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Sega Master System
Sega Master System
Manufacturer Sega
Type Video game console
Generation Third generation (8-bit era)
First available JP 1985 (with the name Mark III)[citation needed]
NA October 1986[citation needed]
EU September 1987[citation needed]
JP November 1987 (with the name Master System)[citation needed]
CPU 8-bit Zilog Z80
Media ROM cartridge and card
Units sold 13 million[1][2]
Predecessor SG-1000
Successor Sega Mega Drive/Genesis

The Sega Master System is an 8-bit cartridge-based video game console that was manufactured by Sega and was first released in 1986.[citation needed] Its original Japanese incarnation was the SG-1000 Mark III (although the "Master System" name has also been used in Japan). In the European market, this console launched Sega onto a competitive level comparable to Nintendo, due to its wider availability, but failed to put a dent in the North American and Japanese markets. The Master System was released as a direct competitor to the NES/Famicom. Despite its shaky performance in the major territories, it has enjoyed over a decade of life in smaller markets.[citation needed] Image File history File links Size of this preview: 689 × 464 pixelsFull resolution (689 × 464 pixel, file size: 264 KB, MIME type: image/png) SEGA Master System 1 console File history Legend: (cur) = this is the current file, (del) = delete this old version, (rev) = revert to this old version. ... A console manufacturer is a company that manufactures and distributes video game consoles. ... This article is about the video game company. ... Game console redirects here. ... Video games were introduced as a commercial entertainment medium in 1971, becoming the basis for an important entertainment industry in the late 1970s/early 1980s in the United States, Japan, and Europe. ... In the history of video games, the 8-bit era was the third generation of video game consoles, but the first after the video game crash of 1983 and considered by some to be the first modern era of console gaming. ... This article is about the country in East Asia. ... North American redirects here. ... 1986 1986 in games 1985 in video gaming 1987 in video gaming Notable events of 1986 in computer and video games. ... 1987 1987 in games 1986 in video gaming 1988 in video gaming Notable events of 1987 in video gaming. ... This article is about the country in East Asia. ... CPU redirects here. ... Zilog, often seen as ZiLOG, is a manufacturer of 8-bit, 16-bit, 24-bit, and 32-bit CPUs, and is most famous for its Intel 8080-compatible Z80 series. ... One of the first Z80 microprocessors manufactured; the date stamp is from June 1976. ... IBM PCjr; two ROM cartridge slots are below the floppy drives. ... This is a list of video game consoles and handheld game consoles that have sold or shipped at least one million units. ... The SG-1000, which stands for Sega Game 1000, is a cartridge-based video game console manufactured by Sega. ... The Sega Mega Drive ) is a video game console released by Sega in Japan in 1988, North America in 1989, and the PAL region in 1990. ... Game console redirects here. ... This article is about the video game company. ... 1986 1986 in games 1985 in video gaming 1987 in video gaming Notable events of 1986 in computer and video games. ... For the video game system, see Nintendo Entertainment System. ... “NES” redirects here. ...


The later Sega Game Gear is effectively a hand-held Master System, with a few enhancements.[citation needed] The Sega Game Gear is a handheld game console which was Segas response to Nintendos Game Boy. ...


The Sega Master System may have been the first console gaming system to feature a startup screen (which is now a mainstay of disc-based systems).

Contents

History

During its life span the Master System was built in several variations. The article Variations of the Sega Master System includes a more detailed view on these. During the lifespan of the Sega Master System, the internals of the system had been altered multiple times, as well as the external shell. ...


Japan

The Sega SG-1000 Mark III was released in Japan on October 20, 1985 to compete with the Famicom, following on from the SG-1000 Mark I and SG-1000 Mark II. The Mark III is built similarly to the Mark II, with the addition of improved video hardware and an increased amount of RAM. is the 293rd day of the year (294th in leap years) in the Gregorian calendar. ... This article is about the year. ... “NES” redirects here. ... The SG-1000 ), which stands for Sega Game 1000, is a cartridge-based video game console manufactured by Sega. ... The SG-1000 ), which stands for Sega Game 1000, is a cartridge-based video game console manufactured by Sega. ... RAM redirects here. ...


The system is backwards compatible with earlier SG-1000 titles. As well as the standard cartridge slot, it has a built-in slot for "Sega Cards", which are physically identical to the cards for the Sega SG-1000 "Card Catcher" add-on. In technology, especially computing (irrespective of platform), a product is said to be backward compatible (or upward compatible) when it is able to take the place of an older product, by interoperating with other products that were designed for the older product. ...

The Sega Mark III, the original Japanese version of the Master System
The Sega Mark III, the original Japanese version of the Master System

The Mark III was redesigned as the Sega Master System for release in other markets. This was mainly a cosmetic revamp and the internal components of the console remained virtually the same. The redesigned console was itself released in Japan in 1987, with the addition of a built-in Yamaha YM2413 FM sound chip, Rapid Fire Unit, and 3-D glasses adapter; these were sold separately for the Mark III. SG-1000 Mark III Source: japanese Wikipedia: ja:画像:Sega MarkIII.jpg File history Legend: (cur) = this is the current file, (del) = delete this old version, (rev) = revert to this old version. ... SG-1000 Mark III Source: japanese Wikipedia: ja:画像:Sega MarkIII.jpg File history Legend: (cur) = this is the current file, (del) = delete this old version, (rev) = revert to this old version. ... This article is about the year 1987. ... The headquarters of Yamaha Corporation Yamaha redirects here. ... Yamaha YM2413 The YM2413, also called OPLL, is a cost-reduced sound chip manufactured by Yamaha Corporation and based on their YM3812 (OPL2). ...


Sega Master System game cartridges released outside Japan have a different shape and pin configuration to the Japanese Master System/Mark III cartridges. This may be seen as a form of regional lockout. Regional lockout is the programming practice, code, chip, or physical barrier used to prevent the playing of media designed for a device from the country where it is marketed on the version of the same device marketed in another country. ...


Typical of the era, game consoles have a mascot character. Sega's first mascot was Opa-opa from the arcade game Fantasy Zone (which was also available for the system), as referenced in the manual for Zillion. Later on, especially in Western territories where Fantasy Zone was less popular, Alex Kidd emerged as a mascot. It is unclear if his mascot status was ever official, or if it were simply perceived because of the similarity to the Mario games that represented the competing Nintendo console. When Sonic the Hedgehog became the official Sega mascot in 1991, games were also produced for the Master System, but none of these were ever released in Japan for the system, the Game Gear being the favored platform for these ports. Millie, once mascot of the City of Brampton, is now the Brampton Arts Councils representative. ... Opa-Opa is the main character from the bizarre Fantasy Zone series of video games created by Sega. ... Screenshot from the game Fantasy Zone. ... Alex Kidd is a video game character. ... Mario ) is a video game character created by Japanese game designer Shigeru Miyamoto and the official mascot of Nintendo. ... For the video game system, see Nintendo Entertainment System. ... For other uses, see Sonic the Hedgehog. ... The Sega Game Gear was Segas first portable gaming system. ...


Neither the Mark III nor the Japanese Sega Master System were commercially successful, due to strong competition from the Nintendo Famicom, which held the 95% of the market share there. “NES” redirects here. ...


The last licensed release in Japan was Bomber Raid, released by Sega in 1989. Bomber Raid is a Sega Master System game released in 1988 for the Master System. ...


North America

The system was redesigned and sold in the United States under the name Sega Master System in June 1986, less than a year after the Nintendo Entertainment System was released. The console sold for $200. The Master System was subsequently released in other locales and markets, including a second release in Japan in 1987 under the new Master System name. The Japanese Master System includes a built-in 3-D glasses adapter, rapid fire, and a Yamaha YM2413 FM sound chip, all of which were separate accessories for the Mark III. Year 1986 (MCMLXXXVI) was a common year starting on Wednesday (link displays 1986 Gregorian calendar). ... 1986 1986 in games 1985 in video gaming 1987 in video gaming Notable events of 1986 in computer and video games. ... “NES” redirects here. ... USD redirects here. ... 1987 1987 in games 1986 in video gaming 1988 in video gaming Notable events of 1987 in video gaming. ... Yamaha YM2413 The YM2413, also called OPLL, is a cost-reduced sound chip manufactured by Yamaha Corporation and based on their YM3812 (OPL2). ... Frequency modulation synthesis (or FM synthesis) is a form of audio synthesis where the timbre of a simple waveform is changed by frequency modulating it with a modulating frequency that is also in the audio range, resulting in a more complex waveform and a different-sounding tone. ...


Nintendo commanded 95% of the North American video game market at the time.[citation needed] Hayao Nakayama, then CEO of Sega, decided not to use too much effort to market the console in the NES-dominated market.[citation needed] In 1988, the rights to the Master System in North America were sold to Tonka, but its popularity continued to decline.[citation needed] For the rocket fuel, see Tonka (fuel). ...

Sega Master System II
Sega Master System II

In 1990, Sega was having success with its Sega Genesis and as a result took back the rights from Tonka for the SMS. It designed the Sega Master System II, a low-cost Master System that lacks the reset button and card slot of the original. In an effort to counter Nintendo's Super Mario Brothers, the new system included Alex Kidd in Miracle World playable without any cartridges. Sega marketed the Master System II heavily; nevertheless, the unit sold poorly in North America. By 1992, the Master System's sales were virtually nonexistent in North America and eventually ceased. Image File history File linksMetadata Download high resolution version (2048x1536, 214 KB) Summary Licensing File links The following pages link to this file: Sega Master System Metadata This file contains additional information, probably added from the digital camera or scanner used to create or digitize it. ... Image File history File linksMetadata Download high resolution version (2048x1536, 214 KB) Summary Licensing File links The following pages link to this file: Sega Master System Metadata This file contains additional information, probably added from the digital camera or scanner used to create or digitize it. ... The Mega Drive/Genesis was a 16-bit video game console released by Sega in Japan (1988), Europe (1990) and most of the rest of the world as the Mega Drive. ... This article is about the Super Mario Brothers video game for the NES. For other uses, see Super Mario Bros. ... Alex Kidd in Miracle World is a platform game for the 8-bit Sega Master System video game console. ...


The last licensed release in North America was Sonic the Hedgehog, released by Sega in fall 1991. Some European games were still released in Canada for sometime, though. This article is about the 1991 video game. ...


Europe

In Europe, the Master System was very successful. Sega marketed the Master System in many countries, including several in which Nintendo did not sell its consoles. For other uses, see Europe (disambiguation). ... For the video game system, see Nintendo Entertainment System. ...


It had some success in Germany, where it was distributed by Ariolasoft beginning in winter 1987. Ariolasoft was a German software developer, publisher, and distributor. ...


In France, during the time the Sega Master System has been on sale, the console was distributed by the Virgin Group. Virgin Group Ltd is a conglomeration of separately run companies that each use the Virgin brand of British celebrity business tycoon Sir Richard Branson. ...


In the United Kingdom, it was distributed by Mastertronic, who later merged with the Virgin Group. Mastertronic was originally a publisher and distributor of low-cost (budget) computer game software founded in 1983. ...


In Italy it was distributed by Giochi Preziosi and in its first years it overshadowed the Nintendo Entertainment System. The NES gained a good market share only later in its lifespan, with Sega Mega Drive already released. This is a list of companies from Italy. ...


The console was produced far longer than in Japan and North America because of its greater popularity.[verification needed]. It is generally considered a success in Europe where it competed and managed to rival the NES. Nevertheless, it was never able to surpass NES's sales there, despite NES's weak marketing in Europe. [1]


Due to its architectural similarity to the Game Gear, software companies were easily able to make versions of their games for both the Master System and Game Gear. In fact, many Game Gear titles that were released in North America were released alongside Master System versions of those games in Europe.


As in North America, Sega was able to launch the redesigned Sega Master System II. This system included Alex Kidd in Miracle World, or later Sonic the Hedgehog, as a built-in game. Alex Kidd in Miracle World is a platform game for the 8-bit Sega Master System video game console. ... Sonic the Hedgehog is a video game in the Sonic the Hedgehog series developed by Ancient and published by Sega for its Master System and Game Gear systems. ...


Its successor, the Mega Drive, which was successful in Europe, was supported up until this time as well.[citation needed] However, both were discontinued so that Sega could concentrate on the new Sega Saturn.[citation needed] The Sega Mega Drive ) is a video game console released by Sega in Japan in 1988, North America in 1989, and the PAL region in 1990. ... The Sega Saturn ) is a 32-bit video game console, first released on November 22, 1994 in Japan, May 11, 1995 in North America and July 8, 1995 in Europe. ...


The last licensed release in Europe was The Smurfs: Travel the World, released by Infogrames in 1996. Infogrames Entertainment SA (IESA) is an international holding company headquartered in Lyon, France. ...


Brazil

Brazil was one of the Master System's most successful markets. It was marketed in that country by Tec Toy, Sega's Brazilian distributor. At least five versions of the console were released between 1989 and 1995 and several games had been translated into Portuguese. The characters in these games had also been modified so that they appealed to Brazilian mainstream audiences (for example, Wonder Boy in Monster Land featured Mônica, the main character from a popular children's comic book in Brazil, created by Maurício de Sousa). Brazil also produced many original games, like Sítio do Pica Pau Amarelo (based on Monteiro Lobato workmanship) and Castelo Ra-Tim-Bum (from the TV Cultura series). Tec Toy (often misspelled as TecToy) is a Brazilian videogame and electronics company. ... Look up mainstream in Wiktionary, the free dictionary. ... Wonder Boy in Monster Land (Super Wonder Boy in Monster World in the Japanese Sega Master System version, also known as Super Monster World: Super Wonder Boy in some North American versions and Super Wonder Boy in Monsterland for the Activision conversions) is a 1987 arcade game developed by Westone... Monicas Gang, called Turma da Mônica (Portuguese for Monicas Gang) in the original Portuguese version, is a popular set of comic books for kids in Brazil, created by Maurício de Sousa. ... A comic book is a magazine or book containing the art form of comics. ... Maurício de Sousa (born October 27, 1935) is a Brazilian comic book artist. ... José Bento Monteiro Lobato (April 18, 1882 - July 4, 1948) was one of Brazils most influential writers. ... TV Cultura (Portuguese: Culture TV) is Brazils television network hosted in São Paulo and a part of Fundação Padre Anchieta. ...

Master System Compact: wireless variant developed in Brazil.
Master System Compact: wireless variant developed in Brazil.
The Master System Girl
The Master System Girl

One of the more notable Master System consoles in Brazil was the compact wireless Master System Compact developed by Tec Toy. The console transmitts the A/V signal through RF, dispensing cable connections. It was produced from 1994 to 1997 and is still a target for console collectors. A similar version, called Master System Girl, was also released in an attempt to attract female consumers. The only difference in this version is a strong pink casing and pastel buttons. Image File history File links Scompact. ... Image File history File links Scompact. ... Image File history File links Metadata Size of this preview: 800 × 600 pixelsFull resolution (1128 × 846 pixel, file size: 681 KB, MIME type: image/jpeg) Master System Girl. ... Image File history File links Metadata Size of this preview: 800 × 600 pixelsFull resolution (1128 × 846 pixel, file size: 681 KB, MIME type: image/jpeg) Master System Girl. ... For other uses, see Wireless (disambiguation). ... Tec Toy (often misspelled as TecToy) is a Brazilian videogame and electronics company. ... It has been suggested that this article or section be merged with Radio waves. ... This article is about the color. ...


Later in its life in Brazil, Game Gear games had been ported to the Master System and several original Brazilian titles were made for the system. Tec Toy also produced a licensed version of the fighting game Street Fighter II for the Master System. The console production was familiar to the Brazilians, which explains the success in that market. Street Fighter II ) is a 1991 competitive fighting game by Capcom. ...


The Master System is still being produced in Brazil. The latest version is the "Master System III Collection".[citation needed] It uses the same design as the Master System II (Master System III in Brazil), but is white and comes in three versions: one with 74 games built-in, another with 105 games and another with 112 games. However, in Brazil, it is hard to find the 3-D Glasses, the Light Phaser and even cartridges, leaving most Brazilians with only built-in games. The Sega Light Phaser The Light Phaser was a light gun created for the Sega Master System, modeled after the Zillion gun from the Japanese anime series of the same name. ... Cartridge for the VIC 20 homecomputer In various types of electronic equipment, a cartridge can refer one method of adding different functionality or content (e. ...


Overall, the SMS was mildly successful worldwide, but failed to capture the Japanese and North American markets. Sega learned from its mistakes and was able to garner a greater market share with the Master System's successor, Sega Mega Drive/Genesis in Europe, Brazil, and North America. North American redirects here. ... The Sega Mega Drive ) was a 16-bit video game console released by Sega in Japan (1988), Europe (1990) and most of the rest of the world. ... For other uses, see Europe (disambiguation). ... North American redirects here. ...


The Sega Master System was rereleased in a smaller handheld form factor in late 2006. This small handheld device is powered by 3 AAA batteries, has a brighter active matrix screen, and contained 20 Game Gear and Sega Master System games. It was released under several brands including Coleco and PlayPal.[citation needed] The Sega Game Gear was Segas first portable gaming system. ... Coleco (1932 - 1989) was a company founded in 1932 by Maurice Greenberg as Connecticut Leather Company. It became a highly successful toy company in the 1980s, known for its mass-produced version of Cabbage Patch Kids and, to a lesser extent, for its video game consoles Coleco Telstar and ColecoVision. ...


Technical specifications

  • CPU: 8-bit Zilog Z80A
    • 3.546893 MHz for PAL/SECAM, 3.579545 MHz for NTSC
  • Graphics: VDP (Video Display Processor) derived from Texas Instruments TMS9918
    • Up to 32 simultaneous colors available (one 16-color palette for sprites or background, an additional 16-color palette for background only) from a palette of 64 (can also show 64 simultaneous colors using programming tricks)
    • Screen resolutions 256×192 and 256×224. PAL/SECAM also supports 256×240
    • 8×8 pixel characters, max 463 (due to VRAM space limitation)
    • 8×8 or 8×16 pixel sprites, max 64
    • Horizontal, vertical, and partial screen scrolling
  • Sound (PSG): Texas Instruments SN76489
  • Sound (FM): Yamaha YM2413
    • mono FM synthesis
    • switchable between 9 tone channels or 6 tone channels + 5 percussion channels
    • Included as built-in "accessory" with Japanese Master System (1987)
    • supported by certain games only
  • Boot ROM: 64 kbit (8 KB) to 2048 kbit (256 KB), depending on built-in game
  • Main RAM: 64 kbit (8 KB), can be supplemented by game cartridges
  • Video RAM: 128 kbit (16 KB)
  • Game Card slot (not available in the Master System II)
  • Game Cartridge slot
    • Japanese and South Korean consoles use vertical shaped 44-pin cartridges, the same shape as SG-1000 and Mark II
    • All other consoles use 50-pin cartridges[3] with a horizontal shape
    • The difference in cartridge style is a form of regional lockout
  • Expansion slot
    • Unused, pinout compatible with 50-pin cartridges (but opposite gender) in all regions

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Media input

One of the most unusual features of the Sega Master System is its dual media inputs: one cartridge slot and one card slot. The card slot accepted small cards about the size of a credit card. Most cards are games, but one card served an entirely different purpose. The 3-D glasses plug into the console via the card slot, and allow 3-D visual effects for specially designed cartridge games. In this fashion, both media inputs worked in tandem.


The card slot was removed in the redesigned Master System II, providing support for only cartridges. This act helped to reduce the cost of manufacturing the console since the cards were unpopular and only a few card-based games were made.


A floppy disk drive add on for the original Master System was developed but was never released.


Game controllers

  • Controller 1/2 – 2 buttons, cord on the side (1) or on the top (2)
  • Controller 3 – 2 buttons, hole for a screw in thumbstick
  • Controller 4 – 6 buttons, very similar to the Mega Drive's 6 button pad.
  • Control Stick - 2 buttons and a stick similar to a gear stick, but on the right side and the buttons are on the left side.
  • Light Phaser – Light gun, not compatible with Mega Drive light gun games.
  • 3D Glasses and adapter – shutter glasses for compatible games, the adapter does not work on a Master System II and is not needed on a Japanese console.
  • Sega Rapid Fire Unit - adapter to use rapid fire on standard controller; also not needed on a Japanese console
  • Sega Sports Pad - trackball controller
  • Sega Handle Controller - paddle controller
  • SG Commander - a standard controller with built in rapid fire.

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Standard controllers

The Master System's controller was very similar to that of the NES.
The Master System's controller was very similar to that of the NES.

The Master System controller has only 2 buttons, one of which additionally performs the function of the traditional "Start" button; the pause button is on the game console itself. The original controllers, like Sega's previous systems, has the cord emerging from the side; during 1987 the design was changed to the now-typical top emerging cord. Some controllers also include a screw-in thumb stick for the D-pad. The title given to this article is incorrect due to technical limitations. ...


The controller uses the prevailing de facto standard Atari-style 9-pin connector and can be connected without modification to all other machines compatible with that standard, including the Atari 2600, Commodore Amiga, Atari ST, Commodore 64, Amstrad CPC and ZX Spectrum with Kempston interface or similar. The Atari 2600, released in October 1977, is the video game console credited with popularizing the use of microprocessor based hardware and cartridges containing game code, instead of having non-microprocessor dedicated hardware with all games built in. ... This article is about the family of home computers. ... The Atari ST is a home/personal computer that was commercially popular from 1985 to the early 1990s. ... C-64 redirects here. ... The Amstrad CPC was a series of 8-bit home computers produced by Amstrad during the 1980s and early 1990s. ... The ZX Spectrum is an 8-bit personal home computer released in the United Kingdom in 1982 by Sinclair Research Ltd. ... The Kempston Interface plugged into a Spectrum Plus The Kempston Interface was the generic name for any interface on Sinclairs ZX Spectrum series of computers that allowed joysticks complying with the de facto Atari 2600 standard to be used with the machine. ...


When the game Street Fighter II was released (in Brazil only), a new six-button controller similar to the Sega Mega Drive controller was also released. The current Brazilian Master System consoles come with two six-button controllers. The Sega Mega Drive ) is a video game console released by Sega in Japan in 1988, North America in 1989, and the PAL region in 1990. ...


The later Mega Drive controllers work fine on the Master System, with buttons B and C corresponding to 1 and 2 respectively and the other buttons (most notably Start) not doing anything. Sega MegaDrive 2 European version with joypad, game cart + box Sega Mega Drive (Japanese: メガドライブ Mega Doraibu) was a 16-bit video game console released by Sega. ...


Light Phaser

The Light Phaser is a light gun modeled after the Zillion gun from the Japanese anime series of the same name. The design also mirrored the 1980s trend of actual laser tag gun appearances. The Sega Light Phaser The Light Phaser was a light gun created for the Sega Master System, modeled after the Zillion gun from the Japanese anime series of the same name. ... Zillion is an space adventure game ported on the SEGA Master System. ... Soldiers of the 2e REI training with laser tag equipment. ...


3-D Glasses

3-D Glasses and adapter
3-D Glasses and adapter

The 3-D Glasses use a shutter system to close the left and right lens rapidly to create a 3D effect. Some NES games, like Rad Racer and 3-D World Runner, also claim to be 3-D, but use much cheaper magenta-cyan 3D glasses. The true Nintendo 3-D glasses which work with those games were only released for the Famicom in Japan. The Master System glasses can only be used in the original Master System, since it hooks up directly to the card port not found in the Master System II. Such a system allows 3-D graphics in full color. A disadvantage is that it halves the effective frame-rate, which some users can perceive as flicker. It also tends not to work with non-CRT-based televisions. The same technique has been used with similar glasses for some 3-D films in movie theaters, though these have largely been replaced by newer methods that would not work on a home TV. Only six Master System games are 3-D compatible. Image File history File linksMetadata Download high-resolution version (2576x1694, 800 KB) File links The following pages on the English Wikipedia link to this file (pages on other projects are not listed): Sega Master System Metadata This file contains additional information, probably added from the digital camera or scanner used... Image File history File linksMetadata Download high-resolution version (2576x1694, 800 KB) File links The following pages on the English Wikipedia link to this file (pages on other projects are not listed): Sega Master System Metadata This file contains additional information, probably added from the digital camera or scanner used... Rad Racer, known as Highway Star in Japan on the Famicom, was a racing game made for the Nintendo Entertainment System. ... 3-D WorldRunner ) is a video game developed by Square in 1987. ... Stereo card image modified for crossed eye viewing. ... Alternate-frame squencing (sometimes called Alternate Image, or AI) is a method of showing 3-D film that is used in some venues. ...


With the use of the Sega Master System Converter all peripherals are fully compatible with the Sega Mega Drive. The Sega Mega Drive ) is a video game console released by Sega in Japan in 1988, North America in 1989, and the PAL region in 1990. ...


Known clones released

For other uses, see Europe (disambiguation). ...

Backward compatibility with the Sega Mega Drive/Genesis

The Mega Drive/Genesis is backwards compatible with the Master System, despite having a differently shaped cartridge slot. Sega developed a pass-through device for the Mega Drive/Genesis, allowing Master System cartridges to be played on the newer system. It was called the Power Base Converter in the US, the Mega Adapter in Japan and the Master System Converter in Europe. The somewhat large device plugs into the Mega Drive's cartridge slot, covering the entire circular top of the system. Master System cartridges and cards can then be inserted into the device and played on the Mega Drive using Mega Drive controllers. Due to its size and shape, the converter will not work with the Mega Drive II, necessitating the use of the Europe-only Master System Converter II, or a third-party converter cartridge.


Games

Game cartridges for Japanese SG-1000 Mark III (left), US/European Sega Master System (right).
Game cartridges for Japanese SG-1000 Mark III (left), US/European Sega Master System (right).
See also: List of Sega Master System games

Astro Warrior is integrated into one version of the console (the Sega Base System, which was slightly less expensive and lacked the Light Phaser). Sega Master System (Sega Mark III) game cartridges and packaging. ... Sega Master System (Sega Mark III) game cartridges and packaging. ... This is a list of games for the Sega Master System video game system. ... Astro Warrior is an video game developed and manufactured by Sega for the Master System in 1985. ... The Sega Light Phaser The Light Phaser was a light gun created for the Sega Master System, modeled after the Zillion gun from the Japanese anime series of the same name. ...


Hang-On and Safari Hunt are also integrated into another version of the console; additionally, the original North American release of the console came bundled with a cartridge containing both Hang On and Safari Hunt. In-game screenshot In the arcade game Hang-On, the player controls a motorcycle against time and other computer-controlled bikes. ... Safari Hunt is an video game developed and manufactured by Sega for the Master System in 1986. ...


Sonic the Hedgehog is integrated into some PAL Master System II consoles. It was later ported to the Sega Game Gear. Sonic the Hedgehog is a video game in the Sonic the Hedgehog series developed by Ancient and published by Sega for its Master System and Game Gear systems. ... The Sega Game Gear is a handheld game console which was Segas response to Nintendos Game Boy. ...


On some console versions, Snail Maze, a hidden game, is built in the console, which was 12 levels of labyrinths.[citation needed] Snail Maze is a 1986 video game by Sega, part of the Sega Master System. ...


Ys: The Vanished Omens is credited with introducing many players to the Ys series.[citation needed]


A marketing agreement between Sega and the producers of the anime Zillion resulted in both a game (Zillion) based on the anime series and the design of the Light Phaser attachment: the protagonists of the show use a pistol which is nearly identical to the Light Phaser, including the cable. Animé redirects here. ... Zillion is an space adventure game ported on the SEGA Master System. ...


Virtual Console

SEGA has announced that Master System games will be available for download on the Nintendo's Wii Virtual Console in North America, PAL territories and Japan. Under this console label the Game Gear games are also included. This article is about the video game company. ... For the video game system, see Nintendo Entertainment System. ... The Wii (pronounced as the pronoun we, IPA: ) is the fifth home video game console released by Nintendo. ... This article is about Nintendos emulation feature and download service. ... The Sega Game Gear was Segas first portable gaming system. ...


The first game released for this service was Hokuto no Ken, in February 26, 2008, and later, Fantasy Zone, released in March 11. Both were released in Japan, at an standard cost of 500 Wii Points (though Hokuto no Ken costs 600 points, due to the game's source license). In North America, Wonder Boy was the first SMS game released for the service, at a cost of 500 Wii Points, the cheapest price for North American Virtual Console games to date along with NES games. The release date was March 31, 2008 [2]. Fantasy Zone was also announced, but its release date is on April 14, 2008. In the United Kingdom, both Fantasy Zone and Wonderboy were released on the same day for a price of 500 points. A Wii Point is a payment system that Nintendo uses for its Wii console through the Wii Shop Channel. ... Wonder Boy (known as Super Wonder Boy in Japan and Revenge of Drancon on the North American Game Gear release) is a 1986 video game published by Sega and developed by Escape (later known as Westone). ... A Wii Point is a payment system that Nintendo uses for its Wii console through the Wii Shop Channel. ... Nes is: A municipality in the county of Akershus in Norway, see Nes, Akershus. ... is the 90th day of the year (91st in leap years) in the Gregorian calendar. ... 2008 (MMVIII) is the current year, a leap year that started on Tuesday of the Common Era (or Anno Domini), in accordance with the Gregorian calendar. ... Screenshot from the game Fantasy Zone. ... is the 104th day of the year (105th in leap years) in the Gregorian calendar. ... 2008 (MMVIII) is the current year, a leap year that started on Tuesday of the Common Era (or Anno Domini), in accordance with the Gregorian calendar. ...


References

Much of the data for this article was taken from the SMS Console Database site.

  1. ^ Russell Carroll (2005-09-06). Good Enough: Why graphics aren't number one. Game Tunnel. Retrieved on 2007-10-28.
  2. ^ Sam Pettus (2007-01-21). SegaBase Volume 2 - Master System and Game Gear. Eidolon's Inn. Retrieved on 2007-10-28.
  3. ^ Cartridge Pinout

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