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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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Tom Y.
New Zealand New Zealand
I recommend this product
Mostly awesome!

Absolutely love the book, but the lenticular sticker on the front was attached upside down

Peter C.
United States United States
I recommend this product
Just Found These Guys

I buy lots of video game history books and I somehow just found out about this company. These books are basically the highest quality I've seen so far. I'll be ordering more shortly.

Olivier G.
Canada Canada
A must have for sms fans!

Love the book and the interview with the game creators.

Italy Italy
Great book!

Really a high quality book, made with great cure. When I was a child I entered the Sega world during the Mega Drive years, but when I discovered the Master System leafing the catalogues on the posters back-side it always intrigued me and I have tried to find out more and more about that console already belonging to the past. I think it was love at first sight with that old black & red console :-) Now I am a pride possessor of both versions of the console (especially the first model, with Snail Maze built-in) and this book helps me learning more about this awesome machine. I wished there were listed more games and hardware, but this is already a fantastic job ;-)

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John D.
United Kingdom United Kingdom

What a great book, takes me back to my childhoold Superb format Hope there is a mega drive one soon