Remember Segata Sanshiro

By Rolando . April 9, 2007 . 5:13pm

segasaturn-r3.jpgOh Sega Saturn. It was a shame that your lifespan was a bit short compared to your competition, but I would be a fool to completely ignore the brilliant games you’ve managed to house! Games like Guardian Heroes, Shining Force III, Panzer Dragoon, Panzer Dragoon Zwei, Panzer Dragoon Saga, Virtua Fighter 2, Virtua Cop 2, Clockwork Knight (yes this game was awesome), Shining The Holy Ark, Burning Rangers, NiGHTs, and so on and so forth. It’s a good thing your import brother had some life left in him which gave importers a reason to either import a JPN Sega Saturn or purchase that super cool St. Key that allowed JPN games to play on U.S./EU Sega Saturn consoles. After all, with that 4MB cartridge your brother had, fighting games like X-Men vs. Street Fighter, Marvel vs. Street Fighter, and Samurai Showdown 4 were a joy to play! Let’s not forget the awesome shmup that was Radiant Silvergun!


In honor of your brilliance, I present to you Segata Sanshiro, the marketing mascot of Sega Saturn JPN, who made out with an unconscious woman (while performing CPR) and hit a baseball with his foot! He even threw a soccer player at a ball to make a goal and layed the smackdown on a group of kids! You lived a long and prosperous life Segata Shansiro. You will be remembered.




Did you own a Sega Saturn? If so, what games do you remember playing the most? Don’t be afraid to share them.

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  • monkeypox

    HAHAHA… that was great!

  • rootbeerking

    I didn’t own a Saturn(I was a Nintendo fan back in the day so I only had a N64, and late in I got a PS1) but i’ve been playing Princess Crown on my PSP, and reading alot about the Saturn recently. And man I have to say I wish I didn’t miss out on it. The saturn from what i’ve read(and played of Princess Crown, such an awesome game) had alot of awesome games that I wish I could have played.

  • RealRyudo

    Oh, I had a Saturn, and I loved (and still love) it! Panzer Dragoon Saga is, for me, best game ever. Nights was great. I played a lot of times through Enemy Zero, and spent so many hours with Dragon Force… not to forget the great fighting game Fighters Megamix, Resident Evil, Deep Fear, Mystaria, Shining Wisdom, Shining the Holy Ark, Shining Force 3, Sega Rally, Daytona USA, Sega Touring Car, King of Fighters 95, the first two Panzer Dragoon games, House of the Dead, Burning Rangers, Marvel SuperHeroes, even Sonic Jam was so great! Not to forget the japanese-only X-Men vs Street Fighter, Castlevania Symphony of the Night or Grandia. Oh, man, this was such an awsome machine…

  • Man I still have love for my Saturn and my copy of Dragon Quest… that is until I got the PS2 Sega Ages remake. The Panzer Dragoon games, Clockwork Knight, Mysteria and NiGHTS were awesome. Props to Working Designs who really tried to bring out RPGs during the Saturn era.

  • Aoshi00

    I actually didn’t own a Saturn during that time and bought the console long afterwards to play all those classics such as Guardian Heroes and Panzer Dragoon Saga.

    Other game collection for the Saturn I have are a bunch of over-17 semi risque dating sims (i.e, Doukyuusei). Alas, they’re all just watered down ports from PC leftovers and don’t really show any goodies, how naive I was.

  • the_importer

    Good times:

    -Sonic Jam (beats the living $%^& out of the GameCube Sonic Mega Collections)
    -Guardian Heroes
    -Toshinden S
    -Virtua Fighter 2
    -Fighters Mega Mix
    -Virtua Cop 2
    -Daytona USA Deluxe
    -Rockman 8 (beats the PSX version)
    -Rockman X4
    -KoF 97
    -Virtual-On with Twin Sticks
    -Earth Worm Jim 2 (with freaking good sound track)
    -Sakura Taisen 1 & 2

  • Veilknight

    Importer summed it up all nicely, I think.

    Best of all, many of the finest Saturn games can be found at a bargain. What I’ve come to find is, any game on the console which goes for an absurd price was more than likely released late in the Saturn’s lifespan in the US, usually with a small print run; Panzer Dragoon Saga immediately springs to my mind.

    Considering most of the library can still only be found on this home console, with Saturn emulation only being an option if you have a top of the line PC and running the games through SSF (with many titles either being hit or miss) your option of playing many of the Saturn’s best is slim (hopefully GameTap will turn out to be a solid alternative, once they start cranking out more games from the system using their own emulator).

    Even if you never owned a Saturn before in the past, it’s still a great system to own now if you want some exclusives you can’t find anywhere else.

  • My Saturn was the all-too-exalted king of the 32- /64-bit era for me. I try to collect what I missed back then, but I keep finding I had the best of the games, especially the late ones. For example, I haven’t been able to get into Magic Knight Rayearth …

    At the risk of being robbed at knifepoint in the middle of the night, I have Panzer Dragoon Saga, Shining Force III, Dragon Force, Guardian Heroes, and Burning Rangers as the rarities in my collection, which I think I just unwittingly wrote out in my order of preference. The overall best game was probably NiGHTs, but Saga is without a doubt a peerless RPG.

  • fil

    two words. burning. rangers. the saturn was AWEsome, as was the DC (best system to date!). sega ruled. WAY ahead of their time IMHO.

  • VFX2

    Man the Saturn was great…I remember their sneak attack release, got the system for like $400 iirc… along with Panzer Dragoon and Daytona. What a way into the 32bit world! Anyone remeber Astal? beautiful cartoon 2D side scroller? Guardian Heroes of course, Radiant Silvergun was another well play game. Out Run…running at 60FPS, Sonic Jam was the best sonic collection + museum collection to date. Virtual On, Sega Rally pretty much all of AM2 and AM3 stuff. And the many hours of insanity through Bomber man and the 10 players multitop madness! The list goes on!

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