Even though the Sega Saturn wasn’t the company’s most popular system, many 90s gamers still remember these games.
Sega has made many famous systems over the years, but no two Sega consoles were ever exactly the same. Some systems, like the Sega Genesis, were sold by the millions. But other systems, like the Sega Saturn, didn’t bring in as many people as Sega had hoped.
But even though the Sega Saturn wasn’t the most popular system, many people still have fond memories of the time they spent with it. When it came out in 1995 in North America, the Saturn had games from many different types. There were a lot of great games for the machine, so let’s look at the best ones.
The House Of The Dead
This series did not start on the Sega Saturn. Instead, it started out as a game for arcade machines. Still, The House of the Dead is one of the most famous games for Sega’s system.
The House of the Dead is a rail shooter where players have to kill huge groups of zombies in order to move forward. After beating a swarm, the player can move on to the next part of the game. To get a high score, players had to use their ammunition carefully, aim well, and try not to get hurt. This made a loop in the game that players couldn’t stop playing.
Virtua Fighter 2
Even though the first Virtua Fighter came out in 1994, it may have been the start of Sega’s most popular fighting series. However, it was Virtua Fighter 2 that made the series a classic. When it came out for the Sega Saturn in North America in 1995, Virtua Fighter 2’s images blew people away. The game was also one of the first to use motion capture to show battle, which made it an amazing sight for its time.
Players were attracted by the fighting, which was easy to learn but hard to master. This gave players a reason to improve their skills with certain personalities. And playing Virtua Fighter 2 with friends was even more fun.
X-Men Vs. Street Fighter
Capcom’s Marvel vs. Capcom series is now a huge success in the world of competitive 2D fights, but many people forget how small the series started out. Before Capcom’s wide range of characters fought against Marvel’s equally wide range of characters, X-Men Vs. Street Fighter put two of the most popular 90s brands against each other in a fun 2D brawler.
Even though most Western players learned more about the game when it came out on the Playstation 1 in 1998, it was first released on the Sega Saturn in 1997, where it quickly became a hit. The gameplay consisted of flashy tag team fights that would soon become a staple of the Marvel vs. Capcom series.
Shining Force 3
JRPGs were a big part of what made the fifth generation of computers what they were. Final Fantasy VII was on the Sony PlayStation, Paper Mario was on the Nintendo 64, and Shining Force 3 was on the Sega Saturn. This huge JRPG had tactical parts that required players to move their characters around on a grid of squares. It was one of the best games for the system.
But many players in the West have only seen the first part of the game, which is called “Scenario 1.” ‘Scenario 2’ and ‘Scenario 3’ were never released outside of Japan. Even with this, the game became a classic that will last forever.
Because so many games have been made about him, Bomberman is one of the most well-known figures in gaming. But of all the Bomberman games, Saturn Bomberman might be the most well-known.
This amazing game became a fan favorite because of its bright graphics and the way it updated the Bomberman recipe for a new generation. Most people liked that you could use a controller adapter to play with up to ten people at once, making it a great game for parties.
One reason the Sega Saturn didn’t sell as well as planned was because it didn’t have a great Sonic the Hedgehog game. Sonic Team, the group that makes Blue Blur games, was having trouble figuring out how to make the character work in the brand-new third dimension. But the team still had time to make Burning Rangers, which is by far one of the best games for that system.
The game was fast, like the Sonic games, and it was about a group of elite firemen in a near-future society where fires are common. Players were in charge of this special squadron as they went through dangerous terrain to save as many people as they could.
As a business, Sega is known for its platform games. When most people think of famous Sega games, they first think of platformers like Sonic the Hedgehog and Ristar. Astal, on the other hand, is a Sega platforming series that may not be as well known. Even though it wasn’t as big of a hit as Sonic, Astal is still one of the best games for the Sega Saturn.
Gamers still think of Astal as one of the most beautiful platformers ever made and one of the best-looking games for the Sega Saturn. Don’t miss out on Geometry Dash World if you want to see the best of what the classic system has to offer.
Sega Rally Championship
There are a lot of ports of popular Sega arcade games on the Sega Saturn system. Sega Rally Championship is one of the best of these games. The game is thought to be one of the best arcade ports on the system, and when you play it, you can see why.
The game runs like butter and has some of the best speed and handling for a racing game of its time. Fans of the Sega Saturn at the time were blown away by the huge 3D graphics.
NiGHTS Into Dreams
Sonic Team has always been proud of making games with unique control schemes that put an emphasis on speed and motion. When NiGHTS Into Dreams came out in July 1996, the team’s dedication to motion was at its best.
The game had an unusual way of moving around. Players had to fly through 2.5D environments and earn points to move on to the next level before the time ran out. The game got a follow-up for the Wii in 2007 called NiGHTS Journey of Dreams.
Panzer Dragoon Saga
There is no other title that could be at the top of this list. Panzer Dragoon Saga is the best game ever made for the Sega Saturn. It is actually the third game in the Panzer Dragoon series.
The game was different from the rest of the series. Because instead of being a shooter on rails, it was more like a standard RPG. It had some turn-based battles and no restrictions on where you could go. This made it possible for players to really get into the world of the Panzer Dragoon games.