SEGA Saturn Classic WHAT?

With rumours of a SNES Classic, with built in games similar to the madly successful NES Classic, in production, it’s time to ask the important question: why isn’t there a SEGA Saturn Classic? 

No, wait! Don’t leave! It’s been over 20 years since the ill-dated Saturn’s release. The console, which was notoriously difficult to program for, is one of the few retro consoles not to be revisited through remasters or collections. Saturn did have a few PC ports back in the day though only a couple – like Nights – popped up on modern consoles. Despite its bad rep and overshadowed by its similarly fated younger sibling Dreamcast, the Saturn had a solid line up. I remember trading in my original PS1 for one in 1997 and have fond memories of SEGA’s 32bit powerhouse. Here are my picks for a retro re-release (in no particular order):

  1. Virtua Fighter
  2. Virtua Fighter 2
  3. Fighters Megamix
  4. Fighting Vipers
  5. Daytona USA
  6. SEGA Rally
  7. Manx TT
  8. Nights
  9. Sonic 3D 
  10. Sonic Jam
  11. Tomb Raider
  12. Panzer Dragoon
  13. Panzer Dragoon Zwei
  14. Panzer Dragoon Saga
  15. Burning Rangers 
  16. Radiant Silvergun
  17. Virtua Cop
  18. Virtua Cop 2
  19. Exhumed
  20. Resident Evil
  21. Street Fighter Alpha
  22. Street Fighter Alpha 2
  23. Street Fighter Alpha 3
  24. Castlevania: Symphony of the Night
  25. Clockwork Knight
  26. Clockwork Knight 2
  27. Croc
  28. Wipeout
  29. Marvel vs Streetfighter
  30. Xmas Nights

A few years ago, I bought a Saturn and built up a solid little collection (Fighters Magamix and the Hoky Grail – PD Saga) but sold it again (alas, this would not be called penniless dads if I still owned SAGA!). The cases and the SEGA-blockiness of the accessories evoke tactile memories of a solid albeit clunky machine.

 This was the first ‘next gen’ console I heard about and changed my mind to and fro between this and PlayStation before eventually being swung by a certain Namco racing game – before switching mid generation to Saturn. If not a classic console – complete with light gun, racing wheel and Nights controller please – then a collection akin to Rare Replay would not go amiss. Some of these games are difficult to play in 2017, finding working memory cards and wrestling to make the Saturn talk to modern TVs. It would be a shame if Saturn was lost into space forever. 

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One thought on “SEGA Saturn Classic WHAT?”

  1. Oh man, I remember owning a Sega Saturn when I was a kid. I don’t remember too much about it other than loving NiGHTS into Dreams and Bug. I’d love to see some Saturn classic pop up one day. Clockwork Knight was also fun!

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