Back in the day where i lived a few of us had the nes at the time, and a few of us had a sms at the time, and we was never at each others throats as to what was better, we just would always hanging at each others house and enjoy the different games each system had to offer, same way with the atari, we played them 3 systems like there was no tomorrow and like it couldnt get any better than that!!
Wonderboy III: The Dragon's Trap (I love this game, almost as much as the Genesis sequel Wonderboy in Monster World which is by far the greatest game in the series)
Master of Darkness (truly awesome Castlevania clone...)
Impossible Mission (One of my all time favorite games, glad they re-released it on the DS but I still like to play with the genesis controller...)
Shinobi (this is the only game I need to justify owning a power base converter...)
I used to own Sonic the Hedgehog 1 and I actually felt it had aspects that made it slightly better than the Genesis game. However, the Genesis game is still better simply because it is so much smoother and faster...
All this way and not ONE mention of Penguin Land? That is easily one of the most fantastic games ever made.
The first Zillion is also great (good music!), and the port of Ys is also good.
Psycho Fox is a bizarre Sonic/SMB game, with a lot of weirdness (punching holes in the sky, etc.).
And of course there's Alex Kidd in Shinobi World, a wonderful send-up of both Shinobi and Alex Kidd.
So all in all, the sega master system, is a great console and is definetly worth owning and still collecting for!!
The Master system, precisely because it had less games than the Genesis, has better overall game quality than the Genesis. Games like Phantasy Star 1, Outrun and Alex Kidd totally revolutionized their respective genres back in the day. Final Fantasy on the NES was only released in the US in 1990 while Phantasy Star in 1988, and theres no decent racing game on the NES either. So while the MS did not have Zelda, it was worth the money.
The controllers are screwy though and the whole card to cartridge thing is confusing.
I preferred NES but this system at least had something going,unlike that 7800
Choplifter was incredible on the sms!!! I love getting out that old game! one of the best on the sms , along with many other mentioned above, the alex kidd series, wonderboy, and countless others, it was and still is a great system.