Nintendo Entertainment System vs Sega Saturn



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Nintendo Entertainment System


Initial release date: July 15, 1983

Initial price: $199

Lifespan: 1983-1994

Units sold: 61.91 million

Number of games released: Over 800

Notable games:

Super Mario Bros series


Legend of Zelda series


Castlevania series




Mega Man series

Ninja Gaiden series

Other notes:

- First to have directional control pad.

- First game with battery backup (Legend of Zelda).

- Credited with reviving the video game industry in the 80s.


Sega Saturn


Initial release date: November 22, 1994

Initial price: $399

Lifespan: 1994-1998

Units sold: 9.5 million

Number of games released: 540

Notable games:

Panzer Dragoon Saga

Dragon Force

Guardian Heroes

NiGHTS Into Dreams...

Virtua Fighter 2

Shining Force III

Saturn Bomberman

Fighters Megamix

Street Fighter Alpha 2


Other notes:

- Was wildly successful in Japan, and thus considered an importer's dream console.

- Included both a CD compartment and cartridge slot.

- Strong supply of 2D fighters.

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The Saturn does have its highlights: Nights was a lot of fun, and of course Virtua Fighter and Panzer Dragoon are classics.

But seriously though, its up against the machine that saved dedicated console gaming. I mean good God, just look at the games DW DIDN'T list: Final Fantasy, Kid Icarus, Metal Gear, Tecmo Bowl, TMNT, Duck Hunt etc. it could go on for hours with great titles. Plus, the accessories. No console had better first party accessories.

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