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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 6661x 49%
ALF 1989 4371x 61%
Ace of Aces 1986 6520x 67%
Addams Family, The 1991 11027x 62%
Alex Kidd in Miracle ... 1986 106779x 66%
Alex Kidd in Shinobi ... 1990 11018x 66%
Alex Kidd: High-Tech ... 1989 13434x 70%
Alex Kidd: The Lost Stars 1988 14012x 64%
Alien 3 1992 8306x 77%
Altered Beast 1988 7505x 48%
Astro Warrior 1986 16482x 66%
Astérix 1991 28262x 54%
Astérix-Great Rescue 1993 3048x 60%
Astérix: Secret Mission 1993 13315x 57%
Aztec Adventure 1987 4049x 62%
Baku Baku Animal 1995 7961x 74%
Bank Panic 1987 15741x 57%
Batman Returns 1992 1722x 60%
Battle Out Run 1989 17930x 63%
Black Belt 1986 21849x 62%
Bomber Raid 1988 16885x 67%
Bonanza Bros. 1990 4555x 76%
Bubble Bobble 1986 10027x 77%
Buggy Run 1993 18748x 58%
California Games 1987 9217x 62%
California Games II 1990 6693x 60%
Carmen Sandiego (VGA) 1988 258x 60%
Casino Games 1989 546x 37%
Castle of Illusion 1990 20019x 61%
Chase H.Q. 1988 7504x 66%
Choplifter 1982 17552x 65%
Columns 1990 6258x 79%
Cool Spot 1993 6066x 70%
Deep Duck Trouble 1993 17548x 60%
Desert Strike 1992 769x 35%
Disney’s Aladdin 1993 9669x 71%
Double Dragon 1987 8934x 71%
Dracula 1993 6893x 80%
Earthworm Jim 1994 7187x 57%
Ecco the Dolphin 1992 4593x 58%
Enduro Racer 1987 3946x 77%
F1 1993 150x 67%
FIFA International Soccer 1993 8261x 63%
Fantasy Zone 1986 13584x 64%
Fantasy Zone II 1987 9725x 65%
Flicky 1984 3954x 80%
GP Rider 1990 3449x 75%
Gangster Town 1987 14262x 54%
Gauntlet 1985 13335x 67%
Ghost House 1986 11616x 76%
Ghostbusters 1984 6313x 76%
Ghouls ’N Ghosts 1988 5493x 79%
Golden Axe 1989 66238x 65%
Golden Axe Warrior 1991 14345x 82%
Golvellius 1988 9606x 70%
Great Baseball 1987 4243x 77%
Great Soccer 1985 12271x 70%
Hang-On 1985 19920x 60%
Home Alone 1991 6748x 60%
Impossible Mission 1984 1770x 60%
Indiana Jones and ... 1989 15998x 55%
Ironman 1989 5847x 50%
Kenseiden 1988 10543x 57%
King’s Quest 1984 12826x 60%
Klax 1989 11419x 45%
Kung Fu Kid 1987 8260x 61%
Land of Illusion 1992 17237x 62%
Lemmings 1991 7127x 43%
Line of Fire 1989 971x 51%
Lion King, The 1994 29193x 67%
Lucky Dime Caper 1991 13217x 79%
Marble Madness 1984 6113x 50%
Master of Darkness 1992 12638x 69%
Mercs 1990 4674x 60%
Michael Jackson's Moon... 1990 629x 76%
Monopoly 1987 7776x 79%
Montezuma’s Revenge 1984 15017x 64%
Mortal Kombat 1993 77162x 69%
Mortal Kombat 3 1995 9007x 79%
Mortal Kombat II 1994 10048x 68%
Ms. Pac-Man 1982 8636x 70%
My Hero 1985 5240x 68%
New Zealand Story 1989 7310x 63%
Ninja Gaiden 1992 24640x 79%
Olympic Gold 1992 7371x 57%
Operation Wolf 1987 14171x 65%
OutRun 1986 20845x 63%
OutRun Europa 1991 2374x 51%
Pac-Mania 1988 10862x 75%
Paperboy 1984 8196x 64%
Penguin Land 1987 12496x 69%
Phantasy Star 1987 13740x 81%
Pit Pot 1985 8670x 65%
Pooyan 1982 7x 25%
Populous 1989 12067x 82%
Power Strike 1988 11104x 65%
Power Strike II 1993 5651x 45%
Predator 2 1992 891x 50%
Prince of Persia 1989 11059x 72%
Psycho Fox 1989 12962x 68%
R-Type 1988 15996x 73%
Rainbow Islands 1987 2076x 55%
Rambo 1986 14551x 62%
Rambo III 1988 15078x 65%
Rampage 1986 8083x 80%
Rastan 1987 11378x 74%
Renegade 1986 7713x 78%
Road Rash 1991 22304x 60%
RoboCop 3 1992 3887x 60%
RoboCop vs Terminator 1993 4577x 80%
Rocky 1987 29348x 62%
Rygar 1986 6055x 74%
Sega Chess 1991 9507x 78%
Shadow Dancer 1989 2817x 56%
Shanghai 1986 6297x 73%
Shinobi 1987 21929x 65%
Simpsons: Bart vs. ... 1991 7473x 73%
Simpsons: Bart vs. World 1991 5645x 53%
Solomon’s Key 1986 6854x 69%
Sonic Chaos 1993 12944x 77%
Sonic the Hedgehog 1991 30732x 78%
Sonic the Hedgehog 2 1992 75609x 71%
Spider-Man Vs. the ... 1990 13377x 57%
Spider-Man: Return of ... 1992 7456x 73%
Spy vs Spy 1984 9432x 79%
Star Wars 1991 5901x 30%
Street Fighter II 1992 12418x 74%
Streets of Rage 1991 7589x 71%
Streets of Rage 2 1993 11305x 82%
Strider 1989 7771x 69%
Super Boy I 1989 11234x 55%
Super Monaco GP 1989 4617x 80%
Super Tennis 1986 16591x 61%
T2: The Arcade Game 1991 3291x 58%
Teddy Boy 1986 13018x 65%
Terminator 2 1991 7953x 69%
The Jungle Book 1994 7199x 58%
The Ninja 1986 9376x 78%
The Terminator 1992 11536x 62%
TransBot 1985 440x 55%
Vigilante 1988 12268x 63%
Winter Olympics 94 1993 2698x 80%
Wonder Boy 1987 28021x 65%
Wonder Boy 2 1987 22695x 74%
Wonder Boy III 1989 16628x 69%
World Championship Soccer 1989 6485x 78%
World Grand Prix 1986 18039x 61%
Xenon 2: Megablast 1989 7805x 66%
Ys 1987 10868x 61%
Zillion 1987 12348x 59%

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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