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History of video games/Platforms/SG-1000

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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]