Unboxing: 1986 Sega Master System

During the early part of the 1980’s, I had seen the name Sega on a few video game cartridges for the ColecoVision. Sega meant “game-maker” to me. Then the Nintendo Entertainment System was released and I begged my mother for that system as a Christmas gift. Instead, she got me the Sega Master System. I thought to myself, “They make a console too?” So, that Christmas morning I hooked it up to my television and played a motorcycle game that came with the system: Hang On. WOW! I was convinced my mother made the right decision. Graphically, it was better than anything Nintendo had out at that moment. From that moment on, I tried to spread the good news about the Sega Master System.

I present the unboxing of the 1986 Sega Master System.

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Justin M. Salvato

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Seeker of 1980s nostalgia, rummager of vintage computers and player of retro video games.When not writing posts of The Retroist, I'm converting Retroist audio podcasts to Retroist video podcasts.My own videos can be found at www.YouTube.com/JustinSalvato.
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7 thoughts on “Unboxing: 1986 Sega Master System

  1. vinvectrex says:

    Great unboxing video! I’ve always been a fan of the system and feel it is often overlooked in favor of Nintendo. Thanks for giving it some well deserved attention.

  2. Dar says:

    Really great video.

    I think that maybe if not for Nintendo’s monopolistic industry practices, this system would have done better.

  3. I still have my SMS. Plus a load of great condition Sega Magazines. Such a great system.

    I also have a Coleco and Bally Astrocade. The Coleco certainly has seen better days, but the Astrocade runs great.

  4. Great post, Justin! My friend John/Brian had the Sega Master System and he was firmly in the Sega camp, refusing to own any Nintendo products. Lots of good memories from that system. :)

  5. Dana S says:

    Got a question…What is the model number on the SEGA Master System transformer? Got a bunch from old Genesis units, but I’m not sure if those will power the SMS

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