Monday, 5 January 2009

Saturn February! It's happening...




Back over at the lovely Planet Dreamcast Forums, in 2008, I proposed a month dedicated to the Dreamcast. I was so wowed by the 360, that I had neglected the Dreamcast, and more importantly/worryingly to the good folks over here at the SJY, the Saturn.

The idea proved quite popular at the PDC Forum and several of the members joined me and rekindled their retro console love for Sega's swansong. The major revelation on the Dreamcast was that I discovered and completed Sword Of The Berserk: Gut's Rage, a game that was bought and left languishing in a cupboard unplayed for four long years.

It was a epiphany like experience for me, and the game now resides in my 'favourite games of all time' list. I also had a PS2 fortnight in September when my 360 got the Red Ring Of Death. Similar story as the Gut's Rage one, but this time the epiphany was Yakuza!!


OK, back to the Saturn. Here's the idea... In the month of Saturn February, I'll only play Saturn software or their follow ups on other consoles. This could mean a trip down memory lane: I'll play stalwart favourites like Fighting Vipers, Sega Rally, Dead Or Alive, Clockwork Knight, Virtua Fighter Kids, NiGHTS, Sega World Wide Soccer 98, Daytona USA and so on... But that would be too easy and not necessarily productive or informative. It might serve as a good reminder of why I fell in love with the console in the first place, though. So maybe a launch night on February the first could be a Saturn Favourites-fest!

What needs to happen, the most important thing to do, is to play some games that I've bought, and then like a video game magpie, tossed into my tattered software nest, a disregarded shiny thing...
That means I'll have some games for the Saturn which will be for me, as fresh and virginal as the day they were bought out back in the good old Nineties. What will my Saturn revelation be? *whistful sigh...*


It might be that I devote some serious play-time to games that I've bought at no inconsiderable cost, imported from Japan or whatever and then largely ignored... Like Burning Rangers!!!



It could also mean a purchase of the Wii edition of NiGHTs, or a solid play through of Panzer Dragoon Orta or Virtua Fighter 5, or Dead Or Alive 4 on the 360... Keeping the Saturn dream alive on the current gen. (See above.)

It could mean hunting down some Saturn promotional loveliness, toys or merchandise which Elend doesn't own yet. (Unlikely... ) LOL! The more economic and sensible thing might be to grab some freebies off the net, like emulation or homebrew devs and finally learning how to utilise them on my PC or even burn to disc for my Saturn. I'd never dream of trying to chip it myself, but if I had a burned disc, I could try to conquer the swap trick. Hey! It might even be modded, it's off eBay, so who knows?

But let's not get ahead of ourselves. There is much preparation left to... erm...prepare! Job one is done. My Saturn collection is centralized and sorted. You can see it on the bottom shelf of this picture.

Job 2 is hopefully happening as we speak. I've left my two oldest boys in charge of hooking up the Saturn to the TV in the other living room. If they are obedient, I should be good to go before dawn breaks on 6th of January! (And this would mean I could legitimately play Christmas NiGHTS during the festive season, as it doesn't end till midnight tomorrow!

Job 3 is to revise the list...

That's all the games I own. This list was compiled ages ago and there have been many additions since. (It's probably doubled by now...) At this point I might have a hidden gem that you adore... Please indulge me and check it out. Let me know about anything there that floats your boat...



www.ebay.com
www.racketboy.com
play-asia

Here are some useful links to remind you of the Saturn's greatness and then it's up to you, or if this proves to be a simply solo venture, up to me. Any way I'm making myself all excited and I need to go to bed, so I'll stop now. Hope the video below gets you in the mood!

8 comments:

マーティン said...

Fantastic post. Recently, I have comprehended selling my 360 - but I know I would only regret that. I have Trigger Heart and Rez HD on it and they're good - plus there are just too many good games for it.

I have a collection of about 85 Saturn games (Jap) and maybe only 10 PAL games. I used to love my Saturn dearly, and I most certainly need to play it again.

I recommend Burning Rangers. It's great.

With this post in mind, February is officially Saturn February and I will join you in your quest.

PhotoBoy said...

Don't forget to play Bulk Slash, it's the best thing on the Saturn IMHO.

fatherkrishna said...

Cheers Martin!

I've got stage 1 underway and the Saturn is hooked up and ready to play... I used a 'brand new', straight out of the box TV adaptor to connect to the TV, Sega used to send them out free as well as controllers from stock left over in their warehouses!

I've also ordered a new import game for eBay Japan and a piece of current gen Saturn legacy software, both of which I hope will be arriving soon.

now it's time to update my software collection list and also make a note of the peripherals I own for the system...

Oh and thanks for the heads up, Photoboy...

NebachadnezzaR said...

This is starting to sound like a brilliant idea, and it would be great if everyone could join you in this. I know I'll try, even though I'm fucking busy with my book right now and classes start again precisely in February.

My ultimate goal would be to finally beat Story of Thor 2, but right when I got back to it last month, finally discovering the ever elusive "temple of shadows", I got stuck again. I don't know how the fuck I did it, but somehow I managed to waste all of my keys and now can't open the door to the dungeon's final boss. The only way around would be to revert to a previous save, but I sure as hell don't feel like beating the whole mothafucking dungeon again. Shit...

Another thing I'd love to do is beat Radiant Silvergun with a friend, but the only guy crazy enough to do it with me has chickened out. Pussy...

Anyway, I'll do what I can to make the most out of my Saturn February. Cheers :D

Ujn said...

As fate would have it... (fate hated me in 2008... but 2009 it may be looking up!) My father has recently taken everything out from the attic/cubby spaces and put brought them into the basement, so it's just a matter of me finding the right box! Saturn February here I come! D&D marathon... perhaps. ;)

fatherkrishna said...

Looking forward to having you on board dear Nebacha!!! Don't let it put you off your studies though...

Ah! Dear Ujn, so nice to have you here... And I haven't even told you about the competition yet... OOOOHHHH!

Jeff said...

I just recently got a japanese Saturn imported, and can't wait to partake in this Saturn-oriented February!

Rambozotheclown said...

What a great idea - count me in. The Saturn is now down from the loft and I'm trying to finish Shining Force III as I type this - but the damn game keeps freezing with the constant reloads - Aaaarggghhhh..... I knew there was a reason I never finished this game!
Also had a quick fling with Nights (Christmas and Everyday versions), Got halfway through Burning Rangers (again!). Duke Nukem and Quake will be making a welcome re-appearance during February, as well as DOA, VF2, Last Bronx, XmenvsSF et al, amd I'm really feeling like starting Panzer Dragoon Saga again.
I've also started hunting through the old eBay listings for Saturn stuff again - needless to say, the wife is not pleased lol