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Video game console - Sega Computer Video Game SG-1000

    Sega SG-1000 (full name Sega Computer Video Game SG-1000) was an 8-bit video-game console produced by Sega, which was sold during the first half of the 1980s, in Japan, Australia, Southern Europe and some other regions. It was Sega's first home game console, and although it has been on the market only for 2 years, it has recorded several important games in videogame history. The console was not commercially successful. The main reason was that SG-1000 was launched on the same day as the technically superior Famicom/NES, and SG-1000 was therefore convicted to be defeated.
    The console SG-1000 was equipped with a microprocessor that contained the 8-bit chip Zilog Z80 and the integrated circuit Texas Instruments SN76489, which was also used in some of the home and personal computers at that time. An improved version of this integrated circuit was later used in the Sega Master System game console. The video processor Texas Instruments TMS9928A was capable to display up to 16 colors at a time. In the original configuration, the console was equipped with two hard-mounted joysticks SJ-200, but they usually quickly destroyed and could not be easily replaced. The games were distributed either on classic cartridges that were inserted into the console through the top connector or via memory cards. Additional accessories existed solely for use with the console, including the SR-1000 cassette deck, the SP-400 4-color plotter printer, and the SF-7000 expansion device which adds a floppy disk drive and additional memory.
    The SG-1000 was first released in Japan on July 15, 1983, at JP¥15,000, which was still JP¥200 more than the competitive price of Famicom. The big disadvantage of the SG-1000 was the fact that when it was launched, it lacked the names of successful games such as Donkey Kong or Poppeye, which accompanied the launch of Famicom. As a result of these and other facts, and due to SG-1000 technical backwardness compared to Famicom, sales of this console were far behind the competition. An estimated 2 million units of this console were sold around the world (total sales of NES were about 30 times higher). Sega therefore pulled the console out of the market after two years, and in 1985 it replaced it by the technically superior 8-bit Master System console. It should be noted, however, that the Master System was fully compatible with the SG-1000 console, although of course in only one direction.
    In total, approximately 100 games were created for SG-1000, 68 of them were distributed on classic cartridges and 29 by Sega cards. None of the games included any of the well-known Sega characters, such as the Sonic the hedgehog, or the popular children's hero Alex Kidd. Nevertheless, a few games have appeared on this console, which the critics have evaluated positively. Among the best were such titles like Girl's Garden, Congo Bongo, Monaco GP, The Castle and some others.
    SG-1000 was not very popular at the time. Today, however, it is highly appreciated especially among collectors. At online auctions, the console is sold at considerably higher prices than much more successful NES console. In 2018, the SG-1000 celebrated its 35th birthday, and especially in Japan, there are still many fans who love this Sega's oldest game console.

Alphabetical list of SG-1000 games hosted at

Name Released Number of hits User rating
Bank Panic 1987 4768x 55%
Bomb Jack 1984 3705x 63%
Bomberman 1985 720x 75%
Buck Rogers 1982 2097x 63%
Cabbage Patch Kids 1984 1103x 54%
Chack’n Pop 1983 2882x 70%
Champion Baseball 1983 5230x 62%
Champion Billiards 1986 4882x 58%
Champion Ice Hockey 1985 2866x 50%
Champion Pro Wrestling 1985 5670x 66%
Champion Tennis 1983 1110x 56%
Championship Lode Runner 1984 981x 57%
Choplifter 1982 2974x 40%
Circus Charlie 1984 404x 55%
Congo Bongo 1983 4475x 47%
Doki Doki Penguin Land 1985 2695x 57%
Dragon Wang 1985 9083x 46%
Elevator Action 1983 4211x 62%
Exerion 1983 3073x 60%
Galaga 1981 8278x 76%
Girl’s Garden 1984 15560x 51%
Golgo 13 1984 4195x 65%
Gulkave 1986 4189x 66%
H.E.R.O. 1984 4485x 56%
Hang-On II 1985 10877x 45%
Hustle Chumy 1984 5326x 63%
Hyper Sports 1984 1551x 65%
James Bond 007 1983 2584x 50%
Legend of Kage, The 1986 357x 50%
Lode Runner 1983 5522x 66%
Magical Tree 1984 1257x 56%
Monaco GP 1979 20162x 59%
N-Sub 1980 2237x 50%
Ninja Princess 1985 4150x 44%
Orguss 1984 2622x 58%
Pacar 1983 4951x 44%
Pitfall II: Lost Caverns 1984 4901x 70%
Pop Flamer 1982 1774x 63%
Q*bert 1982 5129x 61%
Rally-X 1980 1382x 57%
Road Fighter 1984 370x 60%
Safari Race 1984 26424x 58%
Sega Flipper 1983 6122x 46%
Sindbad Mystery 1983 680x 50%
Soko-Ban 1984 2872x 68%
Space Invaders 1978 5719x 68%
Star Force 1984 3583x 53%
Star Jacker 1983 1473x 39%
Tank Battalion 1980 4696x 47%
The Black Onyx 1984 3337x 53%
The Castle 1985 32279x 58%
TwinBee 1985 272x 60%
Wonder Boy 1987 4823x 57%
World Grand Prix 1986 2952x 80%
Yie Ar Kung-Fu 1985 415x 50%
Yie Ar Kung-Fu 2 1986 1244x 49%
Zaxxon 1982 9770x 51%
Zippy Race 1985 4185x 59%

All information in this article are from:

Sega SG-1000
The Sega SG-1000, a video game console
released in Japan in 1983.

Technical data:
Manufacturer: Sega
Generation: Third (8-bit era)
Retail availability: July 15, 1983
Discontinued: October 1985
Units sold: 2 million
Media: ROM cartridge, Sega Card
Processor (CPU): Zilog Z80 @ 3.58 MHz
Screen resolution: 256 x 192
Colors: 16 colors on-screen
Controller input: SJ-200 joystick
Manual: Sega_SG-1000(JP).pdf
Best-selling game: Girl's Garden
Predecessor: -
Successor: Sega Master System (1985)


Most popular games:

SG-1000: Girl's Garden Girl's Garden

SG-1000: Monaco GP Monaco GP

SG-1000: The Castle The Castle


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