I just recently bought a Saturn, I truly missed out on a great console in the 90's and if I did own one then, I would own Burning Rangers, Panzer Dragoon Saga, Dragonforce and Shining Force for the regular price. The prices for all of those on eBay are scary.....
I bought one, though I can't say I really regreted it those were some very frustrating times for sega fans thanks to sega's endless incompetence. Everyone had to move on to the psone eventually. Most of the machine's best games either never made it out of Japan or were cancelled halfway through production.
While saturn owners were getting a wathered down version of resident evil 1, psone owners were playing RE2 and already looking forward to RE3.
Not only did the so called FF7 killer (grandia) stay in Japan, but to add insult to injury it ended up coming to the West on the psone. Then came the news that episodes 2 and 3 of the shining force 3 trilogy wouldn't see the light of day in the West either. Meanwhile the psone was getting FF8, xenogears, chrono cross, vagrant story and later FF9. Not to mention other games like MGS and gran turismo, which were like a generational leap over anything that was available on the saturn. As good as PDS was this shit was ridiculous.
The few ports the saturn got were terrible. Wipeout didn't look nearly as good, the saturn version of doom was the worst ever, etc. But wait! The saturn rocked when it came to 2D so we were all rubbing our hands in anticipation for all those amazing 2D fighters like x-men vs street fighter. Then sega said: lol, GTFO noobs, Japan only.
I almost threw my saturn out the window.
Meanwhile, Richard Leadbetter was doing his best to keep morale high through the official sega saturn magazine but it was an inglorious battle. I still hold on to those mags because his effort of trying to convince people that the saturn was the superior machine was simply amazing.
Then the dreamcast was announced and sega was telling us: hey look, remember those games that we promised but never delivered like a 3D sonic and virtua fighter 3? They're right here! You just need to buy this new console!
Fortunately I had so much catching up to do on the psone that I didn't buy into the hype and it was with little surprise that I saw the dreamcast meet the same fate, despite once again having an excellent line-up of games in the early days. I was lucky though because a friend of mine bought it which allowed me to play all those great games.
When all was said and done on both the psone and the dreamcast I moved on to the PS2, which for me turned out to be the best console ever.
Bottom line is: people these days say that the saturn was an amazing machine and though that was true during the initial 18 months of the 32 bit era, the psone completely destroyed it. Early adopters like myself eventually had to resign to the fact that sega had left them in the cold and that the psone was the machine to own.
God damn, when people get me started on the saturn I just can't stop.