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Sega Saturn: The Beginner’s Guide

Sega Saturn: The Beginner’s Guide

See the other entries in the Retro Gaming 101 Series The RetroGaming 101 series is aimed at gamers who are just starting out in the classic gaming scene or are curious about an older console that they don’t know much about yet. Those of you that are especially knowledgeable about the featured console, I encourage you to add any information that you think would be beneficial into the comments section. If you are new to the featured console, and still [...]

The Best Sega Saturn Games Under $25

The Best Sega Saturn Games Under $25

For my next revision to the Cheapest Games series , I wanted to revisit the Sega Saturn. The values of the popular Saturn games have increased significantly over the last few years — especially for complete copies of the game.   After the last few revisions of these “Cheapest Games” posts, I’ve found that it’s getting harder and harder to find quality vintage games in complete condition for a reasonable price. In the case of the Sega Saturn, the perfect example is [...]

SSF: A Nearly-Perfect Sega Saturn Emulator

Presented by: Mozgus It’s no secret that many developer interviews in the mid-90′s cited the Sega Saturn as a very complex and challenging machine to work with. In fact, it’s one of the key factors which led to machine’s downfall in the face of the Sony Playstation. Developers struggled to produce the experiences they envisioned within the time-frame allotted. If such a console were so hard for experienced, professional programmers to work with, the notion of emulating the machine must [...]

The Sega Saturn’s Explosive Shmups Library

Two-dimensional shooters are some of the most intense old-school games out there due to the precision, reflexes, and memorization needed to survive these adrenaline rushes.  For fans of the shmup genre, the Sega Saturn is a must-own console due to its excellent exclusives, a healthy dose of high-quality cross-platform ports, and plenty of 2D processing power.  Racketboy’s newest contributor, BulletMagnet, walks us through the Saturn’s impressive shooter lineup from the excellent all the way to the mediocre. Radiant Silvergun One of [...]

The Rarest and Most Valuable Sega Saturn Games

The Sega Saturn is definitely one of the leading consoles among hardcore classic gamers. It’s strong selection of unique and engaging 2D games keeps it relevant a decade after its premature demise. While many of the Saturn’s best games were not adequately appreciated at the time of their release, word of mouth discussions online have boosted many of these games to underground stardom. Even though some of the highest-flying Saturn games like Panzer Dragoon Saga, Guardian Heroes, and Burning Rangers [...]

The State of Sega Saturn Homebrew

The Sega Saturn has been out of retail channels for about ten years now, but that hasn’t stopped a handful of dedicated individuals from creating their own software and games for the vintage machine.  The Rockin-B is not only one of my long-time online contacts from my days on Sega Xtreme, but he is also one of the leading Saturn devs and the organizer of  C4, the annual Sega Saturn Coding Contest. Instead of simply sharing the results of this [...]

NiGHTS Into Dreams Looks Phenominal on PS2

The whole “Sony-killed-Sega” topic is a sensitive subject for old-school Sega fans. Sure, Sega had plenty of self-inflicted wounds, but in the back of every Sega junky’s mind is the fact the Sega rushed the Saturn to market to preempt the Playstation and the PS2 hype made the Dreamcast’s phenomenal head-start fizzle out quicker than it should have. Sega Saturn owners are also especially proud of the fact that the 32-bit powerhouse was home to a number of unique games [...]

PDF: Official Sega Saturn Magazine (UK) – October 1998

Video game magazines are such an interesting way to look back in time at this revolutionary industry. This issue of Official Sega Saturn Magazine (UK) lets us look back at the transition period between the Saturn and the Dreamcast. For Sega fans, this was a time of both frustration and excitement. The Saturn was being put to rest quickly just as games were starting to tap the Saturn’s potential, but the Dreamcast held many wonderful promises for the future. This [...]

Virtua Racing Arcade & Console Port Comparison

When there are a number of home versions of a classic game, you can’t help but wonder which version is the best. For older games, it is very hard to find some solid comparisons of various ports. Fortunately, every now and then I stumble across someone who is dedicated to a certain game and documents the various differences. This time around, HighGear_IceMan from the Race Sim Central Forums went through a lot of effort analyzing the groundbreaking Sega racer, Virtua [...]

Play Panzer Dragoon With a Wii-mote On Your PC

The 3D Rail Shooter genre seems like a natural fit for the Wii and the Wii-mote’s lightgun-like capabilties. And what better series from the rails shooter genre than Panzer Dragoon (and Rez, but I’m trying to stay on topic) . At this point, we’ll be pretty lucky if we see a Panzer Dragoon game on the Wii anytime soon, but until that day comes, you maybe be able to experience the next best thing by putting together a little hack [...]

The Best Undiscovered 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. Read More About My Criteria For Hidden Gems See All The Hidden Gems Articles 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 [...]

The Cheapest Sega Saturn Games Worth Your Time

When you add a console to your collection, the first thing you want to do is get a handful of games to keep you busy with your new toy. However, most of us can’t spend afford to spend fat pile of cash for a few games. This budget-friendly list should help you quickly find which games will start you off well without emptying your wallet. (Prices listed are an average eBay price for complete US games, including shipping) Cheap Classics [...]

Sega Saturn System Disc

Note from racketboy: I’d like to take a quick second to welcome Ivo to the blogging staff here at RetroGaming. He will be one of the members that will be helping me post interesting goodies here in the future. From Ivo: I’ve found a link to an interesting (from a historic point of view) forum post at insert credit. It is about the “system disc” that Sega gave to developers and that would allow them to test their burned discs [...]

Widescreen Sega Saturn Gaming – NiGHTS Into Dreams At Its Best in 16:9

Back in 1996, Widescreen TVs were just a distant possibility for nearly everyone, but in typical ahead-of-their-time fashion, Sega added widescreen support to a small handful of their Sega Saturn games. Of course, I couldn’t have chosen a better title for widescreen support than the crown jewel of the Saturn library, NiGHTS into Dreams. Both the original NiGHTS game and Christmas NiGHTS are playable in the 16:9 aspect ratio and look incredible. I recently hooked my Saturn up to my [...]

The Best Sega Saturn Homebrew of 2006: C4 2006 Results

Even though its younger sibling, the Sega Dreamcast, may get all the fame when it comes to a great homebrew community, the Sega Saturn still has a loyal following of developers. The yearly Saturn Coding Contest hosted by Rockin’-B has concluded for 2006 and the results are quite impressive. The winners are: Bounty Getters (proof of concept) by Zaksund Super Mario Clone ported by VBT Charette A Bestiaux (multiplayer tank battle game) by Vreuzon You can download the SEGA Saturn [...]