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Master System Reviews

Ys The Vanished Omens

Ys The Vanished Omens

The only Ys released on the Master System was a port of the first game, and while it lacks the advanced features of its CD-ROM cousin, it offers an excellent rendition of the classic action/RPG. Adol’s first adventure is one anyone with Sega’s 8-bit machine should play, and it still holds up, even with its somewhat clunky combat.

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Kenseiden

Kenseiden

The Master System saw its fair share of sword-slinging action, and one game that many have overlooked is Kenseiden. Though not perfect (and quite challenging), the game is worth spending some time with. Great visuals and a variety of levels are sometimes overshadowed by the stiff gameplay, but there’s fun to be had.

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Disney’s Aladdin (Master System)

Disney’s Aladdin (Master System)

Most gamers think of the Genesis or SNES versions when talking about Disney’s Aladdin. There was also a Master System release that actually followed the movie’s plot more closely than its 16-bit siblings. It was a fun game that was a bit too easy but played and looked great. Fans should consider a return to Agrabah for one more romp with Prince Ali.

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Golden Axe Warrior

Golden Axe Warrior

Sega gave Master System owners a Zelda-style game set in the Golden Axe universe, and though it’s far from original, it’s a an excellent homage to Nintendo’s 8-bit classic. A large world, good story, and lots of secrets make this often overlooked title one worthy of addition to any Master System library.

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Poseidon Wars 3-D

Poseidon Wars 3-D

The Master System received what could be described as a reimagining or even a spiritual successor to Sega’s 1982 groundbreaking arcade hit Subroc 3D. Nowhere near as intense or impressive, it’s not a bad effort. It just seems awfully calm for a war game, and its 3D effect isn’t very impressive.

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