Bringing the Arcade Home, in 1984: The SG-1000 Arcade


The SG-1000 was a home video game console manufactured by Sega. It stands as Sega’s first dedicated gaming system aimed at home consumers. Via Nicole express

The SG-1000. Somehow, we’re on the third blog post this year on this little white box. In part one, we RGB modded it, but then decided that it wasn’t good enough. In part two, we built a cartridge, and complained more about RGB. And now, we move on to something completely different: the SG-1000-based arcade hardware! But I don’t have one of those. If only there was something I could do about that… (Plus: a little more complaining about RGB)

The first game I played on my test cartridge was Sega’s Champion Boxing. It’s a menu-based fighting game with surprisingly fun gameplay and some very nice graphics; just my opinion, you might say? Well, I’m not the only one who thought Champion Boxing was pretty fun.

Clearly, Sega thought so too– they went and released the game for arcades, despite the fact that it was dependent on the outdated SG-1000 hardware. (To compare, the much more advanced System 1 was Sega’s arcade workhorse by this point) I don’t have the arcade board– I’d love to get my hands on it, though– but at least I do have the flyer, thanks to Sega Retro.

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