Why would you mod your Saturn?
The Sega Saturn was a wonderful piece of hardware that was greatly underappreciated, but still has a cult following. While it was not the commercial success that the Sony Playstation was, the Saturn was techincally superior for 2D games and put up some wonderful 3D titles as well.
However, because of the Saturn’s commercial obscurity (especially outside of Japan) many of the most enjoyable games for the system are quite hard to find. There were some incredible games released for the Saturn in the United States, but the really good stuff’s in Japan
Some of the really tough finds, like Panzer Dragoon Saga, Radiant Silvergun, and Keio Yugekitai are being sold for over $200 on EBay. The original games are becoming more of a collectors item as sellers gouge buyers. Because of this, many Saturn owners are unable to enjoy many of the great gems of the system. ISOs and game copies are easily obtainable now and it can be quite fun to collect a lot. (I do encourage you to buy these games for newer systems if they ever become re-released though).
In order to play these ISOs and backups, however, you will need a modchip. The Sega Saturn modchip is very inexpensive and easy to install. Once it is installed, you can play burned games just like they were the real thing.
Modding your Saturn will also allow you to play homebrew games that are availible on the net. You can also make your own games and software. (Check out SegaXtreme for more info) In fact, I will soon be sponsering a Saturn Homebrew contest.
This modchip will not allow you to play anything you throw at it however. The security encryption in the Saturn is one of the most effective schemes, forcing you to do seperate modifications before you can play both copies of games and games from other countries. This guide will show you how to modify your system so it can play CD-Rs, but if you want to play imports – either copies or originals – you should read over this guide.
If anybody has any further questions, I would be glad to answer them in the comments section.