Fantasy Zone II (Sega Master System)

Score: 80,600
World Ranking: 4
Scored By: Akito01 (GRF)
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Fantasy Zone II 80,600 points
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(to view full sized image: right mouse button click, select view image). So, ultimately, no world records are going to be had by playing this game on a Game Gear -not only are the enemy bullets very hard to see on the small screen, but just taking a legible photo of the high score is a remarkable challenge.

-- Posted by Akito01 on 2014-06-14 19:06:29   Reply
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Just to clear up any confusion: that is a Master System cart, being playing on Sega hardware. The Game Gear had a Z80 chip, exactly the same as a Master System. The adaptor to play Master System games on a Game Gear is simply changes the pin inputs to make it possible. It literally the same as using a Power Base Converter to use Master System games on a Genesis, or GBA games on a Nintendo DS.

-- Posted by Akito01 on 2014-06-14 19:35:03   Reply
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nice, thank you for the diagram.  I'd like to get a converter like that.  it looks like it unfortunately can't be used along with the snap-on battery pack. 

I also had a hard time getting a picture of a Game Gear score!

-- Posted by S.BAZ on 2014-06-18 16:32:03   Reply
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Yeah, I realized after I posted my scores and got some 'no' vote feedback that at least some people, simply by virtue of being too young to remember, weren't aware of the ins-and-outs of early Sega hardware and may very well have never seen some of this stuff first hand. I fully realize and acknowledge that being able to play Master System carts on a Game Gear is as much a novelty as anything else, but even so, I still think it is an extremely cool feature of the system.

I have that battery pack you mentioned, but found that it is so old as to not hold a charge very well. Instead I've been using 6 modern rechargable AAs, and the battery life with those has been surprisingly stellar.

Just recently I had to replace all the capacitors in my Game Gear's mother board. The screen now displays brighter than it did before, but I found that the camera actually picks up the screen better if I turn down the brightness down very low. This won't fix the low screen resolution, of course; an issue made more obvious by the way it crunches down the video output of Master System games.

-- Posted by Akito01 on 2014-06-18 16:52:41   Reply
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Interesting, I would like to do some maintenance on mine.  I've had a bit of a hard time with Game Gears.  one quit powering on unless plugged in, & then quit altogether.  the 2nd has a dim screen & extremely low volume.  the 3rd I just got & the screen flickers for a few minutes before working properly. 

do you think replacing capacitors would solve my screen flickering problem?  or the volume one?

-- Posted by S.BAZ on 2014-06-19 02:24:42   Reply
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The short answer is yes, absolutely, to all of those problems. Game Gears are notorious for having bad capacitors. I had gotten a kit online that contained all the necessary repalcement capacitors and an instruction guide. It's a bit of a daunting project given how many of the things need to be pulled out and replaced, but its worth doing given the alternative of a dead or impaired Game Gear, and the kits are quite inexpensive.

-- Posted by Akito01 on 2014-06-19 08:50:19   Reply
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-- Posted by S.BAZ on 2014-06-19 23:22:07   Reply