Sega Master System II Console

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Sega Master System II Console

Sega Master System II Console

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Looking on the back, we see the top is held on with just five screws, and that the system is labeled the “POWER BASE RGB”. Retrospective feedback of the Master System praises its support toward development of the Sega Genesis, but has been critical of its small game library. Their success distributing Sega's laser tag gun based on the anime Zillion gave Sega the confidence to allow Tectoy to distribute the Master System. 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 dominated by the NES.

The size of the release library varies based on region; North America received just over 100 games, with Japan receiving less.Its library is smaller and with fewer well-reviewed games than the NES, due in part to Nintendo licensing policies requiring platform exclusivity. Like all Master Systems 2, this console contains a built-in game; in this case, it’s Alex Kidd in Miracle World.

So what we see in the French Master System II is a compromise: the circuitboard from an NTSC console, with a video bypass. Damien McFerran, also of Retro Gamer, recognized its importance to the success of the Genesis, stating, "Without this criminally undervalued machine, Sega would not have enjoyed the considerable success it had with the Mega Drive. Nevertheless, I’m not sure why this different IO chip was needed, and what those additional pins do.Also missing is a power LED and an animated BIOS screen; the BIOS just displays a simple Sega logo over a black background before the game starts. I used to flick through Mean Machines Sega with pure excitement whenever they had a Master System feature as opposed to that blasted Mega Drive. Virgin Mastertronic focused marketing the Master System on ports of Sega's arcade games and positioning it as a superior video game alternative to the Commodore 64 and the ZX Spectrum computers. The Master System was also popular in Australia, where 250,000 units were sold in 1990 alone, [53] and where it was more successful than the NES.

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