Sega Master System

The Sega Master System (SMS) is a third-generation 8-bit home video game console manufactured by Sega. It was originally a remodeled export version of the Sega Mark III, the third iteration of the SG-1000 series of consoles, which was released in Japan in 1985 and featured enhanced graphical capabilities over its predecessors. The Master System launched in North America in 1986, followed by Europe in 1987, and Brazil in 1989. A Japanese version of the Master System was also launched in 1987, which features a few enhancements over the export models (and by proxy the original Mark III): a built-in FM audio chip, a rapid-fire switch, and a dedicated port for the 3D glasses. A cost-reduced model known as the Master System II was released in 1990 in North America and Europe. The original Master System models use both cartridges and a credit card-sized format known as Sega Cards. Accessories for the consoles include a light gun and 3D glasses that work with a range of specially designed games. The later Master System II redesign removed the card slot, turning it into a strictly cartridge-only system and is incompatible with the 3D glasses. The Master System was released in competition with the Nintendo Entertainment System (NES). Its library is smaller and with fewer well-reviewed games than the NES, due in part to Nintendo licensing policies requiring platform exclusivity. Though the Master System had newer, improved hardware, it failed to overturn Nintendo's significant market share advantage in Japan and North America. However, it attained significantly more success in Europe and Brazil. Master System sales estimates are between 10 and 13 million units, excluding recent Brazil sales. Retrospective criticism has recognized its role in the development of the Sega Genesis, and a number of well-received games, particularly in PAL (including PAL-M) regions, but is critical of its limited library in the NTSC regions, which were mainly dominated by Nintendo's NES. As of 2015, the Master System was still in production in Brazil by Tectoy, making it the world's longest-lived console.

Emulators for Sega Master System games

Emulator Console Platform FileSize Emulator
Regen 0.972 for Sega Master System on Windows Regen 0.972 Sega Master System Windows 0.7MB Download
Kega Fusion 3.64 for Sega Master System on Windows Kega Fusion 3.64 Sega Master System Windows 0.4MB Download
FreezeSMS 46 for Sega Master System on SEGA FreezeSMS 46 Sega Master System SEGA 1MB Download
Kega Fusion 3.63i for Sega Master System on Mac Kega Fusion 3.63i Sega Master System Mac 0.9MB Download
SMSPLUS 110710 for Sega Master System on SEGA SMSPLUS 110710 Sega Master System SEGA 0.1MB Download
Fusion v364 for Sega Master System on Windows Fusion v364 Sega Master System Windows 0.4MB Download
MEKA v0.73 for Sega Master System on Windows MEKA v0.73 Sega Master System Windows 1.5MB Download
Gens+ v0.0.9.61 for Sega Master System on Windows Gens+ v0.0.9.61 Sega Master System Windows 0.5MB Download
RetroArch 1.7.5 for Sega Master System on Windows RetroArch 1.7.5 Sega Master System Windows 192.5MB Download
BizHawk 2.3 for Sega Master System on Windows BizHawk 2.3 Sega Master System Windows 33.3MB Download
Higan v106 for Sega Master System on Windows Higan v106 Sega Master System Windows 1.3MB Download