According to the latest information, there are currently more than 880 different gaming consoles in the world. However, only certain consoles have managed to reach incredible popularity and remain deeply etched in history. There is no doubt that the list includes Xbox, Sony PlayStation, Nintendo, but, for a huge number of people, SEGA consoles marked childhood and growing up.
If you were born in the 1980s or 1990s, there is simply no chance that you have not experienced playing SEGA games at least once. One of the best consoles of all time is the legendary SEGA Genesis. But, the predecessor and great contributor to the glory of SEGA Genesis is the SEGA Master System (SMS). This console was released in 1986 in North America. An absolutely amazing fact is that SMS is still produced in Brazil today by Tectoy. This means that if you own this legendary gaming console or buy it from Brazil now, you can play some of the best SEGA master system games in 2023.
With great admire for SMS, we decided to present to you the top 7 best SMS games you can play today. So, if you’re ready, let’s get started.
7. The Lucky Dime Caper Starring Donald Duck
When you put a cartoon character in a video game, there is no chance of making a mistake. SEGA Master System has done this several times and each time they have made a winning combination. In this SEGA adventure, Donald Duck is the main character. However, besides him, there are other legendary Disney characters like his three nephews, Huey, Dewey, and Louie, but also Uncle Scrooge, etc.
Unfortunately, the three nephews are captured by Magic De Spell, while his uncle’s lucky dime was stolen. Magica De Spell is a witch who is Donald Duck‘s main enemy here. Fortunately, in his adventure, Donald Duck will have the help of various weapons. The goal is to collect as many stars as possible so that you can progress and become invincible.
Another fantastic SEGA Master System game is Asterix. Although, perhaps the name should be Asterix & Obelix because it is possible to choose between two legendary characters. It’s just impossible that you don’t like this game. First of all, you have both Asterix and Obelix available. Secondly, the graphics, colors and the story itself are just amazing. We know, it is not possible to compare it with modern titles of gaming industry, but in its SEGA category, Asterix is one of the best.
When it comes to the storyline, the aforementioned brave Gallic heroes embark on a journey to Rome to save their esteemed druid Getafix. Also, Dogmatix joins them in the adventure. On their journey, they will face some of the most dangerous enemies. But with the help of magic potion, there will be no problem to rescue the druid.
5. Castle of Illusion Starring Mickey Mouse
As we mentioned earlier, inserting Disney characters is a great thing when it comes to video games. Simply put, games and Disney cartoons are a part of almost every childhood. Undoubtedly one of the most beloved characters is Mickey Mouse who tries to save the Minnie Mouse in the adventure Castle of Illusion. On his way to Castle of Illusion, Mickey will have the help of other iconic Disney characters, including Goofy.
The story is very interesting, it includes as many as 14 different levels during which the goal is to beat the level boss and collect gems. The final battle takes place against Mizrabel, the evil witch who kidnapped Minnie. Finally, we must mention that this video game was originally released in 1991, however, there is remake from 2013.
4. Sonic Chaos
Well, is it possible not to mention Sonic when making the best SEGA games list? Of course it isn’t because Sonic is one of SEGA’s favorite heroes. After all, Sonic the Hedgehog is a franchise owned by SEGA. Thus, it is not possible to separate the fast and blue anthropomorphic hedgehog and the famous Japanese developer.
It’s a known fact that Chaos is a sequel to Sonic the Hedgehog 2 (which we’ll talk about a bit later), however, that doesn’t mean this sequel hasn’t brought anything innovative. The ‘Super Peel Out’ move was first introduced in Sonic Chaos. Also, an important mention is Hover Shoes, an item that allows our hero to fly. Therefore, Sonic Chaos deserves a high place on our list.
3. Golden Axe Warrior
If you are looking for a great RPG title for the SEGA Master System, then the Golden Ax Warrior is the right thing for you. A well-known fact is that the Golden Ax series is also owned by SEGA. However, Warrior is actually a spin-off that has brought great fame to this series.
Released in 1991, Warrior brings real excitement while you exploring the mazes, collecting crystals and fighting monsters, solving puzzles, and finally, during final battle against Death Adder. However, you have to find the Golden Ax before final battle.
2. Sonic The Hedgehog 2
Sonic, again! Of course, Sonic is a fun, fast, and very dynamic SMS game. Since we have already said a lot of facts about Sonic, we have a few more to add for this particular title. We mentioned that it is the predecessor of Sonic Chaos. Also, it is important to note that this is one of the most loved and best-selling games from the entire franchise.
As for gameplay, we have to say that there are some new ways of moving, for example floating in bubbles, or gliding. The goal is to collect as many gems as possible, and defeat all the bosses.
1. Psycho Fox
The last, but not the least important SMS game on our list is Psycho Fox. If we were to describe this game as briefly as possible, then we would say that this is an unrealistically good combination of Sonic, Super Mario and Yoshi’s Island.
The main character is Psycho Fox, chosen to defeat the main enemy called Madfox Daimyojin who has taken over the fox sanctuary. Psycho Fox will meet different creatures on its way, but it will have the help of a magical Shinto stick used for transformation into other animals (hippo, monkey and tiger). All in all, Psycho Fox brings great entertainment so it’s at the top of our list.