If one were to compile a ranking of the most underrated game consoles of all time—in America, at least—the Sega Saturn would surely be high on the list. While wildly popular in Japan, the Saturn got off to a shaky start in the US, then quickly lost footing to Sony’s PlayStation juggernaut. As a result, almost every Sega Saturn game is underrated in the US by default.
If you study the Saturn’s catalog, you’ll find a handful of commonly cited standouts like Nights Into Dreams, Virtua Fighter 2, Saturn Bomberman, and Sega Rally Championship, among others. You’ll also find amazing RPGs like Shining Force III, Panzer Dragoon Saga, Albert Odyssey: Legend of Eldean, and Dragon Force. And then there are the 2D shooters, which are too numerous to list here.
Instead of focusing on the best of the best, I thought it would be fun to examine a handful of underrated gems across various genres in the Saturn’s catalog. These might not be the absolute best games, but they are all competently executed and often overlooked.
Of all the ‘Forgotten Classics’ series, I found narrowing down this list of Saturn games down to just seven entries the hardest. There are so many amazing Saturn titles out there that don’t get their due. So if you don’t see a personal favorite on the list, by all means, tell us about us in the comments.