Sega Master System (SMS)

Sega Master System Console Description:

The Master System was Sega’s third generation classic video game console. The 8-bit Master System (SMS) console was released in 1985 in Japan, arrived overseas in North America in 1986 and finally reached Europe in 1987. It was Sega’s first successful home video game console, following the unpopular SG-1000 and SG-1000 II. The Sega Master System hit North American markets less than a year after the NES.

Although the Master System sold poorly, it paved the way for the company’s next console, the Sega Genesis.

Sega Master System Console Highlights:

  • 8-bit SNES console
  • Games were available on credit card-sized “Sega Cards”
  • Lackluster sales due to NES popularity
  • Referred to as the Sega Mark III in Japan
  • Video game highlights include Alex Kidd in Miracle World, Ninja Gaiden, Ys: The Vanished Omens and Phantasy Star
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