3-D Glasses

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For the Pioneer LaserActive accessory, see 3D Goggle.
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3-D Glasses
Made for: Sega Master System
Manufacturer: Sega
Type: Display device
Release Date RRP Code
Sega Master System
Sega Master System
$49.9549.95[3] 3073
Sega Master System
Sega Master System
£39.9539.95[5][6][7] MK-3073-50
Sega Master System
Sega Master System
Sega Master System

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3-D Glasses (セガ3-Dグラス), also known as SegaScope 3-D Glasses, is a Sega Master System active shutter 3D glasses accessory developed and manufactured by Sega. The accessory creates the illusion of three-dimensional graphics in games which support it. It was designed by Mark Cerny (previously known for Marble Madness),[8] and is similar to Sega's previous SubRoc-3D (1982) active 3D system.


The 3-D Glasses use a shutter system to close the left and right lens rapidly to create a 3D effect. The Master System glasses can only be used in the original Master System, since it hooks up directly to the card port not found in the Master System II (US/EU model). Such a system allows 3-D graphics in full color. A disadvantage is that it halves the effective frame-rate, which some users can perceive as flicker. It also tends not to work with non-CRT-based televisions.


Of these, Blade Eagle, Maze Hunter 3D and Missile Defense 3-D require the 3-D Glasses. The rest have "2D modes" and so can function without the peripheral, although the option is sometimes hidden.


I'd gone and seen Captain EO, which was a short 3D movie starring Michael Jackson. It was showing at Disneyland in Tokyo, which had just opened, and I thought it was quite inspirational. So I lobbied management to create 3D glasses for the Master System. I did the tech demo, which was sort of the Pong-style game we showed at CES, and then I did the bundled title, which was Missile Defense 3-D.

Mark Cerny[9]

The Glasses were released in the UK in October 1987 at a price of £39.95,[5] with the North American release in the same year. The 3-D Glasses were also released in Japan in November 1987 (initially bundled with Zaxxon 3D) and both Brazil and South Korea in 1989.


Localised names

Also known as
Language Localised Name English Translation
English The Sega 3-D Glasses The Sega 3-D Glasses
English (US) The Sega 3-D Glasses The Sega 3-D Glasses
Japanese The Sega 3-D Glasses/セガ3-Dグラス The Sega 3-D Glasses/Sega 3-D Glasses
Spanish (Argentina) Anteojos 3D 3D Glasses
Portuguese (Brazil) Óculos 3D 3D Glasses
Korean Sega 3-D Glasses Sega 3-D Glasses

Magazine articles

Main article: 3-D Glasses/Magazine articles.

Promotional material

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ES advert (1990)
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Print advert in Computer & Video Games (UK) #90: "April 1989" (1989-03-16)
also published in:
Print advert in Guida Video Giochi (IT) #6: "Dicembre 1989" (1989-xx-xx)
Print advert in Guida Video Giochi (IT) #7: "Gennaio 1990" (19xx-xx-xx)
also published in:

Physical scans

Master System, JP
3-D Glasses JP Box Top.jpg
3-D Glasses JP Box Spine1.jpgSms 3dglasses jpbox.jpg3-D Glasses JP Box Spine2.jpg
3-D Glasses JP Box Bottom.jpg
3-D Glasses JP Manual.pdf
Master System, JP (Zaxxon 3D bundle)
3-D Glasses JP Zaxxon Box Bottom.jpg3-D Glasses JP Zaxxon Box Spine.jpg3-D Glasses JP Zaxxon Box Top.jpg
Master System, US (Made in Japan)

3DGlasses SMS US Box Back MadeinJapan.jpg

Master System, US (Made in China)
3DGlasses US backcover.jpgNospine-small.pngSms 3dglasses box.jpg
Master System, EU
3DGlasses EU backcover.jpgNospine-small.png3DGlasses SMS Box Front Alt.jpg
Master System, IL[17]


Master System, KR
3DGlasses SMS KR Box Front.jpg
Master System, BR
3DGlasses SMS BR Box Back.jpgNospine-small.png3DGlasses SMS BR Box Front.jpg
Master System, AR
3DGlasses SMS AR Box Back.jpgNospine-small.png3DGlasses SMS AR Box Front.jpg

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