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The Sega Master System was a home video game console introduced by Sega in 1986, and was capable of 8-bit graphics. It was a rival to the very successful Nintendo Entertainment System (NES).

The Master System was regarded as being superior to the NES in terms of color and graphics[1] but the system eventually failed to gain enough attention in both North America and Japan.

However, it was successful in Brazil and Europe. Its lifespan was long enough to see four Sonic games (except Brazil which has five sonic games), before its discontinuation in 1991 in North America, 1992 in Japan, and 1996 in Europe. Except in Brazil, where this console remains produced to this day due to the massive popularity of this console in that country[2].

List of Sonic games

Characters Introduced

Box artwork gallery



  • The Master System version of Sonic Blast was only released in Brazil.
  • The Sega Master System makes regular cameo appearances in Cartoon Network's "Regular Show". Both console and controllers are exactly the same despite it apparently being mirrored.
  • The Sega Master System has no exclusive Sonic games, as all games released for the Sega Master System have also been ported on the Game Gear.
  • There are 318 games officially released for the Sega Master System.
  • The Sega Master System had no region lock chip inside the hardware. This means owners can play any games from any region.


  1. McFerran, Damien (22 July 2014). Hardware Classics: Sega Master System. Nintendo Life. Retrieved on 19 February 2018.
  2. Smith, Ernie (27 July 2015). Brazil Is An Alternate Video Game Universe Where Sega Beat Nintendo. Retrieved on 01 March 2018.