Sega Master System

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Sega Master System
Master System II.png
Above: The North American version of Master System. Below: The PAL version of Master System II
Manufacturer Sega
Type Video game console
Generation Third generation
Release date(s) JP October 20, 1985 (Mark III)
NA June 1986
EU September 1987
JP October 18, 1987 (Master System)
Discontinued JP 1989
NA 1991
CA 1996
EU 1996
Units sold Worldwide: 10-14.8 million
Japan: 1 million (as of 1986)
United States: 2 million[8] (as of 1993)
Western Europe: 6.8 million (estimated as of December 1993)
Brazil: 5 million (as of 2012)
Media ROM cartridge
CPU 8-bit Zilog Z80 at 3.58 MHz (3.579545 MHz)
Storage capacity Sega Card (256 kbits max. capacity)
Controller input SMS controllers
Best-selling game Alex Kidd in Miracle World
Successor Sega Mega Drive/Genesis

The Sega Master System (マスターシステム Masutā Shisutemu, abbreviated to SMS or Master System) is a third-generation 8-bit cartridge-based video game console that was manufactured and released by Sega in 1986 in North America, seven months after the original NES, and in 1987 in Europe. Its original Japanese incarnation was the "Sega Mark III", which was first released in 1985.

When the system was later released in North America it was sold in two incarnations: a bare-bones console with one controller bundle called the Sega Base System and a bundle with two controllers and a light gun entitled the Sega Master System. It was this latter configuration that became the more popular and better known of the two, and the system almost immediately became synonymous with this bundle. The system itself appears to have originally been intended to have been referred to as the "Sega Power Base" in English-speaking markets, and the Sega Genesis/Mega Drive adapter that lets Master System games be played on that console was later referred to as the "Power Base Converter".

In the European, Oceanic, and Brazilian markets, this console launched Sega onto a competitive level comparable to Nintendo, due to its wider availability, but it failed to put a dent in the North American and Japanese markets. The Master System was released as a direct competitor to the Nintendo Entertainment System in the third videogame generation. Despite its shaky performance in the major territories, it enjoyed over a decade of life in smaller markets. The later Sega Game Gear is effectively a hand-held Master System, with a few enhancements, although it required an adapter to play actual Master System cartridges.

Virtual Console Global Problems (Sega Master System)

Sega Master System Global Problems


There are no known global problems with Sega Master System titles on Dolphin.

Virtual Console Compatibility List (Sega Master System)

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Compatibility Description
Stars5.png Perfect: No issues at all!
Stars4.png Playable: Runs well, only minor graphical or audio glitches. Games can be played all the way through
Stars3.png Starts: Starts, maybe even plays well, but crashes or major graphical/audio glitches
Stars2.png Intro/Menu: Hangs/crashes somewhere between booting and starting
Stars1.png Broken: Crashes when booting
Stars0.png Unknown: Has not been tested yet
Region indicator Region description
AU Australia
CA Canada (NTSC /w French translation)
EU Europe, PAL/SECAM territories
JP Japan and Asia (NTSC-J)
KO Korea
NA North America and NTSC territories
RU Russia


Title Year Genre Region Compatibility
Alex Kidd in Miracle World 2008 Platform JP/NA/EU 5Stars5.pngEdit rating: Alex Kidd in Miracle World
Alex Kidd in Shinobi World 2010 Platform, Hack and slash NA/EU 4Stars4.pngEdit rating: Alex Kidd in Shinobi World
Alex Kidd: The Lost Stars 2009 Platform JP/NA/EU 4Stars4.pngEdit rating: Alex Kidd: The Lost Stars
Enduro Racer 2008 Racing JP/NA/EU 5Stars5.pngEdit rating: Enduro Racer
Fantasy Zone 2008 Shoot 'em up JP/NA/EU 5Stars5.pngEdit rating: Fantasy Zone
Fantasy Zone II: The Tears of Opa-Opa 2009 Shoot 'em up JP/NA/EU 4Stars4.pngEdit rating: Fantasy Zone II: The Tears of Opa-Opa
Hokuto no Ken 2008 Beat 'em up JP 4Stars4.pngEdit rating: Hokuto no Ken
Phantasy Star 2009 Role-Playing JP/NA/EU 4Stars4.pngEdit rating: Phantasy Star
R-Type 2009 Shoot 'em up JP/NA/EU 4Stars4.pngEdit rating: R-Type (SMS)
Secret Command aka Ashura aka Rambo: First Blood Part II 2009 Run and gun JP/NA/EU Template:Ratings/Secret CommandStars0.pngEdit rating: Secret Command
Sonic the Hedgehog 2008 Platform JP/NA/EU 5Stars5.pngEdit rating: Sonic the Hedgehog (SMS)
Sonic the Hedgehog 2 2008 Platform JP/NA/EU 5Stars5.pngEdit rating: Sonic the Hedgehog 2 (SMS)
Sonic the Hedgehog Chaos aka Sonic & Tails 2009 Platform JP/NA/EU 5Stars5.pngEdit rating: Sonic the Hedgehog Chaos
Space Harrier 2008 Rail Shooter JP/NA/EU 5Stars5.pngEdit rating: Space Harrier (SMS)
Wonder Boy 2008 Action, Platform JP/NA/EU 5Stars5.pngEdit rating: Wonder Boy
Wonder Boy in Monster Land 2009 Action, Platform JP/NA/EU Template:Ratings/Wonder Boy in Monster LandStars0.pngEdit rating: Wonder Boy in Monster Land
Wonder Boy III: The Dragon's Trap 2009 Action, Platform NA/EU 4Stars4.pngEdit rating: Wonder Boy III: The Dragon's Trap


See also