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  1. It's a worldwide sales figure though note that by...

    It's a worldwide sales figure though note that by March 1998 5.60M Saturn consoles were shipped in Japan so the far majority of the Saturn worldwide sales.
    ...
  2. The other massive flaw is that they set low...

    The other massive flaw is that they set low royalty fees to attract support from software publishers/developers, not understanding that the royalty fee is just one part of the equation, the other...
  3. The math worked in the case of N64 games because...

    The math worked in the case of N64 games because the average selling price was higher than PS1 games.
    However as Gryson pointed out the real problem was the risk connected to doing business with...
  4. No, the moment Sega dropped the Saturn as it was,...

    No, the moment Sega dropped the Saturn as it was, was the moment the Saturn was bound to be heavily outsold by the PS1 and Sega to lose a lot of money in the next following years.
    Sony bested...
  5. I think that the crux was that Nintendo and Sega...

    I think that the crux was that Nintendo and Sega were ("is" in the case of Nintendo) pure videogame publishers which also happened to produce videogame consoles.
    Their priorities were always...
  6. Yes, this aspect was thoroughly discussed in...

    Yes, this aspect was thoroughly discussed in Revolutionaries at Sony.
    The mistake often made when talking about how Sony got an hold of the market is to solely focus on one aspect like the adoption...
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    On its place (in the sense of a work by the same...

    On its place (in the sense of a work by the same developer) I would choose Mobile Suit Gundam Wing: Endless Duel.
    It has the caveat of the black borders on top and bottom yet it's a quite impressive...
  8. Thread: First 3D RPG

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    From Square's own admission (Kitase) they were...

    From Square's own admission (Kitase) they were looking at computer games like Alone in the Dark and trying to combine CGI graphics which they were already dabbling with before the next-gen consoles...
  9. Thread: First 3D RPG

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    I think the reason was that the main genre in...

    I think the reason was that the main genre in which Square was/is specialized (japanese RPG) was always heavily inspired by the manga/anime industry and when developers had access to the new...
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    If you are looking for OoT-like games before OoT...

    If you are looking for OoT-like games before OoT then Mystical Ninja Starring Goemon on N64 fit the bill, it came out in August 1997 in Japan:


    https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=EfzZL8WwoQs
  11. JRR Tolkien's The Lord of the Rings on SNES:...

    JRR Tolkien's The Lord of the Rings on SNES:
    https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Fz3euzGYg3c
    https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=EHZGlkRd2OY
  12. This isn't always true, bundle can be priced...

    This isn't always true, bundle can be priced higher than the base console.
    In general pack-in sales shouldn't be dismissed only because they are bundled.
    The software elected as a pack-in is...
  13. Keep in mind that PS1 number refer to production...

    Keep in mind that PS1 number refer to production shipment and is relative to Asian countries (not just Japan).
    Sega number refer to sell-in and is relative to Japan only.
  14. No, in US Saturn was in trouble from day one....

    No, in US Saturn was in trouble from day one.
    From May 1995 to December 1996 Saturn had only 4 months in which it sold over 30K consoles.
  15. A respectable third-place in US for Saturn was...

    A respectable third-place in US for Saturn was unattainable by that point.
    Except for December 1995, November 1996 and December Saturn never had monthly sales crossing 50K in US.
    SoA was in a...
  16. But that's not a problem at all for Nintendo,...

    But that's not a problem at all for Nintendo, it's a sign that Nintendo has Japan by the balls. Utter domination.
    Sony and Microsoft rely on japanese third-party software to push their consoles in...
  17. I don't think so. Sonic 1, Sonic 2, Sonic 3 and...

    I don't think so.
    Sonic 1, Sonic 2, Sonic 3 and Aladdin are all assured to be in the top 10 best selling Genesis/Mega Drive games worldwide.
    Back then the first-party driven model was still...
  18. When one of your main product line doesn't...

    When one of your main product line doesn't generate positive cash flow for years and instead incur into heavy losses there are only two ways.
    You either grit your teeth and try your best to overcome...
  19. Well, Nintendo built their empire with videogame...

    Well, Nintendo built their empire with videogame (before they were a rather small japanese company) so in that sense of course they used the profits from the earlier eras to invest into their future...
  20. While the 3DS/WiiU generation was rough for...

    While the 3DS/WiiU generation was rough for Nintendo, with Switch they are setting new records left and right (highest yearly HW sales in US, Japan and France in the current generation, a bunch of...
  21. Too colorful to be. It was planned for arcades...

    Too colorful to be.
    It was planned for arcades (I believe for the Sega System 18 board which could display 4096 colors on screen).
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    A rather unique (in term of genre) Mode 7 usage...

    A rather unique (in term of genre) Mode 7 usage was in Ballz:
    https://i.imgur.com/3ydUcft.gif

    (post only the link since it's a big gif)
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    It's software based shrinking and it works well...

    It's software based shrinking and it works well because the sprites to shrink are small.
    Tales of Phantasia (ghost out of a treasure chest) and Star Ocean (on items dropped in the battlefield)...
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    A few other rather nice effects: Gambare...

    A few other rather nice effects:

    Gambare Goemon 3
    https://j.gifs.com/wVV04w.gif

    R-Type 3:
    https://j.gifs.com/k8ZAAr.gif

    Mega Man X:
    https://i.imgur.com/6ygigaS.gif
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    Super Mario RPG had similar but better looking...

    Super Mario RPG had similar but better looking pixels fading effect:
    https://66.media.tumblr.com/9a646c7108f00115e9b3aa425c9dbd57/tumblr_ohrvbjBZCA1rrftcdo1_500.gif

    I don't know if it is an...
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