Mastering the System

Here’s what I think is a full list of all games released on the Sega Master System in Japan, the USA and PAL land. I’m going to attempt to review them all and post each one as I do. Rationale, if any, behind this is here. It should be fun. Hopefully! (I will not be reviewing unofficial hacks or games released exclusively outside of the three main territories.) Please let me know if there are games missing from this list.

I play the games on a model 1 PAL Master System, switched to 60Hz where it doesn’t cause glitching, and use an RGB cable on a CRT television for an authentic experience. Some are played on original cartridges if I own them, and others I use an Everdrive for. I then capture screenshots on a PC using the Fusion emulator.

Games are rated from 1 to 5, with only the best games (in my opinion, and I think you’ll find this is my site) being given the prestigious (I made that up) GOLDEN SEGA LOGO!!!  *crowd goes wild*

Hooray! This is now 48 of 290 Master System games reviewed! (16.5% complete)

TitleRating
Ace of AcesSEGA1Rating
Action Fighter
Addams Family, TheSEGA1Rating
Aerial Assault
After BurnerSEGA2Rating
Air Rescue
Alex Kidd in Miracle WorldSEGA2Rating
Alex Kidd in Shinobi World
Alex Kidd: High-Tech World
aka Anmitsu Hime (JP sprite hack)
SEGA1Rating
Alex Kidd: The Lost Stars
ALF
Alien 3
Alien Storm
Alien Syndrome
Altered Beast
American Baseball
aka Reggie Jackson Baseball (US)
SEGA4Rating
American Pro Football
aka Walter Payton Football (US)
Andre Agassi TennisSEGA1Rating
Arcade Smash HitsSEGA2Rating
Argos no JuujikenSEGA4Rating
Assault City
Asterix
Asterix and the Great Rescue
Asterix and the Secret Mission
Astro Warrior
Ayrton Senna's Super Monaco GP II
Aztec Adventure
aka Nazca '88: The Golden Road to Paradise (JP sprite hack)
Back to the Future Part II
Back to the Future Part III
Bank PanicSEGA2Rating
Basketball Nightmare
Batman Returns
Battle OutRun
Black Belt
aka Hokuto no Ken (JP)
Blade Eagle 3-D
aka Blade Eagle (JP)
BMX Trial: Alex Kidd
Bomber Raid
Bonanza Bros.
Bram Stoker's DraculaSEGA1Rating
Bubble Bobble
aka Final Bubble Bobble (JP)
SEGA5Rating
Buggy Run
California GamesSEGA1Rating
California Games IISEGA1Rating
Captain Silver
Casino Games
Castle of Illusion starring Mickey MouseSEGA5Rating
Champions of Europe
Championship Hockey
Chase H.Q.
Cheese Cat-Astrophe Starring Speedy Gonzales
Choplifter
Chuck Rock
Chuck Rock II: Son of Chuck
Cloud Master
ColumnsSEGA3Rating
Comical MachineGun Joe
Cool Spot
Cosmic Spacehead
Cyber Shinobi, The
Cyborg Hunter
aka Chou-on Senshi Borgman (JP)
Daffy Duck in Hollywood
Danan: The Jungle Fighter
Dead Angle
Deep Duck Trouble Starring Donald Duck
Desert Speedtrap Starring Road Runner and Wile E. Coyote
Desert Strike
Dick Tracy
Disney's Aladdin
Disney's The Jungle Book
Double DragonSEGA3Rating
Double Hawk
Dr. Robotnik's Mean Bean MachineSEGA2Rating
Dragon Crystal
Dragon: The Bruce Lee Story
Dynamite Duke
Dynamite Dux
E-SWAT
Ecco the Dolphin
Enduro Racer
F-16 Fighter
aka F-16 Fighting Falcon (US, JP)
F1
Fantastic Dizzy
Fantasy Zone
Fantasy Zone II
aka Fantasy Zone II: Opa-Opa no Namida (JP)
Fantasy Zone: The Maze
aka Opa Opa (JP)
Fire & Forget II
Flash, The
Flintstones, The
Forgotten Worlds
Fushigi no Oshiro Pit Pot (JP)
aka Pit Pot (with Astro Warrior) (Worldwide)
SEGA2Rating
G-LOC: Air Battle
Gain Ground
Galactic Protector
Galaxy Force
Gangster Town
Gauntlet
Ghost HouseSEGA3Rating
Ghostbusters
Ghouls 'n Ghosts
Global Defense
aka SDI (JP)
Global Gladiators
Golden Axe
Golden Axe WarriorSEGA5Rating
Golfamania
Golvellius: Valley of Doom
aka Maou Golvellius (JP)
GP Rider
Great Baseball (Japan)SEGA1Rating
Great Baseball
aka The Pro Yakyuu: Pennant Race (JP)
SEGA2Rating
Great Basketball
Great Football
aka Sports Pad Football
Great Golf (Japan)
Great Golf
aka Masters Golf (JP)
Great Ice Hockey
Great Soccer
Great Volleyball
Hang On
Heavyweight Champ
aka George Foreman's KO Boxing, James 'Buster' Douglas Knockout Boxing (US)
Heroes of the Lance
Highschool! Kimengumi
Home Alone
Hoshi o Sagashite...
Impossible Mission
Incredible Crash Dummies, The
Incredible Hulk, The
Indiana Jones and the Last Crusade: The Action Game
James Bond 007: The Duel
James Pond 2: Codename: Robocod
Joe Montana Football
Jurassic Park
Kenseiden
King's Quest: Quest for the Crown
KlaxSEGA3Rating
Krusty's Fun House
Kung Fu Kid
aka Makai Retsuden (JP)
Land of Illusion starring Mickey Mouse
Laser Ghost
Lemmings
Line of Fire
Lion King, The
Lord of the Sword
Lucky Dime Caper starring Donald Duck, The
Mahjong Sengoku Jidai
Marble Madness
Marksman Shooting & Trap Shooting
Master of Darkness
Masters of Combat
Maze Hunter 3-D
aka Maze Walker (JP)
Megumi Rescue
Mercs
Michael Jackson's Moonwalker
Micro Machines
Miracle Warriors: Seal of the Dark Lord
aka Haja no Fuuin (JP)
Missile Defense 3-D
Monopoly
Montezuma's Revenge featuring Panama Joe
Mortal Kombat
Mortal Kombat II
Ms. Pac-Man
My Hero
aka Seishun Scandal (JP)
SEGA3Rating
Nekkyuu KoushienSEGA3Rating
New Zealand Story, TheSEGA4Rating
Ninja Gaiden
Ninja, TheSEGA3Rating
Olympic Gold: Barcelona '92SEGA3Rating
Operation Wolf
Ottifants, The
OutRun
OutRun Europa
Pac-ManiaSEGA3Rating
PaperboySEGA3Rating
Parlour Games
aka Family Games (JP)
Penguin Land
aka DokiDoki Penguin Land: Uchuu Daibouken (JP)
PGA Tour Golf
Phantasy Star
Pit-Fighter
Populous
Poseidon Wars 3-D
Power Strike
aka Aleste (JP)
Power Strike II
Predator 2
Prince of Persia
Pro Wrestling
aka Gokuaku Doumei Dump Matsumoto (JP)
Psychic World
Psycho Fox
Putt & Putter
Quartet
aka Double Target: Cynthia no Nemuri (JP)
R-Type
R.C. Grand Prix
Rainbow Islands: Story of the Bubble Bobble 2SEGA1Rating
Rambo III
Rambo: First Blood Part II
aka Secret Command (EU), Ashura (JP)
RampageSEGA3Rating
Rampart
Rastan
Renegade
Rescue Mission
Road Rash
RoboCop 3
RoboCop Versus The Terminator
Rocky
Running Battle
Safari Hunt
Sagaia
Satellite 7
Scramble Spirits
Sega Chess
Sega World Tournament Golf
Sensible Soccer: European Champions
Shadow Dancer: The Secret of Shinobi
Shadow of the Beast
Shanghai
Sherlock Holmes: Loretta no Shouzou
Shinobi
Shooting Gallery
Simpsons: Bart vs. the Space Mutants, The
Simpsons: Bart vs. the World, The
Slap Shot
Smurfs Travel the World, The
Smurfs, The
Solomon no Kagi: Oujo Rihita no Namida
Sonic The HedgehogSEGA4Rating
Sonic The Hedgehog 2SEGA3Rating
Sonic The Hedgehog ChaosSEGA2Rating
Sonic The Hedgehog Spinball
Space Gun
Space Harrier
Space Harrier 3-D
Special Criminal Investigation
Speedball
Speedball 2
SpellCaster
aka Kujaku Ou (JP)
Spider-Man: Return of the Sinister Six
Spider-Man vs The Kingpin
Spy vs. Spy
Star Wars
Streets of Rage
Streets of Rage II
Strider
Strider II
Submarine Attack
Sukeban Deka II: Shoujo Tekkamen Densetsu
Summer GamesSEGA2Rating
Super Kick-Off
Super Monaco GP
Super Off Road
Super Racing
Super Smash T.V.
Super Space Invaders
Super Tennis
aka Great Tennis (JP)
SEGA2Rating
Superman: The Man of Steel
T2: The Arcade Game
Taz-Mania
Tecmo World Cup '93
Teddy Boy
aka Teddy Boy Blues (JP)
SEGA3Rating
Tennis AceSEGA3Rating
Tensai Bakabon
Terminator, TheSEGA2Rating
Terminator 2: Judgment DaySEGA3Rating
Thunder Blade
Time Soldiers
Tom and Jerry: The Movie
TransBot
aka Astro Flash (JP)
SEGA1Rating
Trivial Pursuit
Ultima IV
Ultimate Soccer
Vigilante
Wanted
Where in the World is Carmen Sandiego?
WimbledonSEGA1Rating
Wimbledon IISEGA2Rating
Winter Olympics: Lillehammer '94SEGA2Rating
Wolfchild
Wonder Boy
aka Super Wonder Boy (JP)
Wonder Boy III: The Dragon's Trap
Wonder Boy in Monster Land
aka Super Wonder Boy: Monster World (JP)
Wonder Boy in Monster World
Woody Pop: Shinjinrui no Block KuzushiSEGA4Rating
World Class Leaderboard
World Cup Italia '90
World Cup USA 94
World GamesSEGA1Rating
World Grand Prix
aka Circuit, The (JP)
World Soccer
aka Great Soccer (US), Sports Pad Soccer (JP)
WWF Wrestlemania: Steel Cage Challenge
Xenon 2: Megablast
Ys: The Vanished Omens
Zaxxon 3-D
Zillion
aka Akai Koudan Zillion (JP)
Zillion II: The Tri Formation
aka Tri-Formation (JP)
Zool: Ninja of the 'Nth' Dimension