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Shin Force ~ Saturn ~ Sega Saturn :: Consoles
Sega Saturn | History
     In 1994, Sega released their next generation, dual 32-bit console in Japan, and named it Sega Saturn.  It was instantly the #1 seller there.  In May of 1995, Sega unleashed their new console in America, with only a few games to support it for the first 4 months.  Sega underestimated the popularity of 3D games that began with popular arcade titles like Virtua Racing, Virtua Fighter and Daytona USA

     As a result, the Saturn didn't have an ideal amount of 3D hardware.  Yes, it could churn out some great 3D visuals via tight programming, but that took too much time to develop.  Sega of America didn't do justice to the RPG market, as many great Saturn games never saw daylight outside Japan. As it turns out, this lack of localizations from SOA, built-in 3D support, and the Saturn's complexity of development were mainly responsible for its waning popularity in America and Europe.  However, it does have plenty of 2D hardware support, quick load times, and memory upgrades for superior animation.

     Hindsight is 20/20.  Now, we can look back and analyze the Saturn's software library, only to find out (a surprise to some people) that the Sega Saturn has some of the best 32-bit software you can find.  Games like Daytona USA, Sega Rally, Virtua Fighter 2, Fighters MEGAMiX, Shining the Holy Ark, Shining Force III, Dragon Force, Iron Storm, Panzer Dragoon Saga and NiGHTS remain unparalleled in the 32-bit generation.  One of the last Saturn games to be released was Capcom's excellent Street Fighter Zero 3, a definite must-have.

Sega Saturn | Japan
     The first Japanese Sega Saturn (HST-3200) had a gun-metal grey finish with oval blue buttons.  It was released on November 22, 1994.  The initial selling price was 44800¥ (about US$450). 
Sega Saturn | USA
     The first American Sega Saturn (MK-80000) had a black finish with oval black buttons.  In a surprise early launch, It was released on May 11, 1995.  The initial selling price was $399.99.
Sega Saturn | Prototype
Sega Saturn White | HST-3220 | ¥20,000 | 1996-1997
Sega Saturn White: Christmas NiGHTS Winter LE | HST-3220 | ¥20,000 | 11/22/1996
Note: Real Bout Fatal Fury game not included
Sega Saturn Skeleton | HST-3220 | ¥20,000 | 1998-1999
Note: Dragon Ball Z game not included
Hitachi Hi-Saturn : Christmas NiGHTS Winter LE | MMP-11 | ¥64,800 | 1996
Video CD Card is included on all Hi-Saturn models
Sega Saturn (US) Virtua Fighter Edition | MK-80000 | $399.99 | 05/11/1995

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