The Sega Saturn (Japanese: セガサターン Sega Satān) is a video game console manufactured by Sega and was the successor to the Sega Genesis.
Initially released in 1994, the Saturn was a 32-bit system and a key player in what would be known as the fifth generation of video game consoles. It was first released in Japan on November 22nd, 1994, in North America on May 11th, 1995, and in Europe on July 8th, 1995.
Though it was a commercial flop in North America, it was a major success in Japan. While powerful for its time, its complex hardware and inability to meet rapidly evolving consumer expectations put it in third place in Western markets, but its combination of 2D sprite games and 3D arcade ports with strong marketing made it a big hit in the Japanese markets.
Its main competitors were the Sony PlayStation and the Nintendo 64.
The Sega ST-V arcade system board was based on the specs of the Saturn.
Due to the extensive amount of information in this console's technical specifications, they are to be viewed on a separate page.
Three of Treasure's games were released on the Saturn from 1996 to 1998. Guardian Heroes was released on the Saturn in 1996, Silhouette Mirage in 1997, and Radiant Silvergun was ported from the arcades to the Saturn in 1998.
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