About a month ago, I was checking out the latest episode of Classic Gaming Quarterly on YouTube, which featured the launch of the SEGA Master System. Check it out yourself here:

Feeling inspired by this, I decided to follow up my previous desktop wallpapers based on SimCity for the Super Nintendo Entertainment System and the Super Mario Bros./Duck Hunt select screen that so many owners of the original NES were familiar with by creating a tribute to the SEGA Master System:


You’ll want to click to enlarge it, but from there, you ought to be able to save the full resolution of 1920×1080 for your own use. If you decide to share it, please link back here or at least give credit for it — given the time put into it (erasing the grid lines from all that original box art so it doesn’t clash with the main grid was more time consuming than I thought it would be), I really don’t think that’s too much to ask, right?

Incidentally, I do have the file with everything separated, so if someone wanted me to tweak the size/proportions a bit, I’m open to such requests.

I’ll admit that I don’t have too much of a personal history with the SMS, though I do hope that will change someday. That doesn’t mean I don’t have any, though! So the choices of games included on here aren’t just the launch titles CGQ talked about, but a mix of the iconic, the infamous, and a few personal preferences for good measure.


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