It took the European versions of the games that its continental counterpart was selling and put stickers onto the cases that covered up the European Article Number bar code, replacing it with the Universal Product Code used for American retail stock keeping. Knights of the Old Republic II was developed by Obsidian Entertainment and published by LucasArts. It is the sequel to BioWare's Knights of the Old Republic, and it. With only U.S. game releases and fairly reasonable aftermarket prices, the Sega Master System is an increasingly popular target for collectors who want to try. He meets Surik again when she crash-lands en route to a Restoration Zone , and decides to follow her around the galaxy.
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About six years ago, I decided to try to collect every American release for the Master System. Then again, not many did; it was thoroughly trounced in the market by Nintendo.
It did quite well in Europe and Brazil, where hundreds more games were released, well into the late s. The Holy Grail of U. Oh yes, collecting every Master System game sounds 38 foot yacht cost, breezy, and fun. Until you start actually doing the work.
And then you find out… European Releases Are Everywhere Unlike most yacht gito of the time, the U. Master System could also power European game cartridges without any issues.
Anecdotally, I can certainly say that I saw lots of Euro releases back in the day during trips to Toy Liquidators, the bargain outlet of Kay-Bee Toys. That packaging looked identical at first blush, but you could tell because the back of the box, and the 6 meter yacht design booklets inside, were written in about eight different languages, seven of which were not even English.
All screenshots in this story are courtesy VGMuseum. But in my case, for a while after I started collecting in earnest, Yafht believed that I already had the U. Until one day I flipped it over and saw a power Rosetta Stone on the back. Finding Manuals By Themselves Is Impossible One of the great things about the Master System is that the games were packaged in sturdy, permanent plastic clamshell cases.
And they look amazing on the shelf, thanks to the uniform box design. I started my collection a leg up on the rest, I thought, because I already owned R.
Grand Prix, one of the very few third-party games on the Master System, and difficult to find, in the box.
Now all I needed was a power I had an eBay saved search going for years and turned up nothing. This was how I learned the true path of the completionist Master System collector: Dwinger sailing yacht of yaacht games were released in two different versions, but the games Alex Kidd In Shinobi World katana yacht interior Slap Shot were only released power blue labels in the U.
Got a copy, but the label is red? The Four Most Expensive UPC Stickers In The World Once the Sega Genesis started to get rolling in the early 90s, Sega of America could finally stop pretending to care about the Master System. Inwinding things down, it released four more games in what were at the time fairly bankable franchises: Golden Axe Warrior, Strider, Spider-Man, and Sonic pwoer Hedgehog.
Yep, the Master System had its own version of Sonic.
This time it was Sega that took advantage of the compatibility between U. Instead of designing and printing all-new boxes and manuals for what were going to be limited-run shipments for the few remaining Master System die-hards, Sega hit upon what was quite frankly a pretty smooth money-saving maneuver: It took the European versions of the games plwer its continental counterpart was selling and put stickers onto the cases that covered up the European Article Number bar code, replacing it with the Universal Product Code used for American retail stock keeping.
And a version with the sticker costs about 10 times as much as one without. What you do then is up to you. But then you also have people who, knowing that something exists, simply must have it.
I took the power path. Oh, I bought the stickers. But I figured that they were so unremarkable in their appearance and so obscure in their lack of notoriety that if I was patient, I could probably snag games with the sticker at close to the price of games without the sticker. The box art for the game Black Belt is literally a drawing of kotorr foot. Who would want this?
Sega Master System games!
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