The Launch of the Sega Saturn (1995) | Classic Gaming Quarterly




Episode 35 – The North American launch of the Sega Saturn. The Saturn was surprise-launced on May 11, 1995 along with 6 games. Virtua Fighter was the pack-in, while Daytona USA, Panzer Dragoon, Clockwork Knight, Worldwide Soccer: Sega International Victory Goal Edition, and Pebble Beach Golf Links were also available.

Show Notes:

– This was the first episode for which the gameplay footage was recorded in RGB instead of s-video.

– This was only the second episode featuring the Sega Saturn.

– This was the fourth episode covering the launch of a console.

– The video sequence featuring Takenubo Mitsuyoshi is from a Karaoke commercial, and is the property of Sega Games Co., Ltd.

– This was the first episode featuring the new channel art in the intro, although the old art is still (temporarily) being used in the end credits.

– The Sony PVM is not currently on my desk because I am using an XRGB-mini setup, but I still have the PVMs.

– No, I do not smoke. The ashtray on my desk is a Japanese arcade ashtray that use to keep small things in.

– This is the first episode featuring “show notes” in the description.

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  • October 27, 2020 at 2:18 am
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    Sega:*launched Sega Saturn 4 months early at $399
    Sony:”$299.”
    Sega:*chuckles “I’m in Danger!”

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  • October 27, 2020 at 2:18 am
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    Sega: “Let’s launch the Saturn six months early at a retail price of $399 to get the drop on Sony before they launch the PlayStation”
    Retailers: “What the hell guys?! We need time to promote a major console release, you can just drop the bomb on us like this!”
    Sega fans: “$399!? I’m not paying for that!”
    Sega: “Ok the Saturn had a rough launch, but it should pick up steam before Sony launches the PlayStation.”
    Sony: “$299”
    Gamers: *cheers and laughter
    Developers: “Hey! The PlayStation is way easier to program games for than the Sega Saturn! Lets just make more games for the PlayStation!”
    Sega: “Well, we’re f***ed”

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  • October 27, 2020 at 2:18 am
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    Clockwork knight used 3d graphics along with pre-rendered graphics and the first and second games were pretty good games

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  • October 27, 2020 at 2:18 am
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    Virtua fighter was on saturn way before the 32x version from what I remember and it was a good pack in because the graphics were mind blowing at the time. But keeping it as the pack in as long as they did was not great but when I got mine I got the three game pack it was nice for sure I loved Daytona USA.

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  • October 27, 2020 at 2:18 am
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    Great video CGQ – Did you know a Youtuber (PandaMonium) is reviewing every U.S. Sega Saturn game in depth and in order of release? I think you would really enjoy his channel: @arper42/videos

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  • October 27, 2020 at 2:18 am
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    I'd say that Clockwork Knight was probably Sega's effort to make an unlicensed Toy Story knockoff game… remember the creepy little doll head spiders in the movie…

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  • October 27, 2020 at 2:18 am
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    I used to spend hours in Toys R Us as a kid playing Daytona USA on the Saturn… loved it.. i remember "You can take em"… always being said… I just didn't have the money to buy one after getting a nintendo, super nintendo, sega, sega cd plus games for all… =( Poor kid struggles… ahhh well… thanks for the great video

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  • October 27, 2020 at 2:18 am
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    Star Wars Trilogy Acarde The Super dimensional Fortress Macross classic memories

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  • October 27, 2020 at 2:18 am
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    Great vid! The original PlayStation will always be my favorite console for this generation (As well as my top pick overall) but I'm getting more and more interested in purchasing a Saturn at some point. There was something about game development in the mid to late 90's that really attracts me.

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  • October 27, 2020 at 2:18 am
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    That Football game was shit at release, and it's shit now 💩

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  • October 27, 2020 at 2:18 am
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    Steve race is the biggest betrayer to sega by cooperating with sony by using his deadly $299 speech,
    Sony still did deliver RGB encoder chips for the sega saturn, also sony did co,operate with sega for the sega CD,

    Apart from that sony also co,operated with philips for the CDI, and sony was also involved in the 3DO and the CD32 game console system, non of these systems were a success,

    Now what if sony did fully co,operated with sega for nextgen console, maybe it would,ve been even $100 more expensive because of 2 brand names,sega may still had make the same mistakes, maybe the split would,ve happen anyway because of possibly a name comflict about what the console should,ve be called,or sony would,ve decided to take matters in their own hand once realising that the saturn would fail and so maybe they would,ve come with their own playstation anyway,,

    But what if the sega saturn because a success and sold 100 million units, sega would,ve lost $100 billion because of selling it with $100 loose, it may could,ve be the bottle neck for sega to end up bankruptcy.

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  • October 27, 2020 at 2:18 am
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    My BEST Game for SEGA Saturn is SEGA Rally Championship and SEGA Daytona USA, Awesome Game 90s.

    Greetings from Indonesia🇮🇩, Southeast Asian.

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  • October 27, 2020 at 2:18 am
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    Sega would've been much better off releasing in June 1995 at $350. That would've given retailers a one month heads up to market the machine (including KB Toys) and game developers more time to polish their launch games. It also shortens the gap between the next wave of games that were coming that Fall. I also thought of two slogans they could've used for advertising during the June release. "Summer of Saturn" & "When School is Out, Saturn is In!"

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  • October 27, 2020 at 2:18 am
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    We need more content man, ur the best!!!!

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  • October 27, 2020 at 2:18 am
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    I just picked one of these up over the weekend. It's a white Japanese import that came with a cart that allows for region free gaming and came with X-Men Vs Street Fighter. Gonna be picking myself up a fair few Japanese titles as it seems almost every shmup is from there.

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