Sega Master System

Image result for sega master systemIf you are unfamiliar with the 8-Bit Sega Master System, the game system that Sega sold before the 16-Bit Sega Genesis – you are in for a treat. This third generation video game system debuted in 1985 in Japan as the Sega Mark III.  The name wasn’t very well revived so when it debuted in 1986 in North America, it was relabeled the Master System. The system competed with the Nintendo NES, which debuted a year earlier. In Japan and North America, the system was far less popular than it was in Europe and Brazil. The incredibly popular Sega Genesis followed in the market two years later, making the Master System a footnote outside of Europe and Brazil. Despite this, many great games were created. I put together a list of the best games, though there are many more. If you are interested in checking out what the system offered, check out the titles below. Also, just for fun check out this embeded youtube video with 25 popular Master System titles.

A Sega Master System console will run you around $50 on ebay. Just like any other retro game system, the game cartridges can run anywhere from $10 to $300 depending on the rarity, condition, desirability, and completeness (box, manual, etc.)

If you have a gen 1 or gen 2 Sega Genesis, you can use a “power base converter” (which ranges between $50-100 on ebay) to play Sega Master System games.

Another option is to buy a Mega EverDrive X7, which will allow you to load up Master System, 32X and Genesis cartridge roms. Don’t ask me for roms or where to find them!

Another interesting option is to emulate the system with a Raspberry Pi using RetroPie. There are plenty of youtube videos around to show you how to do this. Essentially, you are going to install an OS image onto a micro SD card, put it in your Raspberry Pi, then install your rom images to the rom directory. This is a great option and highly encourage!

Good luck and happy gaming!

Sega Master SystemGamegear portGenreMore Information
Alex Kidd in Miracle WorldPlatformhttps://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Alex_Kidd_in_Miracle_World
Alien SyndromeRun & gun shooterhttps://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Alien_Syndrome
Asterix2D action platformerhttps://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Asterix_(1991_video_game)
Astro Warriors
Shoot 'em uphttps://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Astro_Warrior
Ayrton Senna's Super Monaco GP 2
Racinghttps://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Ayrton_Senna%27s_Super_Monaco_GP_II
Baku Baku Animal
Puzzle gamehttps://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Baku_Baku_Animal
Bubble Bobble
Comical action platformerhttps://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Bubble_Bobble
Buggy Run
Racinghttps://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Buggy_Run
California Games
Sportshttps://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/California_Games
Castle of Illusion Starring Mickey Mouse
Platformhttps://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Castle_of_Illusion_Starring_Mickey_Mouse
ChoplifterActionhttps://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Choplifter
Chuck Rock 2: Son of ChuckPlatformhttps://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Chuck_Rock_II:_Son_of_Chuck
Columns
Puzzlehttps://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Columns_(video_game)
Cool Spot
Platformhttps://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Cool_Spot
Deep Duck Trouble Starring Donald Duck
Platformhttps://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Deep_Duck_Trouble_Starring_Donald_Duck
Desert Strike
Shoot 'em uphttps://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Desert_Strike
Double Dragon
Beat-'em-uphttps://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Double_Dragon
Dr Robotnik's Mean Bean Machine
Falling block puzzlehttps://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Dr._Robotnik%27s_Mean_Bean_Machine
Dynamite Dux
Beat-'em-uphttps://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Dynamite_Düx
Dynamite Headdy
Platformhttps://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Dynamite_Headdy
Earthworm Jim
Platformhttps://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Earthworm_Jim
Ecco the Dolphin
Action-adventurehttps://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Ecco_the_Dolphin
Ecco: Tides of Time
Action-adventurehttps://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Ecco:_The_Tides_of_Time
F1
Racinghttps://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/F1_(video_game)
Fantasy Zone
Horizontally scrolling shoot 'em uphttps://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Fantasy_Zone
Fantasy Zone 2: The Tears of Opa-Opa
Horizontally scrolling shoot 'em uphttps://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Fantasy_Zone_II:_The_Tears_of_Opa-Opa
Ghouls 'n' Ghosts
Platformhttps://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Ghouls_%27n_Ghosts
G-LOC: Air Battle
Arcade, Combat flight simulatorhttps://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/G-LOC:_Air_Battle
Golden Axe Warrior
Action-adventurehttps://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Golden_Axe_Warrior
Golvellius: Valley of Doom
Role-playing gamehttps://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Golvellius
GP Rider
Racinghttps://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/GP_Rider
Hang-On
Racinghttps://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Hang-On
Impossible Mission
Platformhttps://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Impossible_Mission
James Pond 2: Codename Robocod
Platformhttps://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/James_Pond_2
Land of Illusion Starring Mickey Mouse
Platformhttps://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Land_of_Illusion_Starring_Mickey_Mouse
Legend of Illusion Starring Mickey Mouse
Platformhttps://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Legend_of_Illusion_Starring_Mickey_Mouse
Marble Madness
Platform, Racinghttps://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Marble_Madness
Master of Darkness
2D action platformerhttps://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Master_of_Darkness
Micro Machines
Racinghttps://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Micro_Machines_(video_game_series)
Ninja Gaiden
Action-adventure, hack and slashhttps://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Ninja_Gaiden
Operation Wolf
Shooting galleryhttps://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Operation_Wolf
OutRun
Arcade racinghttps://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Out_Run
OutRun Europa
Racinghttps://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Out_Run_Europa
Phantasy Star
✓ (Phantasy Star Adventure & Phantasy Star Gaiden)Role-playing gamehttps://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Phantasy_Star
Power Strike II
✓ (GG Aleste II: Lance Bird)Vertically scrolling shoot 'em uphttps://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Power_Strike
Prince of Persia
Cinematic platformer
Action-adventure
https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Prince_of_Persia
Psycho Fox
2D action Platformerhttps://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Psycho_Fox
Quartet
2D action platformerhttps://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Quartet_(video_game)
Rainbow Islands
Platformhttps://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Rainbow_Islands:_The_Story_of_Bubble_Bobble_2
Rampage
Actionhttps://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Rampage_(video_game)
Road Rash
Racinghttps://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Road_Rash
R-Type
Side scrolling shoot-em-uphttps://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/R-Type
Sensible Soccer
Sportshttps://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Sensible_Soccer
Shinobi
Platform, hack and slashhttps://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Shinobi_(video_game)
Smash TV (Super Smash TV)
Multidirectional shooterhttps://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Smash_TV
Sonic Chaos
Platformhttps://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Sonic_Chaos
Sonic Spinball
Action, Pinballhttps://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Sonic_Spinball
Sonic the Hedgehog
Platformhttps://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Sonic_the_Hedgehog
Sonic the Hedgehog 2
Platformhttps://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Sonic_the_Hedgehog_2
Special Criminal Investigation
Racing, Actionhttps://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Special_Criminal_Investigation
Streets of Rage 2
Beat 'em uphttps://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Streets_of_Rage_2
Strider
✓ (Sequel as Strider II)Platformhttps://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Strider_(arcade_game)
Super Monaco GP
First-person racing/Racing simulationhttps://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Super_Monaco_GP
Super Off Road
Racinghttps://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Super_Off_Road
The Lion King
Platformhttps://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/The_Lion_King_(video_game)
The Lucky Dime Caper Starring Donald Duck
Platformhttps://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Lucky_Dime_Caper
The New Zealand Story
Platformhttps://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/The_NewZealand_Story
Thunder Blade
Scrolling shooter
Third-person rail shooter
Combat flight simulator
https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Thunder_Blade
Virtua Fighter Animation
Versus Fightinghttps://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Virtua_Fighter_Animation
Wonder Boy in Monster World✓ (Monster World II: Dragon no Wana)Platform/Action-adventure, Metroidvaniahttps://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Wonder_Boy_in_Monster_World
Ys: The Vanished OmensAction Role Playinghttps://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Ys_I:_Ancient_Ys_Vanished
ZillionPlatform, action-adventurehttps://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Zillion_(video_game)