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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 2056x 45%
Addams Family, The 1991 8221x 64%
Alex Kidd in Miracle ... 1986 52867x 60%
Alex Kidd in Shinobi ... 1990 5489x 72%
Alex Kidd: High-Tech ... 1989 9105x 69%
Alex Kidd: The Lost Stars 1988 9291x 55%
Alien 3 1992 5960x 77%
Altered Beast 1988 4392x 49%
Astro Warrior 1986 11004x 59%
Astérix 1991 21927x 52%
Astérix-Great Rescue 1993 1054x 60%
Astérix: Secret Mission 1993 9732x 60%
Baku Baku Animal 1995 2937x 80%
Bank Panic 1987 11278x 57%
Black Belt 1986 14483x 61%
Bomber Raid 1988 10968x 64%
Bonanza Bros. 1990 2119x 85%
Bubble Bobble 1986 6730x 78%
Buggy Run 1993 5203x 55%
California Games 1987 6373x 62%
California Games II 1990 4521x 62%
Castle of Illusion 1990 13478x 59%
Chase H.Q. 1988 4870x 76%
Choplifter 1982 10842x 61%
Columns 1990 4216x 79%
Cool Spot 1993 4235x 70%
Deep Duck Trouble 1993 12402x 63%
Disney’s Aladdin 1993 6503x 76%
Double Dragon 1987 6428x 76%
Dracula 1993 4803x 80%
Earthworm Jim 1994 4304x 58%
Ecco the Dolphin 1992 2520x 67%
FIFA 1993 5686x 67%
Fantasy Zone 1986 7918x 64%
Fantasy Zone II 1987 6105x 59%
Flicky 1984 1935x 80%
GP Rider 1990 1576x 75%
Gangster Town 1987 9665x 52%
Gauntlet 1985 8500x 68%
Ghost House 1986 8208x 73%
Ghostbusters 1984 3403x 60%
Ghouls ’N Ghosts 1988 2858x 85%
Golden Axe 1989 47631x 65%
Golden Axe Warrior 1991 9161x 76%
Golvellius 1988 6369x 63%
Great Soccer 1985 8196x 69%
Hang-On 1985 13899x 59%
Home Alone 1991 4692x 60%
Indiana Jones and ... 1989 10966x 60%
Ironman 1989 3770x 50%
Kenseiden 1988 6916x 57%
King’s Quest 1984 8539x 57%
Klax 1989 7732x 40%
Kung Fu Kid 1987 3761x 70%
Land of Illusion 1992 11118x 60%
Lemmings 1991 5011x 50%
Lion King, The 1994 17287x 63%
Lucky Dime Caper 1991 8639x 78%
Marble Madness 1984 4155x 70%
Master of Darkness 1992 8694x 73%
Mercs 1990 2972x 60%
Monopoly 1987 5293x 78%
Montezuma’s Revenge 1984 11644x 64%
Mortal Kombat 1993 41268x 67%
Mortal Kombat 3 1995 6056x 82%
Mortal Kombat II 1994 6375x 77%
Ms. Pac-Man 1982 5500x 66%
My Hero 1985 1890x 57%
New Zealand Story 1989 5082x 66%
Ninja Gaiden 1992 16098x 64%
Olympic Gold 1992 5114x 57%
Operation Wolf 1989 10078x 72%
OutRun 1986 13111x 60%
Pac-Mania 1988 7349x 79%
Paperboy 1984 5929x 68%
Penguin Land 1987 8344x 73%
Phantasy Star 1987 8089x 82%
Pit Pot 1985 5723x 62%
Populous 1989 7646x 76%
Power Strike 1988 7223x 64%
Power Strike II 1993 2137x 49%
Prince of Persia 1989 7525x 83%
Psycho Fox 1989 8054x 69%
R-Type 1988 9957x 73%
Rambo 1986 10419x 68%
Rambo III 1988 11288x 61%
Rampage 1986 5434x 80%
Rastan 1987 6856x 67%
Renegade 1986 4835x 81%
Road Rash 1991 12434x 61%
RoboCop 3 1992 2106x 60%
RoboCop vs Terminator 1993 2421x 70%
Rocky 1987 17329x 60%
Rygar 1986 3803x 71%
Sega Chess 1991 6397x 74%
Shanghai 1986 4161x 83%
Shinobi 1987 11702x 66%
Simpsons: Bart vs. ... 1991 5215x 73%
Simpsons: Bart vs. World 1991 3455x 37%
Solomon’s Key 1986 4534x 69%
Sonic the Hedgehog 1991 13373x 77%
Sonic the Hedgehog 2 1992 33840x 73%
Spider-Man Vs. the ... 1990 8707x 61%
Spider-Man: Return of ... 1992 4761x 73%
Spy vs Spy 1984 5644x 87%
Star Wars 1991 3492x 30%
Street Fighter II 1992 8352x 70%
Streets of Rage 1991 4923x 72%
Streets of Rage 2 1993 5558x 84%
Strider 1989 4991x 86%
Super Boy I 1989 3825x 54%
Super Monaco GP 1989 2735x 80%
Super Tennis 1986 11455x 58%
T2: The Arcade Game 1991 1140x 75%
Teddy Boy 1986 8288x 63%
Terminator 2 1991 5468x 69%
The Jungle Book 1994 4872x 58%
The Ninja 1986 6617x 73%
The Terminator 1992 7896x 64%
Vigilante 1988 8227x 65%
Winter Olympics 94 1993 1035x 70%
Wonder Boy 1987 17287x 65%
Wonder Boy 2 1987 11263x 69%
Wonder Boy III 1989 10050x 58%
World Championship Soccer 1989 4511x 76%
World Grand Prix 1986 12463x 61%
Xenon 2: Megablast 1989 5443x 71%
Ys 1987 7120x 58%
Zillion 1987 8171x 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)
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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