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History[edit | edit source]

Background[edit | edit source]

The former Sega of Japan Headquarters building in the Ōta ward of Tokyo, Japan.

Sega has its origins in Standard Games, a Honolulu, Hawaii based American amusement company founded in 1940.[1][2] Sega, a shortened version of Service Games, would form into a Japanese amusement company in a roundabout way as American legislation banned coin operated gambling games in their primary markets.[3] [2][4]

Launch[edit | edit source]

SG-1000 Logotype.

The SG-1000 was launched on July 15, 1983 in Japan on the same day as the Nintendo Famicom launch.[5]

The improved Mark III was launched in October of 1985.[6]

The SG-3000 model added a keyboard, and proved to be more popular in Japan then the original SG-1000.[7]

By 1985 the SG-1000 sold about two million units.[8] The SG-1000 was followed by the Sega Master System.

The Dina game console was also related to the SG-1000.

Technology[edit | edit source]

The cartridges used by the SG-1000 and the SC-3000.

The SG-1000 CPU uses a 8 bit Zilog Z80A clocked at 3.58 megahertz.[9]

The SG-1000 uses a Texas Instruments TMS9928A for graphics processing, and a Texas Instruments SN76489 for sound processing.[9]

Notable Games[edit | edit source]

1984[edit | edit source]

Girl's Garden[edit | edit source]

Released in either 1984 or 1985.

Read more about Girl's Garden on Wikipedia.

Gallery[edit | edit source]

SG-1000[edit | edit source]

SG-1000 II[edit | edit source]

SG-1000 III[edit | edit source]

SC-3000[edit | edit source]

Telegames Personal Arcade[edit | edit source]

References[edit | edit source]

  1. "Your Turn: A brief history of Sega". The Sydney Morning Herald. 8 August 2013. Retrieved 20 December 2020.
  2. a b "Meet The Four Americans Who Built Sega". Kotaku. Retrieved 20 December 2020.
  3. "Service Games, Hawaii". Sega Retro. 5 November 2020. Retrieved 20 December 2020.
  4. "Sega History - Zippia". www.zippia.com. 18 December 2020. Retrieved 20 December 2020.
  5. McGuire, Keegan (23 October 2020). "The untold truth of Sega's first console". Looper.com. Retrieved 26 October 2020.
  6. "HISTORY SEGA 60th Anniversary". SEGA 60th Anniversary site. Retrieved 18 November 2020.
  7. "The Story of Sega's First Console, Which Was Not The Master System" (in en-us). Kotaku. https://kotaku.com/the-story-of-segas-first-console-which-was-not-the-mas-5888800. Retrieved 27 October 2020. 
  8. "Feature: A Look Back At the SG-1000, Sega's First Ever Home Console". Nintendo Life. 25 June 2018. https://www.nintendolife.com/news/2018/06/feature_a_look_back_at_the_sg-1000_segas_first_ever_home_console. Retrieved 26 October 2020. 
  9. a b "Playing the SG-1000, Sega's First Game Machine" (in en-us). Wired. https://www.wired.com/2009/10/sega-sg-1000/. Retrieved 26 October 2020.