by Dark Watcher
Sega's SG-1000 (Sega Game 1000) (a.k.a Mark I) was the company's first attempt at home consoles. It was initially test marketed in
1981 and finally released to Japanese consumers in July of 1983. It was a pretty advanced system for its time and featured impressive
technical specifications. The system would be sold in Japan until 1985 and was released in various markets throughout European
In 1984, Sega released an updated version of the console called the SG-1000 Mark II. This remodeled version used gamepads instead of the original joysticks and had mounts to store them on each side. It also featured a slot which allowed a keyboard attachment called SK-1100 and was compatible with software from the Sega SC-3000 computer. Sega also sold an optional adaptor called Card Catcher. This adaptor would allow the SG-1000 to play Sega "Game Card" software.
The SG-1000 reached minor success, but eventually could not compete against the Nintendo Famicom (NES). Sega abandoned the SG-1000 in
order to make a console that could compete against the NES, but the SG-1000 game library lived on with Sega's
Mark III / Master System thanks to backwards compatibility. The "Game Card" function would also become a built in feature. Too bad people outside of
Japan didn't know that the Sega Master System could play SG-1000 games.
FACT: Othello Multivision is another clone of the SG-1000. Released by Tsukuda Original in 1983. It was sold for 19,800 Yen only in Japan and featured a built in Othello game. Tsukuda Original also released 8 games for the Othello Multivision which of course are all compatible with SG-1000.