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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 6611x 58%
Bomb Jack 1984 6402x 62%
Bomberman 1985 2416x 53%
Borderline 1981 1190x 52%
Buck Rogers 1982 2985x 73%
C-So! 1985 3633x 81%
Cabbage Patch Kids 1984 2815x 46%
Chack’n Pop 1983 3846x 70%
Champion Baseball 1983 6943x 66%
Champion Billiards 1986 7646x 56%
Champion Ice Hockey 1985 4339x 50%
Champion Pro Wrestling 1985 7398x 65%
Champion Tennis 1983 2412x 48%
Championship Lode Runner 1984 2239x 57%
Choplifter 1982 4120x 60%
Circus Charlie 1984 1679x 50%
Congo Bongo 1983 6533x 54%
Doki Doki Penguin Land 1985 4542x 55%
Dragon Wang 1985 10954x 51%
Drol 1983 1034x 85%
Elevator Action 1983 5423x 62%
Exerion 1983 6325x 60%
Galaga 1981 10967x 79%
Girl’s Garden 1984 19121x 56%
Golgo 13 1984 5364x 65%
Gulkave 1986 5560x 72%
H.E.R.O. 1984 5781x 56%
Hang-On II 1985 12683x 46%
Hustle Chumy 1984 6763x 63%
Hyper Sports 1984 3633x 61%
Hyper Sports 2 1984 3640x 57%
James Bond 007 1983 4524x 49%
Legend of Kage, The 1986 1197x 53%
Lode Runner 1983 6863x 67%
Magical Tree 1984 3396x 61%
Monaco GP 1979 25484x 58%
N-Sub 1980 3678x 47%
Ninja Princess 1985 6136x 63%
Orguss 1984 3805x 58%
Pacar 1983 7582x 57%
Pitfall II: Lost Caverns 1984 9432x 70%
Pop Flamer 1982 2916x 63%
Q*bert 1982 6727x 61%
Rally-X 1980 7233x 53%
Road Fighter 1984 1339x 65%
Safari Race 1984 36100x 58%
Sega Flipper 1983 7952x 46%
Sindbad Mystery 1983 1724x 53%
Soko-Ban 1984 3804x 68%
Space Invaders 1978 7335x 70%
Star Force 1984 4674x 51%
Star Jacker 1983 2617x 52%
Super Tank 1986 3515x 49%
Tank Battalion 1980 13559x 51%
The Black Onyx 1984 4337x 53%
The Castle 1985 43155x 60%
TwinBee 1985 1220x 80%
Wonder Boy 1987 6380x 53%
World Grand Prix 1986 3763x 80%
Yie Ar Kung-Fu 1985 1356x 75%
Yie Ar Kung-Fu 2 1986 3186x 49%
Zaxxon 1982 13231x 53%
Zippy Race 1985 5465x 59%

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
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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