History Behind Master System Purchase
What lies below is a listing of my Master System collection along with some history behind the system's purchase. One thing to keep in mind is that these are all the games I currently own. I've actually had other games throughout the years. But I got rid of some of them for whatever reason. Please also note that all of the games listed below are actual cartridges. I am neither into getting emulators for the classics nor am I into pirating the latest games.
Double Dragon was one of my favorite series back in the 8-bit days. It's just hard for me to single it out amongst all the other great series. Interestingly, Double Dragon on the Master System features a two-player simultaneous mode that the NES version didn't have. This feature really makes the game standout as one of the best Master System games.
Usually, forward-scrolling racing games become forgotten with each passing generation. After all, 3D games keep getting better and better, right? Who wants to play something that pales graphically? Nevertheless, I found Out Run to be a great port of the arcade game and one of the most fun games on the Master System. Sometimes simple is better.
Space Harrier is one of the more popular Sega games of all time. It still ranks as one of the most unique gaming styles around. Moreover, the port of the game proved to be a good one. Space Harrier always has been a challenging game. There's no doubt about that. But the unique style and gameplay always have made it fun, too. Try one of the versions if you can.
One thing the Master System was known for is good ports of Sega's arcade games. After Burner is another game that falls into this category. Despite the fact that home systems paled in comparison to arcades back in this era, conversions to the Master System seemed to go well. After Burner is another forward-scrolling, quasi-3D game that looked good and played even better.
Another thing the Master System might be known for is clone games. Golden Axe Warrior tried to emulate Zelda. Alex Kidd tried to be the next Mario. And Columns tries to take Tetris to the next level. While there never will be another Tetris, this was an enjoyable puzzle game alternative back in the day. Plus, the two-player mode was a lot of fun.