And here we have the SEGA Saturn. This was SEGAs stand-alone 32-bit console (as opposed to the SEGA 32X). Word is SEGA caught wind of the release date for the SONY Playstation and released this guy months earlier than they had told developers they would, chaos ensues. I was at home when my buddy called me from the Mall. He was at Babbages and was telling me that the Saturn was sitting on the shelf! After telling him he was full of *^&#, I gathered up what Jeffery Dollars I had and went to Toys R Us. I returned home with my new system and popped in Virtua Fighter. I slept several days later. While SONY took the lead and helped bring an end to SEGAs console making days, I loved my Saturn. It is a phenomenal 2D gaming machine that is filled with many awesome titles.

The original SEGA Saturn

Model #MK-80000


The original version can easily be identified by the Power and Reset buttons being OVAL instead of ROUND. Hence this version if often refereed to as the Oval version. It also had no notches on the power supply port, allowing it to accept a wider gamut of power cords (a standard 2-prong half flat/half round power cord).


The original release also came with a larger joystick for the US, than the smaller Japanese pad. This controller looks like a 6-button SEGA Genesis controller with a shell around it if you ask me.

The 2nd version SEGA Saturn

Model #MK-80000A


The second version, released in 1996, changed to case slightly. The Power and Reset buttons are now ROUND, the drive access light has been removed, and some slight internal changes were made. Also the Power port on the back has a notch added. Making the old power cord no longer usable on the newer models. Although it’s still easy to find a cord almost anywhere.


This model also included a smaller (Japanese version) controller.


The 2nd version SEGA Saturn

Model #MK-80001


This version, released later in 1996, had only internal, cost saving changes made and appears identical to the 80000A model.

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