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Top 25 Master System Games

Posted: Tue Oct 21, 2014 9:42 am
by Darran@Retro Gamer
It's not fair that the NES gets all the love, so tell us your five favourite Master System games
mine are
Wonder Boy III: The Dragon's Trap
Operation Wolf
California Games
PowerStrike 2
Shinobi

Re: Top 25 Master System Games

Posted: Tue Oct 21, 2014 10:05 am
by TwoHeadedBoy
Yes!

01-The Ninja - Over the many years of playing this, I can get 100% bonuses on the first three levels... After that it gets a bit mad looking for scrolls and all that, but it's still great.

02-Alex Kidd in Miracle World - So much variety in this one, a "classic" that actually deserves the title.

03-Alien3 - I like this version better than any other version. Think it's mostly for the bloody explosions when you kill the aliens in it.

04-Wonder Boy in Monster Land - More straightforward than Dragon's Trap, so better for quick plays (which is all I can do these days, so ideal)

05-Air Rescue - Someone in school brought this in and gave it to me one day, because he'd just got a PlayStation so didn't need his Master System games anymore. I'm glad he did, would probably've never heard of this one otherwise.

Re: Top 25 Master System Games

Posted: Tue Oct 21, 2014 10:12 am
by RetroBob
Damn straight!

Castle of Illusion Starring Mickey Mouse
Sonic The Hedgehog
The Terminator
The Ninja
Lucky Dime Caper Starring Donald Duck

Re: Top 25 Master System Games

Posted: Tue Oct 21, 2014 10:32 am
by JamesC
Wonder Boys 1,2 and 3
Psycho Fox
Penguin Land

Special mention to Ghouls and Ghosts. Great conversion!

Re: Top 25 Master System Games

Posted: Tue Oct 21, 2014 10:50 am
by koopa42
Wonderboy 3 The Dragon's Trap all day long. One of the best games ever let alone on the crasster system. I couldn't pick any other TBH

Re: Top 25 Master System Games

Posted: Tue Oct 21, 2014 12:13 pm
by pantal00ns
My first owned console, so probably the most nostalgic.

Like the cards as an alternative to the standard carts, if not all the games on them.

My 5 in no particular order

Ghost House
Astro Warrior
Wonderboy in Monster Land (only narrowly pips the others)
Shinobi
Alex Kidd in the Miracle world

Re: Top 25 Master System Games

Posted: Tue Oct 21, 2014 12:19 pm
by Son_of_Shinobi
My faves :

Psycho Fox
Wonderboy III The Dragons Trap
Penguin Land
Shinobi
Dr Robotnics Mean Bean Machine
Alex Kidd in Shinobi World
New Zealand Story
Rainbow Islands

Re: Top 25 Master System Games

Posted: Tue Oct 21, 2014 12:54 pm
by Hiro
Outrun Europa (good racer, even if not as good as the C64 or Amiga versions)
Wonderboy - The Dragon's Trap (a great mix of platforming and simple rpg)
Space Harrier (good conversion, considering the hardware gap with the arcade)
Sonic the Hedgehog (way better than the Megadrive game, slower, more "tactical")
Ninja Gaiden (wonderful graphics and awesome sense of speed)

Re: Top 25 Master System Games

Posted: Tue Oct 21, 2014 2:53 pm
by Black Ridge
1 - Moonwalker - Even if it does sound like a polyphonic ringtone, it still plays great

2 - Castle of Illusion - Different from its Mega Drive counterpart but still full of charm. Might even say I enjoy this version more

3 - Master of Darkness - A great alternative to Castlevania but not quite as cool

4 - Fantasy Zone - Love the colourful and cute setting.

5 - Teddy Boy - Very much my go to game on MS. Gets frantic in later levels and is great fun

The MS is all very new to me as I purchased one a few years ago. Had plenty of fun and found some real gems for the system.

Have to mention Sonic. I prefer the first MS game over the MD games. Probably because it feels more like a Platformer and plays at a slower pace. Less holding 'Right' and hoping for the best

Re: Top 25 Master System Games

Posted: Tue Oct 21, 2014 3:34 pm
by The Laird
Great little system, deserves more love. Here are my top 5:

1. Choplifter - Easily the best version of the classic game with its great graphics and more varied levels.
2. Bubble Bobble - Excellent conversion of the coin-op, the best on any 8-bit system.
3. Columns - One of the few SMS games that is better than the MD version, very addictive indeed.
4. Master Of Darkness - Brilliant clone of Castlevania that has some terrific visuals.
5. Fantasy Zone - Excellent conversion of the coin-op with bags and bags of fun gameplay.

Re: Top 25 Master System Games

Posted: Tue Oct 21, 2014 4:05 pm
by gman72
Space Harrier was class on the Master System... and you can quote me on that.

Re: Top 25 Master System Games

Posted: Tue Oct 21, 2014 5:27 pm
by sidney
It seems to me that history has been re written in certain quarters regarding the dear old Master System, in Europe and obviously Brazil the Master System was king and sold well and had many many fans, just because it didn't fly so well in the States does not an unsuccessful system make. I am not biased in any way as I loved my NES too but here in Britain particularly the Master System was much more popular. Retro Gamer seems to allude that the NES trounced the Master System everywhere, and that is was some kind of a minority system, that is not my recollection growing up in the late 80's and early 90's! Rant over- My top 5 in no particular order-

Thunderblade
Out Run
Wonderboy
Afterburner
Leaderboard

Re: Top 25 Master System Games

Posted: Tue Oct 21, 2014 5:32 pm
by crusto
I was going to start a thread on this after seeing the NES thread.

I loved, in no particular order.

Rocky
Phantasy Star
Y's
Golvellius
Wonderboy 3
Zillion
Impossible Mission
Gauntlet
California Games
Golden Axe
R-Type
Black Belt
Kung Fu Kid
Paperboy
Space Harrier

My top 5? (Difficult!)

Y's
Phantasy Star
California Games
R-Type
Gauntlet

Re: Top 25 Master System Games

Posted: Tue Oct 21, 2014 5:35 pm
by crusto
sidney wrote:It seems to me that history has been re written in certain quarters regarding the dear old Master System, in Europe and obviously Brazil the Master System was king and sold well and had many many fans, just because it didn't fly so well in the States does not an unsuccessful system make. I am not biased in any way as I loved my NES too but here in Britain particularly the Master System was much more popular. Retro Gamer seems to allude that the NES trounced the Master System everywhere and that it was a minority system, that is not my recollection! Rant over- My top 5 in no particular order-

Thunderblade
Out Run
Wonderboy
Afterburner
Leaderboard
Indeed, it was a far better and more capable system than the NES. The overall quality of the games is far higher. The NES was decent but the SMS rules!

Re: Top 25 Master System Games

Posted: Tue Oct 21, 2014 5:45 pm
by RodimusPrime
1, Double Dragon. just because I spent so many hours completing it with my cousin on his MS.

2. Enduro racer.

3. Shinobi

4. Thunderblade

5. ariel assault.


all purely down to fond memories.