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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 7608x 52%
Bomb Jack 1984 7931x 61%
Bomberman 1985 3574x 55%
Borderline 1981 1896x 52%
Buck Rogers 1982 3656x 73%
C-So! 1985 4888x 77%
Cabbage Patch Kids 1984 3994x 48%
Chack’n Pop 1983 4482x 70%
Champion Baseball 1983 7922x 61%
Champion Billiards 1986 8641x 54%
Champion Ice Hockey 1985 5137x 50%
Champion Pro Wrestling 1985 8560x 65%
Champion Tennis 1983 3284x 48%
Championship Lode Runner 1984 2995x 57%
Choplifter 1982 4672x 60%
Circus Charlie 1984 2502x 57%
Congo Bongo 1983 7791x 55%
Doki Doki Penguin Land 1985 5718x 55%
Dragon Wang 1985 12153x 49%
Drol 1983 2252x 85%
Elevator Action 1983 6199x 64%
Exerion 1983 6974x 60%
Galaga 1981 12555x 75%
Girl’s Garden 1984 22145x 58%
Golgo 13 1984 6070x 50%
Gulkave 1986 6389x 72%
H.E.R.O. 1984 6549x 57%
Hang-On II 1985 13765x 47%
Hustle Chumy 1984 7719x 58%
Hyper Sports 1984 5222x 59%
Hyper Sports 2 1984 4982x 57%
James Bond 007 1983 5651x 53%
Legend of Kage, The 1986 1824x 76%
Lode Runner 1983 7777x 68%
Magical Tree 1984 4466x 59%
Monaco GP 1979 28749x 59%
N-Sub 1980 4620x 51%
Ninja Princess 1985 7464x 61%
Orguss 1984 4512x 58%
Pacar 1983 8848x 60%
Pitfall II: Lost Caverns 1984 13626x 70%
Pop Flamer 1982 3665x 66%
Q*bert 1982 7862x 60%
Rally-X 1980 9644x 54%
Road Fighter 1984 2030x 65%
Safari Race 1984 42566x 59%
Sega Flipper 1983 8951x 51%
Sindbad Mystery 1983 2350x 53%
Soko-Ban 1984 4362x 68%
Space Invaders 1978 8419x 70%
Star Force 1984 5332x 51%
Star Jacker 1983 3382x 52%
Super Tank 1986 4427x 48%
Tank Battalion 1980 17569x 50%
The Black Onyx 1984 4988x 53%
The Castle 1985 49783x 61%
TwinBee 1985 2016x 80%
Wonder Boy 1987 7400x 53%
World Grand Prix 1986 4415x 73%
Yie Ar Kung-Fu 1985 2006x 75%
Yie Ar Kung-Fu 2 1986 4341x 53%
Zaxxon 1982 15496x 56%
Zippy Race 1985 6190x 62%

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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