Sega SG-1000

Released in 1983, the SG-1000 represents Sega’s first home video game system.

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System Overview
Sega SG-1000 on eBay
Best Sega SG-1000 Emulators
Raspberry Pi Sega SG-1000 Emulation

System Overview

Sega moved into the home console market in response to a slowdown in business in the arcade business. Sega were leaders during the 1980s in arcades, so quickly had to diversify to limit any potential impact by the slowdown in the market.

When released, the SG-1000 was not hugely popular, maybe because of the lack of known game franchises and characters. This did pick up throughout the systems life. The system is considered a commercial success, the SG-1000 more importantly for Sega, formed the basis of what would eventually become the Sega Master System.

The SG-1000 spawned a version 2, the SG-1000 II, but this was also short-lived and was discontinued in 1985, prior to the launch of the Mark III / Sega Master System.

Sega SG-1000
The Sega SG-1000


How to Emulate this system?

Sega SG-1000 emulation is reasonably well catered for, we recommend taking a look at RetroArch if you are seeking an all in one solution. RetroArch emulates a large number of systems including the Sega SG-1000. RetroArch is a front end that utilises emulator ‘cores’, it is reasonably easy to use and has lots of good supporting documentation on how to use it. RetroArch is available across a number of platforms including Windows, Mac, Android, iOS, Raspberry Pi and many consoles. Take a look at our quick start guide for RetroArch which can get you up and running in 5 minutes.

Check out RetroArch here

Also, check out the other Sega SG-1000 emulators we enjoy using:

Emulator Description Platform
KEGA Fusion KEGA Fusion is hands down the best stand alone emulator for Windows, Mac & Linux. It emulates SG-1000, Master System, Game Gear, Mega Drive, Mega CD & 32X games. Windows / Mac / Linux

Raspberry Pi Sega SG-1000 Emulator

The Raspberry Pi is a compact single board computer which has become very popular for emulating retro computers and consoles. You can buy the Pi very cheaply and has a whole community supporting and building accessories and applications that are compatible with.

Significantly, for Retro Gaming enthusiasts, the Raspberry Pi offers fantastic all round emulation of many systems. It offers the ability to play Sega SG-1000 games on HDTVs via HDMI or older CRT TVs via composite outputs. Combining the Raspberry Pi with Retropie, you have a device capable of emulating anything from the Atari 2600 to the Sony PlayStation.

Check out the different Raspberry Pi packages you can pick up on Amazon using the button below.

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