Sega Saturn: how one decision destroyed PlayStation's greatest rival

Twenty years ago this week, at the E3 video game conference in Los Angeles, the head of Sega of America accidentally killed the company’s Saturn video game console.

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BG115791251d ago

This is a really nice article about a part of the history of gaming.
I hope it gets approved.

triverse1251d ago

Read through it and had to give this my 3 points to get it live. We need more stuff like this and less "Top whatever" lists in the "retro" world.

mikeslemonade1251d ago (Edited 1251d ago )

There were several mistakes. But the biggest one was not partnering with Sony. However their consoles would have died anyway.

Lets get the truth out there, Sega was never first in anything but Arcades. It's a myth that the Genesis outsold the SNES. SNES sold more overtime.

However we are missing some of SEGA's best IPs. Because they choose to go mobile. Sony or Microsoft should buy them out so they can have a Shemmue exclusive.

zeee1251d ago

Can u hook up a Saturn to hdtv?

Pintheshadows1250d ago (Edited 1250d ago )

You can zeee, but it is a bit of a pain in the arse.

I have the weird Saturn wheel and not too long ago hooked it up and played Sega Touring Cars. A lot of good memories came flooding back. I really liked my Saturn.

Xer0_SiN1251d ago

ive had the honor of owning a sega saturn. it was a bad ass machine back in its day. it had many good games, but my all time favorite from that machine was none other than the venerable dragon force. they gotta sequel or atleast remaster that badboy.

BG115791251d ago

I didn't own an Saturn, but I do own a Dreamcast. It still one of the best consoles I've ever own. Sega really did a good work with the Dreamcast. It's a pity it didn't work.

I still wondering how the world of gaming would be different if Nintendo would have not break the alliance with Sony at the time of the N64...

Haru1251d ago

What if SEGA would relase a new gaming console?

wakeNbake1251d ago

I like to think of Xbox as the spirtual successor to SEGA.

Concertoine1251d ago

I would argue the same. At least, the first xbox. The pioneering of online infrastructure, PC architecture, and unique games was the xbox's philosophy as well. Originally dreamcast games were going to be playable on xbox too. Also the bulk of sega's worthwhile first party content was exclusive to xbox.

DoggyBiscuit1251d ago (Edited 1251d ago )

Sega is too broke to put out a new console I think they got like $20 Million left in the bank, that why most of they focus is on Mobile Games now

Golden_Mud1251d ago (Edited 1251d ago )

Actually , last years fiscal year brought an increase of over 17% , which made the company now have in profits over 3.71 billion dollars.

They could let other companies support them to create a console , including research, creativity, and marketing; all which if combined would require a budget over 4 billion dollars , other companies supporting them could easily help them to create a console , now for profit sharing as other companies would have already helped them would make it as the profit doesn't all come to the hands of Sega and the decisions won't be always agreeable.

Gwiz1250d ago

I have to agree,them putting out a new console now in this already fragile market is not a good idea to begin with.Software profit margins are very low as it is and facilitating mobile platforms is what's best for them i think,although i would gladly have seen it differently.

gamejediben1251d ago

They would probably... keep doing what they had always been doing:

Namely, releasing terrible unwanted addons (like the 32X) to existing consoles, make crappy short battery life handhelds (like the Game Gear and Nomad), focusing almost exclusively on the sports game market, leaving all the really great games in Japan (WHY?!?!?!?!), releasing lots of childish fanboy ads (Genesis does what Nintendon't!) add a little Michael Jackson to taste and serve.

I grew up a Sega fanboy but now in hindsight, I think they deserved to lose. Even despite how good the Dreamcast was. I remember pleading for Sega to release their great games like:

Dragon Force II,
Princess Crown,
Shining Force III (Scenario 2 and 3),
Deep Fear,
Radiant Silvergun,
Zero Wing,
Alien Soldier,
Mega Man Wily Wars,
all the Langrisser/Warsong games
and a bunch of others I can't recall

I felt betrayed. I kept wondering why they wouldn't just get up off their asses and bring some of that awesome sauce to us Americans especially since Europe got most of them anyway.

Damn those Sega bastards to hell!

They could have whupped Nintendo's ass and been Sony's big rival ...but no... they wanted to play "keep away" from us fans. Because: reasons.

I say: Good Riddance. I Hope they never come back.

IRetrouk1250d ago

Ha ha you are the first bitter sega fan i have seen in years... brilliant :-)

Rebel_Scum1250d ago

And no mention of what Sega have done to Sonic either. This is a rare treat.

IRetrouk1250d ago

Lol yeah, although i would have agreed with him if he had of lol

HaveAsandwich1251d ago

price matters. lesson learned.

pop-voxuli1251d ago

I love my Saturn, Still play it daily!

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