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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 13602x 58%
Bomb Jack 1984 16764x 62%
Bomberman 1985 11244x 57%
Borderline 1981 8218x 45%
Buck Rogers 1982 6997x 77%
C-So! 1985 13748x 65%
Cabbage Patch Kids 1984 11268x 60%
Chack’n Pop 1983 8401x 78%
Champion Baseball 1983 14471x 71%
Champion Billiards 1986 13734x 52%
Champion Ice Hockey 1985 9874x 57%
Champion Pro Wrestling 1985 15019x 63%
Champion Soccer 1984 4804x 63%
Champion Tennis 1983 7469x 50%
Championship Lode Runner 1984 8103x 38%
Choplifter 1982 7739x 60%
Circus Charlie 1984 7924x 62%
Congo Bongo 1983 14381x 59%
Doki Doki Penguin Land 1985 11997x 61%
Dragon Wang 1985 19128x 49%
Drol 1983 8954x 73%
Elevator Action 1983 10914x 64%
Exerion 1983 10332x 75%
Flicky 1984 10759x 73%
Galaga 1981 20871x 75%
Girl’s Garden 1984 37928x 61%
Golgo 13 1984 10097x 50%
Gulkave 1986 11069x 72%
Guzzler 1983 5443x 56%
H.E.R.O. 1984 12076x 57%
Hang-On II 1985 19870x 46%
Hustle Chumy 1984 14122x 57%
Hyper Sports 1984 12465x 58%
Hyper Sports 2 1984 12197x 51%
James Bond 007 1983 12699x 52%
King's Valley 1985 7792x 57%
Knightmare 1986 4542x 65%
Legend of Kage, The 1986 5793x 76%
Lode Runner 1983 12306x 67%
Magical Tree 1984 11702x 68%
Monaco GP 1979 50529x 60%
N-Sub 1980 11147x 58%
Ninja Princess 1985 14864x 63%
Orguss 1984 8446x 57%
Pacar 1983 16534x 58%
Pitfall II: Lost Caverns 1984 57263x 76%
Pop Flamer 1982 7899x 63%
Q*bert 1982 14118x 61%
Rally-X 1980 24058x 65%
Road Fighter 1984 6042x 50%
Rock n' Bolt 1985 2782x 28%
Safari Race 1984 82800x 60%
Sega Flipper 1983 15530x 54%
Sindbad Mystery 1983 6725x 54%
Soko-Ban 1988 8112x 70%
Space Armor 1984 5787x 80%
Space Invaders 1978 14906x 66%
Star Force 1984 9602x 58%
Star Jacker 1983 7550x 52%
Super Tank 1986 10794x 47%
Tank Battalion 1980 43025x 54%
The Black Onyx 1984 9486x 53%
The Castle 1985 90569x 64%
TwinBee 1985 5886x 75%
Wonder Boy 1987 13518x 63%
World Grand Prix 1986 7374x 74%
Yamato 1983 4651x 55%
Yie Ar Kung-Fu 1984 6716x 62%
Yie Ar Kung-Fu 2 1986 12214x 53%
Zaxxon 1982 26244x 58%
Zippy Race 1985 10321x 63%

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

SG-1000: Safari Race Safari Race

SG-1000: Tank Battalion Tank Battalion


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