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In Praise of the Sega Saturn

Steven at GameSpew writes: "The title of this article almost qualifies as an oxymoron. You know, like those advertisements on TV where banks attempt to show how caring they are and how their speculators and asset strippers value the personal touch. Or, come to think of it, any advert on TV. Conventional lore tells us that the Sega Saturn was a disaster, a failure, a write-off. Sega’s decision to cancel the system just four years after its release appears an admission of guilt, a retroactive abortion so clumsily enacted the company ultimately gave up the ghost as a console manufacturer."

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wheresmymonkey889d ago

Aw man, i loved my saturn. I wish SEGA would bring back Dragonforce and Burning Rangers for a start.

miyamoto889d ago

That Sega 3D controller is one of the most influential controller of all time and has became a standard for many controller makers to implement.

That analog stick for Nights into Dreams predates the N64 controller.

See that analog stick placement!
That "home" button in the center?
Them Left and Right Triggers!
That X Y A B face button layout!

Don't we see that placement go rampant on modern day controllers today?

Sega sure knew their stuff back in the day.

Rookie_Monster889d ago

I still have 2 Sega Saturn consoles that I bought from the pawn shop. Games like Panzer Dragoon Saga, the 3 part Shining force 3, and of course those 2D fighters are what made this system a cult classic. Still play some of those games from time to time.

Volkama889d ago (Edited 889d ago )

Absolutely adore Panzer Dragoon Saga and Shining Force 3. I actually re-played through Shining Force 3 last year, after stumbling across fan translated mods for scenario 2 and 3.

Sega Rally, Virtua Fighter 2, Burning Rangers, Dragon Force, and drunken social nights of Saturn Bomberman, Death Tank Zwei, and the awful-but-hilarious Sega Worldwide Soccer.

Shame Sega shed all that talent years ago :(

FlexLuger889d ago

Same here. the white japanese limited edition console and a black universal one. I still have my RAM carts and 54 games. My fave console of all time. Still the best console to play capcom arcade ports on. And Panzer dragoon RPG needs a reboot!

Rookie_Monster889d ago

I totally agreed with the assessment that Panzer Dragoon 2 needs a sequel. Heck, I would be happy if the game is bought over somehow to PSN and Live via digital download. One of the most underrated game in the history of videogame. Sega was awesome back in those days with the games they were making. Sadly, those days are long gone now.

WheatBread889d ago

I love the saturn controller.

FlexLuger889d ago

OH YES! I have my saturn original, but I play the X360 version to preserve the condition of the saturn disc, nowadays. My fave shmup of all time! I love my treasure games....Guardian heroes..I also have on X360, along with bangai-o and gunstar heroes. silloette mirage is another brilliant treasure game.

kalkano889d ago

Shining Force 3, by itself, makes a Sega Saturn worth owning.