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The Sega Master System
Created to compete with the Famicom and inevitably the Nintendo Entertainment System, Sega’s Master System is a redesigned version of the SG-1000 series. It was released to North America in 1986 with hopes of tapping into a market that was totally dominated, by that time, by the NES. To say that it did not have the impact that Sega had envisioned would be a gross understatement. It initially sold for US$200 and in its first four months it sold 125,000 units. That does not sound so shabby for a debut home video gaming console, until it is compared with Nintendo’s success. In the same amount of time, Nintendo sold two million of its Nintendo Entertainment System consoles.

To improve its sales, Sega attacked the market by hiring Tonka Toys to promote the console and Master System games. It was a move that was not well thought out. Tonka had no previous experience with the console market and didn’t know how to maintain current sales, much less exceed them.

It wasn’t until after the Sega Genesis was established that the parent company regained the marketing rights from Tonka and released the Sega Master System II. This was a smaller, more stripped down version that came with a smaller production cost and ensuing retail price. It was “missing” several standard features, such as the reset button, power light and expansion port. The revival of the Master System, however, was not meant to be and the machine still failed. In the course of its life, only 13 million Master System units.

Even with its short life span, over three hundred Master System games were created and sold. Many of them are available now as Master System Roms, and occasionally a homebrew or indie game pops up for this now defunct home gaming console.

Top Sega Master System Games

1. Shinobi 
Shinobi Master System 2
Sega certainly got the scoop on other home video gaming consoles when they released Shinobi in the late eighties. It began as a coin operated arcade title, but made ...
Shinobi Master System
 
2. Double Dragon 
Double Dragon Master System 2
Double Dragon is one of the most renowned multiplayer cooperative fighting games of all times. In the age of coin operated arcades, so many fighting games were versus style, ...
Double Dragon Master System
3. Sonic the Hedgehog 
Sonic the Hedgehog Master System 2
Nintendo had Mario. Sega had Sonic…the world’s fastest hedgehog. There are few people from the world of retro gaming…even those who have never owned a Sega product, who ...
Sonic the Hedgehog Master System
 
4. Phantasy Star 
Phantasy Star Master System 2
Phantasy Star was a role playing game that just combined so many elements that was seen as “Something for everyone”. This late eighties release featured both first person and ...
Phantasy Star Master System
 
5. Golden Axe 
Golden Axe Master System 2
There is not likely a single classic gamer who is unaware that Golden Axe got its start in the coin operated arcades. Still found in arcades, county fairs, taverns ...
Golden Axe Master System
6. Wonder Boy 
Wonder Boy Master System 2
Wonder Boy was a hit classic on many systems outside of the Sega Master System. It was enormous on the Commodore 64, for example. It also saw time ...
Wonder Boy Master System
7. Sonic the Hedgehog 2 
Sonic the Hedgehog 2 Master System 2
After the original Sonic the Hedgehog, the little blue blur of a creature decided to take a bit of a break. After all, foiling Dr. Robotnik in several different games ...
Sonic the Hedgehog 2 Master System
8. The Ninja 
The Ninja Master System 2
The Ninja is a game from the earlier days of the Sega Master System, hitting the markets in the middle eighties. It is a third person perspective platform game ...
The Ninja Master System
 
9. Mortal Kombat 
Mortal Kombat Master System 2
Mortal Kombat is pretty much the godfather of all versus style fighting games, getting its start in the coin operated arcades and moving on to just about every video gaming ...
Mortal Kombat Master System
10. Asterix 
Asterix Master System 2
Asterix was a fully licensed title that took its name, plot, characters and overall look from the comics. It was released for the Sega Master System in the early ...
Asterix Master System
 
11. Black Belt 
Black Belt Master System 2
Black Belt Master System
12. Sonic Chaos 
Sonic Chaos Master System 2
Sonic Chaos Master System
 
13. California Games 
California Games Master System 2
California Games Master System
14. Alex Kidd in Miracle World 
Alex Kidd in Miracle World Master System 2
Alex Kidd in Miracle World Master System
 
15. Ghost House 
Ghost House Master System 2
Ghost House Master System
16. Y's: The Vanished Omens 
Y's: The Vanished Omens Master System 2
Y's: The Vanished Omens Master System
 
17. Rambo: First Blood Part 2 
Rambo: First Blood Part 2 Master System 2
Rambo: First Blood Part 2 Master System
18. Sonic the Hedgehog Spinball 
Sonic the Hedgehog Spinball Master System 2
Sonic the Hedgehog Spinball Master System
 
19. Tennis Ace 
Tennis Ace Master System 2
Tennis Ace Master System
20. Ninja Gaiden 
Ninja Gaiden Master System 2
Ninja Gaiden Master System
 
21. Rocky 
Rocky Master System 2
Rocky Master System
22. Alex Kidd in Shinobi World 
Alex Kidd in Shinobi World Master System 2
Alex Kidd in Shinobi World Master System
 
23. Mortal Kombat 2 
Mortal Kombat 2 Master System 2
Mortal Kombat 2 Master System
24. R-Type 
R-Type Master System 2
R-Type Master System
 
25. Bubble Bobble 
Bubble Bobble Master System 2
Bubble Bobble Master System
26. Ghostbusters 
Ghostbusters Master System 2
Ghostbusters Master System
 
27. Out Run 
Out Run Master System 2
Out Run Master System
28. Jurassic Park 
Jurassic Park Master System 2
Jurassic Park Master System
 
29. Zillion 
Zillion Master System 2
Zillion Master System
30. Street Fighter 2 
Street Fighter 2 Master System 2
Street Fighter 2 Master System
 
31. Fantasy Zone 
Fantasy Zone Master System 2
Fantasy Zone Master System
32. Ultimate Soccer 
Ultimate Soccer Master System 2
Ultimate Soccer Master System
 
33. Altered Beast 
Altered Beast Master System 2
Altered Beast Master System
34. Sonic Blast 
Sonic Blast Master System 2
Sonic Blast Master System
 
35. Choplifter 
Choplifter Master System 2
Choplifter Master System
36. My Hero 
My Hero Master System 2
My Hero Master System
 
37. Prince of Persia 
Prince of Persia Master System 2
Prince of Persia Master System
38. Streets of Rage 
Streets of Rage Master System 2
Streets of Rage Master System
 
39. Master of Darkness 
Master of Darkness Master System 2
Master of Darkness Master System
40. Psycho Fox 
Psycho Fox Master System 2
Psycho Fox Master System
 
41. Rastan 
Rastan Master System 2
Rastan Master System
42. Wonder Boy in Monster Land 
Wonder Boy in Monster Land Master System 2
Wonder Boy in Monster Land Master System
 
43. Star Wars 
Star Wars Master System 2
Star Wars Master System
44. Vigilante 
Vigilante Master System 2
Vigilante Master System
 
45. Mortal Kombat 3 
Mortal Kombat 3 Master System 2
Mortal Kombat 3 Master System
46. Rampage 
Rampage Master System 2
Rampage Master System
 
47. Ghouls 'n Ghosts 
Ghouls 'n Ghosts Master System 2
Ghouls 'n Ghosts Master System
48. SpellCaster 
SpellCaster Master System 2
SpellCaster Master System
 
49. Shadow Dancer 
Shadow Dancer Master System 2
Shadow Dancer Master System
50. Aztec Adventure: The Golden Road to Paradise 
Aztec Adventure: The Golden Road to Paradise Master System
   

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