Thunder Blade on the Sega Master System just falls way too short of the arcade original. The overall choppy nature of the graphics, and the slow frame rate actually make the game overly difficult. A good 8-bit port of an arcade game doesn’t necessarily have to look just like the real deal if the gameplay still feels the same, but with the SMS port of Thunder Blade, they just made way too many cuts. The inability to change altitude, or adjust your speed in the top down levels just make it feel like another generic, boring 2d shooter, but without any fancy power ups, or weapons. In spite of the games shortcomings, Thunder Blade on the Sega Master System is indeed an interesting, playable game at the very least, and makes you question what was so “Super” about its 16-bit upgrade.