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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 14979x 59%
Bomb Jack 1984 18628x 61%
Bomberman 1985 12851x 57%
Borderline 1981 9625x 49%
Buck Rogers 1982 7883x 77%
C-So! 1985 15727x 69%
Cabbage Patch Kids 1984 12559x 60%
Chack’n Pop 1983 9273x 78%
Champion Baseball 1983 15726x 72%
Champion Billiards 1986 14771x 54%
Champion Ice Hockey 1985 10883x 57%
Champion Pro Wrestling 1985 16461x 63%
Champion Soccer 1984 6260x 69%
Champion Tennis 1983 8739x 49%
Championship Lode Runner 1984 9032x 48%
Choplifter 1982 8493x 60%
Circus Charlie 1984 8860x 62%
Congo Bongo 1983 15654x 60%
Doki Doki Penguin Land 1985 13356x 65%
Dragon Wang 1985 20546x 48%
Drol 1983 10524x 72%
Elevator Action 1983 11942x 66%
Exerion 1983 11120x 75%
Flicky 1984 11710x 76%
Galaga 1981 22455x 74%
Girl’s Garden 1984 39994x 61%
Golgo 13 1984 11125x 50%
Gulkave 1986 12069x 72%
Guzzler 1983 6539x 56%
H.E.R.O. 1984 13050x 57%
Hang-On II 1985 21098x 47%
Hustle Chumy 1984 15592x 56%
Hyper Sports 1984 13774x 58%
Hyper Sports 2 1984 13678x 54%
James Bond 007 1983 14039x 52%
King's Valley 1985 9359x 58%
Knightmare 1986 5667x 65%
Legend of Kage, The 1986 7291x 76%
Lode Runner 1983 13258x 67%
Magical Tree 1984 13288x 68%
Monaco GP 1979 54266x 60%
N-Sub 1980 12474x 63%
Ninja Princess 1985 16159x 66%
Orguss 1984 9381x 57%
Pacar 1983 18255x 59%
Pitfall II: Lost Caverns 1984 68124x 69%
Pop Flamer 1982 9149x 61%
Q*bert 1982 15459x 61%
Rally-X 1980 27610x 66%
Road Fighter 1984 7018x 50%
Rock n' Bolt 1985 3713x 33%
Safari Race 1984 88914x 61%
Sega Flipper 1983 16762x 55%
Sindbad Mystery 1983 7656x 54%
Soko-Ban 1988 8884x 70%
Space Armor 1984 6697x 80%
Space Invaders 1978 16368x 66%
Star Force 1984 10535x 58%
Star Jacker 1983 8462x 52%
Super Tank 1986 12477x 49%
Tank Battalion 1980 47253x 55%
The Black Onyx 1984 10341x 53%
The Castle 1985 98350x 64%
TwinBee 1985 6687x 75%
Wonder Boy 1987 14407x 65%
World Grand Prix 1986 8191x 74%
Yamato 1983 5783x 58%
Yie Ar Kung-Fu 1984 7627x 62%
Yie Ar Kung-Fu 2 1986 13847x 53%
Zaxxon 1982 28759x 59%
Zippy Race 1985 11405x 63%

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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

SG-1000: Safari Race Safari Race

SG-1000: Tank Battalion Tank Battalion


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