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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 RetroGames.cz:

Name Released Number of hits User rating
Bank Panic 1987 1538x 37%
Buck Rogers 1982 354x 50%
Chack’n Pop 1983 1180x 70%
Champion Baseball 1983 1784x 88%
Choplifter 1982 1251x 70%
Congo Bongo 1983 1574x 55%
Dragon Wang 1985 5363x 30%
Elevator Action 1983 1531x 60%
Exerion 1983 1258x 60%
Galaga 1981 3332x 88%
Girl’s Garden 1984 8942x 58%
Golgo 13 1984 1420x 80%
Gulkave 1986 1610x 66%
H.E.R.O. 1984 1523x 60%
Hang-On II 1985 7304x 45%
Hustle Chumy 1984 2434x 84%
Lode Runner 1983 2277x 88%
Monaco GP 1979 9295x 70%
Ninja Princess 1985 1054x 30%
Pitfall II: Lost Caverns 1984 1673x 70%
Q*bert 1982 2368x 75%
Safari Race 1984 10218x 69%
Sega Flipper 1983 2427x 60%
Soko-Ban 1984 1182x 83%
Space Invaders 1978 2783x 75%
Star Force 1984 1512x 80%
The Black Onyx 1984 1194x 70%
The Castle 1985 11866x 53%
Wonder Boy 1987 1572x 50%
World Grand Prix 1986 1146x 80%
Zaxxon 1982 3390x 37%
Zippy Race 1985 1781x 60%

All information in this article are from: http://www.wikipedia.org/.

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
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


 

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