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Sega Saturn (1994)

After Sega released its most commercially successful machine ever, the Genesis, aka Mega Drive, the company sought to carry over that momentum into the 32-bit generation with the Saturn. However, in typical fashion, the company executed a series of marketing blunders, the biggest being President Tom Kalinske proclaiming the console would launch “Saturnday, ”September 2, 1995, a week before the PlayStation. This caught retailers off guard and led to a scarcity of available units, while confusing third-party developers on the Saturn’s official launch date. Despite its awesome fighters, impeccable 2D performance, and user-friendly controller, the Saturn felt outdated when compared to the 3D prowess of the Nintendo 64 and PlayStation.

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