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Sega Master System FM [Supported Games]


Posted: 21 Jan, 2018 18:52
Last Edit: 24 Jul, 2018 17:38
The YM2413 (a cost-reduced FM synthesis sound chip manufactured by Yamaha Corporation) was used in the FM Sound Unit, an add-on for the Sega Mark III sold exclusively in Japan that improved the sound quality of all compatible games. Only the Japanese model of the Sega Master System came with this add-on built-in along with the standard PSG sound.

The good news it's possible to emulate this in RAMeka (Meka)!

The Retroarch works with Genesis Plus GX "hacks, patchs" games need change the default config Master System FM (YM2413) from "auto" to "enabled" in options core. But I'm not sure about compatibility with the Sega Master System cheevos.

Sega Master System FM sound comparison:

List with all known games with functioning FM sound support:

After Burner
Alex Kidd BMX Trial

Alien Syndrome
Aztec Adventure
Blade Eagle 3-D
Bomber Raid
Captain Silver

Double Dragon
Fantasy Zone II
Fantasy Zone: The Maze
Galactic Protector
Global Defense
Golvellius - Valley of Doom
Great Golf
Hoshi wo Sagashite...

Lord of The Sword

Megumi Rescue
Miracle Warriors - Seal of The Dark Lord
Nekkyuu Koushien

Parlour Games
Penguin Land
(Only the Japanese variant is compatible with FM Sound Unit) *
Power Strike

Space Harrier 3D
Super Racing
Tensai Bakabon
Thunder Blade

Ys: The Vanished Omens (Only the Japanese variant is compatible with FM Sound Unit) *
Zaxxon 3D
Zillion II: The Tri Formation

The following games have FM soundtracks but were not released in Japan:

Altered Beast
California Games
Casino Games
Cloud Master
Galaxy Force
OutRun 3D
Poseidon Wars 3D

Scramble Spirits
Tennis Ace
Time Soldiers
Ultima IV


Sonic 1 FM by Valley Bell with FM music.

* Patches are available:
Ys US Master System FM sound patch
Phantasy Star English Retranslation

Posted: 21 Jan, 2018 20:04
Last Edit: 21 Jan, 2018 20:05
Genesis Plus GX and PicoDrive work with Master System achievements. I've personally tested only PicoDrive and with Snail Maze. Ironically, the native Emux Master System core does not support achievements.

Posted: 21 Jan, 2018 20:30

Good to know but unfortunately PicoDrive not support FM Unit and Light Phaser.

So, all players who want run this stuff should use Genesis Plus GX.

Posted: 21 Jan, 2018 21:04
The reason I used Picodrive is that Snail Maze crashed RetroArch when attempting to use Genesis Plus GX. Might have been a one-off, but YMMV.

Posted: 23 Jan, 2018 04:32
Last Edit: 23 Jan, 2018 04:33
I tested with Genesis Plus GX. FM worked out of the box, every achievement unlocked, and RetroArch didn't crash. Also, leaderboard worked.

Posted: 05 Feb, 2018 12:45
Last Edit: 29 Mar, 2018 18:22

Posted: 11 Mar, 2018 21:40
I linked Sonic 1 FM by Valley Bell, enjoy play sonic with FM sound!

Posted: 29 Mar, 2018 18:15
Last Edit: 29 Mar, 2018 18:51
Another recently added:


* I'm just saying that someone needs to make a set for Ys because it has amazing soundtracks, not too close to PC-Engine (TurboGrafx-16) CD quality, but it's still very good!

Posted: 11 Aug, 2018 02:58
Last Edit: 11 Aug, 2018 02:58


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