I have finally taken the plunge after years of debating and now starting to collect. Massive regret I have is throwing out my console collection many years ago. Hidsight!
I picked the Master System as it holds fond memories for me growing up with the console. Up until getting a Master System I owned a ZX Spectrum and boy what a massive leap in the game quality. I am hoping to start by replicating my original collection of games. I have just purchased a Master System 1 (should arive soon woo hoo) and a couple of games. I have a raspberry pi with all the emulators etc but nothing compares to the real thing.
I will no doubt have many questions and look forward to participating in discusions. Couple of questions fo rnow.
Where is the best place in the UK to get games and accessories?
Is there a device that allows the light gun to work with a modern TV?
Welcome to the forum - you've made an excellent choice! The Master System is a great console to collect for... loads of great games and most can be found for a few pounds.
It goes without saying, but ebay is the best place to pick up stuff, though there are plenty of charlatans on there with their rip off BIN prices. As I said, most games are worth £3-£10, boxed with instructions. My two biggest pieces of advice are, take your time, and look at sold prices of auctions and BINs, it should give you an idea of current market value. Most of all... have fun (auctions are fun, BINs are dull).
You could also find bulk lots on Gumtree or Facebook groups (not that I am on there anymore) but these are often stupidly overpriced because someone heard that Stadium Events on the NES is work tens of thousands. Excuse the cynicism, but I've been doing this for over 15 years :-).
There are retro shops dotted around but - most are a bit overly priced for the quality of the stock. Did you make it to Play Glasgow? They have a decent set of traders but again, bargains are hard to come by and it's easy to get swept up in the awesomeness of so many games! There is Play Blackpool coming up in a few weeks a bit further south (or a lot further south if you are in the north of Scotland!). Replay Events have had events there for a few years and they are great, especially the arcades and again, a good lot of traders. Blackpool is a blinking shithole though but you've no reason to venture out.
Regarding forum etiquette take a look around as you may find existing threads with useful info in and if not start a new one! It's amazing in 2018 that we are still finding new things to learn about the SMS.
All men dream, but not equally. Those who dream by night in the dusty recesses of their minds, wake in the day to find that it was vanity: but the dreamers of the day are dangerous men, for they may act on their dreams with open eyes, to make them possible.
Weird! Yeah the SMS1 as a unit is better as you can have RGB without needing a mod. If you are connecting to a TV that has a scart cable then an RGB scart cable is a must. I can recommend RetroGamingCables, this one will do the trick.
Indeed the picture quality is pretty naff on SMS2, the games are playable but for things like R-Type are pretty hard to play. I have contacted the company that sold it, im happy to keep the SMS2 and pay the correct price for it so just need to wait and see. Failing that i'll be returning it as i paid more for a SMS1 that the SMS2 costs. Got it from CEX who are known to send the wrong items and also have poor customer service, 24 hours on and still no response (nor can you telephone them!). I could take it back to the store as have one locally and get a refund then order another SMS1 (which I think I will do if no reply by tomorrow). On the plus side one of the games i bought which was £3 Cyber Shinobi (my god that game is awful lol) came in fantastic condition and even had the sega catalog.
Need to read up on cleaning tips, had to huff and puff a bit to get games working, often keeps defaulting to the in built Alex Kidd game.
Still had great fun playing some games and was a amazwd that I still knew all the moves and waves in Double Dragon.
I think my wife is ready for divorce if she has to sit though any more youtube videos, been watching a lot of Metaljesusrocks and John Hancock
Great point - it's worth cleaning your contacts before using games. Personally I use surgical spirit to clean up boxes and contacts.
Contacts Take a cotton bud, dip in surgical spirit, dab it on a bit of kitchen towel (so it's not soaked) and then rub on the contacts. You can give it quite a bit of pressure but you probably won't need to. You'll see black residue, keep repeating it until this has gone. Some are worse than others of course!
Boxes Fold up a piece of kitchen towel and so you have a square of about 5cm wide. Put that over the top of the surgical spirit bottle, tip it upside down briefly so that it soaks up a bit. You'll see that it cleans up the plastic boxes really nicely. You could also wipe the cart itself. Be careful though not to get surgical spirit under on to the paper insert as it can smudge the ink. I've never tried getting it on the cart label either.
Greetings from Manchester, I bought an sms about 4 1/2 years ago having never owned one before.
There isn't just one sure fire way of finding a bargain, I have noticed that sometimes cex stores have good stuff, sometumes indie stores have some cool stuff, sometimes ebay, sometimes shows. The key is to know what you want, how much you want to pay and being prepared to make a move on it when you see it.
As long as you research the value of the games you want and have fun, thats all that matters
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Got the first one from CEX, they sent the wrong one though and took a chance and bought one from ebay. Received it the next day and although it was just the console, controller and scart / power wires the console itself is in awesome condition. Power light is nice and bright and works fab. Only issue i noticed is the pause button doesnt seem to do anything (at least when i tried it with one gam) and the reset button is touch and go. But all in very happy. Building up the games collection just now and targeting the games I originally had and those I always wanted.
Today I have been researching the action replay, yikes they are selling for crazy money (bit beyond my budget for now). Was playing R-Type and New Zealand Story last night and have to say I almost threw the controller at the screen a few times , those games are solid hard (and i have completed R-Type before on the PS4)!
Hoping to hit the markets soon and the famous Glasgow Barras at some point.
Some real gems on the system that I have never played before. Played Fantasy Zone yesterday and was hooked, first time I have played the game and its just so much fun. Purchased a rapid fire unit after last nights fun.
I wont buy anything just for the sake of buying it as I want to enjoy everything I collect.