Sega Master System

From West Elmira Computers Museum
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Sega Master System
DesignerSega
ManufacturerSega
Tec Toy (Brazil)
DISAM (Mexico)
Forrus (Russia)
CPU4 MHz Zilog Z80
Graphics3.846153 MHz Yamaha YM2602B
RAM24 KB Main RAM
16 KB Video RAM
MediaROM cartridge
Sega Card
ReleaseJP (Mark III): October 20, 1985
NA: September 1986
JP: October 1987 (Master System)
EU: 1987
Brazil/Korea: 1989
Mexico: 1990
Russia: November 1993
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Sega Master System was originally known as the Sega Mark III in Japan, due to the release of the Sega SG-1000 and Sega SC-3000 in that region.

It was the second home video game console by Sega.

Included games

Early versions of the Sega Master System included a simple maze game, Snail Maze, embedded in the system's BIOS.

To play Snail Maze, the user had to press the up, 1, and 2 buttons simultaneously on the controller.

Later models did not include Snail Maze in the BIOS, and included Alex Kidd in Miracle World or Sonic the Hedgehog instead.

Legacy

The Game Gear portable video game console used similar hardware to the Sega Master System. Games from the latter could be played on the former with a simple cartridge converter.

The PlayPal, also known as the Coleco Sonic and the Pocket Gear, was released by Coleco in 2006. It was a portable video game console that included 20 built-in Sega Master System and Game Gear games.

Sega Master System hardware owned by WEC Museum

Title Manufacturer Release Added to museum Notes
Sega Light Phaser light gun Sega 1986 June 5, 2019

Sega Master System games owned by WEC Museum

Title Developer Released Added to Museum Notes
Space Harrier 3-D Sega 1988 June 2, 2022 WEC Museum owns the card and box.
Spy vs. Spy First Star Software, Sega R&D2 1988 February 6, 2021 WEC Museum owns the card, box, and manual.

Digital Sega Master System games owned by WEC Museum

Title Developer Released Added to Museum Notes
Aleste Compile 1988 March 26, 2021 Included in the white Game Gear Micro.
Alex Kidd: High-Tech World Sega 1987 October 31, 2020 Included in the PlayPal.
Alex Kidd in Miracle World Sega 1986 PlayPal: October 31, 2020
Lost Judgment: October 20, 2021
Included in the PlayPal and Lost Judgment.
Alien Syndrome Sega R&D1 1987 November 3, 2021 Included in Lost Judgment: Detective Essentials.
Altered Beast Sega 1986 October 31, 2020 Included in the PlayPal.
Assault City Sanritsu Denki 1990 October 31, 2020 Included in the PlayPal.
Astro Warrior Sega 1986 October 31, 2020 Included in the PlayPal.
Aztec Adventure Sega 1987 October 31, 2020 Included in the PlayPal.
Bomber Raid Sanritsu Denki 1988 October 31, 2020 Included in the PlayPal.
Columns Sega 1990 October 31, 2020 Included in the PlayPal.
Ecco: The Tides of Time Novotrade International 1996 October 31, 2020 Included in the PlayPal.
Enduro Racer Sega 1987 October 20, 2021 Included in Lost Judgment.
Fantasy Zone Sega 1986 PlayPal: October 31, 2020
Lost Judgment: October 20, 2021
Included in the PlayPal and Lost Judgment.
Fantasy Zone II Sega R&D2 1987 November 3, 2021 Included in Lost Judgment: Detective Essentials.
Fantasy Zone: The Maze Sega 1987 October 31, 2020 Included in the PlayPal.
Fist of the North Star Sega 1986 October 26, 2018 Included in Fist of the North Star: Lost Paradise.
Global Defense Sega 1988 PlayPal: October 31, 2020
Lost Judgment DLC: November 3, 2021
Included in PlayPal and Lost Judgment: Detective Essentials.
Kung Fu Kid Sega 1987 October 31, 2020 Included in the PlayPal.
Maze Hunter 3-D Sega 1988 October 20, 2021 Included in Lost Judgment.
The Ninja Sega 1986 October 31, 2020 Included in the PlayPal.
Penguin Land Sega 1987 PlayPal: October 31, 2020
Lost Judgment: October 20, 2021
Included in the PlayPal and Lost Judgment.
Power Strike II Compile 1993 March 26, 2021 Included in the white Game Gear Micro.
Quartet Sega 1986 PlayPal: October 31, 2020
Lost Judgment: October 20, 2021
Included in the PlayPal and Lost Judgment.
Sagagia Taito, Natsume 1992 November 3, 2021 Included in Lost Judgment: Detective Essentials.
Secret Command Sega R&D 2 1988 October 20, 2021 Included in Lost Judgment.
Snail Maze Sega 1986 October 31, 2020 Included in the PlayPal.
Woody Pop Sega R&D 2 1987 October 20, 2021 Included in Lost Judgment.