Sega Master System

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ROMIcon.png Sega Master System
The Sega Master System
Manufacturer(s) Worldwide release Sega

United States of America Tonka Corporation (1986 ~ 1989) / Sega (1990 ~ 1991)
Canada Irwin Toy
Europe Virgin Mastertronic
Italia NBC Italia / Giochi Preziosi
Portugal Ecofilmes
Australia / New Zealand Ozisoft
South Korea Samsung
Brazil / Argentina Tec Toy

Release Date(s) United States of America / Germany 1986-10

Japan 1987-18-10
Europe / France 1987-09
Flag of the United Kingdom.svg 1987-08
Spain 1987-07
Italia 1986-11
Portugal 1991
Australia 1986
South Korea 1989-04
Brazil 1989-09-04

CPU(s) Zilog Z80
Sound chip(s) SEGA VDP PSG (SN76489 inside onto the VDP chip), Yamaha YM2413 (external, not supported on Overseas models without modifications)
Music section SMS

Sega Master System (model 1) Sega Master System is an 8-bit video game console released in 1986 by Tonka Corporation, under Sega of Japan license. Initially called as Sega Base System, is a re-badged version of Sega Mark III for Overseas consumers.

Launch titles Japan


The sound is generated by SN76489, the same chip as in SG-1000 and Sega Mark III. Japanese and South Korean models does have the FM Sound Unit integrated onto the PCB, leaving the expansion slot free to connect the SK-1100. However, it was not included on Overseas systems, maybe due to failure in market. Some games which was not released in Japan (but some released in South Korea) support the FM sound without any modification.

VGM Scene

You can log SMS VGMs in various emulators, such as MAME, older builds of MESS, Kega Fusion, MEKA, Emukon, Dega, Gens Plus and a lot of others.

A VGM Player exists, called SMS VGM Player, by Maxim.

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