Sega Saturn worth picking up?

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  1. Vanne

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    Just wondering if the Sega Saturn is worth it for picking up. Prices seem rather steep. Not a fan of the controllers, and the Dreamcast can be had for cheaper online. Though the dual CPU arch does interest me a bit.

    Anyone have one? Recommend it? And what are the must have titles?
    Pal units seem more expensive than NTSC.
     
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    I have three of them, the pal ones. Theyre like if u smooshed a dreamcast and megacd together, a little quirky and very rough 3d driven games.

    Came across mine in a bulk lot off of here.

    Id seen jp units for sale here but the price was to steep, bulk lots are the best bet to get one at a decent price
     
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    NTSC/J units are cheap on eBay. Combine with Pseudo Saturn Kai and you're laughing.

    Just be wary of power requirements. A "Pico PSU" mod is an easy way around that.
     
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    Ditto with elvis, pick up a JP console and get a AR/Pseudo Saturn cart to play backups.
    Buy a beat up/yellowed up console on eBay and restore and retrobrite it :p
    I picked my JP console off ebay for like $40 including postage.
     
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    This thread reminded me that I've been meaning to find a PC copy of Sega's "Lost Vikings" yesterday, a game I enjoyed tremendously back in the day. I searched and found one, doesn't seem gimped in any way and runs in full screen on my 1440P monitor really well. Chuffed. Now I have to remember all the secret little tricks :D but its been so long, its like starting the game anew. Loving it :thumbup:
     
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    Thanks guys, ill see if i come across and el cheap one. Cheers for the info. does the Pico power board from the DC fit in this thing swell?
     
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    i fucking love the Saturn!

    get one.
     
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    yes pico is available for Saturn too btw. I haven't bothered as I have an AU PAL unit. But I do have a Pseudo cart, it's pretty great.
     
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    The Satiator will be out soon - plug and play, zero-mod ODE for Saturn.

    Once that arrives, I expect Saturn prices to spike. Getting one before then is advised.
     
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    ooh PNP, nice so no more Rhea or Phoebe wait time shenanigans.

    I should really pull my finger out and buy a Japanese unit or at least mod my PAL unit to output 60Hz.

    Maybe after the DC is done, I will move on to the Saturn.

    OP, probably my favourite Sega Saturn content creator is Sega Lord X.

    https://www.youtube.com/channel/UCZ5JH5f8ODllQjrzgqdT5Dg

    couple of good ones to warm you up



     
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    Yup, and made by an Aussie too!

    I think I'll do a 60Hz mod on my PAL unit rather than buy a JP console. But I dunno - I couldnt find a cheap one when I was in Japan, but I see quite a few on eBay that tempt me.

    More than that, I really want to do an FRAM mod:
    https://db-electronics.ca/2017/02/10/sega-saturn-internal-memory-mod-with-fram-no-battery-required/
     
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    FRAM i a great idea, one of the things on my list too. Be nice if someone combines FRAM with a battery clock though - Saturn doesn't get enough love imo.
     
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    Bring on the Satiator! I've been playing my Saturn a lot more now that I have the Phoebe installed.
    Almost finished off Panzer Dragoon Saga and been checking out the massive amounts of SHMUPs for it.
     
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    more Saturn love OP



     
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    Saturn might be one of the only consoles its better to get a PAL unit over a NTSC one. You can do a NTSC and 50/60hz mod to the PAL units, but you can't do a 50hz mod to a NTSC unit. Considering the decent catalogue of PAL only Saturn titles, and I think its worthwhile IMO.

    Only downside is the bloody voltage on the csync pin. I still need to see if you can possible change some jumpers around to fix this.
     
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    Any worth noting in particular? I'm quite ignorant to the Saturn's library outside of Japanese arcade shmups.
     
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    The list of exclusives is small, with games like Z, Swagman, Formula Karts, and Discworld II (a few others but I can't remember off the top of my head).

    What PAL did get a bit of though were very late releases of games that were released in NTSC territories with usually some extra content thrown in.
     
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    freakin love my saturn
     
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    Any idea what a Saturn and 2 pads would be worth? Looking at a pal model.. I am happy to pay around a 100 bucks for one, but not too keen on paying through my nose for shipping.
     
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    Around $100 would be a decent price.. I've seen most go for $100-$150 on eBay
     
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