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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 ZoneShinobi and Phantasy Star.

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

Around 200 games are covered, with the main focus on their visuals, as the title suggests, accompanied by related soundbites, anecdotes and memories. Within SEGA® Master System: a visual compendium you’ll also find a series of larger features and interviews with developers and artists, ensuring a great mix of visuals and words in its 424 pages. The foreword is written by Mark Cerny (Sony) and there are interviews with Mutsuhiro Fujii, Takashi Shoji, Steve Hanawa, Rieko Kodama, and 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 that 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 an animated-effect lenticular heavy board slipcase and comes with a set of 3D Glasses!

Book specifications
Hardback: 424 pages. 170mm × 230mm. Gatefold pages. 3mm protective board slipcase with “animated” lenticular fascia, Edge-to-edge high quality lithographic print. Sewn binding for enduring quality and the ability to lay flat for ideal double-page image viewing. Spot varnished cover and dust jacket. Two coloured bookmark ribbons. Shrink-wrapped. Free PDF for viewing on the go.

Softcover: 424 pages. 170mm × 230mm. 3mm protective board slipcase with “animated” lenticular fascia, Edge-to-edge high quality lithographic print. Sewn binding for enduring quality and the ability to lay flat for ideal double-page image viewing. Spot varnished cover and dust jacket. Shrink-wrapped. Free PDF for viewing on the go.

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

Games featured include:
Action Fighter / After Burner / Air Rescue / Akai Koudan Zillion / Aleste / Alex Kidd in Miracle World / Alex Kidd in Shinobi World / Alex Kidd: BMX Trial / Alex Kidd: The Lost Stars / Alien Syndrome / Altered Beast / Ashura / Astro Flash / Astro Warrior / Astérix / Astérix and the Great Rescue / Ayrton Senna’s Super Monaco GP II / Aztec Adventure / Baku Animal / Bank Panic / Basketball Nightmare / Black Belt / Blade Eagle 3-D / Bomber Raid / Bonanza Bros. / Bubble Bobble / Buggy Run / California Games / Captain Silver / Castle of Illusion Starring Mickey Mouse / Chase H.Q. / Cheese Cat-Astrophe Starring Speedy Gonzales / Choplifter / Chuka Taisen / The Circuit / Cloud Master / Columns / Comical Machine Gun Joe / Cyborg Hunter / Danan the Jungle Fighter / Deep Duck Trouble Starring Donald Duck / Desert Speedtrap / Disney’s Aladdin / Doki Doki Penguin Land: Uchuu Daibouken / Double Dragon / Double Target / Dr. Robotnik’s Mean Bean Machine / Dragon Crystal / Dynamite Düx / Enduro Racer / Fantasy Zone / Fantasy Zone II: The Tears of OPA-OPA / Fantasy Zone: The Maze / Final Bubble Bobble / Forgotten Worlds / Fushigi no Oshiro Pit Pot / Gain Ground / Galactic Protector / Galaxy Force / Gangster Town / Ghost House / Global Defense / Golden Axe / Golden Axe Warrior / Golfamania / Golvellius: Valley of Doom / Great Soccer / Great Tennis / Great Volleyball / Haja no Fuuin / Hang-On / Hokuto no Ken / Kenseiden / Kung Fu Kid / Land of Illusion Starring Mickey Mouse / Legend of Illusion Starring Mickey Mouse / Lemmings / Lord of the Sword / The Lucky Dime Caper Starring Donald Duck / Makai Retsuden / Maou Golvellius / Master of Darkness / Masters of Combat / Maze Hunter 3-D / Maze Walker / Miracle Warriors: Seal of The Dark Lord / Missile Defense 3-D / nica no Castelo do Dragão / Nazca ’88 / The New Zealand Story / Ninja Gaiden / The Ninja / Opa Opa / Operation Wolf / Out Run / Out Run 3-D / Penguin Land / Phantasy Star / Poseidon Wars 3-D / Power Strike / Power Strike II / Pro Wrestling / Psychic World / Psycho Fox / Putt & Putter / Quartet / R-Type / Rainbow Islands / Rambo III / Rambo: First Blood Part II / Rampage / Renegade / Rescue Mission / Rocky / Safari Hunt / SDI / Secret Command / SEGA Chess / Shadow Dancer: The Secret of Shinobi / Shinobi / Slap Shot / Snail Maze / Solomon no Kagi: Oujo Rihita no Namida / Sonic Chaos / Sonic Spinball / Sonic The Hedgehog / Sonic The Hedgehog 2 / Space Harrier / Space Harrier 3-D / SpellCaster / Spy vs. Spy / Streets of Rage II / Strider / Submarine Attack / Super Monaco GP / Super Racing / Super Tennis / Taz-Mania / Teddy Boy / Thunder Blade / Time Soldiers / TransBot / Turbo / Turma da Mônica em: O Resgate / Ultima IV: Quest of the Avatar / Vigilante / Wanted / Woody Pop: Shinjinrui no Block Kuzugi / World Grand Prix / World Soccer / Zaxxon 3-D / Zillion and Zillion 2: Tri Formation



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jason f.
United States United States
I recommend this product
Absolutely love it

This is a great book all around. From the content, to the overall quality, you can tell great care was taken producing this book.

Antonio M.
Spain Spain
I recommend this product
A nostalgic journey to my childhood.

I loved the book. It has made me remember my childhood with photos of the games I played and explanatory texts. Improvement suggestion for future editions: the 3D glasses do not fit in the chest with the book, a place in the book to keep it would be nice. I hope an edition for Mega Drive soon!

daniel c.
United Kingdom United Kingdom
I recommend this product
Great read

So many fantastic images

James P.
Canada Canada
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Good book

It wasa good book. Well made. LOVED the packaging.

Daniel N.
Denmark Denmark
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A trip through my childhood

The quality of this book is simply superb. From the weight when you first pick it up, to flipping the pages with the beautiful print on them. It just screams quality. If you ever owned a Master System of any kind, this book should be on your coffee table or shelf. It's a fun stroll through retro game history.

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