Sega Master System

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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
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 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 license from Sega of Japan. Initially called the Sega Base System, it is a re-branded version of the Sega Mark III for North America and Europe.

Launch titles Japan


The sound is generated by SN76489, the same chip from the SG-1000 and Sega Mark III. Japanese and South Korean models 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 North American and European systems. Some games which were not released in Japan (but some released in South Korea) support the FM sound without any modifications.

VGM Scene

You can log SMS VGMs in various emulators, such as MAME, older builds of MESS, Kega Fusion, MEKA, Emukon, Dega, and Gens Plus, among others. The most accurate option is MEKA.

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

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