The Best Undiscovered Sega Saturn Games

The Best Hidden Sega Saturn Games
Usually, when you get a new-to-you console, you can usually find or remember the major games to check out. But what happens when you need something different to play? This is where the “Hidden Gems” come in.
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This will be a bit of a work-in-progress. I may add to these as I go along and find new games.
If you have some recommendations to add, please do so in the comments section below.

Platforming

Obvious Choices:
Nights Into Dreams, Rayman, Sonic Jam

Featured Game: Featured Game: Astal
 “”I was expecting Astal to be a dull, generic side-scroller, and the corny, overwrought intro didn’t help matters. But once I started playing, I was captivated. The scenery is a pastel-colored fantasy world, and the hand-drawn graphics are wonderfully artistic. Beautiful, tranquil background music compliments the visuals perfectly. The characters are large and colorful, most ranging from fantastic and bizarre. Just wait until you see the bosses – these 3D monstrosities are simply amazing. Of course, the fancy presentation wouldn’t mean squat if the gameplay wasn’t any good, but it is. The side scrolling action is slow and deliberate, but there are some innovative attacks that spice things up. You can smash the ground, toss enemies, throw things down from the air, and use a devastating breath attack. Best of all, you have a bird companion that can perform special attacks, gather items, and occasionally save your life. It’s possible for a second player to take control of the bird, which is a nice touch. Astal provides a few continues, but unfortunately there’s no password feature. It takes a while to master the controls, but it’s worth the effort. Astal is an attractive, underrated side-scroller.”
Videogame Critic’s Review of Astal

More Great Games:
Magical Hoppers/Pandemonium!
Silhouette Mirage
Bug!
Bug Too!
Clockwork Knight
Clockwork Knight 2

Action

Obvious Choices:
Burning Rangers, Dracula X (Castlevania: Symphony of the Night), Shinobi Legions, Sonic 3D Blast, Tomb Raider

Featured Game: Mr Bones
 “”Mr. Bonesโ€™ story is of a voodoo-esque wizard who has amassed an undead army of skeletons to take over the world. One skeleton in particular, Mr. Bones, is resurrected but does not possess the evil tendencies of his cohorts… Mr. Bones then finds a blind blues musician in the woods who teaches him to play the olโ€™ GitBox and sends him on the soul-crushing path of professional musicianship — or world saving hero. Which ever.

The game begins as a standard side-scroller but quickly progresses into a hodgepodge of many different genres; it’s almost more an assortment of mini-games than one cohesive style. Many of the more memorable games involve music or rhythm in some fashion. The game will have you rocking out on the guitar to convert the skeletons to good, or playing the drums, or even pressing buttons in a correct order to tell jokes and … laugh the hell out of your attackers. Yeah!…”

More Great Games:
Capcom’s Generation 2 (Chronicles of Arthur)
Phychic Killer Taroumarou
Herc’s Adventure
Skeleton Warriors

Adventure

Obvious Choices:
Resident Evil, Myst, Alone in the Dark

Featured Game: Policenauts
 “The game was created by Hideo Kojima, who also created Snatcher, as well as Metal Gear, but aside from that and a few small references to Snatcher, the game is a totally independent one… and a masterpiece of a game at that.

From the incredible graphics and soundtrack, to the compelling story, Policenauts is a true classic. The only shame is that this great game was never released stateside. Even though it is obviously in Japanese and all of the nuances of the story can’t be found by non-Japanese readers, it still tells an incredible story just by sheer visual presentaton alone. If you are a fan of Snatcher, or are just looking for a game that you can fully immerse yourself in, look no further than Policenauts.”
RPGFan’s Review of Policenauts

More Great Games:
Mr. Bones
D
Casper

3D Mech Action

Obvious Choices:
Virtual On, Mech Warrior 2

Featured Game: Bulk Slash
 “When Sonic Team’s Burning Rangers was released on the Saturn, proclaimed to “push the system to its limits” but Bulk Slash still surpasses. With very large areas, multiple enemies, and having the ability to take battles to the sky, yet no slowdowns. Utilizing all Sega Saturn’s power having real 3D polygons unlike many other 3D titles that were released, which preferred to use layers instead…

Bulk Slash [has a] Neo-Tokyo feel ala Neon Genesis Evangelion persona to it. You start off on mission based objectives; having them explained using 3D maps of the areas. Your mech is equipped with machine guns, grenades, a laser sword for close combat, and the ability to transform into a jet. The jet has twin machine guns and can launch six homing missiles at a time reflecting Panzer Dragoon type gameplay. With a true full-360 degree range of movement – you can go anywhere on foot, and you can fly anywhere in jet mode. Powerups are everywhere, from flamethrowers, homing lasers and electric bolt grenades. Each objective is different; from destroying main targets, to protecting a ship from being destroyed. But every level has a boss encounter. Most bosses are huge, and take up most of the screen.
Special Attack’s Review of Bulk Slash

More Great Games:
Gun Griffon
Gun Griffon 2

First-Person Shooter

Obvious Choices:
Duke Nukem 3D, Doom, Quake, Hexen

Featured Game: Powerslave/Exhumed
 “Even if this version is a bit similar to the playstation version, the fact that it accomplished True3D to the fullest extent on the Saturn is truly outstanding! Saturn, unless harnessed by Sega, usually couldn’t do True3D very well, with few exceptions. This is one of them. I’ll never forget playing it the first time too, it was just mind blowing, even today!…

[In the game] All you start with is a Machete. From here on you have to work your way up. As you work your way through the levels, you’ll gain more weapons, and you’ll also gain artifacts that aid you in your quest. The weapons are quite mixed. You have both conventional firearms such as the pistol, M60 flamethrower and what not along with ancient weapons like the Cobra Staff and Ring of Ra. Excellent weaponry that spices up the gameplay. Many maps also have multiple exits to different worlds but only one exit will be apparent at first. As you gain artifacts as a reward from Ramses and the Gods for your bravery, you’ll find some of the levels have more accessible exits. This results in expanding more access around your world and thus getting you closer to your goal.”
BlooditeDrakan Review of Powerslave

More Great Games:
Space Hulk
Alien Trilogy
AMOK
Ghen War

Shooting Action Platformers

Obvious Choices:
Metal Slug, Earthworm Jim 2, Megaman 8, Megaman X4

Featured Game: Assault Suit Leynos 2
 “One of my first impressions of this game was ‘Mechs meets Metal Slug’. It’s an impressive but very tough 2D Mech shooter with some spectacular graphics and gameplay… The graphics are very sharp and look superb for a 2-D side scroller. The bosses are HUGE and the explosions are top notch. The mechs look good and have the detail of the weapon they are carrying… Your Assault Suit can fire in any direction, which can be kind of annoying when you’re trying to target a specific enemy. There is also an auto-aiming mode, however, which makes targeting significantly easier. The game initially takes a bit of time to get used to, but eventually you will find that the controls are very tight and responsive.

ASL2 also has a grading system — the better a grade you get on a level, the more stuff you get, like weapons, armor, devices — and hopefully a new machine. Similar to many RPGs, you can equip your devices to your mech and they modify it in some way, like make it faster, more power, or better stats.”
Racketboy’s Review of Assault Suit Leynos 2

More Great Games:
Mass Destruction
Capcom Generation 4 (Blazing Guns)
Elevator Action Returns
SCUD: Disposable Assassin

3D On-Rails Shooter

Obvious Choices:
Panzer Dragoon, Panzer Dragoon Zwei

Featured Game: Tempest 2000
 “Fifteen years after its Atari debut, the classic Tempest makes a strong comeback on the Saturn. Tempest fans will be pleased to know that all the graphics, levels, and enemies from the original arcade game have been faithfully ported over…

The graphics are of basic vector design – no fancy texture mapping here. The playing boards vary in shape and size, and all are true to the arcade. However, the colors are not as crisp as they could be, and the shading of the boards tends to cause distortion and become more of a hindrance than eye-candy. The sound and music also make an impact on the Saturn: The thumping techno music only helps players to jam and blast their way through the levels. The addition of speech also adds a new dimension to gameplay. The only downside of the game is centered around control. Moving your shooter around the different levels takes some getting used to – the Saturn control pad does not come close to the action provided by the spinning knob found on the arcade machine.

Tempest 2000 is a challenging shooter. The game’s difficulty advances smoothly, and the play is extremely well balanced. The game combines the old, simplistic graphics with some particularly nice, new touches, namely music and voices. Gamers are in store for a solid, nostalgic gaming experience.”
GameSpot’s Review of Tempest 2000

More Great Games:
Sky Target

2D Shmups

Obvious Choices:
Radiant Silvergun, Thunderforce V, Darius Gaiden, Konami’s Deluxe Packs (Gradius, Salamander, Parodius and Twinbee), Gunbird, Sexy Parodius, Thunderforce Gold Pack 1, Thunderforce Gold Pack 2

Featured Game: Battle Garegga
 “You’ve probably never seen so much going on the screen at one time(at least I haven’t!!!) The Saturn handles this arcade conversion flawlessly; although, of course I’ve never seen the arcade game. But still 2D is the Saturn and it is the KING!!!

So, what’s it all about? Well, first of all, there are eight different ships to use. Although I use “ships” lightly…Each of the different ships have different standard weapons and super weapons.
SHMUPS! Review of Battle Garegga

More Great Games:
Batsugun
DoDonPachi
DonPachi
Layer Section II
Soukyugurentai
In The Hunt
Keio Yugekitai
Kingdom Grandprix
Twinkle Star Sprites
Guardian Force
Hyper Duel
Image Fight/X-Multiply
Sengoku Blade
Strikers 1945
Strikers 1945 II
Galactic Attack
Cotton 2
Cotton Bommerang
Shienryu

2D Fighting

Obvious Choices:
Marvel Super Heroes, X-Men: COTA, Street Fighter Alpha series, X-Men vs StreetFighter, Night Warriors/Darkstalkers series, Marvel vs StreetFighter, Fatal Fury series, King of Fighters series, Samurai Shodown series, Mortal Kombat series

 Featured Game: Waku Waku 7
“Big, colorful cartoony graphics saturate the world of Waku Waku 7. The characters are well drawn and their respective backgrounds are equally animated and creative. No ultra-serious martial arts masters in this one. If you’ve never seen a giant monster-bunny and a little girl go toe-to-toe with a pair of midgets in a walking tank, then you’re in for a treat!

Like any good game (video game or otherwise), Waku Waku 7 is easy to learn, and nearly impossible to master. With so many special
moves, super moves, and other secret attacks -it will keep you busy and coming back for more. It’s even more fun with friends.

Wow, what more can I say? All that keeps this game from a perfect score is its limited amount of characters -a minor complaint indeed! Waku Waku 7 is like a really good movie you wish would never end. Unfortunately, its also a very hard game to come by, but if you are lucky enough to get your hands on a copy play it, play it, play it (you won’t be forcing yourself) -and by golly, make other play it too. You owe it to the world. ”
Neo-Geo.com’s Review of Waku Waku 7

More Great Games:
Cyberbots
Astra Superstars
Pocket Fighter
Galaxy Fight
Golden Axe The Duel
Asuka 120% Burning Fest Limited
World Heroes Perfect

3D Fighting

Obvious Choices:
Virtua Fighter 2, Dead or Alive, Fighting Vipers, Fighters Megamix

Featured Game: Elan Doree
 “In a simple one sentence description, Elan Doree is where Panzer Dragoon meets Samurai Shodown in 3D glory. It’s a fighter, but one in which being on the ground is a disadvantage. You see, each character rides a dragon which means that you’re actually supposed to be flying at all times. Most of the fighting takes place on a 2D plane, but you do have complete freedom of 3D movement. Which means instead of merely dodging attacks, you can actually fly around and get behind your foe in a whole new way…

One neat thing about the gameplay is that you can actually knock an opponent off their dragon. Once this happens, they become momentarily stunned and you can pummel them with energy bursts from your dragon! Finally, the free flight isn’t a novelty… It’s a strategic necessity!”
ShinForce’s Review of Elan Doree

More Great Games:
Groove On Fight
Last Bronx
Funky Head Boxers
Final Fight Revenge

Beatemups

Obvious Choices:
Die Hard Arcade, Guardian Heroes

Featured Game: Three Dirty Dwarves
 “Taking control of three sports-crazy dwarves on a quest to save some children from the mysterious enemy, Three Dirty Dwarves can be played with one, two, or three players. An interesting aspect of this game is found in its not having a health meter, per se. While playing, if a character is hit by an enemy he becomes unconscious. Hitting the shoulder buttons cycles through your characters, and once you select a conscious player you simply whack the stricken character and you regain the ability to use him. I have found it much easier to play with a maximum of two people, as you always have at least one other person at the ready to smack your unconscious player back to life. This is a unique device, but in the midst of battle itโ€™s hard to keep reviving your fallen characters…

The game does make use of some neat faux-3D elements. One of the first bosses is fought in an arena, where he stands in the center. Your characters run around him in circles while avoiding the junkyard dogs he constantly throws at you. You have to face the boss and fire your sporting paraphernalia for all your worth when you get the chance. Nothing is rendered in 3D here, itโ€™s all hand-drawn 2D, but the sense of depth is conveyed fairly well.”
Defunct Games’ Review of Three Dirty Dwarves

More Great Games:
Dungeons and Dragons Collection
Warriors of Fate

Traditional RPGs

Obvious Choices:
Panzer Dragoon Saga, Grandia, Shining the Holy Ark

Featured Game: Albert Odyssey – Legend of Eldean
 “Before Final Fantasy VII, RPGs were 2D, with hand-drawn graphics and animation, emphasizing storytelling over graphics. Albert Odyssey fits the description of the better 16-bit RPGs, complete with sprite-based graphics and a good story. Released as Albert Odyssey Gaiden in Japan, Working Designs has polished the game’s interface and translated the script to English for release in the US…

Working Designs has done a great job scripting the game, with the right amount of serious story development paced with the comic relief that an RPG needs. Sometimes, the comedy does seem a bit out of place during serious moments, but overall it’s done well and in the right places. One thing I noticed after playing parts of the game a second time is that the dialogue responses and choices you make don’t affect the course of the game at all. Many times dialogue choices are so obvious (usually the right answer is on the top), that they draw you away from the progressing storyline. Answering incorrectly may add some dialogue in spots, but the outcome is almost always going to be the same.”
Gamespot’s Review of Albert Odyssey

More Great Games:
Magic Knight Rayearth
Baroque

Action RPGs

Obvious Choices:
Legend of Oasis, Shining Wisdom

Featured Game: Princess Crown
 “Princess Crown is one of many Saturn 2D gems. The Saturn’s mighty muscle clearly resides in this category, and I can’t think of a better game that the Saturn flexes that muscle in than Princess Crown. When you hear the words Action and RPG together you generally think about some super deformed little prince hacking little blobs on the screen, right? Well, if you’re tired of that, then Princess Crown is just the game you’ve been praying for. Princess Crown not only breaks the Action/RPG stereotype in gender (you play as a girl *gasp*) as well as graphics (tall, sleek characters, not superdeformed ones)…

I think the best part of PC’s gameplay is its battle scenes, they seem to give the game real action instead of your usual hack and slash action/RPG. PC’s fight scenes steal a page right out of Street Fighter’s play book; the battles take place on screen (doesn’t zoom in or change screens) and are 2D side scroll… PC has many other cool features other than just a unique fighting system. It also has cooking, temporary items that wear out, throwing weapons, such as daggers, and a vast assortment of magic items. The coolest thing out of that list is being able to cook your healing items. Don’t worry though, if you think cooking in an RPG is lame you don’t have to. You can buy healing items in stores; however, it’s really cool to be far away from a town and whip out a fry pan, some eggs, and toast and make a killer HP booster. Unlike the cooking items, which are cool, the magic items are kinda cruddy…

The graphics in Princess Crown are simply awe inspiring, putting many Playstation and N64 game to utter shame… Overall, Princess Crown is a video game masterpiece that has every aspect that a masterpiece must have: excellent gameplay, awesome graphics, and art that just plain hurts ya. I’m a very picky reviewer and most of the time I can pick out many things wrong with a game, but with Princess Crown there just aren’t enough to really bother me. If you are a Saturn owner you must add this game to your collection, it is a timeless classic that every gamer should play and it comes with my highest recommendation. ”
RPGFan’s Review of Princess Crown

More Great Games:
Dark Savior
Linkle Liver Story

Strategy RPG

Obvious Choices:
Shining Force III, Warcraft II

Featured Game: Dragon Force
 “Translated for American audiences by Working Designs, this strategy/RPG hybrid is constructed roughly along the same lines as the SNES title Ogre Battle. In Dragon Force, players find themselves in the magical land of Legendra, where they choose to lead one of eight different provinces in a united effort against the common threat of the “god of destruction,” Madruk. Players command armies composed of either soldier, samurai, archer, mage, harpy, dragon, or zombie forces in an effort to capture enemy castles and leaders. But acquiring land and accumulating power isn’t the only game in town: Players must also protect their territory and fend off the advances of the evil dark god.

Large scale battles often show the weakness of an RPG, but in Dragon Force they’re among the best moments. Gamers send forces of up to four generals (who, in turn, command up to 100 troops) out into the world to raid castles or take on roving bands of enemies…

Dragon Force balances role-playing and strategy elements perfectly, intermittently directing the war of the land through storyline segments. And the ending is a stunning and climactic spectacle to behold. The game also offers a great deal of replayability, since storylines differ, depending on which of the eight main leaders is chosen (each storyline takes roughly 40-50 hours to play through successfully). Admittedly, gamers may be considerably less motivated to set aside another large chunk of time after winning as the first character…but the play is addictive enough that they’ll probably be dragged back for another go-around.”
GameSpot’s Review of Dragon Force

More Great Games:
Iron Storm
Mystaria – The Realms Of Lore (Blazing Heroes)
Dragon Force II

Puzzle

Obvious Choices:
Super Puzzle Fighter 2, Bust-A-Move 2, Bust-A-Move 3

Featured Game: Baku Baku
 “At first glance, Baku Baku is nothing more than your ordinary Columns clone. You have little blocks that fall down the screen and your job is to arrange them so that different animals get their favorite foods instead of the normal colors. Rabbits eat carrots, dogs eat bones, monkeys eat bananas, mice eat cheese, and pandas eat bamboo. When you line up any food next to its hungry animal, the animal’s head comes out of its block and eats all adjacent blocks that have its food on them.

Sounds pretty cute, huh? Well, that’s one of this game’s high points. Just watching the little dogs and mice munch their way across the screen is fun, and they make little munchie noises too. But seriously this game is extremely addictive. You are dealing with up to ten different blocks (five animals, five foods) and each comes down in random patterns of two. It’s not a rare occasion when you are pulling your hair out because your screen is filled with bones and the computer keeps giving you the wrong animal!”
Derilaan’s Review of Baku Baku

More Great Games:
Magical Drop III
Puyo Puyo Sun
Waku Waku Monster

Racing

Obvious Choices:
Daytona USA, Road Rash, Virtua Racing, Sonic R, Sega Rally, Wipeout

Featured Game: Sega Touring Car Championship
 “Sega Touring Car Championship was one of the last driving games for the Saturn, ported from the arcade original (which I have seen, but never played) with a few extras that make it quite a good racer.

At first the game may not seem so great, only 4 cars, 3 tracks, and a weak number of racing modes make it lack depth. In fact when I started playing the game, I thought I had wasted the cash I spent on it, the framerate is horrible, the graphics are bland, and the courses are somewhat boring. The turning is also a little too realistic, which may turn off the people expecting Sega Rally style turning…”
Viper’s Review of Sega Touring Car Championship

More Great Games:
Manx TT Super Bike
Choro Q Park

Other

Featured Game: Steep Slope Sliders
 “Steep Slope Sliders is a straightforward game. You choose a boarder, choose a track, and off yah go rumbling through the snow. On the way to the finish line you are encouraged to leap off of anything and everything in order to score big air and big trick points. You are then ranked by both time and tricks…

What is pretty, however, is the killer control. To perform stunts, you simply press a button and the D-pad, even stacking moves in order to pull off some neat combinations. The triggers are used to rotate; this helps to slow down when things are getting a bit too wily and to add flash to tricks. The response is tight and accurate, the feel is dead on, and the moves are easy and fun to pull off. ”
GameRevolution’s Review of Steep Slope Sliders

More Great Games:
Grid Runner
Magic Carpet
Sega Ages
Pro Pinball

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45 Comments

  1. Timerever says:

    Now you are talking!! This is the undiscovered gems article I was waiting for, I for one don’t know almost any Saturn games so this article will be very usefull when I get a PC fast enough to emulate the Sega Saturn.

    Like I said I dunno any Saturn game so I can’t help you adding some extra unknown undiscovered gems you always miss but I’m sure others can.

    Anyway, really great stuff here.

  2. racketboy says:

    hehe — I’ve been holding off on the Saturn one since I talk about the Saturn a bit too much ๐Ÿ™‚

    Anyway, if I find more later on (for any system), I will probably post a review of the game and then add it to the list.

  3. alonzobots says:

    Don’t play elan doree….fighters megamix or fighting vipers should have been this pick. Fighting vipers is really neat. Not to complain, just warning people, stick to the obvious choices, the saturn was not very rich in 3d fighters.

  4. racketboy says:

    I would agree with you alonzobots, but others would have been complaining if I put FMM or FV as a “hidden gem”.

    But yeah, the Saturn is not a place to go for a variety of 3D fighters. i only chose Elan Doree since it was a bit on the unique side. It’s more of one to play around with on an emulator or on a modded Saturn. I wouldn’t invest much money in it.

  5. kevinski says:

    Astal and Dragon Force aren’t exactly “hidden” gems, in my opinion. They’re given plenty of recognition.

    By the way, the dwarves in Three Dirty Dwarves aren’t “sports-crazy” at all. They merely find themselves in a sporting goods store whenever they’re transported to Earth. They mistake the sporting goods equipment for weapons (baseball bat/bowling pin=club, shotgun=err…shotgun) and armor (football helmet).

  6. racketboy says:

    Yeah, I realize Astal and Dragon Force are kinda bordering mainstream, but because those genres were kinda lacking, it put them on there. Also, keep in mind that everyone that reads this isn’t as schooled in the Saturn as some of us veterans.

    Also, I didn’t write the TDD review, so don’t blame me on the wording ๐Ÿ™‚

  7. Alejandro Moreno says:

    No Langrisser?!

    Other than that, great post.

  8. gnome says:

    Amazing post, just amazing. BTW, never knew Tempest 2000 made it to the Saturn… It was supposed to be a Jaguar killer-app you know…

  9. sylvainulg says:

    Astal seems to be a good hidden gem. I wish i could find a place to give it a try ๐Ÿ˜›

  10. caleb says:

    Wow! Awesome post!

    I recently got Mr. Bones for the Saturn for $1.50!!!!

    I will have to try it out fully now!

  11. crux says:

    Tempest 2000 made it to Saturn, PlayStation, PC and Mac, but it still remains the Jaguar killer app. Jeff Minter, the programmer and designer of Tempest 2000, only wrote the Jaguar version. All ports have issues, but the Saturn in particular suffers from failing to reproduce the framebuffer effects of the Jaguar version, meaning the third type of bonus level is removed COMPLETELY from the Saturn version. The Saturn version also has poor sound and the Particle Laser doesn’t work as intended. The PSX port is actually the superior of the ports, but still has errors and inconsistencies, as pointed out by Jeff Minter himself.

    I agree that Dragon Force isn’t nearly as obscure as the other games on the list. The ebay prices for it should indicate as much. And why the hell isn’t DoDonPachi an obvious choice?

  12. jax says:

    Hi thaught ask this question,is the sega saturn version of street fighter zero 3 better than the ps2 version on the anthology edition(well according to wikipedia it is)

  13. jon says:

    >>>Hi thaught ask this question,is the sega saturn version >>>of street fighter zero 3 better than the ps2 version on >>>the anthology edition(well according to wikipedia it is)

    I do have a list going, one i hope ol’ RB will post on the main site of the best versions, don’t forget the PS2 version has dip switchs and upper mode or the mixed Hyper mode.

  14. Hello, I love my Sega Saturn Play it Each day Love 2-D Games. Here is a game that didnt make the list and it is very fun. “Spot goes to hollywood”. A Very fun 2-D games kinda like “cool Spot” I think its Great. Loaded is also fun but only in short play gets old quick. Rockman X3, Megaman X4 and Megaman 8 are my fav. for sure.
    -S.T.D

  15. Crisium says:

    Mr. Bones is an incredible game. A couple levels are really hard, but besides that it’s a hilarious and unique experience. One of my favourite Saturn games.

  16. Jon D says:

    Blazing Dragons is a great game too. Its cartoony, fun, obscure. A point and click type of game. Solve puzzles, investigate the little medieval world its set in.

    I’d recommend it and its usually pretty cheap to be had

  17. juka says:

    Adventure: Deep Fear

  18. Essue Dove says:

    I’ve played the arcade version of Strikers 1945 a lot and it’s an excellent game. Although, like all Shmups, really difficult.

    Goodbye quarters!

  19. Essue Dove says:

    Also, I think this is my favorite list, mostly because I don’t know anything about the Saturn. All new to me

  20. racketboy says:

    so glad you enjoyed the post!
    if you’d like to find more Saturn shmups, check this out…
    http://www.racketboy.com/retro/sega/saturn/2008/10/sega-saturn-shmups-2d-shooters.html

  21. Eliot says:

    i think i remember playing an import only
    – dark legends 2,has anyone seen a copy recently

  22. Nevermind says:

    I’ve just come across your site which is quiet good thanks…I noticed your list is missing the great puzzler…. Bubble Bobble Featuring Rainbow Island for the Saturn. I will come back when i have some more time and see if there are anymore good titles missing ..

  23. David O. says:

    I would recommend Heir of Zendor as an undiscovered gem. Very fun Koei strategy game about fighting floating island nations.

  24. Dustin S says:

    Saturn Bomberman is my favorite Saturn game….. And I was kind of shocked to not see Gaurdian Heros….

  25. racketboy says:

    Hi Dustin
    Guardian Heroes is rather well known now… maybe not so much after the Saturn left the spotlight, but its a cult classic now, not so much a “hidden gem”

  26. Joosey says:

    Thanks for showing me this list now im motivated enough to buy a saturn

  27. Egg says:

    Hi there. Finding those little-known games is a huge hobby of mine, which is one of the reasons I have a strong affinity for Sega Saturn. I think Lunacy is easily the best adventure game on the system, having a far more involved ‘world’ than D (which is also amazing).

  28. Gono says:

    God, just discovered Bulk Slash on this great article. Awesome-looking game, the screen looks like it’s going to explode with so many elements. Gotta get it asap.

  29. vicrizer says:

    Blast Wind looks like a decent vert shmup from Technosoft. I really like the first level music, but I guess it doesn’t really look particularly special.

    http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=EXF5gT8on7g

  30. Omnibot2000 says:

    This is the Best Retro-related Website existing (or at least that I Know of). Thank you Racketboy!

  31. racketboy says:

    Thanks! I appreciate it!
    And I need to get around to updating this post ๐Ÿ™‚

  32. Lucid_Transition says:

    Where the hell is “The Horde” ?? It was one of my all time favorite games. check it out if you haven’t already!!

  33. CSI Grisomm says:

    Dear Racketboy- love your undiscovered articles! This page was my deciding decision to buy and mod a Saturn. And guess what? You turned another PlayStation fanboy :). An update would be amazing. I have so much respect for you and the one system that was made so complicated, not a single soul will ever be able to emulate exactly. Cheers mate.

  34. racketboy says:

    Thanks for your feedback — and yeah, I’m looking forward to updating this one.

  35. Poponon says:

    Racketboy!!!! I love your site, it has provided me with countless hours of fun with all the old systems i grew up playing. This article even convinced me to pick up a saturn earlier this summer (and modship), and I’ve been enjoying it ever since, with the help of your guide.

    Whens that update going to come along? I’ve played through alot of these and some others I’ve found on my own. I can’t wait to see what you’ve got to show us next!! Keep it up man, this website is awesome!!!

  36. xan_racketboy_fan says:

    @ Poponon

    I’m in the same boat. Because of racket’s coverage of the system (which I learned is loved and cherished by most in the racketboy community), I picked up a Saturn as soons as I saw a good deal – and of course the modchip. Out of all the retro systems I have, I made room in our entertainment center specifically for the Saturn – it’s just a beaut and awesome to play to this day.

  37. racketboy says:

    Thanks for the support.
    An update can’t come soon enough. Unfortunately (or fortunately depending on how you look at it), I have a lot of other new pieces (and some other more urgent revisions) on my plate, so it might be a while.

  38. ninjainspandex says:

    how about tryrush deppy and super tempo both are imports a little pricey but are the best games no one has ever heard of.

  39. Patrick BBE says:

    I never see these games in the wild.

  40. Patrick BBE says:

    Tryrush Deppy and Super Tempo are excellent games. I love those YouTube videos with a Black man doing commentary while playing those games.

  41. Patrick BBE says:

    Add in “Anarchy in the Nippon” for 3D Fighters.

  42. Patrick BBE says:

    Saturn Collectors, check out Carter’s Retro Reviews. This Aussie Youtuber makes entertaining reviews of mostly hidden gem Saturn games from his collection. Support this guy.

  43. Secret Admirer says:

    I know how late it is to be pointing this out, but you put Keio 2 in the Shmups section, and unlike the first game, the second is actually a platformer. Just a friendly head’s up.