The SG-1000, acronym for Sega Game 1000, also known as Sega 1000 in New Zealand, is a home video game console developed released by Sega in Japan in July 15, 1983, the same day the Nintendo Famicom came out. It is Sega's first-ever console they released, which also served as a base console for the Sega Mark III, later called Master System.
Why It Rocks
- It has a decent library of 80 games, considering it's the first console of a brand. And since there aren't many licensed SG-1000 games ever published, there aren't practically any bad games on this console.
- Many games have visually appealing graphics with awesome-looking colors and fonts, due to almost every licensed game being made by only a few developers.
- Some games are stored in Sega Cards (or MyCards in Japan) to reduce production costs (With the downside of having less storage than cartridges). However, to play Sega Card games on a SG-1000, you need to buy an add-on called the Card Catcher, which luckily only costed ¥1,000 (equivalent to about US$9,70).
- Sega also ported their arcade games like Monaco GP to that console, allowing players to play them at home. The gameplay and graphics are still impressive despite being dithered down due to the console's hardware.
- There are many exclusive games for it too, rightly defeating the claims that the SG-1000 was a pointless console due all because of the rise of the NES.
- Its launch price was ¥15,000, which is about US$140, making it cheaper than the NES which costed US$180.
- The console would also get released in other regions before the NES, however not in many of them.
- Sega also shoved it into a computer called the SC-3000 (Sega Computer 3000), and it outsold the original SG-1000 model.
- You could literally upgrade an SG-1000 to an SC-3000 by plugging a Sega Keyboard (SK-1100) to it. While it's a cheaper option than buying the SC-3000, it's incompatible with some softwares.
- The famous "SEEEEGAAAAAAA!!!" choir in the commercials, which would later appear in the classic Sonic trilogy.
- The console flopped due to the rise of the NES which had even better hardware and sounds, causing the SG-1000 to get overshadowed by it. This also furthered the reduction of third-party support for the console. Because of that, Sega ditched the console for the Sega Mark III, which has a much better hardware that surpasses the NES's graphical capabilities.
- The pause button is located on the console, which is inconvenient as you need to move into the console to press it instead of just doing it on the controller.
- Early models of the SG-1000 were dubbed "Black stripe" or "German model" (shown above), as they are recognizable with a black stripe under red and yellow stripes.