Topic: Is the Sega Saturn worth buying?

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I have been debating about buying a Sega Saturn for a long time, and now I am leaning towards buying one because of it's cheap price. But, I wanted to ask a few questions before I buy one [especially to anyone who owns or previously owned a Sega Saturn].

Has anyone who owns or preivously owned a Sega Saturn had any problems with their console? I heard that the Saturn has internal memory problems, but I plan on buying an Action Replay card to use as a memory card and a region coding breaker so I can play Japanese exclusive Saturn games.

Is the Sega Saturn worth buying and does it have a good enough library of games? This is coming from someone who owns all current generation consoles and handhelds, the Nintendo 64, the Playstation 2 [with PS1 backwards compatibility], the Sega Dreamcast, the FC Twin, and the GBA SP.

Which Sega Saturn games do you recommend buying? Games I was intrested in are Nights into Dreams, shumps, any exclusive RPGs, or platformers. But recommend any fun Saturn games, and that includes the Japanese exclusive ones.



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The Sega saturn is pretty cheap, but the games for it are few and far between. I think that NiGHTS was pretty good, and then there are a couple of other good games, but the best games were Panzer Dragoon Saga and Burning Rangers, but those are expensive. Like in the hundreds for PDS. But if you have cash to burn, then get that game.

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The Saturn is usually pretty sturdy, so you shouldn't have problems with it breaking (unlike the Dreamcast). The library of games is solid, although some of the best ones cost a ridiculous amount.

Some good games I'd recommend:
Virtua Cop 1+2
Virtua Fighter 2
Fighter Megamix
Astal (a decent platformer, and quite the looker for its age)
Die Hard Arcade
In The Hunt
Guardian Heroes (Awesome but expensive. Also has some hilariously out of place music)
Mr Bones (A love it or hate it experience)
Panzer Dragoon 1+2
Street Fighter Alpha 2

I'm not much of a fan of JRPGs, so I can't help there. For shooters there are a number of great ones to import if you have the cash.

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The Saturn is a great console. But beware - a lot of games have not aged well. Also, while the console may be cheap the games are often expensive.

The battery of the Saturn's internal hard drive can fail. Mine hasn't worked for many years now. The console will require you to enter the date/time each time you power on, and your internal saves will be erased. It's definitely best to get an external memory cartridge.

Apart from those listed already, here are some of my favourites. Many of the previous suggestions are great too.

  • Albert Odyssey: Legend of Eldean - Classic JRPG
  • Blazing Dragons - Comical adventure game made by Monty Python's Terry Jones
  • D - A good first-person horror adventure game, if slow-paced
  • Daytona USA - Daaytoooonnaaaaaaaaaaaaa
  • Dragon Force - One of my favourite games of all time, a role-playing strategy game
  • Grandia - Classic JRPG. This is on the PSX as well.
  • Radiant Silvergun - Actually, scratch that. You'll never be able to afford it.
  • Saturn Bomberman - One of the best Bomberman games ever made
  • Shining Force III - Classic strategy RPG
  • Shining the Holy Ark - Classic first-person RPG
  • Shining Wisdom - Classic JRPG (see the pattern? lol)
  • Sonic Jam - If you're missing a Sonic collection
  • Virtual On - If you have or can get Virtual On: Oratorio Tangram then get that instead

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My younger brother and I have almost 100 games for the Sega Saturn. He started getting Saturn games in 2000. Both of us have our own Sega Saturn. My younger brother never had problems with his Sega Saturn.

I had problems with the first Sega Saturn model for reading discs. The 2nd Model of the Saturn is better for me. I don't know what happened to my model I Saturn was a fluke because Sega Saturn systems are not known for having problems unlike the Dreamcast, and a good amount of disc based consoles ever created.

I can't read Japanese, and I only could help you with rpgs that were released in North American for the Saturn as a result based on what I played, I did not play Panzer Dragoon Saga yet and I don't own Shining Force III and Virtual Hydlide. I own a small amount of Imports that are English friendly.

Here is a list of some of my favorite games for the Sega Saturn:
Albert Odyssey (not a cheap rpg)
Arcade’s Greatest Hits: The Atari collection
Blazing Heroes/Mysteria
Bust-A-Move Series ( series is on the PS 1 also)
Christmas into Nights
Darius Gaiden (game also is on ps 1)
Die Hard Arcade
Fighters Megamix
Galactic Attack
Guardian Heroes (Great, but expensive game)
Hyper 3-D Pinball
Keio Squadron 2 (import platform game that you have to speed over $40.00 for getting it)
King of Fighter'95 (import Fighting game and better than PS 1 version)
Konami Antiques Msx Collection Ultra Pack ( import game that has a lot of MSX games that Konami made including shooters)
Magic Knight Rayearth (expensive, but good Rpg)
Night Warriors
Panzer Dragon 1 & 2
Prikura Daiakusen ( great import, but you are going to spend over $30.00 on this game)
Rampage World Tour
Saturn Bomberman (great, but expensive game)
Sega Ages
Shining in the Holy Ark (very good, but not cheap rpg)
Shining Wisdom (very good action rpg, but not cheap on the United States Side)
Shinobi Legions
Silhouetee Mirage (expensive import)
Street Fighter Alpha
The Legend of Oasis
Virtua Cop 1 & 2
Virtua Fighter 2
Williams Arcade's Greatest Hits
X-Men Vs. Street Fighter (great import Fighting game)

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The Saturn is a DAMN fine system. I've only had mine since about august and I have been pretty happy with it. I haven't imported anything yet, and I don't plan to for a while. The Saturn has a pefectly fine, solid U.S. library.

Here are some US released games that are pretty solid and quite cheap:
Solar Eclipse (vary similar to Star Fox)
Loaded (similar to Smash TV)
Fighting Vipers
Sega Rally
Die Hard Trilogy ( a solid light-gun game to get alittle more use out of the Stunner then just Virtua Cop)
Duke Nukem 3D (vary good port, just make sure you play it w/ the 3D pad)

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I never had one, but every person I've known who owned a Saturn (10 people), had it crap out on them.

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I'd actually advise against getting one unless you want to spend a bit of cash. There are lots of great affordable games such as Sega Rally, Dayton USA (ugly version, but it's Daytona), Virtua Fighter and Nights that some will say are worth it as it is. However if you want the highly regarded classics then it will set you back quite a bit. Panzer Dragoon Saga and Radiant Silvergun will set you back about £100 each. Shining Force 3 often goes around the £50 mark and Gurdian Heroes and Burning Rangers around £30 - that can be over £300 for just those titles. There's always a chance you can get them cheaper if shop around, though.

I personally love those pricey titles, but I originally bought them when they were released. As a newcomer to them now, I'm not sure I'd appreciate them as much now. I remember thinking of selling Guardian Heroes back in the day - just rose tinted spectacles has made me hold on to most of them - you might not see the same appeal. So I'd say buy a Saturn only if you fancy playing some pretty good Sega arcade conversions - unless you're loaded, of course.



I've had this white import Saturn for years and it works perfectly. If you're going to use the Action Replay carts (and you should) put it in the cart slot and leave it there. Repeated inserting and removing carts will very quickly stretch out the connectors inside the cart slot.

I love my Saturn for import shmups and US RPGs like Albert Odyssey and Dragon Force. Great and sturdy little console.

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i say nah

Thanks for reviving this month-old thread with that insightful advice. Why do people always do this?

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i say nah

So wise!



Hell I'd buy the Saturn for one game alone, and that game's Astal.
Easily the most memorable Saturn game I've ever played back in the day aside from Panzer Dragoon. Beautiful visuals, with an enchanting score, and solid atmosphere...And most importantly it's pretty dam fun!

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I was just considering one. I'd make sure to get Sonic R, Sega Rally Championship, and Virtua Fighter 2.

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I payed SEGA Rally again the other day and its miles better than any racing game I've played since, except maybe for OutRun 2.

The Saturn also has the best home port of the original OutRun, very good Street Fighter 2 Collection (Capcom Gen 5) and games like Elevator Action Returns... Then there is Sexy Parodius, you need to Import to really appreciate the Saturn though.



It depends how much it is worth to you, I only have NiGHTS and Daytona USA with mine, NiGHTS is amazing, but I wouldn't want to shell out the hundred or two for the better games.



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