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The SG-1000 is Sega's first attempt at a video game console. Despite being a rather powerful machine for its day, it was a victim of horrible timing: it came out the exact same day as the Famicom, which almost immediately took over the console market. Because of this, the SG-1000 had a very limited release (only Japan and New Zealand), and its game library remained relatively small. The main problem with the SG-1000 was its controller: it was clunky and unresponsive, and replacing it was a huge headache, since it was hardwired into the console.

Since this system bombed so hard, Sega was quick to work in a successor, the Mark III aka Master System.


Box art Title Genre Description
Borderline SG1000 Cover Borderline Shoot'em Up Tank shmup, you go around and blow stuff while making your way through the terrain. Some stages have cores which you must take down before proceeding.
Penguin Land SG1000 Cover Doki Doki Penguin Land Puzzle A game about a penguin who must take it's egg to the bottom of the stage where his wife awaits, while navigating the platforms, avoiding bears and trying not to break the damn thing. Got a sequel on the Master System.
Dragon Wang SG1000 Cover Dragon Wang Beat'em Up Nice little Game of Death style Beat'em Up, where you wander around a dark tower and kick the crap out of many badguys. It's similar to Irem's Kung-Fu, but less linear.

Had a sequel on the Master System called Kung Fu Kid.

Sindbad Mistery SG1000 Cover Sindbad Mystery Maze Navigate through a maze, where Sindbad (no it's not a typo) must collect pieces of a map to find a treasure while avoiding pirates. Unique in that each maze has two tiers separated by stairs. It also got an Arcade release which is hard as balls.
Star Jacker SG1000 Cover Star Jacker Shoot'em Up Good arcade conversion, in this game you control four ships at the same time to take down those stinking aliens!
Black Onyx SG1000 Cover The Black Onyx RPG A port of one of the first JRPG games ever created. Create your party and go dungeon-crawling, simple as that! A english translation patch is available, which even corrects some minor annoying things.


Second Generation
Consoles Emerson Arcadia 2001 - Atari 2600 - Atari 5200 - Epoch Cassete Vision - ColecoVision - Fairchild Channel F - Mattel Intellivision - Magnavox Odyssey² - Bally Professional Arcade - Sega SG-1000 - RCA Studio II - Interton VC 4000 - Milton Bradley Vectrex
Handhelds Entex Adventure Vision - Nintendo Game & Watch - Milton Bradley Microvision
Computers Apple I - Apple II - Apple III - Atari 8-bit - Acorn BBC Micro - Commodore PET - Tandy TRS-80 - Tandy TRS-80 CoCo

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