Despite sounding like a 'harsh' title for a feature with accusations
flying all over the place, the actual feature is actually
far from that. It features two serious long-time Saturn freaks.
One from Holland, one from France. One running Segadatabase,
the other running Satakore.
Both extremely interested in all things Saturn related. Games,
demos, prototypes, magazines, merchandise and always after
more information and facts. Both running a Youtube
channel, both scouting Yahoo Auctions on a regular
base to find the treasures that time forgot. Methinks it's
time to talk!
-When did you come into touch with
S.F: A store in the next
town had a Saturn demo pod at launch. I remember laughing
at the silly Virtua Fighter voices and it didn't
really impress me all that much. A friend of mine got a Saturn
in 1996. At the time I was still playing my Megadrive and
its new releases (Mortal Kombat 3, Sonic 3D
etc). After seeing games like Panzer Dragoon Zwei
and Sega Rally I knew I'd have to get one a.s.a.p.
I would've loved to get the system earlier but at roughly
400 euro it was waaaay out of my range, being 14. In early
'97 prices dropped and I was able to buy a second hand unit
with Virtua Cop and Street Fighter Alpha,
Worms followed soon after. I bought roughly 15 new
games in the next year.
Maybe in 2000-2001. I never had cash to buy one when it came
out (and my parents never thought videogames are good for
-What are your favorite games on the system?
S.F: For a long, long time
it was the adventure Torico Gekka Mu Gen Tan (Lunacy
for US readers), its beautiful music made the whole game for
me. While I still like the game (and love its music) there's
loads of others that came on my path which I fell in love
with. Dezaemon 2 for its huge amount of options and
the great deal of creativity I can unleash on it, Worms
for its sheer addictiveness (TEN years after I bought it!),
Daytona CCE for the extremely cool link-up mode and
Culdcept..boy what a game that is. Other games worthy
of a mention; Sega Rally, Metal Slug, X-men
vs Street Fighter, Keio 2, Greatest Nine / World
series baseball, Gals Panic SS..
I don't have any favorite games as I didn't have time to play
a lot. But I really like puzzle games and you have some really
good ones on the Saturn.
-What do you think is the most underrated game on
Well, most of the games have their share of fans.Torico
didn't do much in Europe or the USA. Gun Gruffon
-and more so- its sequel. Both extremely enjoyable games if
your persevere. Enemy Zero
would've made the perfect example but I couldn't really get
into it. I really feel games like Culdcept and Dezaemon
2 should've seen releases outside Japan.
Some puzzle games like Logic Puzzle Rainbow Town,
Kyuutenkai is also a great underrated pinball game,
some japanese only RPGs, ...
-Aaand the most dreadful one?
S.F: It would be easy to
bring up Death Crimson and Race Drivin' again,
but it's time Seikai-Risshiden (a game so dull you'll
start decomposing while playing it) and Isto E Zico
(dodgy videos coupled with extremely poor designed interfaces)
get the slagging they deserve. Oh and NHL All-star hockey
(the first one).
Don't know (I must think about it)
-Games you would've like to see on the Saturn?
S.F: There's a lot of 'missed oppertunities'
for the Sega Ages label. A Streets of Rage
pack, a Golden Axe pack. I would've liked to see
more 'Memorial selection' packs as well. More Dezeamon
releases (especially the platform game creator one that was
released on the PSX). Oh and anything sporting link-up
M.R: More 2D
-What stuff do you collect at the moment?
S.F: Mostly obscure or playable
Japanese games (I try to steer clear of the 'girl adventures'
for as long as possible), prototypes (not the easiest thing
in the world, sadly), sampler/demo discs, magazines, promo
All the things related to the Saturn and the 3DO,
but I am not really interested in prototypes as they are too
expensive (and because I know someone else who enjoy them
more than I could) (Hmm..wonder who that could be - S.F)
-What items are you looking for?
S.F: All kinds of Saturn
prototypes / alpha's / betas. As for games; Wipeout XL,
Sega Ages: Disney Mickey/Donald combo pack, Gun
Griffon 2 link cable set. All are too expensive for my
liking, so I'm just waiting to find them a bit cheaper. Also
all items I actively collect (see above).
All the games and demos I am missing to complete my collection
-The best bits in your Saturn collection?
S.F: My Destruction Derby 2 proto,
Derby Stallion system (which I blew up after writing
and before uploading this, D'OH!), my collection of sampler/demo
discs, the copy of Worms I bought back in 1997, all
Saturn magazines; I wouldn't want to be without them, as sad
as that might sound ;)
M.R: My collection
as a lot.
-Most desired prototype?
S.F: Fighting Force has
a big history for me but I'm mostly looking forward to a prototype
with link-up functions, as silly as that may sound. Potentential
candidates for that would be Syndicate Wars, F1
or early versions of Independence Day or Duke
None really, unless some are complete and playable.
-What do you think of the PSX as a system?
S.F: Total garbage. Nah,
only kidding. While I really dislike the overall design of
the system and its clunky pads, its insides made it the success
story it was. It certainly has a good amount of quality games
but most of the ones I personally like(d) are also available
on the Saturn (Wipeout 2097, Command & Conquer,
Worms, Mortal Kombat trilogy, Destruction Derby..even
while the Saturn version of that one stinks). The games I
wanted to play at the time were Sega Rally, Daytona
USA, Virtua Cop, Fighting Vipers and Bug!.
There was no real need to buy a PSX for games like Ridge
Racer, Toshinden or Time Crisis with
games like that around. I actually own the system but it rarely
comes out of the closet. It's only when a friend drops by
for some link-up matches of Formula one or Destruction
Derby it's of any use to me.
M.R: The PSX
is a good system with a shitload of games, but the hardware
is too cheap and breaks easily.
-Any interesting Saturn tidbits/stories to share?
S.F: Yes, plenty. I once
got a picture of Ezra
Dreisbach (the main programmer) in Exhumed.
Not sure how it got there, but it had something to do with
a corrupted internal memory. Dutch midfielder 'Overmars'
was amusingly renamed 'OverSaturn' when Silicon Dreams
renamed all World League Soccer '98 players to keep
out of copyright trouble. I did a pixel perfect Fantasy
Zone 2 with Dezaemon 2 (only two levels and
their bosses, mind). Oh and I got 220 volts running through
me while messing around trying to get a prototype running.
That was my lesson not to mistreat any Saturn system again.
I bought my copy of SFZ3 Limited Edition new for
only 10 Euros, this is the best purchase I made :P