Sega Saturn was released in 1995 and competed along side the Sony Playstation and Nintendo 64. The Saturn never caught on in the USA and was discontinued three years after its launch.
During this time more than 250 games were released for the console. Because it never sold so badly many Saturn games are now rare and some are quite expensive. Below is a list of the most valuable Sega Saturn games and what makes them so rare.
Most Valuable Sega Saturn GamesNew Price: $790 | Used Price: $285 | See Current Prices
Panzer Dragoon Saga is a role-playing game published by Sega. The game takes place in a post-apocalyptic world and you control and fight with a dragon. It is the third game in the Panzer Dragoon series.
Panzer Dragoon Saga released April 1998, a few months before Sega officially discontinued the console but well past the point where the console was selling well. Rumors are that Sega only produced 6,000 copies for launch. Two reprintings were done bringing the total number of copies to 30,000. The game has never been re-released on any other consoles.
New Price: $1,100 | Used Price: $275 | See Current Prices
Daytona USA Netlink Edition is a racing game. Daytona USA was a launch title and a port of the arcade classic with the same name. Sega released a Saturn specific version named Championship Circuit Edition in 1996.
At the same time Sega released a Netlink compatible version, which could be played online. This version was only sold on the Sega online store and is believed to be the rarest Saturn game of all time. The game looks similar to the CCE version, except for a small Netlink logo on the game disc.
New Price: $350 | Used Price: $120 | See Current Prices
Magic Knight Rayearth is an action role-playing game developed by Working Designs. The game is based on a Manga and anime series with the same name. The gameplay is different from many RPGs with battles taking place in a tag-team fashion and character upgrades happening at fixed points in the game instead of based upon experience.
Magic Knight Rayearth was the last game released for the Sega Saturn. It came out in December 1998, four months after the Saturn was discontinued. Because of this late release, Sega produced the game in very limited numbers.
New Price: $150 | Used Price: $96 | See Current Prices
Shining Force III is a tactical role playing game published by Sega. It is the third game in the Shining Force series and was meant to be released in three 'scenarios'. The real ending would only be seen if you beat all three games. Unfortunately only the first scenario was released in the USA due to poor sales.
Shining Force III was released the same month the Saturn was discontinued. The game sold very few copies because it was released so late and was for a niche genre.
New Price: $650 | Used Price: $90 | See Current Prices
Burning Rangers is an action game published by Sega. You play as a firefighter in a futuristic society where fire is one of the only dangers. You play through various missions and save civilians from buring buildings and emminent doom.
Like most games on this list, Burning Rangers was released 1998. The release date doomed the game to failure as most gamers had moved onto PS1, N64, or were anticipating the next generation of consoles.
New Price: $1,025 | Used Price: $86 | See Current Prices
Albert Odyssey is a role-playing game published by Working Designs. You play as young boy who tries to prevent the destruction of the world with the help of a talking sword. The game was original developed for the Super Nintendo but was cancelled and ported to the Saturn in 1997.
Albert Odyssey sold better than many games on this list. It was very well reviewed when it came out. The quality of the game and the devoted following for RPG's helps keep the resale price high.
New Price: $1,000 | Used Price: $85 | See Current Prices
Dragon Force is a real time strategy and role-playing game published by Working Designs. You assume the role of one-of-eight rulers in the land. You strategically control your army on the world map and when you meet another ruler you control the characters on a tactical level.
Dragon Force is one of the few games on the list released early in the Saturn's life cycle. It sold fairly well and was very well received critically. EGM even rated the game one of the top 200 of all time. It was only released on Saturn so people who want to play this unique RPG most buy this version.
New Price: $500 | Used Price: $80 | See Current Prices
House of the Dead is a light gun shooter published by Sega. The game was original developed for arcades but was ported to Saturn in 1998. It was the last of the light gun games released for the Saturn.
House of the Dead was another victim of a late release date. The game has been ported and re-released on many different consoles, but the original continues to hold its value for collectors.
New Price: $207 | Used Price: $80 | See Current Prices
Saturn Bomberman is a action/party game published by Hudson Soft. It follows the same premise as other Bomberman games. You drop and explode bombs to clear a series of levels.
The Saturn version of Bomberman is well known for its 10 player multiplayer battles. If you hook-up two multitaps you can play with 10 other human players on one TV. The game was released in 1997 and sold relatively well but is still fairly hard to find today.
New Price: $200 | Used Price: $70 | See Current Prices
Guardian Heroes is a 2D side scroller and action RPG. Very similar to Golden Axe but with RPG elements included. The game also has mulitple paths to victory so you can choose which way to go and fight different bosses and get different endings.
Guardian Heroes is definitely a niche genre, which limited sales. It is considered one of the best Saturn games of all time and one of the best beat-em up type games too.
Other Rare Sega Saturn Games
- Mega Man 8 - New Price: $125 | Used Price: $70
- Shining Wisdom - New Price: $150 | Used Price: $65
- Marvel Super Heroes vs. Street Fighter - New Price: $125 | Used Price: $65
- Shining The Holy Ark - New Price: $130 | Used Price: $55
- Herc's Adventures - New Price: $150 | Used Price: $43
- Street Fighter Collection - New Price: $180 | Used Price: $40
Expensive Saturn Import Games
- Eyeful Home - New Price: $1,500 | Used Price: $650
- Psychic Killer Taromaru - New Price: $NA | Used Price: $285
- Radiant Silvergun - New Price: $480 | Used Price: $122
- Street Fighter Zero 3 - New Price: $200 | Used Price: $95
The list is ranked by the highest average used price and then highest average new price in the event of a tie.
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