So what, for you, are the Sega Master System's must have games?
Well I had a good think and came up with my own top 10 below:
Baku Baku Animal - This is one of my favourite games on the Saturn and it was only recently that I found out a SMS version existed and thankfully it's excellent. It's unique mix of Columns and crazy starving animals is incredibly addictive and an amazing amount of fun, especially in 2-player mode.
R-Type - I was blown away by this conversion the first time I saw it on my friends machine as a kid and its still damn impressive today. The best shoot 'em up on the console it also looks incredible with very little slowdown and flicker even when there are loads of enemies on screen.
Fantasy Zone - Another brilliant horizontally scrolling shoot 'em up but with a wonderfully colourful fantasy comic book like theme. Don't let the incredibly cute graphics trick you into thinking this game is for kids though because its an incredibly solid shooter that will provide many hours of fun.
Golden Axe - It might only be 1-player but this is an amazingly good SMS take on the Sega arcade game. For me this is the best scrolling beat 'em up released for the machine and has graphics so good you might almost mistake them for an early release Megadrive game!
Chase H.Q. - When this first came out in the arcades it quickly became one of my favourite ever games. It took the winning formula of Outrun, changed the Ferrari for a Porsche and added the challenge of smashing people off the road! Taito did a fine job here and gave us the best racing game on the console.
Operation Wolf - Another great conversion from Taito this one wins extra points for being compatible with the Sega Light Phaser. Incredibly popular in the arcades its strange that this game never got released on the Megadrive but when the SMS version is this good who really cares?
Bubble Bobble - This game has to be my favourite platformer ever made! It's wonderful single screen, 2-player gameplay is such good fun that you will go back to it over and over again. A really iconic game matches the great gameplay up with some equally appealing visuals and music you will be humming forever!
Outrun 3D - While the normal version of Outrun is very good on the SMS the 3D version is just brilliant. The 3D effect really does work and adds to the whole experience of the game immensely. If you can track down a set of the glasses then this game should be top of your shopping list!
Gain Ground - Also one of my favourite games for the Megadrive this SMS version is actually barely any different! It looks almost identical, plays exactly the same and is just as enjoyable to play. If you want a really good action strategy game for your SMS then look no further than Gain Ground.
Wonderboy In Monsterland - It has to be said that all the Wonderboy games on the SMS are excellent and a particular highlight of the machine but this one has to be my favourite. WIM adds lots of adventure elements to the platform style gameplay and makes this a really engrossing title for the machine.