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The Sega Master System was an 8-bit console developed by Sega and released in 1985 in Japan, 1986 in North America and 1987 in Europe. Sega wanted to update its SG-1000 line with a new release. The SG-1000 MK-III was released, which enjoyed an increased ram pool. The system had many games produced for it, and when it was successful enough, Sega decided to bring it to North America as the Sega Master System. Unfortunately, it's sales were nowhere near what was expected, and the system ultimately bombed in the U.S. Despite it's rough life, it did get Sega into the North American and European markets, getting them ready for their next release, the Mega Drive(Genesis). On the technical side, the main CPU is a Zilog 80 at 3.5 MHz, a TI TMS9918 VDP, a a TI SN76489 sound processor, and 8KB of ram.