Import-Only Saturn Gems – Vidjagame Apocalypse 421

A few weeks ago, we passed the 26th anniversary of the Sega Saturn’s deeply weird US launch, so Greg Moore joins us in belated celebration to talk about five of the best games that never made it stateside for Sega’s wildly underrated 32-bit console (one of which, it turns out, is connected to a Big Thing Greg’s working on). Then we’ll jump into Biomutant, Knockout City, rumors of a Final Fantasy Soulslike, and the children’s stories you think should get a bit darker.

Question of the Week: What’s your personal “legendary” Japanese game that you always wanted to play, but never made it over to your country?


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3 thoughts on “Import-Only Saturn Gems – Vidjagame Apocalypse 421

  1. QOTW: Captain Rainbow was a silly adventure game for the Wii that never got released in America about a has-been superhero who travels to mysterious island to regain popularity by doing favors for people on the island. It has a vibrant art style, and features mostly obscure Nintendo characters, the most recognizable of which are Birdo and Little Mac. I don’t expect it to ever make it to the US, mostly due to Birdo’s storyline, which involves her being arrested in the women’s bathroom after being mistaken for a man, and you having to retrieve her vibrator to prove her gender somehow. Apparently a translation patch has been released since the last time I looked into this game, so maybe I’ll give it a shot. Anyways, here’s someone else’s video on the subject if you want more information

  2. QOTW: I loved Retro Game Challenge when it came out on the DS in 2009, and I was likely one of five people who bought it in the US, so it’s not surprising that the sequel that focused on the 16-bit era never made it to the US. I know a fan translation exists somewhere out there but it’s just not the same as playing an official release. Who knows, maybe someone will get the bright idea to re-release it for the Switch?

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