The Sega Master System, a vintage 3rd console, was introduced in 1986 in the United States and Canada, at the apex of the 8-bit era, more than three decades ago. The console was a flop at the time, but it has now become a revered piece of Sega history for launching some of the company's most enduring franchises.
Interestingly, the Sega Master System was released all over the world over several years and was far more popular in some unexpected places. Its successor, the Sega Mega Drive (known in North America as the Sega Genesis), was an advance in almost all way on the system - but it had its distinct charm.
In many ways, the Sega Master System games was an improvement over previous Sega consoles. It had faster processing, better colors, higher resolution, and was superior in almost every way. For the Master System, the Master System II performed the same thing.
The Sega Master System II was first released in 1990 and had a lower price point as well as significant hardware enhancements. It was introduced around the same time as the next generation of consoles, and systems like the Mega Drive and the SNES swiftly eclipsed it. The Sega Master System has around 360 games in its library. It may not seem like much when compared to the 700+ titles on the original Nintendo Entertainment System, but this is the same catalog that gave the world Sonic the Hedgehog, Ninja Gaiden, and Streets of Rage.
The Sega Master Platform was home to some incredible games now known as Sega Master System ROMs, all of which are must-plays for everyone who owns one. Here are the top 5 Best Games on The Sega Master System:
Game cards, often known as "Sega Cards", were another type of game media for the Sega Master System. These were solid-state media the size of a credit card that was inserted into their specialized input slot on the system and were usually ports of Sega's earlier Japanese console titles. The appeal of this program format was that it stored less data (only 34KB) and was, therefore, less expensive than Sega's Mega Cartridge games. Transbot is one of the best games on the Sega Card medium. It's worth noting that the Sega Master system's two subsequent models don't include a game card input slot.