- A good library of over 596 games.
- Decent FMV quality, similar to the Sony PlayStation.
- It produced extremely good 2D animations for its time, allowing for arcade-perfect ports of Neo-Geo and Capcom CPS games.
- If you like arcade games, you'll love the Sega Saturn because, as mentioned above, it can produce arcade perfect ports.
- Some very memorable games like Nights into Dreams, Virtua Fighter 2 and Panzer Dragoon Saga.
- It plays CDs without the use of add-ons.
- 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.
- If you like the Internet, then you'll love NetLink.
- The Segata Sanshiro commercials in Japan. He even managed to star in his own game!
- 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.
- The controller is good for fighting games, as well as shoot'em ups.
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