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OVERVIEW

The Master System was the first Sega home console to be distributed and sold in the United States. The 8-bit console was released at a competitive price of $150. Sega was beginning to get its footing in the gaming industry with the Master System. While it didn't outsell its competitor in the United States, and Japan(The NES/Famicom), the Master System pushed Sega to success by selling over 20 million units world wide. Largely thanks to Europe and Brazil, where the Master System absolutely thrived. While the US didn't take to the system, it did provide great brand recognition for its successor, the Sega Genesis. Now it's notorious for it's unique box art, and being one of the smaller Sega US libraries. Much of what the system has to offer may have been left in Europe, but there is no question there is still an experience to be had in the early days of Sega.

Notable hardware

Sega Sports Pad
Sega Light Phaser
3D Glasses
Control Stick
Handle Controller
Power Base Converter

Console Releases

Master System Console
Master System Plus
Segascope 3D

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#1

1986

1 Player

Top Down Vehicular Combat

Action Fighter

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#4

1989

1 Player

2D Action Adventure

Alex Kidd: High-Tech World

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#7

1988

1 Player

2D Action Adventure

Alex Kidd: The Lost Stars

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#10

1989

1 Player

2D Action Adventure

Altered Beast

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#13

1986

1-2 Player Competitive

Side Scrolling Beat em Up

Black Belt

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#16

1989

1-4 Player Competitive

Multi Sport Mini Games

California Games

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#19

1991

1 Player

2D Platformer

Castle of Illusion Starring Mickey Mouse

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#22

1990

1-2 Player Competitive

Action Puzzler

Columns

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#25

1991

1 Player

Side Scrolling 3rd Person Shooter

Dick Tracy

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#28

1987

1 Player

Racing(Arcade)

Enduro Racer

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#31

1987

1 Player

2D Side Scrolling Shoot em Up

Fantasy Zone II: The Tears of Opa-Opa

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#34

1987

1-2 Player Co-op

1st On-Rail Light Gun Shooter

Gangster Town

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#37

1991

1 Player

Side Scrolling Action Platformer

Ghouls n' Ghosts

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#40

1991

1 Player

Top Down Action RPG

Golden Axe Warrior

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#43

1987

1-2 Player Competitive

Sports(Simulation)

Great Basketball

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#46

1986

1 Player

Sports(Simulation)

Great Ice Hockey(Sega Sports Pad Required)

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#49

1986

1 Player

Racing(Arcade) & Top Down Shoot em Up

Hang-On & Astro Warrior: The Combo Cartridge

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#52

1990

1-2 Player Competitive

Sports(Simulation)

Joe Montana Football

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#55

1987

1-2 Player Competitive

Side Scrolling Beat em Up

Kung Fu Kid

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#58

1988

1 Player

Top Down Action Based Maze Levels

Maze Hunter 3-D

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#61

1987

1 Player

Light Gun Shooter

Missile Defense 3-D

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#64

1986

1-2 Player Competitive

Side Scrolling Beat em Up

My Hero

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#67

1990

1 Player

Paper Route Action

Paperboy

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#70

1988

1 Player

Turn Based RPG

Phantasy Star

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#73

1986

1-2 Player Competitive

Professional Wrestling

Pro Wrestling

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#76

1988

1 Player

Side Scrolling Shoot em Up

R-Type

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#79

1989

1-2 Player Co-op

Side Scrolling City Destruction

Rampage

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#82

1989

1-2 Player Competitive

Sports(Simulation

Reggie Jackson Baseball

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#85

1988

1-2 Player Competitive

Puzzle Game

Shanghai

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#88

1990

1-2 Player Competitive

Sports(Simulation)

Slap Shot

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#91

1988

1 Player

3rd Person On-Rail Shoot em Up

Space Harrier 3-D

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#94

1988

1-2 Player Competitive

Side Scrolling Action Puzzler

Spy vs. Spy

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#97

1986

1-2 Player Competitive

Sports(Simulation)

Super Tennis

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#100

1989

1-2 Player Co-op

Top Down Run n Gun

Time Soldiers

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#2

1990

1-2 Player Co-op

Side Scrolling Shoot em Up

Aerial Assault

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#5

1986

1 Player

2D Action Adventure

Alex Kidd in Miracle World

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