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Sega Saturn Emulators & ROMs


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GiriGiri v20010316
PC-Saturn v0.1a
SSF v0.05Alpha r5



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Sega Saturn

Sega, a home game console option from Japan, was before Sony Playstation. It was quite a machine for its time. Based on the popularity of the Sega machine, the company began working on advancing their technology to keep up with the times. To do so meant creating a 32 bit CPU. The 32 bit CPU came about in what is called the Sega Saturn. Work on the machine started in the early 1990’s, but it took a bit longer for the idea to come to fruition.

At first the Sega was referred to as the Sega Giga Drive, which would be CD- Rom capable. However, before its release the company amended the name to the Sega Saturn. The first of the Sega Saturn was completed in 1993. The market was on hold waiting for the design to hit shelves. Sega was working on improving some issues they had. Finally in 1995 Sega Saturn was released to the public. The Sega Saturn was set to be first released in 2D, but it was designed to increase to 3D later on.

Consumers wanted 3D technology by then due to the games being created like Virtua Fighter. There was also talk about the first Sony Playstation being worked on. The fact that Sony was advertising 3D for its images meant Sega would have stiff competition if they could not advance their Sega Saturn to the same. The designer of Sega was able to see the specifications for Sony. Thus he returned to the workplace in order to try and get 3D before the actual release of the game. The specs he saw were shown to him in 1994. This gave the designer one year to get a 3D version. The best he could do was to combine 2D and 3D boards and dual processors within the game. Unfortunately this caused problems for the programmers.

The Sony Playstation was released a few months after the Sega Saturn in Japan. Surprisingly Sega Saturn had such a strong customer base that Sony had to fight to sell their system for six months. Then the tide turned and it was Sega whose sales were falling. The US debut in 1995 for the Sega Saturn did not have welcoming results. The Sega was sold for $399, with the Sony Playstation marketed at $299. It meant Sega was the higher price and in reality the lower technology.

Another problem for Sega was their games. At the time of the Sega Saturn release the only game available was Virtua Fighter. They had yet to make more games that would work with the design. A few months later a couple more games did hit the shelves, but the Sega Saturn was already losing face. The early release of the console did not offer much advertising, and of course the technology was inferior.

The Playstation was also releasing Final Fantasy VII. The Final Fantasy series was so popular by then that the Sega Saturn continued to get over shadowed. Finally in 1998 it was removed from the US market.