Sega Saturn

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Sega Saturn
"Sega Saturn, shiro!" - Segata Sanshiro
Developer: Sega
Release Date: NA: May 11, 1995
EU: July 8, 1995
JP: November 22, 1994
Predecessor: Sega Genesis
Successor: Dreamcast
Competitors: Atari Jaguar
3DO Interactive Multiplayer
Nintendo 64
Generation: Fifth generation

The Sega Saturn was the successor to the Sega Genesis and released in 1994 and competed against the PlayStation and the Nintendo 64. It was succeeded by the Sega Dreamcast.

Good Qualities

  1. A good library of over 596 games.
  2. Decent FMV quality, similar to the Sony PlayStation.
  3. It produced extremely good 2D animations for its time, allowing for arcade-perfect ports of Neo-Geo and Capcom CPS games.
  4. If you like arcade games, you'll love the Sega Saturn because, as mentioned above, it can produce arcade perfect ports.
  5. Some very memorable games like Nights into Dreams, Virtua Fighter 2 and Panzer Dragoon Saga.
  6. It plays CDs without the use of add-ons.
  7. The Action Replay memory card not only allowed for easy cheats and memory, but it also bypasses region locking, enabling Japan-only games to be played on a North American Saturn.
  8. If you like the Internet, then you'll love NetLink.
  9. The Segata Sanshiro commercials in Japan. He even managed to star in his own game!
  10. Strong library of platformers, fighters, shoot 'em ups, light gun games and JRPGs, most of which were the most popular genres at the time save for JRPGS and shoot 'em ups in the west until the release of the now famous Final Fantasy VII for JRPGs.
  11. The controller is good for fighting games, as well as shoot'em ups.

Bad Qualities

Despite its good qualities, the system was a commercial flop, therefore it has an article on Crappy Games Wiki.


Although well-received in Japan, only 9.5 million were sold worldwide, with it failing miserably in the US. and being the least popular console of the fifth generation. This failure would be a contributing factor to Sega abandoning its last console, the Sega Dreamcast because of the financial loss.

Despite failing, the Saturn is considered a good console and had a decent library. Most of the reasons the Saturn failed were due to Sega's mismanagement and poor business choices, not the console itself. Today the Saturn is considered a cult classic and is a valuable collector's item. Saturn games tend to be very expensive today, making it a difficult console for collectors.

The Sega Saturn holds the title of being the only Sega console that outsold a Nintendo console of the same generation in Japan.

The console is infamous for its surprise early launch in North America during E3 1995. This was supposedly done to get the console released well ahead of the PlayStation. As the reveal came as a surprise even to most retailers, they did not have them in stock and they were generally pretty upset. Some, such as KB Toys, decided to not stock Sega products as a protest. This disastrous surprise launch is often seen as a significant factor in Sega's eventual withdrawal from the console market.

Segata Sanshiro Commercials




10 months ago
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I really must admit that many ports from the arcades (particularly fighting games) runs better on the Saturn than the PlayStation.

Many games like, for example, The King of Fighters '97 suffer with poor audio quality and lost frames on the Sony PlayStation. These issues are less worse on the Sega Saturn.


10 months ago
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There's also a planet Saturn

Grammar guy

8 months ago
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What model Saturn is that?


6 months ago
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One game I want for the system, Magic Knight Rayearth, based off the manga series, costs around $500.


5 months ago
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I don't understand why the Saturn controller looks like the genesis six-button controller


5 months ago
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I like that console...
Sega saturn is my faveoive console


one month ago
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I like The Sega Saturn, and I Have played Sonic jam Before.


one month ago
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I like saturn playstation ports are worst on the saturn anyway i still love it

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