Sega Master System II (1990)
The first in my new series of video game console mosaics - say hello to the Sega Master System II.
"The Master System II was released in 1990 and was popular in Europe and Brazil. It is smaller and sleeker than the original Master System, but in order to keep production costs low, it lacks the reset button, composite video and card slot.
All consoles included a game that plays when no cartridge is inserted. The built-in game was originally Alex Kidd in Miracle World, which was switched to Sonic the Hedgehog on later PAL consoles.
Sega marketed the Master System II heavily; nevertheless, the unit sold poorly in North America. By 1992, the Master System's sales were virtually nonexistent in North America and eventually ceased.
It is generally considered a success in Europe where it competed and managed to rival the NES." - Wikipedia
Ah yes, you pretty much had either a Master System II or a NES back in 1990, and Sega fans Vs Nintendo fans began a West Side Story style battle in schools across the land. Back then I was a Nintendo fan. Part of the joy of growing up and earning more that £5 a week means that you don't have to limit yourself to one console, and I now own both (along with many others.)
BTW, is anyone going to Game City in Nottingham at the end of October? gamecity.org/