Basketball Nightmare is a great example of a good idea with poor execution. It’s not a bad game, but it wastes so much potential that you’re left wanting more. The result is a mediocre basketball game that wears out its welcome pretty quickly.
Irem’s brawling hit came home to the Master System without much of a downgrade, and it even supported the console’s neat FM sound feature. An addition well worth tracking down and adding to any library, Vigilante remains a great example of how Sega’s 8-bit machine could deliver arcade hits.
A late platform release for the Master System, Psycho Fox takes a bunch of good ideas and fumbles about with them, never quite knowing what to do. The game is fun and has some interesting dynamics, but it leaves players with the impression that it could have been so much more.
Sega’s arcade hack-‘n-slash coin-op spawned a franchise that has lasted for decades and became an instant classic. Released amid a flurry of Double Dragon clones, its fantasy setting and awesome magic effects gave it a strong identity that caused brought in tons of quarters. This is the one that started it all.
Wooo! Michael Jackson dances his way onto the Master System! While not as potent as its Genesis sibling in presentation, the 8-bit version of Moonwalker is still a good game that captures the essence of the musical legend. If you’re looking for a new game for your Master System and have some cash to spare, this one is worth adding to your library.