Just when Sega fans thought it couldn't get any better, now that Dreamcast titles are coming to Microsoft's Xbox Live Arcade and Sony's PlayStation Network, Sega Dreamcast producer, Yosuke Okunari, said in an interview that Saturn titles will likely make their way to both services at some point in the future.
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When Sega announced recently plans to bring Dreamcast titles, including Crazy Taxi and Sonic Adventure, to Xbox Live and PlayStation Network, the vast majority of Sega fans were excited. After all, the Dreamcast is one of the better consoles ever released, and many of its titles were outstanding.
But it looks like the company isn't done yet. Speaking in a recent interview, Sega's Yosuke Okunari, who is in charge of bringing Dreamcast games to the new consoles, said that porting Saturn games is a real possibility.
"We're of course thinking about ports of Saturn games," Okunari told Japanese gaming publication Impress Watch. "It's not that we have no intention of porting Saturn titles, so please share your requests."
The reason Sega has decided to start with Genesis and Dreamcast titles actually makes some sense. According to Okunari, the company is fully aware that "when you look globally, the Genesis and Dreamcast are well known, but the Saturn is unknown." He said that based on the Saturn's failure, the company decided to first focus on Dreamcast titles, given its worldwide popularity.
Although Sega never gained Nintendo-like success, the Genesis was arguably one of the best consoles ever released. It also put Sega on the map with many more gamers around the world. But the company's decision to release the Saturn in the U.S. on the same day it was announced in 1995 at the high price point of $399 immediately sent the company into a tailspin that it never fully recovered from.
And although some Sega fans remember several Saturn titles they enjoyed, just a few games, including Virtua Fighter 2, Nights Into Dreams, Panzer Dragoon Saga, and Sega Rally Championship were able to capture the allure of customers. The console now lives on in lists of the worst gaming consoles ever released.
Regardless, having some Saturn games available to XBLA and PlayStation Network users would be nice. Hopefully Sega will pick worthwhile titles.