Sega Master System (Sega Master System) (Very Good)


$ 149.99 

The Sega Master System is an 8-bit cartridge and card based console released in 1985 for Japan, 1986 for North America, 1987 for Europe, and 1989 for South America. It is based off the Mark III release of Sega's first entry into the Japanese console market, the SG-1000. It competed directly alongside the Nintendo Entertainment System during its heyday, and it was supported by Sega well into the 1990's. The console usually featured a built-in game, such as Hang-On, Space Harrier, a timed maze game featuring a snail, Alex Kidd in Miracle World, Sonic the Hedgehog, or Sonic the Hedgehog 2.

The system has 2 9-pin controller ports, with each controller having 2 buttons (labeled 1 and 2) and an 8-way directional pad, created largely due to Nintendo's copyright of their cross bar pad, which caused the SMS controller to have more pronounced diagonals than their competition, but smaller N, S, E, and W controls. The pause button is located directly on the console.

While the Master System didn't challenge Nintendo much in the US and Japan, it was a major success in Europe and South America, outselling the NES in those territories. This gave Sega a good foothold in the home console market, which they capitalized on with their more successful follow up, the Sega Genesis. The Master System was still selling in Europe into the late 1990s, and is still selling through to the present day in Brazil, where it remains the best-selling console to this day. The Master System sold 16.39 million units worldwide, including 1.72 million in Japan, 2 million in the United States, 5 million in Brazil, 6.95 million in Western Europe, and 720,000 in South Korea.

This item is complete and includes game console, original box in lightly used condition, 2 controllers, AV and AC cords and manual. This unit includes Hang On/Astro Warrior game built into the system (no separate cartridge.)  This is the Sega Base System and is not the version that included the light gun.  System is in excellent fully tested condition!

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