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Sega Master System: Hot Hits Today! More Hits on the Way! Originally released as the Sega Mark III in 1985 in Japan, the Sega Master System was a third-generation home console released in 1986 in North America, 1987 in Europe and 1989 in Brazil. A new, redesigned version of the console was also released again in Japan in 1987. This console utilized many upcoming technologies, such as light guns and 3D glasses, which worked with specific games. The Sega Master System was designed to be a console in direct competition with the Nintendo Entertainment System. As is a familiar story of Sega, though they designed a superior product than the Nintendo Entertainment System in many ways, they failed to market it in a way that allowed it to fully compete. In Japan and North America, the Nintendo brand was becoming so significant that it was difficult to cut its market share. However, the Sega Master System fared better against its competition in Europe and Brazil. One of the main criticisms of the Sega Master System was its limited game library, which, with around 350 games, is not nearly as numerous as the library of the Nintendo Entertainment System. The Sega Master System did win one battle against the Nintendo Entertainment System in Brazil; because of its popularity there, it is now considered the longest lived game console (30 years and counting). Sega marketed the Master System for many years, creating a remodeled version in 1990 which featured a lower cost. However, despite the efforts, sales for the Master System continued to decline, and production ceased in North America by 1992. Part of the problem for Sega was their small share of the market; Nintendo was found guilty of violating US antitrust laws and owned 80% of the market. Atari controlled another 12% of the market, leaving only 8% as competitive territory for Sega to participate in. Though its success in the US was limited, the Master System continued to be popular in Brazil and Europe and outsold NES in these regions. ~Vic SEGA MASTER SYSTEM - Model: 3010 ORIGINAL RELEASE DATE: 1986 Original Release - This version had no major changes from the original, but did include a different pack-in set. It also includes a credit card port that allows plug in of 3D glasses. SEGA MASTER SYSTEM - Model: 3010-A ORIGINAL RELEASE DATE: Unknown Variation #2 - Included the snail maze game. SEGA MASTER SYSTEM - Model: 3010-B ORIGINAL RELEASE DATE: Unknown Variation #3 - Included Hang-On & Safari Hunt, though some versions include only Hang-On. SEGA MASTER SYSTEM - Model: 3010-C ORIGINAL RELEASE DATE: Unknown Variation #4 - Included Missile Defense 3D, which requires 3D glasses. Unit Lifetime: 1986 - 1991 Units Sold (Worldwide): 13 Million Authorized Games Released (US): 318 Backwards Compatibility: N/A Media Type: Cartridge Resolution: 256 x 226 Colors Available: 256 Colors on Screen: 52 Sound Output (All Models): 6-Channel Mono Power Requirements (All Models): 10v 850amps (If you see anything incorrect or that you want added, feel free to comment below and the posting will be edited to reflect the corrections.)