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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 27665x 52%
ALF 1989 16838x 63%
Ace of Aces 1986 57028x 62%
Action Fighter 1986 53609x 62%
Addams Family, The 1991 18196x 62%
After Burner 1987 24638x 71%
Alex Kidd in Miracle ... 1986 295783x 70%
Alex Kidd in Shinobi ... 1990 28729x 72%
Alex Kidd: High-Tech ... 1989 25792x 68%
Alex Kidd: The Lost Stars 1988 27771x 67%
Alibaba and 40 Thieves 1982 11830x 67%
Alien 3 1992 14574x 71%
Altered Beast 1988 15672x 46%
Arcade Smash Hits 1992 5796x 71%
Astro Warrior 1986 35663x 78%
Astérix 1991 48596x 60%
Astérix-Great Rescue 1993 8956x 65%
Astérix: Secret Mission 1993 23662x 63%
Aztec Adventure 1987 18887x 62%
Baku Baku Animal 1995 43834x 74%
Bank Panic 1987 27091x 60%
Batman Returns 1992 8229x 62%
Battle Out Run 1989 71458x 62%
Battletoads in Battlemaniacs 1993 792x 60%
Black Belt 1986 44374x 65%
Bomber Raid 1988 33585x 71%
Bonanza Bros. 1990 13361x 80%
Bubble Bobble 1986 21224x 77%
Buggy Run 1993 65999x 60%
California Games 1987 19177x 65%
California Games II 1990 13175x 60%
Carmen Sandiego (VGA) 1988 5559x 35%
Casino Games 1989 14257x 47%
Castle of Illusion 1990 41962x 65%
Chase H.Q. 1988 15083x 64%
Choplifter 1982 42266x 67%
Columns 1990 12345x 81%
Cool Spot 1993 13145x 57%
Daffy Duck in Hollywood 1994 5620x 70%
Deep Duck Trouble 1993 31408x 63%
Desert Strike 1992 6276x 55%
Disney’s Aladdin 1993 20120x 76%
Double Dragon 1987 16891x 66%
Dr. Robotnik's Mean ... 1993 5659x 82%
Dracula 1993 14805x 83%
Earthworm Jim 1994 15489x 59%
Ecco the Dolphin 1992 11647x 58%
Enduro Racer 1987 17382x 75%
F-1 Spirit 1987 14183x 62%
F1 1993 6311x 75%
FIFA International Soccer 1993 16747x 67%
Fantasy Zone 1986 27982x 71%
Fantasy Zone II 1987 19861x 68%
GP Rider 1990 9982x 73%
Galaxian 1979 2974x 78%
Gangster Town 1987 30415x 57%
Gauntlet 1985 24539x 66%
Ghost House 1986 22810x 76%
Ghostbusters 1984 16629x 78%
Ghouls ’N Ghosts 1988 20502x 79%
Golden Axe 1989 122128x 68%
Golden Axe Warrior 1991 32482x 79%
Golvellius 1988 18808x 78%
Gradius 1985 4214x 78%
Great Baseball 1987 17821x 75%
Great Soccer 1985 23272x 67%
Great Volleyball 1987 10021x 75%
Gun.Smoke 1987 5187x 50%
Hang-On 1985 37849x 60%
Home Alone 1991 14380x 67%
Impossible Mission 1984 13346x 62%
Indiana Jones and ... 1989 30260x 59%
Ironman 1989 11548x 50%
Kenseiden 1988 22052x 68%
King’s Quest 1984 26173x 63%
Klax 1989 20011x 59%
Krusty's Fun House 1992 1522x 70%
Kung Fu Kid 1987 20532x 70%
Land of Illusion 1992 36489x 66%
Lemmings 1991 13954x 47%
Line of Fire 1989 9471x 46%
Lion King, The 1994 51003x 69%
Lucky Dime Caper 1991 26044x 73%
Marble Madness 1984 12131x 73%
Master of Darkness 1992 25198x 76%
Mercs 1990 9784x 80%
Michael Jackson's Moon... 1990 8628x 79%
Monopoly 1987 14273x 79%
Montezuma’s Revenge 1984 25395x 63%
Mortal Kombat 1993 186383x 72%
Mortal Kombat 3 1995 17373x 75%
Mortal Kombat II 1994 18515x 70%
Ms. Pac-Man 1982 19087x 63%
My Hero 1985 15404x 73%
Nemesis 2 1987 5779x 69%
New Zealand Story 1989 15856x 64%
Ninja Gaiden 1992 47152x 79%
Olympic Gold 1992 15825x 59%
Operation Wolf 1987 20955x 66%
OutRun 1986 43302x 64%
OutRun Europa 1991 10679x 58%
Pac-Mania 1988 21308x 76%
Paperboy 1984 14578x 66%
Penguin Adventure 1986 11318x 53%
Penguin Land 1987 25842x 70%
Phantasy Star 1987 37028x 85%
Pit Pot 1985 16173x 60%
Pit-Fighter 1990 3709x 40%
Pooyan 1982 5126x 52%
Populous 1989 25534x 77%
Power Strike 1988 21062x 66%
Power Strike II 1993 15377x 57%
Predator 2 1992 6690x 37%
Prince of Persia 1989 22180x 72%
Pro Wrestling 1986 8016x 57%
Psycho Fox 1989 30052x 73%
R-Type 1988 37459x 75%
Rainbow Islands 1987 8847x 61%
Rambo 1986 28819x 66%
Rambo III 1988 26301x 65%
Rampage 1986 17570x 85%
Rastan 1987 24711x 77%
Renegade 1986 13795x 80%
Road Rash 1991 51021x 63%
RoboCop 3 1992 10284x 80%
RoboCop vs Terminator 1993 11839x 65%
Rocky 1987 62409x 68%
Rygar 1986 13355x 74%
Sagaia 1989 3867x 70%
Sega Chess 1991 22521x 82%
Shadow Dancer 1989 16819x 66%
Shanghai 1986 12993x 77%
Shinobi 1987 53364x 66%
Simpsons: Bart vs. ... 1991 14404x 71%
Simpsons: Bart vs. World 1991 14049x 53%
Solomon’s Key 1986 14438x 74%
Sonic Chaos 1993 63516x 76%
Sonic the Hedgehog 1991 90461x 78%
Sonic the Hedgehog 2 1992 191288x 71%
Space Harrier 1985 6777x 63%
Spider-Man Vs. the ... 1990 27850x 58%
Spider-Man: Return of ... 1992 14669x 72%
Spy vs Spy 1984 19855x 82%
Star Wars 1991 13944x 53%
Street Fighter II 1992 23863x 74%
Streets of Rage 1991 15401x 79%
Streets of Rage 2 1993 21510x 81%
Strider 1989 13576x 69%
Submarine Attack 1990 8558x 42%
Summer Games 1984 5866x 60%
Super Boy 4 1992 18506x 69%
Super Boy I 1989 42808x 63%
Super Boy II 1989 16133x 63%
Super Boy III 1991 15977x 65%
Super Monaco GP 1989 11200x 71%
Super Monaco GP II 1992 1577x 70%
Super Tennis 1986 30337x 62%
T2: The Arcade Game 1991 10410x 57%
Tecmo World Cup 1989 3474x 43%
Teddy Boy 1986 26485x 68%
Terminator 2 1991 13987x 69%
The Flash 1991 5881x 73%
The Jungle Book 1994 14994x 58%
The Ninja 1986 21910x 57%
The Smurfs 1993 3876x 70%
The Terminator 1992 21232x 65%
Tom and Jerry: The Movie 1992 15407x 68%
TransBot 1985 9800x 86%
Vigilante 1988 27381x 67%
WC Leader Board 1987 2978x 80%
Winter Olympics 94 1993 8653x 73%
Wonder Boy 1987 61868x 68%
Wonder Boy II 1987 66129x 74%
Wonder Boy III 1989 36223x 72%
World Championship Soccer 1989 12245x 74%
World Grand Prix 1986 32948x 64%
Xenon 2: Megablast 1989 17067x 66%
Ys 1987 22152x 67%
Zillion 1987 25761x 64%

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

SMS: Mortal Kombat Mortal Kombat

SMS: Rocky Rocky


 

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