This is far from the most successful console, but even decent games came out on it.
By reviving the North American gaming market, the Nintendo Entertainment System has effectively become a monopoly. But Sega’s daredevils decided to challenge the mighty company, armed with ports of their home console’s finest arcade games: the Sega Master System.
… but they were soon defeated. Despite its quality, the console lost out to a gray-and-black competitor, never reaching the same level of sales. But on the other hand, games have become rare, which means they are expensive. The owners of the Master System who forgot about the existence of these titles could get rich. Prices are for complete kits with box.
Montezuma’s Revenge – $95
This Solomon’s Key style puzzle is rare not only in America but around the world. The 1984 hit was developed by Utopia Software under the direction of Robert Yeager. Despite the international release for various platforms, this port was only released in North America.
That’s right: North American exclusive for a console that flopped on this continent. Needless to say, Montezuma’s Revenge is hard to find. But for Master System fans, it is invaluable.
Ghouls ‘N Ghosts – $130
It’s hard to imagine that there are so few games in this series. Ghosts’ n Goblins is one of Capcom’s most important franchises. She is 36 years old, and this year only the fifth main part, Resurrection, came out.
But that’s not all: it turns out that the Master System port features a unique leveling system that allows players to improve their performance while exploring the area. This version has never been reprinted. If you are ready to spend $ 130, we hasten to please you: from the entire top, this game is the easiest to get.
Alex Kidd In Shinobi World [синяя этикетка] – $150
All versions of this crossover platformer are considered valuable, but the American cartridge with a bright blue label is the rarest. Its copies cost about a third more than the regular red version.
Sega desperately promoted good old Mr. Kidd as a Mario counterpart. According to available information, the platformer was released in a limited edition, especially in the West. The game was released in 1990 – the year after the release of the Sega Genesis and a year before the release of Sonic the Hedgehog. Most likely, Sega recognized Alex Kidd as a relic of the past. But even if this is true, the adventures of a brave man in the world of Shinobi will interest any connoisseur of the industry.
ALF – $165
Remember Alpha? It turns out he appeared in a game that costs like two next-gen AAA titles. ALF is based on the American sitcom of the same name. This platformer was originally a side project by programmer Kevin Segetti, who was working on the Monopoly port for the Master System at the time. He was rumored to be against the release of the ALF game due to its dire condition. The result is the worst value for money on a console.
Maybe that’s why she’s so expensive. Or maybe it’s because of her unpopularity. In any case, if you find a game about Alpha in your trash, feel free to sell it. You don’t need it unless you are a passionate collector.
Phantasy Star – $170
One of the few rare retro games that is enjoyable to play. Phantasy Star is even better than some of the JRPGs of the time. Alas, she had a number of problems: the secondary market value, the battery and the release price were above average.
The demand for the game increased not only because of its rarity: it has a powerful (at that time) 4 megabit cartridge. She also launched the Phantasy Star franchise, currently known for its MMO.
Power Strike – $230
Perhaps this is the best vertical shooter on the Master System. High performance, unique power-ups and intense action are why this is one of the best-selling games on the console. Unfortunately, the American division of Sega made a strange decision: to distribute the game mainly by mail. It was also rumored to have been released in a limited edition for Toys R ‘US.
Sounds like a failed idea – it is. Power Strike is now one of the rarest games on the Master System. This means that her price is appropriate.
Golden Axe Warrior – $300
This isn’t Sega’s first attempt to cash in on The Legend of Zelda’s success, but it’s certainly the most expensive. Golden Ax Warrior turns fantasy slasher into a top-down adventure. Explore Byzantine labyrinths in an open world teeming with ferocious monsters.
The game came out in 1991 when the Master System was already dead, especially in North America. The result is low production and sales figures. At least now it is appreciated by Golden Ax and Master System fans.
Mah-Jong – $500
Don’t confuse it with another version of the classic Chinese board game on the Master System – Shanghai, which costs $ 20 per box. Mah-Jong (with an unnecessary hyphen in the title) is one of the rarest games out there. It is so rare that almost nothing is known about its release in the USA. Even high-quality images of the box cannot be found on the Internet.
It would be nice to get hold of such pictures. But at this price, it’s hardly possible.
James Buster Douglas Knockout Boxing – $1,000
The cheap Rocky mod has become a collector’s dream of the Master System. The circulation of the game in the United States can be compared to the duration of the world championship of a famous heavyweight boxer. In other words, the circulation was short.
This is the second rarest title on the console. In terms of price, it also comes in second place. But the game is surprisingly similar to another one that you can buy for $ 25 in a box. James Buster Douglas Knockout Boxing is only suitable for the heaviest collectors.
Sonic The Hedgehog – $1150
Could a Sonic game be the rarest on the Sega console? Hard to believe, but in a sense it is true.
The American division of the company did not believe in the success of the 8-bit blue hedgehog. Therefore, no changes were made to the PAL version – except that an American barcode was glued to the back of the package.
On the one hand, this means that the game is fairly common for its price. But at that time, few people treasured the boxes, and therefore only a small number of original copies survived. It turns out that one small sticker can increase the price of a game ($ 30) 40 times.