Sunday, December 2, 2007
A while back I let you know about the Master System titles that Gamestation were knocking out, and how pricey some of them were.
Because so many people owned the older hardware, were happy with it and weren't rushing out to buy the newer and more expensive hardware (rather like the PS2 and PS3!) It made sense for publishers to bring out different versions of the same game on the older and newer platforms.
Obviously the Master System versions were simpler and less elaborate, but developers were more used to the older hardware and very often the 8 Bit versions stood shoulder to shoulder with their 16 Bit brothers.
Anyway I think I'm going off on something of a tangent! the point is, click on the Retro Scene link and grab yourself some Master System goodness!
Monday, November 26, 2007
Friday, November 23, 2007
Please, do watch this space...
Monday, October 1, 2007
Friday, September 28, 2007
Wonderboy in Monster Land "Out Now: A drastic departure from the original, Wonder Boy in Monsterland thrusts our hero into a medieval world and arms him with a sword and shield. Buying new equipment is something you're going to want to do, but you can spend your hard earned cash on some booze as well. The gameplay is a far stretch from the strict run-and-jump platforming mechanics of the original, with some interesting RPG elements tossed into the mix."
Price? A whopping £9.99!!!! FK Rating... "Bloody Steep!"
Smash T.V. "Out Now: Smash TV is set in a futuristic game show (with the 'future' being, according to the game, '1999') in which one or two players attempt to collect prizes, cash and keys, while fighting off hordes of attacking enemies. The Classic Robotron game-play is enhanced further with the addition of power-ups and imaginative and challenging end-of-level bosses."
Price? A very reasonable £1.99!!! FK Rating... "I'd buy that for a dollar!"
Alex Kidd - The Lost Stars
Out Now: "The Lost Stars actually gives you unlimited lives but forces you to play against a timer. Getting hit or falling down a pit will reduce the timer or send you back a few screens, making the game much more forgiving. The graphics are bright, colorful, and full of detail, and the music is horribly catchy."
Price? A still not-too-cheap£6.99!!! FK Rating... "About the price of a Wii VC Download..."
So if you wanna purchase these classics, just click on the links... They're based on eBay prices and remember, you'll have to pay an additional £1.00 postage!
Thursday, September 27, 2007
Monday, July 23, 2007
"Check out your local dealer, not for drugs, but for Sega"
"Yeah, we got the Sega Master System in the house, yeah boyee"
"3D glasses will blow your mind, Better peripherals you cannot find"
Tuesday, July 3, 2007
I've already posted a review of this Master System Masterpiece some time ago. With Michael Jackson's dominance of the pop charts and financial muscle in the early '90s and Sega's rising power at the same time, this game could only be a runaway success. Released in arcades, on the 16 BIT Megadrive and 8 BIT Master System, the game was/is a classic! It was cerainly the game that first revealed to me what a great console the Master System is and inspired this particular thread a long time ago on The Saturn Junkyard, before moving here via Gnomes Gaming On The Go... Enjoy!
Monday, June 25, 2007
Including a way of modding your fabulous 3D Master System Glasses, for use on your PC...
Whilst I don't claim to understand what the Dicken's they're talking about, I do get the feeling that its all very clever, and therefore worth a look...
Who knows? If they develop some sort of intelligence enhancing drug some day soon, I might be able to tinker with my 8 Bit wonder in the future!
Oh and for a great look at Master System Peripherals look here...
Oh! And BTW, I've found a place where you can play the Secret SMS Snail Maze game, celebrated by my esteemed colleague a few posts ago... Look here...
Sunday, June 24, 2007
Download it here (for free) and don't forget to try some themes, have a look at the lovely Meka Configurator utility and the SMS Checker ROM organizer.
Monday, June 18, 2007
Thursday, June 14, 2007
And in case you've lost your console's manual and can't remember how to actually access Snail Maze, well, here's what to do: Turn on the console (without having a cartridge inserted), pick up the controller and press up and both fire buttons. Simple as that.
Monday, June 11, 2007
Saturday, June 9, 2007
Now, as we're such the web-savvy happy bunch we are, you'd be better off knowing that the average Ebay.com & Ebay.co.uk price for the console is 10₤, 15 euros or 19$. Again, expect slightly higher prices for boxed, 100% unused or Japanese consoles. Naturally, both this very blog and Retro Treasures will strive to alert you for any bargains, so ...uh... guess you should keep reading us. Please?
Anyway. Back to the Master System I - II subject. First of all, the original Master System is slightly rarer, especially in Europe. Then again, it's usually slightly more expensive too. Also, it features a handy reset button, a card slot (allowing the use of some pretty wacky peripherals such as the 3d glasses and a small variety of card-only games) and a very 80s, very interesting pyramid shaped design. The SMS 2, on the other hand, always comes with a built-in game (either Alex Kidd or Sonic) is slightly smaller and way more curvy.
The system's games -not the particularly rare ones, mind you- usually come with a price tag of 3-10$, and you can find tons of them, both at Ebay and even brand new ones at Amazon. The best titles and the ones you should first pick up include such gems as: Alex Kidd in Shinobi World, Sonic the Hedgehog, After Burner, Phantasy Star, Shinobi, Out Run, Wonder Boy in Monster Land, Space Harrier, R-Type, Golden Axe Warrior, California Games and Double Dragon. Give 'em a shot, they 'll be worth your time...
Sunday, June 3, 2007
Then again, all those years later, it's the exact same simplistic games that make the Master System such an alluring machine. Two fire buttons (one of them doubling as a start button), a simple d-pad like thingy, no load times, no saves, no fancy manuals to read, no huge overcomplicated epics and some truly accessible pick-up-and-play games make it perfect for quick and refreshing gaming bursts. And it does feature it's own collection of retro classics too. Games like the very first Phantasy Star, Asterix, After Burner, Space Harrier, Fantasy Zone and the 8-bit version of Sonic.
Oh, and welcome to the SEGA Master Sytem Junkyard everyone. We got tons of content coming right (well, sort of) up.
Friday, June 1, 2007
Holy Master Systems Batman!
It gives me VERY great pleasure to register my arrival on this particular site.
At some point in this esteemed blog's lifespan, I will transfer all my Master System allegiances and wafflings, from GGOTG to this wonderful establishment. Then mine and Gnome's blogging partnership will continue to grow like a stick of celery deprived of sunlight...
For the time being, I'll throw in a piece of Master System advertising from Youtube, so you can familiarise yourself with it's fabulousness... A lazy blogger's trick I know...Expect something a little better in the future!