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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 12192x 50%
ALF 1989 7163x 69%
Ace of Aces 1986 18929x 63%
Addams Family, The 1991 12681x 63%
Alex Kidd in Miracle ... 1986 156879x 69%
Alex Kidd in Shinobi ... 1990 14837x 68%
Alex Kidd: High-Tech ... 1989 16086x 63%
Alex Kidd: The Lost Stars 1988 17107x 68%
Alibaba and 40 Thieves 1982 3140x 62%
Alien 3 1992 9737x 70%
Altered Beast 1988 9398x 46%
Astro Warrior 1986 20135x 71%
Astérix 1991 33019x 57%
Astérix-Great Rescue 1993 4420x 60%
Astérix: Secret Mission 1993 15627x 60%
Aztec Adventure 1987 7555x 57%
Baku Baku Animal 1995 15085x 75%
Bank Panic 1987 18471x 57%
Batman Returns 1992 3201x 55%
Battle Out Run 1989 33609x 60%
Black Belt 1986 28371x 63%
Bomber Raid 1988 20853x 69%
Bonanza Bros. 1990 6405x 75%
Bubble Bobble 1986 12459x 75%
Buggy Run 1993 29824x 59%
California Games 1987 12447x 64%
California Games II 1990 8065x 60%
Carmen Sandiego (VGA) 1988 1503x 60%
Casino Games 1989 2808x 56%
Castle of Illusion 1990 24954x 64%
Chase H.Q. 1988 9872x 64%
Choplifter 1982 23069x 67%
Columns 1990 7594x 79%
Cool Spot 1993 7323x 70%
Daffy Duck in Hollywood 1994 710x 80%
Deep Duck Trouble 1993 20774x 62%
Desert Strike 1992 1969x 55%
Disney’s Aladdin 1993 11686x 76%
Double Dragon 1987 10536x 71%
Dracula 1993 8476x 82%
Earthworm Jim 1994 9334x 57%
Ecco the Dolphin 1992 6106x 58%
Enduro Racer 1987 6558x 78%
F1 1993 1552x 75%
FIFA International Soccer 1993 9989x 64%
Fantasy Zone 1986 16691x 65%
Fantasy Zone II 1987 11953x 67%
Flicky 1984 5460x 75%
GP Rider 1990 4645x 75%
Gangster Town 1987 19752x 55%
Gauntlet 1985 15896x 67%
Ghost House 1986 13761x 76%
Ghostbusters 1984 8605x 78%
Ghouls ’N Ghosts 1988 7838x 83%
Golden Axe 1989 79109x 66%
Golden Axe Warrior 1991 18655x 82%
Golvellius 1988 11843x 73%
Great Baseball 1987 7806x 79%
Great Soccer 1985 14849x 69%
Great Volleyball 1987 2585x 67%
Gun.Smoke 1987 1056x 50%
Hang-On 1985 24122x 60%
Home Alone 1991 8181x 59%
Impossible Mission 1984 5239x 60%
Indiana Jones and ... 1989 19192x 57%
Ironman 1989 7170x 50%
Kenseiden 1988 12807x 59%
King’s Quest 1984 16312x 63%
Klax 1989 13578x 54%
Kung Fu Kid 1987 11026x 65%
Land of Illusion 1992 21613x 64%
Lemmings 1991 8716x 51%
Line of Fire 1989 2823x 53%
Lion King, The 1994 36359x 67%
Lucky Dime Caper 1991 16157x 79%
Marble Madness 1984 7378x 50%
Master of Darkness 1992 15227x 76%
Mercs 1990 5819x 60%
Michael Jackson's Moon... 1990 2311x 74%
Monopoly 1987 9390x 79%
Montezuma’s Revenge 1984 17051x 65%
Mortal Kombat 1993 100679x 72%
Mortal Kombat 3 1995 11238x 78%
Mortal Kombat II 1994 11952x 71%
Ms. Pac-Man 1982 10750x 63%
My Hero 1985 7427x 71%
New Zealand Story 1989 10485x 64%
Ninja Gaiden 1992 29693x 78%
Olympic Gold 1992 9027x 57%
Operation Wolf 1987 15716x 65%
OutRun 1986 26143x 64%
OutRun Europa 1991 4091x 48%
Pac-Mania 1988 12900x 73%
Paperboy 1984 9620x 64%
Penguin Adventure 1986 2700x 37%
Penguin Land 1987 15382x 68%
Phantasy Star 1987 18252x 82%
Pit Pot 1985 10424x 65%
Pooyan 1982 1105x 63%
Populous 1989 15419x 76%
Power Strike 1988 13357x 63%
Power Strike II 1993 8072x 49%
Predator 2 1992 1986x 50%
Prince of Persia 1989 13320x 72%
Psycho Fox 1989 16478x 72%
R-Type 1988 20172x 75%
Rainbow Islands 1987 3486x 54%
Rambo 1986 17160x 63%
Rambo III 1988 17203x 66%
Rampage 1986 10104x 80%
Rastan 1987 14319x 77%
Renegade 1986 9193x 78%
Road Rash 1991 29558x 63%
RoboCop 3 1992 5051x 60%
RoboCop vs Terminator 1993 6430x 77%
Rocky 1987 36794x 65%
Rygar 1986 7518x 74%
Sega Chess 1991 11763x 81%
Shadow Dancer 1989 5687x 58%
Shanghai 1986 7646x 73%
Shinobi 1987 30104x 63%
Simpsons: Bart vs. ... 1991 8989x 69%
Simpsons: Bart vs. World 1991 7367x 53%
Solomon’s Key 1986 8364x 72%
Sonic Chaos 1993 29663x 76%
Sonic the Hedgehog 1991 46199x 78%
Sonic the Hedgehog 2 1992 111201x 71%
Spider-Man Vs. the ... 1990 16523x 59%
Spider-Man: Return of ... 1992 8986x 73%
Spy vs Spy 1984 11013x 81%
Star Wars 1991 7580x 46%
Street Fighter II 1992 14805x 77%
Streets of Rage 1991 9098x 74%
Streets of Rage 2 1993 14505x 82%
Strider 1989 9024x 69%
Submarine Attack 1990 591x 30%
Summer Games 1984 1151x 50%
Super Boy 4 1992 2719x 50%
Super Boy I 1989 16286x 58%
Super Boy II 1989 2800x 54%
Super Boy III 1991 2109x 64%
Super Monaco GP 1989 6257x 75%
Super Tennis 1986 20035x 64%
T2: The Arcade Game 1991 5424x 58%
Teddy Boy 1986 15998x 64%
Terminator 2 1991 9413x 69%
The Jungle Book 1994 9446x 58%
The Ninja 1986 11434x 80%
The Terminator 1992 13638x 63%
Tom and Jerry: The Movie 1992 3762x 65%
TransBot 1985 2284x 78%
Vigilante 1988 16891x 65%
Winter Olympics 94 1993 3893x 80%
Wonder Boy 1987 35598x 66%
Wonder Boy 2 1987 31721x 72%
Wonder Boy III 1989 20861x 71%
World Championship Soccer 1989 7799x 78%
World Grand Prix 1986 21368x 62%
Xenon 2: Megablast 1989 9840x 66%
Ys 1987 13876x 62%
Zillion 1987 15122x 60%

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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