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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 14712x 51%
ALF 1989 8381x 68%
Ace of Aces 1986 24833x 62%
Action Fighter 1986 2702x 64%
Addams Family, The 1991 13528x 61%
After Burner 1987 3456x 64%
Alex Kidd in Miracle ... 1986 181820x 69%
Alex Kidd in Shinobi ... 1990 17057x 70%
Alex Kidd: High-Tech ... 1989 17592x 65%
Alex Kidd: The Lost Stars 1988 18893x 68%
Alibaba and 40 Thieves 1982 4274x 67%
Alien 3 1992 10456x 70%
Altered Beast 1988 10610x 46%
Astro Warrior 1986 22513x 73%
Astérix 1991 35559x 57%
Astérix-Great Rescue 1993 5065x 60%
Astérix: Secret Mission 1993 17040x 62%
Aztec Adventure 1987 9410x 58%
Baku Baku Animal 1995 20610x 71%
Bank Panic 1987 19784x 58%
Batman Returns 1992 4017x 55%
Battle Out Run 1989 38448x 62%
Black Belt 1986 30810x 63%
Bomber Raid 1988 23118x 69%
Bonanza Bros. 1990 7364x 76%
Bubble Bobble 1986 14168x 76%
Buggy Run 1993 35588x 60%
California Games 1987 13648x 62%
California Games II 1990 8929x 60%
Carmen Sandiego (VGA) 1988 2104x 35%
Casino Games 1989 4532x 48%
Castle of Illusion 1990 27753x 66%
Chase H.Q. 1988 10849x 64%
Choplifter 1982 25532x 66%
Columns 1990 8465x 79%
Cool Spot 1993 8269x 70%
Daffy Duck in Hollywood 1994 1416x 70%
Deep Duck Trouble 1993 22517x 63%
Desert Strike 1992 2619x 55%
Disney’s Aladdin 1993 13962x 77%
Double Dragon 1987 11580x 75%
Dracula 1993 9424x 82%
Earthworm Jim 1994 10260x 57%
Ecco the Dolphin 1992 6885x 58%
Enduro Racer 1987 8093x 76%
F-1 Spirit 1987 3272x 54%
F1 1993 2272x 75%
FIFA International Soccer 1993 10989x 64%
Fantasy Zone 1986 18396x 66%
Fantasy Zone II 1987 13098x 66%
Flicky 1984 6141x 75%
GP Rider 1990 5681x 83%
Gangster Town 1987 21274x 57%
Gauntlet 1985 17318x 68%
Ghost House 1986 15078x 76%
Ghostbusters 1984 9925x 79%
Ghouls ’N Ghosts 1988 9544x 84%
Golden Axe 1989 85733x 67%
Golden Axe Warrior 1991 20886x 82%
Golvellius 1988 12907x 75%
Gradius 1985 396x 70%
Great Baseball 1987 9397x 80%
Great Soccer 1985 16140x 68%
Great Volleyball 1987 3715x 70%
Gun.Smoke 1987 1793x 50%
Hang-On 1985 26228x 60%
Home Alone 1991 9068x 65%
Impossible Mission 1984 6192x 60%
Indiana Jones and ... 1989 20928x 57%
Ironman 1989 7892x 50%
Kenseiden 1988 14279x 62%
King’s Quest 1984 17918x 63%
Klax 1989 14796x 54%
Kung Fu Kid 1987 12583x 67%
Land of Illusion 1992 23717x 64%
Lemmings 1991 9516x 51%
Line of Fire 1989 3881x 53%
Lion King, The 1994 39757x 67%
Lucky Dime Caper 1991 17928x 77%
Marble Madness 1984 8024x 67%
Master of Darkness 1992 16766x 75%
Mercs 1990 6461x 60%
Michael Jackson's Moon... 1990 3282x 81%
Monopoly 1987 10150x 79%
Montezuma’s Revenge 1984 18280x 64%
Mortal Kombat 1993 115285x 72%
Mortal Kombat 3 1995 12446x 78%
Mortal Kombat II 1994 13316x 73%
Ms. Pac-Man 1982 12075x 60%
My Hero 1985 8785x 72%
New Zealand Story 1989 11379x 64%
Ninja Gaiden 1992 32617x 78%
Olympic Gold 1992 10108x 56%
Operation Wolf 1987 16575x 65%
OutRun 1986 28925x 66%
OutRun Europa 1991 5113x 53%
Pac-Mania 1988 14233x 75%
Paperboy 1984 10622x 64%
Penguin Adventure 1986 3816x 38%
Penguin Land 1987 16844x 68%
Phantasy Star 1987 20806x 85%
Pit Pot 1985 11323x 60%
Pooyan 1982 1741x 63%
Populous 1989 17034x 76%
Power Strike 1988 14613x 63%
Power Strike II 1993 9520x 55%
Predator 2 1992 2593x 50%
Prince of Persia 1989 14812x 74%
Psycho Fox 1989 18747x 69%
R-Type 1988 24250x 76%
Rainbow Islands 1987 4323x 57%
Rambo 1986 18672x 63%
Rambo III 1988 18424x 66%
Rampage 1986 11092x 80%
Rastan 1987 15855x 79%
Renegade 1986 9962x 78%
Road Rash 1991 34187x 61%
RoboCop 3 1992 5712x 60%
RoboCop vs Terminator 1993 7273x 63%
Rocky 1987 40360x 65%
Rygar 1986 8360x 74%
Sega Chess 1991 13059x 84%
Shadow Dancer 1989 7544x 60%
Shanghai 1986 8486x 73%
Shinobi 1987 34369x 64%
Simpsons: Bart vs. ... 1991 9852x 69%
Simpsons: Bart vs. World 1991 9899x 53%
Solomon’s Key 1986 9179x 72%
Sonic Chaos 1993 36486x 77%
Sonic the Hedgehog 1991 53663x 77%
Sonic the Hedgehog 2 1992 127268x 72%
Space Harrier 1985 758x 52%
Spider-Man Vs. the ... 1990 18184x 58%
Spider-Man: Return of ... 1992 9867x 69%
Spy vs Spy 1984 11902x 81%
Star Wars 1991 8566x 42%
Street Fighter II 1992 16357x 75%
Streets of Rage 1991 10127x 77%
Streets of Rage 2 1993 16202x 82%
Strider 1989 9864x 69%
Submarine Attack 1990 1974x 43%
Summer Games 1984 1784x 50%
Super Boy 4 1992 4294x 63%
Super Boy I 1989 18700x 58%
Super Boy II 1989 4154x 56%
Super Boy III 1991 3463x 61%
Super Monaco GP 1989 7031x 67%
Super Tennis 1986 22008x 65%
T2: The Arcade Game 1991 6193x 58%
Teddy Boy 1986 17600x 65%
Terminator 2 1991 10122x 69%
The Jungle Book 1994 10174x 58%
The Ninja 1986 12817x 81%
The Terminator 1992 14891x 63%
Tom and Jerry: The Movie 1992 5393x 65%
TransBot 1985 3199x 78%
Vigilante 1988 18445x 65%
Winter Olympics 94 1993 4531x 80%
Wonder Boy 1987 39201x 66%
Wonder Boy 2 1987 36735x 72%
Wonder Boy III 1989 23216x 71%
World Championship Soccer 1989 8570x 78%
World Grand Prix 1986 23571x 63%
Xenon 2: Megablast 1989 11013x 69%
Ys 1987 15148x 62%
Zillion 1987 16727x 62%

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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