Hi all I work for a arcade machine building company in the Uk, and came across several very, very old arcade cabinets in a disused area of our warehouse. Long since abandoned and covered in dust and dirt they clearly have Master Systems inside them (coin-op versions), and the large Master System joystick on the outside. I'm new to the company and was just wondering what the history of these might be? Years ago when Sega was at the height of its power this was the company was the one who built the European arcade cabinets for Sega, so I was wondering if anyone knows anything about this Arcade version of the Sega Master system? It was quite a shock to discover them, and sad to see the abandoned state of them. Again it's possible they are some kind of prototype version.
Well they are currently in a corner of the warehouse that is unused. I had never actually been up there before as that area is not in use. but in the corner I saw (I think) 3 arcade units, which are very dirty. They have the Sega Master joy stick (the one with the big knob), though one is snapped off. They are plain white, with Sega written in blue. As there are 3 I'm assuming they are some kind of Prototype Sega must of ordered decades ago and were abandoned. I remember some kind of NES 10 game arcade version many years ago, and was wondering if this was the planned Sega equivalent? There is even several Sega Master System boxes pilled up in another area. I'll try and take some pictures when i go up there next. I was just wondering what their history might be as you guys are Master system fans. Sadly Sega isn't what it was in the 80's and early 90's, while most of the men there are either semi retired so too old to of played home consoles, or very young men so far to young to understand what a Sega Master System was.
I'm not sure if they are coin operated, I'd just call them arcade units.
sorry for posting pictures, but they are similar to that but Master System versions., white, with the Sega Logo in blue across the top, the joy stick is built in, but the big knob one. Obviously they are stinking dirty as they have probably been in the corner since the late 80's.
This sounds really interesting. Would love to see photos of them. Do you think the company would want to part with them? Depending on what they actually look like and condition I think they would be worth a few £ to collectors.
It sounds like they were probably intended to be retail display kiosks, especially if they're fitted out with Control Sticks. There was a coin-op version of Fantasy Zone II that was released in Japan and was based on the Mark III/Master System hardware, but it had standard arcade controls.
Here you go guys. I don't doubt they come from Sega, as the company I work for used to build all their cabinets. In my office I literally have office draw full of specs and designs for cabinets for their arcade machine. Most of which have been obsolete for many years. I actually had to be careful on my angle for the second picture as on the wall is a load of porn mag pictures from the late 80's or early 90's lol.
From what I've been able to find out the project was abandoned because the joy stick was poor and the Mega Drive (Genesis) was in the latter stages of development. So by the time these would of been mass produced the Mega Drive would of been arriving in stores. Still a piece of Sega history . I even found the boxes for the units on a shelf in another room!
However they look like "homemade" to me, I mean unofficial. They seem to be very poorly made with no artwork. They still have some value though.
Is there any label or badge on back side?
EDIT: There are quite a few official units in France:
I can't give you anymore information than I have already sorry. We at one time used to make all the Sega cabinets for UK orders. I can confirm the company is UK based. We have previously exported to the European continent. I have no other real information other than to say I found them in the corner of an abandoned workshop, they were made during the time we made Segas cabinets. Someone who was semi retired at the time, told a junior apprentice that he thought that's the reason they were abandoned was due to the joy stick and the Mega Drive being released.