If I had a complaint, it would be those stupid Sega Card games. I don't think I ever played a good one of those. And really, what a bunch of nonsense to have purposely worse games. They just seemed like a complete waste of time and a marketing failure, I mean who came up with that idea?
I used to play Wonder Boy In Monster Land all the time, I was completely addicted to it for a couple months. I also loved Psycho Fox, Spellcaster and Time Soldiers. If I had a complaint, it would be those stupid Sega Card games. I don't think I ever played a good one of those. And really, what a bunch of nonsense to have purposely worse games. They just seemed like a complete waste of time and a marketing failure, I mean who came up with that idea?
I always assumed that it was the large arcade culture in the US that led to the NES prevailing over the SMS here. I wanted an NES because I was playing Super Mario Bros and Excitebike on the .vs arcade machines. I didn't really know much about the SMS, as I don't recall it being heavily advertised. It is curious to me why the SMS is so popular in the UK and Europe. I'm of the opinion, through experience, that back in those days, and through the 1990's, arcades played a huge role influencing the direction of home console markets. Having never been to the UK or Europe, I have no clue how large the arcade 'culture' was in those places. I can tell you that here in America, you couldn't go to a shopping plaza and not have an arcade. I grew up in a town of 20,000 people, and I had 4 different large arcades I could ride my bicycle to 7 days a week. One was walking distance from my home, a 10 minute walk down the street. Arcades were absolutely everywhere. Even a machine or two at every gas station and convenience store. Those Nintendo .vs cabinets were widespread here. I think that has to be a major factor over the NES dominance in the USA.
The PC Engine/TurboGrafx uses ROM cards (or HuCards as they are called) and the Atari Lynx also uses ROM cards as standard too. Quite funny seen as they are both custom 8/16-bit hybrid systems based on a 6502 CPU.The Cheetah/Bit Corp. Gamate also used ROM Cards as a storage medium.I know there were cartridge games for the MSX but I don't know about card games.The Sega SG-1000 (the predecessor to the SMS) also had the option of using card games too. There is a complete list of card games for both the SG-1000 and SMS here: http://segaretro.org/Sega_Card