
My Hero 1985 5791x 68%
New Zealand Story 1989 7781x 63%
Ninja Gaiden 1992 26287x 78%
Olympic Gold 1992 7862x 57%
Operation Wolf 1987 14581x 65%
OutRun 1986 22516x 63%
OutRun Europa 1991 2877x 51%
Pac-Mania 1988 11386x 75%
Paperboy 1984 8637x 64%
Penguin Adventure 1986 1128x 42%
Penguin Land 1987 13279x 69%
Phantasy Star 1987 14941x 81%
Pit Pot 1985 9157x 65%
Pooyan 1982 294x 50%
Populous 1989 13072x 75%
Power Strike 1988 11769x 61%
Power Strike II 1993 6283x 48%
Predator 2 1992 1168x 50%
Prince of Persia 1989 11704x 72%
Psycho Fox 1989 13909x 71%
R-Type 1988 17098x 73%
Rainbow Islands 1987 2504x 57%
Rambo 1986 15304x 62%
Rambo III 1988 15727x 66%
Rampage 1986 8630x 80%
Rastan 1987 12360x 76%
Renegade 1986 8147x 78%
Road Rash 1991 24744x 63%
RoboCop 3 1992 4247x 60%
RoboCop vs Terminator 1993 5182x 83%
Rocky 1987 31531x 64%
Rygar 1986 6492x 74%
Sega Chess 1991 10206x 81%
Shadow Dancer 1989 3784x 58%
Shanghai 1986 6756x 73%
Shinobi 1987 24718x 65%
Simpsons: Bart vs. ... 1991 7909x 73%
Simpsons: Bart vs. World 1991 6129x 53%
Solomon’s Key 1986 7370x 72%
Sonic Chaos 1993 18600x 77%
Sonic the Hedgehog 1991 35524x 76%
Sonic the Hedgehog 2 1992 87412x 70%
Spider-Man Vs. the ... 1990 14336x 57%
Spider-Man: Return of ... 1992 7925x 73%
Spy vs Spy 1984 9894x 79%
Star Wars 1991 6325x 39%
Street Fighter II 1992 13131x 75%
Streets of Rage 1991 8026x 74%
Streets of Rage 2 1993 12116x 84%
Strider 1989 8127x 69%
Summer Games 1984 264x 50%
Super Boy I 1989 12599x 53%
Super Monaco GP 1989 4978x 80%
Super Tennis 1986 17739x 63%
T2: The Arcade Game 1991 3703x 58%
Teddy Boy 1986 13787x 65%
Terminator 2 1991 8344x 69%
The Jungle Book 1994 7643x 58%
The Ninja 1986 9920x 78%
The Terminator 1992 12150x 62%
Tom and Jerry: The Movie 1992 1759x 68%
TransBot 1985 882x 70%
Vigilante 1988 13141x 63%
Winter Olympics 94 1993 3039x 80%
Wonder Boy 1987 30505x 64%
Wonder Boy 2 1987 25543x 72%
Wonder Boy III 1989 17813x 68%
World Championship Soccer 1989 6887x 78%
World Grand Prix 1986 19060x 62%
Xenon 2: Megablast 1989 8387x 67%
Ys 1987 11518x 60%
Zillion 1987 13135x 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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