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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 12993x 51%
ALF 1989 7722x 70%
Ace of Aces 1986 21869x 62%
Addams Family, The 1991 13086x 63%
Alex Kidd in Miracle ... 1986 169288x 69%
Alex Kidd in Shinobi ... 1990 15774x 69%
Alex Kidd: High-Tech ... 1989 16779x 65%
Alex Kidd: The Lost Stars 1988 17968x 68%
Alibaba and 40 Thieves 1982 3697x 65%
Alien 3 1992 10047x 70%
Altered Beast 1988 9963x 46%
Astro Warrior 1986 21294x 73%
Astérix 1991 34269x 57%
Astérix-Great Rescue 1993 4731x 60%
Astérix: Secret Mission 1993 16299x 61%
Aztec Adventure 1987 8536x 57%
Baku Baku Animal 1995 18001x 73%
Bank Panic 1987 19132x 58%
Batman Returns 1992 3582x 55%
Battle Out Run 1989 35945x 61%
Black Belt 1986 29607x 63%
Bomber Raid 1988 21962x 69%
Bonanza Bros. 1990 6889x 75%
Bubble Bobble 1986 13252x 75%
Buggy Run 1993 32569x 59%
California Games 1987 13027x 64%
California Games II 1990 8451x 60%
Carmen Sandiego (VGA) 1988 1776x 60%
Casino Games 1989 3636x 52%
Castle of Illusion 1990 26241x 64%
Chase H.Q. 1988 10369x 64%
Choplifter 1982 24253x 66%
Columns 1990 8041x 79%
Cool Spot 1993 7736x 70%
Daffy Duck in Hollywood 1994 1054x 80%
Deep Duck Trouble 1993 21615x 63%
Desert Strike 1992 2271x 55%
Disney’s Aladdin 1993 12323x 76%
Double Dragon 1987 11022x 73%
Dracula 1993 8915x 82%
Earthworm Jim 1994 9757x 57%
Ecco the Dolphin 1992 6489x 58%
Enduro Racer 1987 7327x 78%
F-1 Spirit 1987 1014x 48%
F1 1993 1876x 75%
FIFA International Soccer 1993 10553x 64%
Fantasy Zone 1986 17598x 65%
Fantasy Zone II 1987 12476x 67%
Flicky 1984 5820x 75%
GP Rider 1990 5093x 83%
Gangster Town 1987 20572x 55%
Gauntlet 1985 16662x 68%
Ghost House 1986 14400x 76%
Ghostbusters 1984 9098x 79%
Ghouls ’N Ghosts 1988 8651x 83%
Golden Axe 1989 82293x 67%
Golden Axe Warrior 1991 19737x 81%
Golvellius 1988 12335x 74%
Gradius 1985 49x 70%
Great Baseball 1987 8611x 79%
Great Soccer 1985 15476x 68%
Great Volleyball 1987 3142x 70%
Gun.Smoke 1987 1374x 50%
Hang-On 1985 25178x 60%
Home Alone 1991 8618x 68%
Impossible Mission 1984 5722x 60%
Indiana Jones and ... 1989 20032x 57%
Ironman 1989 7534x 50%
Kenseiden 1988 13536x 59%
King’s Quest 1984 17041x 63%
Klax 1989 14147x 54%
Kung Fu Kid 1987 11802x 65%
Land of Illusion 1992 22662x 64%
Lemmings 1991 9088x 51%
Line of Fire 1989 3352x 53%
Lion King, The 1994 38035x 67%
Lucky Dime Caper 1991 16953x 79%
Marble Madness 1984 7676x 67%
Master of Darkness 1992 15894x 76%
Mercs 1990 6136x 60%
Michael Jackson's Moon... 1990 2814x 79%
Monopoly 1987 9723x 79%
Montezuma’s Revenge 1984 17681x 65%
Mortal Kombat 1993 108215x 72%
Mortal Kombat 3 1995 11855x 78%
Mortal Kombat II 1994 12583x 73%
Ms. Pac-Man 1982 11374x 62%
My Hero 1985 8097x 72%
New Zealand Story 1989 10901x 64%
Ninja Gaiden 1992 31267x 79%
Olympic Gold 1992 9499x 57%
Operation Wolf 1987 16085x 65%
OutRun 1986 27378x 66%
OutRun Europa 1991 4573x 48%
Pac-Mania 1988 13562x 73%
Paperboy 1984 10081x 64%
Penguin Adventure 1986 3264x 41%
Penguin Land 1987 16158x 68%
Phantasy Star 1987 19357x 83%
Pit Pot 1985 10825x 60%
Pooyan 1982 1407x 63%
Populous 1989 16210x 76%
Power Strike 1988 14054x 63%
Power Strike II 1993 8808x 55%
Predator 2 1992 2251x 50%
Prince of Persia 1989 14134x 74%
Psycho Fox 1989 17665x 72%
R-Type 1988 21732x 75%
Rainbow Islands 1987 3843x 54%
Rambo 1986 17836x 63%
Rambo III 1988 17726x 66%
Rampage 1986 10569x 80%
Rastan 1987 15061x 78%
Renegade 1986 9545x 78%
Road Rash 1991 31646x 61%
RoboCop 3 1992 5363x 60%
RoboCop vs Terminator 1993 6812x 63%
Rocky 1987 38673x 65%
Rygar 1986 7920x 74%
Sega Chess 1991 12311x 83%
Shadow Dancer 1989 6506x 60%
Shanghai 1986 8027x 73%
Shinobi 1987 31949x 64%
Simpsons: Bart vs. ... 1991 9396x 69%
Simpsons: Bart vs. World 1991 8338x 53%
Solomon’s Key 1986 8765x 72%
Sonic Chaos 1993 32859x 77%
Sonic the Hedgehog 1991 49800x 78%
Sonic the Hedgehog 2 1992 118901x 72%
Spider-Man Vs. the ... 1990 17352x 58%
Spider-Man: Return of ... 1992 9434x 73%
Spy vs Spy 1984 11395x 81%
Star Wars 1991 8062x 42%
Street Fighter II 1992 15483x 76%
Streets of Rage 1991 9588x 77%
Streets of Rage 2 1993 15255x 82%
Strider 1989 9407x 69%
Submarine Attack 1990 1426x 40%
Summer Games 1984 1423x 50%
Super Boy 4 1992 3479x 54%
Super Boy I 1989 17425x 57%
Super Boy II 1989 3390x 56%
Super Boy III 1991 2781x 64%
Super Monaco GP 1989 6613x 67%
Super Tennis 1986 20942x 65%
T2: The Arcade Game 1991 5794x 58%
Teddy Boy 1986 16735x 65%
Terminator 2 1991 9743x 69%
The Jungle Book 1994 9786x 58%
The Ninja 1986 12073x 81%
The Terminator 1992 14226x 63%
Tom and Jerry: The Movie 1992 4589x 65%
TransBot 1985 2710x 74%
Vigilante 1988 17633x 64%
Winter Olympics 94 1993 4216x 80%
Wonder Boy 1987 37338x 66%
Wonder Boy 2 1987 34116x 72%
Wonder Boy III 1989 21992x 70%
World Championship Soccer 1989 8167x 78%
World Grand Prix 1986 22484x 63%
Xenon 2: Megablast 1989 10416x 68%
Ys 1987 14514x 61%
Zillion 1987 15926x 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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