Sega Won't Rule Out Re-Release of Saturn Classics

Sega Won't Rule Out Re-Release of Saturn Classics

Sega is planning on re-releasing classic Dreamcast games on PSN and XBLA, but older titles from its Saturn system might not be far behind.

Earlier this month, we learned that Sega was planning on bringing some of its most beloved games to modern DLC networks. While the only titles that have been mentioned thus far are Dreamcast games like Sonic Adventure and Crazy Taxi, Sega might be delving a bit deeper into its archives before too long.

Speaking with GAME Watch (via Andriasang), Sega's retro master Yosuke Okunari - the producer of the Dreamcast re-releases and the PS2 Sega Ages collections - talked about the possibility of doing the same to its Saturn titles.

The problem, according to Okunari, is the Saturn wasn't quite as popular as its predecessor Genesis or its successor Dreamcast. "When you look globally, the Genesis and Dreamcast are well known, but Saturn is unknown. During that period, PlayStation and Nintendo 64 were a success overseas, but to be honest Saturn was not a success. Because of this, we decided on Dreamcast," he said.

Still, he said that Saturn re-releases were certainly an option. "What we announced this time is a project where we will have consecutive releases of titles that were debuted on Dreamcast," Okunari explained. "Separate from this, we're of course thinking about ports of Saturn games. It's the same as how Sega Ages and Virtual Console were separate existences. It's not that we have no intention of porting Saturn titles, so please share your requests."

So, just because Sega is focusing on Dreamcast titles right now, it doesn't mean there isn't something going on behind the scenes to do the same to beloved Saturn titles. Why, Segata Sanshiro could be on his way to bludgeon the Xbox 360 and PS3 into submission until they play Saturn titles out of fear right now!

Incidentally, as pointed out by the game's fans, cult classic NiGHTS into Dreams turns 15 this year. What a good time for a remake, huh?

(via Joystiq)

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I just had a brain dumb, and for some reason, though that it said Sega was going to re-class Saturn.. the planet.

This is fine too.

Grandia.

Grandia.

Grandia!

And Panzer Dragoon Saga. That's a rare, and fantastic, game from what I hear. Be nice to see it in digital form. I want to play it, but not enough to pay the outrageous prices I see it going for.

http://www.amazon.com/gp/offer-listing/B000FT61OU/ref=dp_olp_used?ie=UTF8&qid=1277930442&sr=8-1&condition=used

Grandia.

Grandia.

Grandia!

Ahem...once more...

GRANDIA!

Yes, Grandia was on the Saturn originally, not the PS1.

EDIT #4: As stated below, the Saturn version never had an English translation outside of the PS1 port, but still. It's TECHNICALLY a Saturn game.

Onyx Oblivion:

And Panzer Dragoon Saga.

Fucking rare ass game. Be nice to see it in digital form.

Pretty much this!

Oh, please please please please ressurect "Panzer Dragoon Saga", I loved that game to bits. One of the more obscure games out there I reckon and one of the most memorable games from my childhood.

Onyx Oblivion:
Grandia.

Grandia.

Grandia!

And Panzer Dragoon Saga. That's a rare, and fantastic, game from what I hear. Be nice to see it in digital form.

Grandia.

Grandia.

Grandia!

Ahem...once more...

GRANDIA!

And not on Ebay for a fuckton of money.
And thats if your lucky enough to come across one of them on Ebay...

Radiant Silvergun. Burning Rangers. Mr. Bones. Christmas NiGHTS. Panzer Dragoon Saga. Please and thank you!

John Funk:

Incidentally, as pointed out by the game's fans, cult classic NiGHTS into Dreams turns 15 this year. What a good time for a remake, huh?

There's already been a remake for the PS2. It was only released in Japan though.

I welcome Saturn classics brought over. I recently got back into Saturn Bomberman and Guardian Heroes, and I can safely say most modern games aren't even a scratch on those game's gameplay.

Onyx Oblivion:
Grandia.

Grandia.

Grandia!

And Panzer Dragoon Saga. That's a rare, and fantastic, game from what I hear. Be nice to see it in digital form. I want to play it, but not enough to pay the outrageous prices I see it going for.

http://www.amazon.com/gp/offer-listing/B000FT61OU/ref=dp_olp_used?ie=UTF8&qid=1277930442&sr=8-1&condition=used

Grandia.

Grandia.

Grandia!

Ahem...once more...

GRANDIA!

It'll never happen. Mainly because the game never had an English translation for the Saturn version.

But I'm sure the PSX version could be re-released, if it hasn't already?

wooty:

Oh, please please please please ressurect "Panzer Dragoon Saga", I loved that game to bits. One of the more obscure games out there I reckon and one of the most memorable games from my childhood.

Honestly, the game hasn't aged as well as many would like to think. Like most 3D games for the Saturn.

The soundtrack still kicks arse though. As do the FMVs.

Terramax:

But I'm sure the PSX version could be re-released, if it hasn't already?

Sadly, it has not. I still have my PS1 copy, but it'd be nice to see it ported to moderns consoles.

I am aware of the translation issues, but hey, they could just port the PS1 version, wrap it in a Saturn bow...and DONE.

Clockwork, Shining the Holy Ark, and Blazing Dragons. Please, God please be true. I've been craving a chance to replay Shining the Holy Ark for-EVER. As far as I know, it was the first (and best in my opinion) First person RPG.

Guardian Heroes. That is all...

I would love to see some of the old saturn classics get a re-rlease. They are wel past due for some luvin

Things like this are proof there is a God.

Susan Arendt:
Radiant Silvergun

Dear god, yes. And Marvel Superheroes vs. Street Fighter, I much prefer it to MvC2, and the PS1 version is severely lacking in terms of gameplay.

The only game I really played on the Saturn was Virtua Cop. I have to say that Panzer Dragoon demo was pretty fun though.

Susan Arendt:
Radiant Silvergun. Burning Rangers. Mr. Bones. Christmas NiGHTS. Panzer Dragoon Saga. Please and thank you!

That's what I'm talking about!

Chuck in Fighter's Megamix and Guardian Heroes as well.

Why stop at just Saga? The entire Panzer Dragoon series is worth revisiting. Hell, they can re-release Orta if they like.

Agreed on Guardian Heroes. Also, Dragon Force, Astal, Dark Savior, Burning Rangers, Cyberbots, the Lunar remakes, Magic Knight Rayearth, Princess Crown, Radiant Silvergun, Shining Force III, and the original Virtual On.

I never played with a Saturn before, but I would love to play some fabled Saturn titles, like Panzer Dragoon and NiGHTS.

Also, that Segata Sanshiro commercial was hilarious. A soccer RPG?, sign me in!

They have already revisited Nights this console generation with the sequel on the Wii.

I hope they rerelease Guardian Heroes. I would definitely spend some money on the especially if it is rerendered in HD.

Shining Force III please. I never got to play it due to lack of Saturn and 1/2 were fucking fun to play over and over again.

Susan Arendt:
Radiant Silvergun. Burning Rangers. Mr. Bones. Christmas NiGHTS. Panzer Dragoon Saga. Please and thank you!

Agreed!
Plus Shining Force 3

I'd like to see Guardian Heroes with an HD makeover, but unfortunately isnt that a Treasure produced game? Methinks you'd have to ask someone else for that release.

My Dream is to one day play "NiGHTS" but since that game never seems to get remade, I guess that's never going to happen for me. There was a remake on the PS2, but it was only released in Japan - probably a decision made by an Evil Horned Marketing Executive who coincidently is also plotting to destroy Christmas. There also was a sequel, but from what I heard, it sucked (clearly the work of that Evil Horned Marketing Executive again).

So, might I ask: WHAT THE FUCK??

I'd love this to happen, saturn had plenty of decent games but just didn't sell well.

My vote would go for "Dark Savior", it's an action rpg (fights are resolved in the form of a fighting game) I got hooked on when i was little but never got to finish. Only found out more about it later thanks to youtube vids, and its particularities:

Basically you play a bounty hunter who at the start of the game captured with his bounty hunter crew the main villain, a really powerful and evil monster. The monster is to be shipped via sea to a place it can be imprisoned safely. Your character, Garen opts to join the escort on the ship.
Of course, things go wrong and the monster escapes, butchering the crew.

Here's where it gets interesting, depending on how you act in this portion, you might be able to intercept and defeat the monster before it escapes, save some of the crew or not, or even get killed and end up in purgatory. There are quite a few different storylines that happen, each with a different taste and flavor.

Not best rpg in the world, and dunno if it could be considered a classic, but it's definitly one i'd recommend giving a try :)

The epic return of Segata Sanshiro, that would be fucking awesome.

sylphmortem:
Guardian Heroes. That is all...

I was gonna say that too! I have the game actually, real game and all that, but I'd like to see if they can not have the super slow-down.

If this gets done I will forever forgive SEGA for what they did to sonic, also you probably wont get a port of Saga.
They lost the master coding disks, that's why it's so rare. But I live and hope for them to get their act together as sites like Gametap have an emulated version pending for it.
Also the Saturn was my first console so I'd rather they didn't fuck this up.

SONIC ADVENTUREEEEEE!!!!!!

*passes out*

It took this thread way too long to come up with shining Force 3...

/me is sad now. But okay.

It's time to ressurect Chu Chu Rocket Online!

Oh HELL yes. I missed out on the Saturn first time around- hitched my wagons elsewhere -so this would be killer.

As long as we get Fighters Megamix and/or Fighting Vipers, I'll be happy.

I'd want to play NiGHTS into Dreams.

 

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