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 Post subject: Re: Sega Saturn
PostPosted: 12 Jan 2021, 18:51 
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signofzeta wrote:
I can’t even explain how disinterested I am in any of this! I already have the Saturn I want and rarely play boots. When I do I just do the old swap trick. That all sounds like a nightmare of zombie add-on b******t that will never end. When do you play the games?


It probably does seem like a nightmare to an American :lol:
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 Post subject: Re: Sega Saturn
PostPosted: 12 Jan 2021, 20:00 
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I’m not sure what being an American has to do with anything. Is the need to change one’s BIOS screen somehow an American problem? It seems like a self induced non-issue.

The impression I had of the Saturn in Europe was pretty much the same for Laserdisc. That is, local support was so bad any real enthusiast will end up importing a bunch of NTSC stuff anyway so you’d be better off just going that way from the beginning.

I had a TurboDuo when it was new. I had already been through the experience of a domestic publisher trying to get me to buy some of the tiny number of games they had planned but in 1993 I just stopped buying TTI and went import %100. When it was obvious Bernie was killing the Saturn in the US I switched into that gear again. I was importing LD from day one, imports were actually why I got the player.

It’s a lot easier and nowadays also much cheaper as an American to just pretend the Saturn and the PC Engine never came out here and buy all Japanese releases. I have a switch on my Saturn but I don’t actually use it that much because the American library is quite small...all in huge cases, mostly broken, and costs...for some reason...a ton of money even though I can’t imagine why you’d ever want at any price US titles like Guardian Heroes or Street Fighter Alpha with their horrible cover art. I sell my US games when people ask me to because I always thought of them as just the junk I bought cheap or close by when I didn’t have a day to drive to Die Hard and back for a JP version that was $20 more but almost always better.
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 Post subject: Re: Sega Saturn
PostPosted: 12 Jan 2021, 20:16 
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So you have a Japanese Saturn and Japanese games?
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 Post subject: Re: Sega Saturn
PostPosted: 12 Jan 2021, 21:58 
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I have a US Saturn (oval button), and a Japanese Saturn (“no danger” era white), both switched. I have most of the real cartridges, controller variants, taps for it and I don’t think I have any 3rd party HK stuff anymore. Most of my games are Japanese now but I still have US versions of things like Azel because it’s an RPG and I’ll never know Japanese well enough to enjoy the game in that language as much as I do the very well localized US one. I eventually sold games like Saturn Bomberman for $$ after getting a slightly superior JP version for ¥50. I guess I’d like to trade my US Street Fighter Collection for a JP one but since nowadays I have the arcade PCB for Street Fighter Zero 2 Alpha (personal all time favorite fighter...) I guess it’s sort of academic.
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