Game Name | Blue = Done | Red = In Progress | Magenta = Done, Not Online
Release Date [yearmonthday]
|NOTES/SOURCES | work in progress |||http://www.satakore.com/sega-saturn-complete-us-game,,1,,0,,1.html - http://segaretro.org/List_of_Saturn_Games_(A-M)|
pretty much everybody says this is the pack-in game; marked as May 10th for formating reasons; it came out on May 11th, 1995
|Clockwork Knight||19950511||Segaretro; All major sources list this as a launch game.|
Segaretro; Business Wire article: https://www.thefreelibrary.com/Sega+Saturn+launch+takes+consumers+and+retailers+by+storm%3B+retailers...-a016867843
|Panzer Dragoon||19950511||Segaretro; Business Wire article ^|
|Pebble Beach Golf Links||19950511||Segaretro; Business Wire article ^|
|Worldwide Soccer: Sega International Victory Goal Edition||19950511||Segaretro; Business Wire article ^|
Business Wire - FALSELY REVIEWED AS LAUNCH GAME IN THE OLD PANDAMONIUM SERIES, since for the longest time, people thought it was a launch game. It's not. - https://segaretro.org/Press_release:_1995-10-16:_%22BUG!%22-mania_hits_Sega -- See the rant about Astal for more info on why this may have technically been released earlier and why it's marked as August 0. Tl;dr, the below games for sure came out in August, we don't know any exact days but Bug! came first.
Went over several sources; many say September but it definitely came out in August. (Courtesy: Pimpeaux) Most mags and retrospectives are saying this came out before September, but after the surprise release in May. HardcoreGaming101 goes as far as saying this straight up came out in May. But the nationwide software distribution in August would imply that even if it did come out super early, it would not have been remotely close to being widely availible: https://www.thefreelibrary.com/Sega+continues+national+Sega+Saturn+hardware+distribution+in...-a017289722 - The time of this distribution is likely when Astal came out. | Pimpeaux also found this press release, saying it comes out in the Fall: https://www.thefreelibrary.com/Sega+high+on+hit+arcade+game.-a017345344 | The files within the game show a first final print was finished on June 6th, 1995. Back of the manual has an ad for Bug!, which came out in August. Bug's manual has an ad for Clockwork Knight, not Astal or any other August game. The most recently linked press release and the ads in the manuals seem to imply Astal came out after Bug!. So for the sake of formating, I'm marking Bug! down as August 0. Why? All these games likely came out sometime in the month of August. We don't know any of their exact days. We can infer Bug! came first because of the afformentioned instruction manual ads. Wow. Holy shit, this one took a while to figure out. PIMPEAUX found out the review on page 37 in GamePlayers' August issue says Availible Now, so there ya go. You see how much fun this is? It's actually fun. I'm serious, this whole internet scavenger hunt is almost more exciting than playing the actual video games.
Video Games mag ad in their August 1995 issue says "Look what's landed on Saturn," showing Myst and Robotica.
Video Games mag ad in their August 1995 issue says "Look what's landed on Saturn," showing Myst and Robotica. Contents of the disc, when opened in windows explorer, show July 6th, 1995 under date modified. A GameFan review confirms August.
|Street Fighter: The Movie||19950801|
segaretro, day of month N/A. August confirmed by a GameFan review. (August 16th 1995, Virtual Boy released in North America)
Reviewed by GameFan in October of 1995, likely slated for Saturnday based on Saturn console box art.
day of month N/A, sega retro; page 54 of GamePro's October 1995 issue says "Availible September"
|Minnesota Fats: Pool Legend||19950901|
ad in Sept 1995 issue of Fusion implies release during this month. Page 70 in the June 1995 issue of Next Generation says it will come out in September.
|NHL All-Star Hockey||19950901|
For sure 1995 because of title screen, reviewed by GamePro in their November 1995 issue; also Sega Visions says https://imgur.com/a/NGSVMGF | /A review in GameFan says it came out in September. (Courtesy: Pimpeaux)
GamePro reviewed it in their November 1995 issue, Sega Visions says September: https://imgur.com/a/NGSVMGF (Courtesy: Pimpeaux)
segaretro, day of month N/A, sources GamePro's October 1995 issue, page 50, which says "Availible September." (From Sep 2 - 30, Clockwork, W Soccer and VF Remix free with Saturn) This is oddly enough the first time Sega even attempted to bring over a popular Sega Genesis I.P. They woudn't do it again on the Saturn for a long long time. Lmao, why???
Magazine ads began appearing in October with a Sega Visions review quote. Sega Visions says it came out in September: https://imgur.com/a/NGSVMGF The game's files show a final build being completed on June 29th, 1995; so a September release is more than plausible.
March 1995 issue of GamePro says release in September w/ PS1 and 3DO versions, Sega Visions says October in their Sept issue: https://imgur.com/a/NGSVMGF (Courtesy: Pimpeaux) In the game's files, a build was finished on September 15th, 1995. All files show they were last modified on this date. A GameFan review finally nails down a September release. Based on the game's files, we can infer this was "late" September, so it will be marked down for the 30th for formating reasons.
segaretro says October, day of month N/A, not sourced; December GamePro review says availible now so November is a safe bet; November Ultimate Gamer review says "Availible: TBA," hinting that October is not a safe bet. BUT a GameFan review says "Availible: October." (Courtesy: Pimpeaux)
SegaRetro says October 24th (not sourced though); Sept 7th press release says it "will ship this fall." Lead develloper Robert Leyland told me their deadline was Saturnday, September 2nd, but he didn't say if they made it. The press release suggests they didn't. Sega Visions says October: https://imgur.com/a/NGSVMGF (Courtesy: Pimpeaux) Page 154 of October's EGM issue says the six-controller miltitap adapter is out now. Files on the disc were last modified on October 25th, but this could be a re-print and not the first shipment of games. A GameFan review says it came out in October. Going with October since two different mags said so.
Sega Visions says October, game's copyright year is 1995: https://imgur.com/a/NGSVMGF (Courtesy: Pimpeaux)
|Off-World Interceptor Extreme||19951001|
Reviewed by GamePro in the Jan 1996 issue, Sega Visions says November: https://imgur.com/a/NGSVMGF | BUT a GameFan review says it's "Availible: October." (Courtesy: Pimpeaux)
|Romance of the Three kingdoms IV: Wall of Fire||19951001|
GamePro wrote a review of this in December saying it was "Availible now", Sega Visions says October: https://imgur.com/a/NGSVMGF (Courtesy: Pimpeaux) The game's files show a final print was finished on July 30th, 1995.
EGM mag ad in their October 1995 issue says "Availible on Sega Saturn." Copyright says 1995 on start screen, Sega Visions says December: https://imgur.com/a/NGSVMGF | A GameFan review says it came out in October. (courtesy: Pimpeaux)
Sega Visions says October, game's copyright year is 1995: https://imgur.com/a/NGSVMGF (Courtesy: Pimpeaux)
|World Series Baseball||19951001|
segaretro, day of month N/A; December 1995 issue of EGM has a review that says "Release Date : November," BUT a GameFan review says it's "Availible in October." Going with October.
|Virtua Fighter Remix||19951002|
Segaretro, not sourced; (On October 2nd, Saturn price dropped to $299) (This game was free to Saturn owners if they registered by September 30th. It would then be shipped in the mail. This claim by Sega Retro ads up when you consider this.)
Segaretro; Business Wire press release marked 1995-10-11 says this is "now availible"
|Center Ring Boxing||19951024||Magazine ads for the game began appearing at this time...|
|NFL Quarterback Club 96||19951027|
segaretro, Ad for the game in October issue of EGM straight up says this exact date.
|Bases Loaded '96 Double Header||19951101|
Disputing claims across websites; Sega Retro says 1995. It released for Playsation in December 1995. Given this and the nature of sports game shipments; Sega Visions says November: https://imgur.com/a/NGSVMGF (Courtesy: Pimpeaux)
|Blazing Heroes (Mystaria: Realms of Lore)||19951101|
Segaretro; Released as "Mystaria: Realms of Lore" on this month. Would later be released as Blazing Heroes.
|Corpse Killer: Graveyard Edition||19951101|
Reviewed by Electronic Gaming Monthly on December issue, release day uncertain, Sega Visions confirms: https://imgur.com/a/NGSVMGF (Courtesy: Pimpeaux)
Ad in November 1995 issue of Game Players says it's "availible on multiple platforms" including: PC CD-ROM, Sega Saturn, Sony Playstation and 3DO."
segaretro, day of month N/A; October EGM article says it will come out in this month; March 1994 GamePro review says the Sega CD version was out in March of 1994
|Last Gladiators: Digital Pinball||19951101|
|NBA Jam Tournament Edition||19951101|
European and Japanese release month and year; american year - Segaretro, Sega Visions says October and November in their Sept '95 issue: https://imgur.com/a/NGSVMGF (Courtesy: Pimpeaux)
segaretro, day of month N/A; copyright year is 1995; January '96 issue of GamePro says availible in November.
segaretro, day of month N/A; https://segaretro.org/Press_release:_1995-10-30:_Sega_unleashes_exclusive_lineup_of_arcade_hits_for_Sega_Saturn
|Time Warner Interactive's VR Virtua Racing||19951106|
PRnewswire press release: http://segaretro.org/Press_release:_1995-11-06:_TIME_WARNER_INTERACTIVE%27S(TM)_%27V.R._VIRTUA_RACING(TM)%27_NOW_AVAILABLE_ON_THE_SEGA_SATURN(TM)
segaretro, also this press release; https://segaretro.org/Press_release:_1995-08-25:_TIME_WARNER_INTERACTIVE%27S_HIT_ARCADE_TITLE,_%27PRIMAL_RAGE(TM)%27_AVAILABLE_FOR_THE_FIRST_TIME_ON_HOME_VIDEO-GAME_AND_COMPUTER_SYSTEMS
segaretro, day of month N/A. Page 180 of GamePro's November 1995 issue has a short review saying, "Saturn Availible February '96" The back of Valora Valley Golf's manual has an ad for Criticom, saying "Coming December '95," but it's possible this got delayed. But none of the copyright years on the manual and box say 1996, it's all 1995. Copyright year says 1995 on the game's logo screen before the opening cutscene upon game startup. This boy's going with December.
|FIFA Soccer 96||19951201|
segaretro, day of month N/A, this press release; https://segaretro.org/Press_release:_1995-11-29:_Electronic_Arts_Announces_FIFA_Soccer_96_to_Ship_on_Five_Platforms_for_Holiday_Season
|Galactic Attack||19951201||segaretro, day of month N/A, page 108 of EGM's December issue says so|
SegaRetro says 1995 with no releease month. GamePro reviewed this game in their April 1996 issue, says "Availible now"; the start screen copyright date says 1995. Manual has a page for the Saturn Arcade Racer, mentioned as "now availible" in this VERY INTERESTING October 30th 1995 press release: https://segaretro.org/Press_release:_1995-10-30:_Sega_unleashes_exclusive_lineup_of_arcade_hits_for_Sega_Saturn - Based on these things, we know it came out sometime between October 30th and December 31st of 1995. GameFan's January 1996 issue says "Availible - December," their review on page 93. https://archive.org/details/GamefanVolume4Issue01 | A GameFan review confirms December. (Courtesy: Pimpeaux)
|High Velocity: Mountain Racing Challenge||19951201|
segaretro says 1997, this is likely wrong. Manual/start screen copyright dates are 1995. EGM has a print ad in Dec of '95; day of month N/A. An Oct '96 capture of Atlus' website says it's already out: https://web.archive.org/web/19961029121153/http://atlus.com:80/main.html | A GameFan review confirms December as the release month. (Courtesy: Pimpeaux)
|Quarterback Attack with Mike Ditka||19951201|
Sega Visions says December: https://imgur.com/a/NGSVMGF (Courtesy: Pimpeaux)
segaretro, day of month N/A; Ultimate Gamer November issue review of Solar Eclipse says "Release Date: December"
|The Mansion of Hidden Souls||19951201|
Segaretro; European release in November of 1995, American year listed as 1995 with no month. December is a safe bet.
Game Players magazine reviewed this in February; they had access to it the month before; manual has a 1995 copyright date, Sega Visions says November of 1995: https://imgur.com/a/NGSVMGF | A GameFan review says it came out in December. (Courtesy: Pimpeaux)
|Valora Valley Golf||19951201|
Advertised in GamePro's "Spring 1996" issue; The Vernal Equinox of 1996 happened on March 20th, so April is the safest bet based on this alone. Copyright year on the start screen is 1995, came out in Japan on December 15th of that year. Back of the U.S. version's manual has an ad for Criticom which says, "Coming December '95." Whether or not that's true for Criticom, it wouln't make sense to advertise a projected release date in the future. So I'm gonna say December of 1995 is safest based on this info, Japan's release date and the copyright year.
|Virtua Fighter 2||19951201|
segaretro, day of month N/A, page 106 of EGM's December issues says so, as does this press release; https://segaretro.org/Press_release:_1995-10-30:_Sega_unleashes_exclusive_lineup_of_arcade_hits_for_Sega_Saturn
segaretro, this press release; https://segaretro.org/Press_release:_1995-12-15:_GEX_video_game_for_the_PlayStation_game_console_and_Sega_Saturn_hits_retail_shelves_--_%22Merry_GEXmas%22
|Sega Rally Championship||19951228|
segaretro, not sourced. Press release says it will be released "just in tme for the holidays:" https://segaretro.org/Press_release:_1995-10-30:_Sega_unleashes_exclusive_lineup_of_arcade_hits_for_Sega_Saturn | I'm not entirely sold on this exact day being accurate, but none of the other sources I found seem to conflict with it.
month and day N/A, sega retro, page 60 of GamePro's Feburary issue says "availilbe now," so they had access to it the month prior. (Neo-Geo CD released in North America in Jan. 1996) FUN FACTs: http://web.archive.org/web/19970605223723/http://www.interplay.com:80/press/cyberpr.html | A GameFan review confirms January. (Courtesy: Pimpeaux)
segaretro says February 1996, not sourced. Copyright year is 1996 on the back of the manual. Made by Arc Developments, a British developer, thus Europe got it first in December of 1995 according to page 100 in the February 1996 issue of Sega Saturn Magazine. Page 60 of GamePlayers' February 1996 issue says "Availible Now." A GameFan review says it's availible in January.
|X-Men: Children of the Atom||19960101|
segaretro says April 5th 1996 with no source... Wikiepedia says April 6th. A review of the game on page 57 in the March 1996 issue of Gameplayers magazine says "Availible now," so this debunks Segaretro's unsourced date. Going with March. Next Generation's June 1996 issue has an ad for it on page 151. Page 7 of the June 1996 issue of GamePro has the same ad. It's reviewed in Next Generation's March 1996 issue. GameFan reviewed it in their January issue and said it's "Availible Now."
|Clockwork Knight 2||19960201|
segaretro, day of month N/A, page 80 of GamePro's March 1996 issue has a review that says "Availible: February"
segaretro, day of month N/A. Page 81 of GamePro's March 1996 issue has a very small article about the game which in part says "Availible February"
|Creature Shock: Special Edition||19960201|
Magazine ads for the game began appearing at this time. See page 39 of the April 1996 issue of GamePlayers magazine. A GameFan review says it's availible in February. (Courtesy: Pimpeaux)
EGM mag ad in their April 1996 issues says "Availible on," followed by a Sega Saturn logo, PC logo and PS logo., Sega Visions says November of 1995 but the copyright screen says 1996: https://imgur.com/a/NGSVMGF - Sources cited in this spreadsheet reveal Johnny Bazookatone came out for the Saturn in the U.S. sometime in February. The back of that game's manual has a U.S. Gold (game publisher for both of the aforementioned games) ad saying, "Also availible for your Sega Saturn system." It lists Shell Shock. Therefore, this game was availilbe in the United States sometime in February. It's hard to say if this is for sure the release month, but February is the earliest 'documented' availibilty that I could find so far. April 19th is Europe's release date.
segaretro, day of month N/A. Page 178 in GamePro's November 1995 issue says "Availible February '96"
|World Cup Golf: Professional Edition||19960201|
GamePro reviewed this game in their April 1996 issue saying "Availible Now." Sources cited in this spreadsheet reveal Johnny Bazookatone came out for the Saturn in the U.S. sometime in February. The back of that game's manual has a U.S. Gold (game publisher for both of the aforementioned games) ad saying, "Also availible for your Sega Saturn system." It lists World Cop Golf. Therefore, this game was availilbe in the United States sometime in February. It's hard to say if this is for sure the release month, but February is the earliest 'documented' availibilty that I could find so far. February is also Europes's release month. Copyright year appears to be 1995, but this could simply be because the game was finished at the butt end of that year. Doesn't necisarily means it shipped in 1995.
|Street Fighter Alpha: Warriors' Dreams||19960208|
segaretro says February 1996, not sourced. There are few American magazines and publications that talk about the Saturn port of this game. Wikipedia says it came out on June 6th 1996 but it is not sourced and Wikipedia has a tendancy to not be accurate. A March 1996 issue of Game Informer reviewed the Saturn port, saying it is "Availible Now for Sega Saturn:" https://web.archive.org/web/19970117191517/http://www.gameinformer.com/mar96/sfa.html - This means they could have had it in February, thus somewhat legitimizing SegaRetro's entry. BUT Pimpeaux found this: https://www.thefreelibrary.com/Capcom+enters+32-bit+market+with+the+release+of+Street+Fighter+Alpha.-a017939193 | February 8th it is.
|Rise 2 Resurrection||19960229|
Gamespot; An ad for this game appeared in GamePro's Feb 1996 issue, thus backing up this claim. Feb 29th is a Leap Day, meaning this game turns six years old in the year 2020. https://www.gamespot.com/reviews/rise-2-resurrection-review/1900-2532810/
|Battle Arena Toshinden Remix||19960301|
Segaretro says March 27th with no source... Wikipedia lists the same date, no source. (Good gods, I hope Segaretro isn't secretly sourcing Wikipedia on this.) Start screen has a "Reprogramed" copyright year of 1996. Released on March 29th in Europe according to page 64 in the May '96 issue of the UK based Computer and Video Games magazine. Publisher is Sega, so it's 'safe' (I hate using this word) to assume the U.S. port was released earlier. Page 82 of the March 1996 issue of Next Generation reviews the Japanese port, saying "you can surely wait for the upgraded U.S. release." It calls this "second best" to Sony's PS1 launch game despite added content, fun fact. Anyway, this doens't confirm nor deconfrim March 27th. The manual has an ad for Guardian Heroes on the back. A GameFan review says it came out in Late March, so this all lines up. June 1996 issue of GamePro has a review on page 86 that says "availible now." A GameFan ad says "coming March." I'm going with March.
Segaretro says 1995 with no month or day; US mags didn't review it until their April issues. I'm stumped on this one. Going with March for now, but I think it came out earlier. The U.S. instruction manual says 1996, so any inkling of 1995 is totally out.
|Earthworm Jim 2||19960301|
segaretro, day of month N/A, press release says the Saturn port is scheduled "for a release in January:" https://segaretro.org/Press_release:_1995-11-13:_GET_READY_FOR_EARTHWORM_WEDNESDAY | BUT it was likely delayed. A GameFan review says it's availible in March. (Courtesy: Pimpeaux)
|Night Warriors: Darkstalkers Revenge||19960301|
segaretro, day of month N/A. EGM's April 1996 issue says "Release Date March." Ads in later magazines sort of back this up.
segaretro says April 16 with no source... A review on page 50 of the March 1996 issue of GamePlayers says "Availible Now." Page 47 of GamePro's 1996 "Spring" issue has an ad for it. PAge 17 of EGM's July 1996 issue has an ad for it. A review on Page 81 of the March (display until the 20th) 1996 issue of VideoGames magazine says nothing about its release. Going with March.
|WWF Wrestlemania: The Arcade Game||19960301|
segaretro, day of month N/A; November 1995 issue of GamePro says "Saturn Availible March '86." Looks like the other ports came out before it. MAyhaps the complicated Saturn arcitechture delayed this port??? July 1996 issue of Next Generation has an ad for the game saying "NOW ON SATURN," so this lines up right.
segaretro, sources page page 101 of the April 1996 issue of GamePlayers magazine, it has an ad for the game with "3 - 5 - 96" on it as a release date.
segaretro says April 24th 1996 with no source... Wikipedia says January 25th with no source. That's a day before Japan's release, and since the developer is Japanese, there's no way that's possible. Copyright year is 1996. Page 91 of Next Generation's May 1996 issue has a review of it. I don't remember which one, but some magazine issue from like 2011 did a piece about this game and said it came out in 1998, so that's funny. A GameFan review says "Late March," so it will be marked down as the 31st for formating reasons. (Courtesy: Pimpeaux)
|Congo the Movie: The Lost City of Zinj||19960401|
Segaretro specifically says March 7th, 1996 sourcing page 90 in the April 1996 issue of EGM, but it says "Release Date: April," with no other writing to back up this specific day in March. Going with April, lmao
|In the Hunt||19960401|
EGM ad on page 107 of their April 1996 issues says, "Now availible for SATURN" Segaretro says 1997 with no month or source. Start screen has a 1996 copyright year.
segaretro says May 8th with no source. Page 49 of EGM's April 1996 issue has an ad for it. Page 81 of GamePlayers April 1996 issue has a different ad for it. It's the same ad shown on page 87 in the June 1996 issue of Next Generaton. None of them have a release date listed but do not say anything like, coming soon. April it is. The manual says "see you in a few weeks with Shining Wisdom" at the bottom of page 24. No precise release listed here.
|Mortal Kombat II||19960401|
Segaretro says March 29th with no source... April 1996 issue of GamePro says "Availible Now."
Game Players mag ad from their April 1996 issues says "Availible at your favorite retailers nationwide."
segaretro, day of month N/A; page 94 of EGM's May 1996 issue says "Release Date: April." Copyright year on the start screen is 1995, but this could be because of the initial release date on different platforms (PC) happening that year.
segaretro, day of month N/A; page 48 in the April 1996 issue of GamePro says "Availilbe: May"
|Panzer Dragoon II Zwei||19960501|
segaretro says April 17th with no source... Wikipedia lists the same date, no source. Page 61 in the May 1996 issue of VideoGames magazine has a review of it. Page 32 in EGM's May 1996 issue has a review for it. Next Generations article on page 73 of their April 1996 issue says "Release Date: TBA." Going with May.
|Slam 'n Jam '96 featuring Magic and Kareem||19960501|
segaretro says May 22nd, 1996 with no source... An ad for the game on page 9 of the May 1996 issue of EGM says "Availible on the Playstation game console and Sega Saturn systems." The back of the manual has an ad for Blazing Dragons, but no statement like 'coming soon' or 'availible now' or anything like that, just a description of the game with art. Going with May for the release month.
segaretro says May 3rd with no source... Wikipedia says March 5th, 1996 with no source. Both EGM and Next Generation reviewed it in their respective July 1996 issue. Back of the manual has an ad for Panzer Dragoon II Zwei, saying "now on Sega Saturn," which was released by May according to that month's EGM issue. The most recently modified file on a final print of the game was on April 12th, 1996.
segaretro says June 18th with no source... Wikipedia says October 31st, 1996 with no source. Page 65 in the February 1996 issue of GamePro has an ad for it. It says "availible on the Sega Saturn and Playstation console." Soooo Februrary release then? Back of the manual has an ad for Slam n' Jam '96, no literature on if it's 'coming soon' or anything like that. Page 91 of EGM's July 1996 issue has an ad, talking about a contest that could win you 25 copies of Blazing Dragons if entered by September 31st. GameSpot reviewed it on December 1st. The game's files in a final print were last modified on July 16th, 1996. The bib.txt file was modified in June. Based on the appearance of Slam n' Jam, EGM's July ad, and the bib file, I think June is the best bet
|Frank Thomas Big Hurt Baseball||19960601|
segaretro says March of 1996, not sourced. GamePro's September 1996 issue has a review that says "Availible now." The back of the manual has an ad for NFL Quarterback Club '97 for the Sega Saturn. A press release confirms that NFL game came out on August 29th: https://segaretro.org/Press_release:_1996-08-27:_Acclaim_%27NFL_QUARTERBACK_CLUB_%2797%27_puts_you_on_the_line_of_scrimmage - Because of these two things, I'm led to believe September is the safest release month for Big Hurt. The MLB season did start in March that year, which may be why SegaRetro is going with that month. But no documentation on their page or any other source I could find confirms March as a release month in any way. -- Game Fan's August 1996 issue says "Availible - June" on page 86 (courtesy: Pimpeaux)
gamefaqs and Wikipedia (lol) list July 3rd as the release date. Segaretro says 1996 with no month, day or source. 1996 is the copyright year. This might be one of those "we'll never really know" games. Still working on a more accurate month for Galaxy Fight. According to the game's files, a final print of Galaxy Fight was finished on February 27th, 1996. Only magazine mention I could find is the January 1997 issue of Next Generation where they review all the Saturn games to date. It's generally believed that games are released 1-3 months after the last modified day in the game's files. Based on this, I can safely assume this game was out sometime in June of 1996.
|Golden Axe: The Duel||19960601|
segaretro says June 27th, 1996 with no source... Wikipedia says June 27th with no source. IGN says June 25th. Europe and Japan both got it in the year 1995. Gameplayers reviewed it on page 72 of their August 1996 issue, says "Availible / Now." Next Generation reviewed it on page 92 of their August issue. EGM reviewed it on page 26 of their July 1996 issue. Back of the manual has the exact same ad for Panzer Dragoon II and Baku Baku that's seen on the back of GunGriffon's manual. Because of the EGM review, I'm going with sometime in July. The Baku Baku ad makes me wonder if Baku Baku actually came out in July as well. BUT GameFan reviewed it in their June 1996 issue, explicitily saying "Availible - June" THANKS AGAIN TO PIMPEAUX!! June it is.
segaretro says June with no day, they're sourcing this press release: https://segaretro.org/Press_release:_1996-05-16:_ALL-STAR_LINE-UP_OF_SEGA_SPORTS_VIDEOGAMES_EXPANDS_THE_PROVEN_TOP-SELLING_FRANCHISE | It says "availible this June." No day listed.
|NHL PowerPlay '96||19960601|
segaretro says July 2nd with no source... Page 31 in Next Generation's June issue has an ad for it, says "Availible for... ...Sega Saturn," and has a review quote from GamePro. Page 4 in EGM's July issue has an ad, says "Availible for... ...Sega Saturn," it's the same ad as the afformentioned one in Next Gen. This ad has at least four more magazine appearances later on in 1996. Page 92 of Next Gen's August issue has a glowing review of the gamel, they don't deal out 5 stars all the time. Back of the manual has an ad for Grand Slam 96, which says "coming soon." Because of Next Gen's June ad, I'm going with June.
|Ultimate Mortal Kombat 3||19960601|
segaretro says June 27th, 1996 with no source..... Wikipedia says June 26th with no source. Page 41 of EGM's May 1996 issue has an ad for it, says "coming to Sega Saturn." PAge 63 of Next Generation's June 1996 issue has an ad for it, says "the wait is over... ...now on Sega Saturn." A June release is pretty difinitive based on this, just no exact day on these ads. EGM reviewed it on page 20 of their June 1996 issue, named "Game of the Month."
|Virtual Open Tennis||19960601|
Video Games magazine reviewed in November 1995 issue, day uncertain. Pimpeaux found this is GameFan's August 1996 issue, which says "Available - June" on page 85: "This one's a pretty big jump from where it is now, but with the back of the box having a copyright date of 1996, I'm inlined to believe it. The actual content of the preview also goes into the climate of next-gen Tennis games circa 1996." June 1996 it is. Thanks for the save, Pimpeaux.
segaretro says June 27th 1996 with no source... Wikipedia says June 27th, sourcing IGN. Manual has a $10,000 contest with an entry due date of Nov 1, 1996, so it's not anytime after that lol. The Manual for Shining Wisdom has translation notes which say Dragon Force should be availible "8 to 10 weeks from now." Next Generation's June issue has an ad for Shining Wisdom on page 85. EGM's July 1996 issue has the same ad on page 45 and again on page 47 of their August issue. EGM reviewed it on page 24 of their July 1996 issue. Next Generation reviewed it in their June 1996 issue on page 118. IGN's claim checks out with the Next Gen. review and Imagine Media's (IGN's) long history.
|Alone in the Dark: One Eyed Jack's Revenge||19960701|
segaretro says July 1996, no day, no source... Wikipedia says August with no source. Ad on page 43 of EGM's September 1996 issue. Same ad is on page 27 of GameInformer's 1996 issue. Back of the manual has an ad that says In the Hunt and Robo Pit are "availible from your favorite local retailer." Reviewed on page 26 in EGM's July 1996 issue. Next Generaion reviewed it on page 91-92 of their August issue. Going with July.
Magazine ads for the game began appearing in September. Back of the manual for Alone in the Dark 2 has an ad that says In the Hunt and Robo Pit are "availible from your favorite local retailer." Alone in the Dark 2 was reviewed on page 26 in EGM's July 1996 issue. Going with July for Robo Pit.
segaretro says June 19th with no source... Gameplayers reviewed it on page 69 of their August 1996 issue saying "Availible / Now." Back of the manual has an ad for Panzer Dragoon Zwei, says "Now on Sega Saturn." GameSpot says "First released August 31, 1996," this would conflict with the Gameplayers review, that mafgazine issue came out earlier in the month.
|Bust-A-Move 2 Arcade Edition||19960801|
segaretro says September 24th with no source... Back of the manual has an ad for Frank Thomas Big Hurt Baseball, says "Look for." Ad for the game appeared on page 41 of GamePro's June 1996 issue. Also on page 59 of Next Generation's June issue. This could have come out earlier than September. It doesn't look like any publications reviewed it in America when it came out, yet it's later hailed as one of the best puzzle games of the year by these old magazines. It came out in Japan in Late July, so the American release has to be later than that. I'm going with August, since it's in between the Japanese release of this game and the American release of Frank Thomas as advertised on the manual.
segaretro says September 19th with no source... An ad for the game, boasting Saturn exclusivity, appears on page 41 of EGM's August 1996 issue. The same ad appears on page 141 of EGM's September 1996 Issue, page 119 of Next Generation's October 1996 issue and on page 171 of EGM's October issue. GamePro reviewed it on page 78 of their August 1996 issue saying it's "availible now." Back of the manual has no ads. Going with August.
segaretro says June 16th with no source... Copyright year is 1996. GamePlayers reviewed it on page 75 of their August 1996 issue, says "Availible / Now." EGM reviewed it on page 22 of their August 1996 issue, even named it "Game of the Month." (Must be good?) Back of the manual has an ad for both Panzer Dragoon II and Baku Baku. The Baku Baku ad and magazine review dates lead me to believe this was out by sometime in August.