In 1990 Sega regained the U.S. rights to the Master System which they had sold early in the console's life to toy manufacturer Tonka. In an attempt to improve sales a smaller version of the Master System was launched. To cut production costs Sega removed the card slot which meant users could not play Sega Card games or use the 3D glasses. Also removed was the A/V output and the reset button, along with the Expansion port.
Despite the Master System II now being marketed by Sega, it was too late for the machine in America and the public simply weren't interested. As a result of poor sales, Sega decided to withdraw the Master System II from the American market in 1992. Support for the console continued in Europe until 1996, where it was eventually dropped to allow Sega to concentrate on the Mega Drive's successor, the Saturn.
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the Power Supply was big and the RF out cables where long
Friday 31st August 2007
Alex Kidd was only built-in on early models of the U.S. and European Master System 2, it was later replaced by Sonic The Hedgehog. As the Master System 2 was never released in Japan there is no built-in Japanese version. All cartridge versions regardless of country have the rice ball, all built-in versions have the hamburger. The most likely reason for the hamburger in the built-in version is that this version was never intended to be released in Japan and was therefore "westernised".
Monday 9th July 2007
Master System II
END OF PRODUCTION
1992 (U.S.A.) 1996 (Europe)
BUILT IN SOFTWARE / GAMES
Alex Kidd In Miracle World (early models) Sonic The Hedgehog (late models)