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Sega Master System
July 22, 2013
12:04 pm
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While Nintendo had a stranglehold of the American video game market share in the late-eighties, in contrast Sega was doing pretty well for itself in Europe and Oceania. Due to Sega’s superior marketing and Nintendo’s decision to have the NES manufactured and marketed by Mattel (a company more known for Barbie toys than anything else), the Sega consoles flourished under little opposition in making strong sales and gaining a large fan-base. Because of the successes throughout Europe, Sega decided to open its own Sega Europe division.

 

I’ll never forget opening up the box and looking at that sleek design of the Master System II for the first time, seeing the Alex Kidd In Miracle World game was built into the system made my jaw drop. Good times! It’s funny what used to make us go “Wow!”

 

Recommended Games:

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1.Master Of Darkness

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2.Wonderboy III: The Dragons Trap

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3.The Lucky Dime Caper: Starring Donald Duck

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4.Asterix

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5.Sonic the Hedgehog 2

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6.The New Zealand Story

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7.Alien Syndrome

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8.Sonic the Hedgehog

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9.Wonderboy In Monster World

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10.Alex Kidd In Miracle World

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11.Phantasy Star

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12.Rainbow Islands

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13.Danan: The Jungle Fighter

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14.Ninja Gaiden

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15.Cosmic Spacehead

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16.Power Strike II

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17.Fantasy Zone II

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18.Sonic Chaos

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19.Asterix & The Secret Mission

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20.Enduro Racer

July 22, 2013
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You are seriously Making me want to get a Master System.

 

I will be traveling to Azerbaijan later this year, and I will be using the opportunity to get some insight on the Gaming market in the Cold War and Post-Cold War setting of eastern Europe. I know that Nintendo did not have easy access to eastern European Markets, so I suspect that it was the same with Sega. 

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July 22, 2013
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The Master System had some gems and gets a lot less respect than it deserves here in North America.  From a technical perspective, it was capable of much nicer graphics than the NES.

 

It was also incredibly successful in Brazil, to the point where they were still making new games for it well in the ’90’s.

 

I’ve never owned one and likely never will at today’s prices, but I respect what it brought to the table.  I do have a few emulated games on Sonic’s Ultimate Genesis Collection.

 

The game I associate most with the system is Phantasy Star, which hasn’t aged all that well but was truly groundbreaking for its time.

 

Here’s a great video on the Master System and its library:

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Now playing: SNES - Phalanx, R-Type III, Genesis - Bio Hazard Battle, PS3 - Dragon's Crown

July 22, 2013
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I too have been interested in the Master System lately. I had no idea so many Genesis titles also has Master System iterations. The game I’m most interested in is Ninja Gaiden. It’s different than the NES version and it is good in its own right from what I read on the internet.

Anyone ever play it?

July 22, 2013
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Now I know we all have a Sega Genesis, so did you all know about the Power Base converter that allows full BC with Sega Master system games on the Sega Genesis?

 

I am so getting one!!!!!

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July 22, 2013
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The power base converter is a pretty sweet add-on.   The Genesis had backwards compatibility built-in since day one.

 

One can only imagine how fast the SNES would have flown off the shelves if Nintendo released a similar add on.

Now playing: SNES - Phalanx, R-Type III, Genesis - Bio Hazard Battle, PS3 - Dragon's Crown

July 22, 2013
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It certainly makes the new product a safe investment. People like to have a large library of software, and one of the biggest pains of upgrading is the fact that video game consoles are doing this less and less. It shows a fundamental disconnect with their customers. An example is the PS3, as I remember reading that BC takes like 18 dollars per console. As loaded as the PS3 was with bloat, they couldn’t have cut some of that shit instead of BC? Get out of here.

 

BC is the ultimate killer app!

 

 

The SNES is no different in that regard, though a 3rd party peripheral did eventually make it possible no thanks to Nintendo! Look for a review in time.

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July 23, 2013
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I imagine the third party peripheral is similar in design to the “NES on a chip” technology that all of the clone systems use.

 

As for the Power Base Converter, I believe the Genesis actually had original Master System hardware under the hood; the Power Base Converter was just there to let you use it.

Now playing: SNES - Phalanx, R-Type III, Genesis - Bio Hazard Battle, PS3 - Dragon's Crown

July 23, 2013
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We had a Master System before we got a NES and I remember having some good times with it though we didn’t have a lot of games. I do remember Altered Beast being the first game I ever beat.

 

If I remember right we had Altered Beast, Alf (so bad), Ghostbusters (also terrible), After Burner, Hang On and Safari Hunt.

 

But yeah once we got our NES it pretty much got tossed aside. In fact I believe we gave it away to someone. Something I regret 20+ years in hindsight.

Playing with Power, Super Power!

August 9, 2013
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Masamune said
I too have been interested in the Master System lately. I had no idea so many Genesis titles also has Master System iterations. The game I’m most interested in is Ninja Gaiden. It’s different than the NES version and it is good in its own right from what I read on the internet.

Anyone ever play it?

It’s a game that’s been on my radar to buy for a while.

Lately I’ve been playing some Lucky Dime Caper, a fantastic game with everything you could want in a platformer.

 

April 3, 2014
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(Bump) I’ve just added a few more games in the OP as recommendations for this great console.

 

April 10, 2014
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You forgot Golden Axe Warrior that’s one of the best Zelda clone except for maybe 3d dot game heroes

October 21, 2014
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Remember ALF? He’s back.. in video-game form!

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Well as someone who vaguely recollects ALF (Alien Life Form) from childhood, I’m sure those in the US of A will remember him much better as the friendly extra-terrestrial who lives with a typically portrayed middle-class suburban family.

The Sega Master System game is the only game based on the ALF television show released for home console, and whether or not you think that’s a good thing it certainly makes this title somewhat of a novelty. It’s also a US exclusive.

October 21, 2014
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LoL Ghost! I remember the ALF Live TV series and the cartoon series.

Related to this subject, I recently purchased Ninja Gaiden for the Master System!

October 23, 2014
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Ninja Gaiden is a damn good game. It looks very good graphically, the background scenery being particularly nice. The controls are responsive and the gameplay flows smoothly. I also appreciate the little storyline interludes between each stage. Positively would recommend it to anyone looking at SMS titles to purchase.

What other games do you have, Masa?

October 23, 2014
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That’s all for now. I’ll have to closely examine what games there are for the Master System before I get anymore.

Do you know if the Sonic games are different enough from the Genesis/Mega Drives ones to warrant a purchase?

October 24, 2014
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Different, yes, very much so. Do they warrant a purchase? Well that depends on your own preference, the SMS Sonic games are not like the MD/GEN versions where you hold right and fly off at a million miles an hour and hope you don’t land on spikes. While those who have never played any SMS Sonic game may think of these games as ‘lesser’ variations of the MD/GEN nothing could be further from the truth. The premise is the usual – go through two main acts of a stage then fight a boss battle, however in essence they are similar to old Mario games, you go at a steadier pace and are rewarded for exploration of the stages. The level design and stages are vastly different – one of the best things about buying same-titled games that are on different systems imo. So it should, if you’ve never played an SMS Sonic game, be a pleasant change of scenery at each stage you progress. The graphics and gameplay are rock solid and would like to add that I also love the 8-bit chiptune music that accompanies the stages. My belief is that in the main, the NES had the better soundtracks on most games but the SMS could outshine it and this is one of those occasions. If I’m being totally honest I prefer the SMS Sonic series over it’s 16-bit successor as it generally feels more an inventive platformer and less a race.

October 26, 2014
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Hello Guys,
Im brazilian sega fan (excuse my grammar errors). I played master system many times. I saw the personal opinions here, but i would like present an objective list. I mean that games presented here are obligatory for somebody that want know sms better:

Castle of illusion – Why – Very colorful graphics. Put you in Disney universe.

kenseiden – Why – Superb game. You will feel a samurai in 16º century Japan.

Psycho world – Why – Megaman alternative. Great musics.

Psycho fox – Why – Did you have fun with Decapattack?

Fifa – Why – best soccer sms game.

Wonder boy III – Why – Best wonderboy series, great music, great graphics, obligatory.

Phantasy star – Why – (Ph)antastic – True RPG sensation, best 8 bit game.

Golvellius – Why – Zelda alternative – Awesome musics.

Sonic – Why – Yuzo Koshiro composer.

Alex kidd in shinobi world – Why – Shinobi parody – Excelent musics (too bad few levels).

Star wars – Why – Best sms digitized pictures.

Ghouls ghosts – Why – Phenomenal – In some aspects better than genesis (too bad very easy).

Gprider – Why – Limpid voice – Race game.

Outrun – Why – Arcade game.

Zillion 2 – Why – Excelent music – Zillion series.

Asterix – Why – Amazing game.

Wonder boy – Why – Adventure island clone.

Wonder boy 2 – Why – wonderboy series.

Lucky dime caper – Why -Disney game – Colorful graphics.

E-swat – Why – Arcade closest than Genesis.

R-Type – Why – Shooter. Excelent music and Graphics.

Daffy duck – Why – SMS graphics evolution.

California games – Why – More funny than Genesis. Sports game.

Master of Darkness – Why – Castlevania alternative.

So that’s to SMS owners. Buy these games and post your impressions here.
Good luck friends.

October 26, 2014
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Thanks Segarule for that list. I recently got a Power Base converter to play Master system games on my Genesis. I will certainly look into every game you listed.

October 27, 2014
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Thanks Segarule and welcome to the site; always good to have a SEGA (TecToy?) fan around.

Congrats on your Power Base Converter Masa.  How are you enjoying it?

Now playing: SNES - Phalanx, R-Type III, Genesis - Bio Hazard Battle, PS3 - Dragon's Crown

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