UK publisher Bitmap Books has confirmed that its next "Visual Compendium" will switch focus to Nintendo's rival, Sega.
Bitmap's last two compendiums focused on the NES and SNES, and showcased loads of lovely screenshots, artwork, features and exclusive interviews. The next book will highlight the talents of the Master System, Sega's 8-bit rival to the NES.
As before, Bitmap will be launching a Kickstarter campaign to fund production of the book. It begins on Monday, 7th May at 7am BST.
After covering such internationally successful consoles as the NES and SNES, it will be interesting to see what Bitmap can pull out of the bag for the Master System, which has to rank as one of the most underrated platforms of recent memory.
A failure in Japan and North America, the Master System was top dog in Europe and Brazil, boasting many amazing exclusives such as Psycho Fox, Wonder Boy III: The Dragon's Trap, Fantasy Zone II, Phantasy Star and many more besides.
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Yes! I love the Master System! Genesis/ Megadrive next please!
I’ve really enjoyed their other books, and their last edition (SNES) was splendid as usual. I grew up in the US where the NES ruled, so I never got to play much Master System, but for those who did and who cherish those memories, this book is for you & will not disappoint.
Very excited about this news. Master System was my first console as a kid so I have a lot of fond memories of the system. Very sentimental towards this one!
My first console was a Master System II, with Sonic the Hedgehog built in. Used to play it over and over and in the back of the instruction manual wrote my score. Then tried to beat it next time I played it. Those were the days.
This is probably more for Europe. Cause no one gave a flying F about this system in the US. Lol. The NES was the system there no doubt.
This was my first games console, and many of the games are still genuinely appealing visually (more so that most NES games because of that system's very limited colour palette), so this is a great little choice for this this kind of compendium to me personally.
My only memories of the Master System are those grid-line corporate box arts, and the 8-bit version of Sonic.
Ah sweet nostalgia. I too cut my gaming teeth on Sega's wee Master System. The first console I ever was given as my own. Oh how I love you 😍
Finally some Sega books from Bitmap - hoping for Mega Drive / Saturn and Dreamcast to follow.
I would love to see a genesis/megadrive book, never owned a sega master system. I am happy for all the people excited for this book!😁
This was my first proper console, albeit the later tiny version, MasterSystem II.
So many great games despite the system's relatively low sales.
Sterling sound and color quality on this guy compared to the NES as well. :9
I'll be backing this after the last two Nintendo ones, but I can't see this being anywhere near as popular.
Sam kinda gave it away when he was asking about on social media if anyone had any experience with Master System 3D glasses. Looking forward to this one and of course the blast processed follow up.
@Jack_Goetz On the contrary, this one will explode in Brazil! Hope Sam can print enough copies! xD
@Jack_Goetz What Shiryu said in addition to Europe. As an American I am looking forward to this as well. I had minor contact with the Sega System as a kid but I've grown to really appreciate it these later years (I'm 40). I also have a huge appetite for video game history that I'll read about systems I've never owned or played such as MSX or ZX Spectrum. I think there is a good audience for this. Plus Bitmap makes quality books!
I’m looking forward to this. The Master System was my first console, after my father purchased it from a relative of mine.
Master System was one of my first consoles in the mid-late 80's. Playing the first Phantasy Star is still one of my most precious gaming memories. I still have my original console, but I might consider getting this.
Soooo pleased about this. I saw somewhere recently that they'd be announcing their new book soon, and I was secretly hoping it would be the Master System, but was guessing it wouldn't be as it hardly gets any retro attention, due to its lack of success in the US I guess.
Growing up I had a ZX Spectrum, then a Master System, then an Amiga. Now I'll have Bitmap Books for all three!
(The other books I have are gorgeous, also have the SNES one which I just got, as I used to play on my friends' SNESs all the time...)
All over this when it hits shops, but not into Kickstarter.
I’m in the US and had an NES, but my older brother and I loved Sega games like Shinobi and After Burner in the arcade. He bought a Master System, and I have fond memories of it. I had no idea it was so big in Europe. IMO this was Sega’s best system. If they do a book like this for TG-16/PC Engine I’ll be all over that. Not going to hold my breath though.
Master System! Yes! How do I get this book!?
This is very cool. I’ll definitely be supporting this. I’m a rare US Master System fan and it was my first system. My parents wanted me to get a NES but I wanted to be different. So many great games. Phantasy Star, Shinobi, Ys, Alex Kidd, R Type. There were also a lot of European and Brazil exclusives that I never had a chance to play. Hopefully this book will include every game.
Interesting! I might see how much they want for this nearer the time.
One thing strikes me as a little odd... The choice of Wanted, over Wonder Boy, for the letter 'W' on the cover. There were four Wonder Boy games on the Master System and they were among the best reviewed and remain among the most popular games on the system.
This was my first console, many hours were lost on this. Master system 2, with Alex kid on little world built in. This book has already got me looking on eBay for an old unit.
Loved the previous two books and while I'd like the Nintendo theme to keep running I'm pretty happy with this.
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