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The Master System was originally released as the SEGA Mark III in Japan in 1985, and was a direct competitor to Nintendo's Famicom home console. The library of games on the Master System is modest in volume, but packed full of quality and home to some of video gaming's most iconic franchises, such as Alex Kidd, Fantasy Zone, Shinobi and Phantasy Star.

SEGA® Master System: a visual compendium pays tribute to the amazing pixel art, product design and graphic design associated with this iconic 8-bit system. The book is officially licensed by SEGA and is the first book of this kind to be released for the Master System. 

As the name suggests, the visuals are the main focus, with 200-word soundbites of text accompanying each single game spread. Overall, the book contains around 200 games. Within SEGA® Master System: a visual compendium is also a series of larger features and interviews with developers and artists, ensuring a great mix of visuals and words – in total, the book contains around 60,000 words. The foreword is written by Mark Cerny (Sony) and there are interviews with Mutsuhiro Fujii, Takashi Shoji, Steve Hanawa, Rieko Kodama, plus others.

SEGA® Master System: a visual compendium is printed lithographically to the highest standards. This ensures that colours in the book are really vibrant and the pages have a high-quality, luxurious feel to them. The book has a spot varnished cover, a spot varnished protective dust jacket and thread sewn binding. Every book also includes a lenticular heavy board slipcase and comes with a set of 3D Glasses!

Book specifications
424 pages, 170mm x 230mm, Gatefold pages, 3mm protective board slipcase with lenticular fascia, Lithographic print, Hardback, Sewn binding, Spot varnish cover, Spot varnish dust jacket.

Contributors include
Andrew Hayward, Craig Grannell, Damien McFerran, David Giltinan, Eric Dunstan, Greg Sewart, Heinrich Lenhardt, Ian Wall, John Sauer, Julian Rignall, Ken Horowitz, Kotaro Hayashida, Kouichi Yotsui, Matt Furniss, Manabu Kusunoki, Mark Cerny, Mutsuhiro Fujii, Naoto Ohshima, Nick Alexander, Omar Cornut, Patrick Gilmore, Paul Davies, Phil South, Robert Workman, Randy Nelson, Rieko Kodama, Stefano Arnhold, Steve Hanawa, Takayuki Hirono, Takashi Shoji, Tom Sloper, Tony Hartley, Tony Takoushi, Tsunetomo Sugawara, Yoji Ishii, Yutaka Sugano, Yuzo Koshiro.


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Mark S.
United States United States
New to the Master System

Growing up in the U.S., the NES was the dominant console. I got this book to learn more about the Master System. Now I'm catching up, via emulation, on what I missed out on. So good! Great book!

Stephen M.
United Kingdom United Kingdom
An amazing book

This book is everything I hoped for and a great addition to anyones SEGA collection

Oscar A.
Mexico Mexico
A must for lovers of retro video games

SEGA Master System was not a console that I had the pleasure to meet, but I was curious and wanted to take advantage of the shipping. As soon as I read it, I fell completely in love. This is a book made with much love and care by authentic connoisseurs. About the publication quality, simply magnificent, like all Bitmap Books publications. Shipping took only 3 days to reach Mexico, dispatched by DHL and perfectly protected by the publisher. It also came with a cool 3D glasses as a gift. This book has made me want to explore the other compendiums of the collection!

Erik N.
United States United States
This is a great addition to my gaming library.

I’ve learned a lot of things about the Sega Master System that surprised me. Adding the 3D glasses was unexpected and a fun bonus. I highly recommend the compendiums and look forward to see what the future brings.

Tristam P.
United Kingdom United Kingdom
Outstanding presentation

Beautifully presented book. Superb quality print and screen shots. Write ups and history are also brilliant. No mention of the Wonderboy series though!?