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Sega Master System Altered Beast

video game

Sega entered the electronic games market producing only software and full-sized arcade cabinets. In 1986, Sega challenged Nintendo's dominance by releasing the 8-bit Master System. The Master System possessed sharper, more colorful graphics and substantially better sound quality than the Nintendo Entertainment System. This was not enough to overcome Nintendo's advantage in market share, however. For two years of its six-year production, Sega sold the American production rights to Tonka. This did not increase its popularity with consumers. With the success of the Genesis, Sega reclaimed the production rights in 1990 and continued producing the unit for two more years. Sega also released specialized converters, which allowerd gamers to play Master System titles on their Genesis and Game Gear. Despite its demise in 1992, the Master System continues to be popular in Brazil. New units were produced as late as 2006. These units, marketed as the Master System III, include several innovations such as wireless controllers and television connections. There is also a design marketed specifically to girls with a hot pink console and pastel colored buttons. Master System games are also available for purchase on the Nintendo Wii Virtual Console in North America. This game is part of a collection of Sega Master System games in The Strong’s collection that represent nearly 100% of all games released for that system.

  • Manufacturer: Sega
  • Material: plastic | metal | printed paper
  • Origin: Japan
  • Style: 8-bit microprocessor
  • Object ID: 116.7753
  • Credit Line: Gift of Raiford Guins
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