Sega’s Unreleased Master System Graphics Tablet & Software Preserved

Sega-Master-System-Graphic-Board-PreservedDespite countless kids of the 80s requesting computers to do their homework on, we can all admit that gaming was the sole reason behind our needs. That said, the Master System nearly spawned a generation of digital artists through Sega's unreleased Graphics Board. Although seeming to be long lost into the archives, a group of 8-bit Sega historians have secured a working prototype of the accessory and accompanying software.

Whilst the kit today serves little purpose other than being a gaming artefact, it's worth noting how great it was for its time. Dating back to 1987, the Sega Graphic Board was a fully fledged graphics tablet capable of taking user’s input through a touch pen. With a canvas spanning 176x144 pixels, users could create 16 color artwork through various tools such as a pen, eraser, paint bucket and several shapes.


This impressive bit of kit, while never realised in Europe, was also intended to work with the Mega Drive alongside the unreleased floppy disk drive - presumably for saving pictures and reloading them at a later date. The Japanese, however, were lucky enough to get their hands on an earlier version of the device for the SG-1000.

SMSPower recently got their hands on the only known prototype of the Sega Graphic Board, after an auction on eBay containing the kit sold for a massive $2,247. The new owners have been incredibly generous and released online a ROM of the accompanying software for free. As great as this is, the software very much needs the Graphic Board to get the most out of it, but nevertheless another piece of gaming history has been preserved for future generations.

Link: Sega Graphic Board at SMSPower

Last Updated ( 06 October 2014 )  


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(Link to this comment) Lorfarius 2014-11-05 17:34
It'd be worth copying the auction text and pictures into this post. eBay doesn't keep them up for more than a couple of months.

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