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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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David S.
Canada Canada
I recommend this product
One of the most comprehensive works concerning the SEGA Master System

Stunning. That's the first word that I thought when I unpacked this book. Everything about it is breathtaking; the art, the attention to detail, the encyclopedic information concerning not only the game system itself but those behind the Master System and the games that made up my childhood. This book is a must-have for not only those that grew up with SEGA instead of Nintendo, but for anyone who collects anything that is related to video games. I cannot thank Bitmap Books enough for this product.

Mr J.
United Kingdom United Kingdom
I recommend this product
Perfect product and delivery

Amazing and will keep purchasing!

Lodi J.
Canada Canada
I recommend this product

Exceeded my expectations.

Mats N.
Sweden Sweden
Sega master system

Good awesome excellent

Holger L.
Germany Germany
One more nice pixel-picture book

Nearly all in the shape I like. What I miss: special pictures from unknown games. What a surprise: the 3d-glasses. Reminds me back to the 80ies, where I watched flics like Creature of the black lagoon ... All in all a nice jewel in the book-shelf.