I love the Sega Master
System . . . I love it dearly . . if it were a relatively
attractive female, I'd marry it . . . if
it were a religion, I'd believe . . if
it were an itch, I would scratch with an industrial
strength sander . . . why the obsession,
you ask? The SMS was the first videogame system
that was MINE
. . sure, the family had a colecovision, and a good
ole 2.6k, but the SMS was
mine, baby, and it was prized most highly
among my coveted adolescent possessions.
Sega's 8-bit competitor to the NES didn't fare so
well in the US, did a little
better in the UK, but never
posed a serious threat to the Big N's microsoft-esque
domination . . . but man, it had some great
games. Alex Kidd in Miracle
Phantasy Star, Outrun,
Space Harrier, Fantasy
and Wonder Boy all
bring back the memories . . . What
really gets me about the SMS is that the games have
a certain feel . . impossible to describe,
but there nonetheless . . .
The NES had way more good games, but I still remember
the SMS more fondly . . . Sega later released
the Game Gear handheld
system, which was essentially a portable Master
System, as well as the "Power
Base Converter" - a peripheral that
let you play SMS games on your genesis . . there
was also a badass light gun, weird 3d glasses, and
a system redesign that took the older look and made
it stupid . . .
Meka is the weapon of choice
for SMS/GG emulation, it's
DOS, has one of the best GUI's out there, and has
great compatibility and many other features . .
. before Meka, Massage was a favorite, and brSMS
is also quite decent . . .