Emerald Nova Games

SEGA Saturn 27th Anniversary Game Competition

It's everyone's favorite time of the year! Once again, to celebrate the birthday of the SEGA Saturn, I am holding an extended game competition.

The competition starts on September 1st, 2021. Anyone can enter their SEGA Saturn game into the competition. Games can be entered into either the Original Game category, Hacks, Patches, and Translations category, or Utilities category. Even if this is a longer term project, if you have made significant progress on it in 2021, it can be entered. For multi-year entries, please document what changes have been made in 2021 (judges should make judgements based on these changes primarily.)

You can enter as many games as you want, (as long as they are substantially different.) Final disc images (bin/cue) should be uploaded and/or linked to the contest thread by 12 PM UTC (7 AM EST) January 1st, 2022.

Judges from the online SEGA Saturn community will score games in each category by ranking based on personal preference by January 13th, 2022. Ranks will be added as scores, with the lowest scores being higher ranked. Ties will share their rankings (and potential prizes.) Final rankings will be announced on a live stream on January 14th, 2022. An example of how games are scored is below.

Judge A Rankings Judge B Rankings Judge C Rankings
1 Game 1 Game 1 Game 2
2 Game 2 Game 2 Game 4
3 Game 4 Game 3 Game 3
4 Game 3 Game 4 Game 1

The rankings are tabulated into scores.

Game Score
Game 1 1+1+4=6
Game 2 2+2+1=5
Game 3 4+3+3=10
Game 4 3+4+2=9

And the scores determine final ranking.

Rank Game
1 Game 2
2 Game 1
3 Game 4
4 Game 3

The top six entries in the Original Game category will receive cash prizes. The top three entries in the Hacks, Patches, and Translations category will receive cash prizes. The top entry in the Utilities category will receive a cash prize. All prize winners will also receive a 3D printed item from the list below, courtesy of That's It Guys 3D Printing Service.

  • SEGA CD/Saturn Game Case Snap Hinge Replacement
  • SEGA Saturn Battery Door Replacement
  • SEGA Saturn Controller Stand
  • SEGA Saturn Display Logo
  • ODE Tray Insert
  • This year the cash prize pool is growing and open to donations! If you want to contribute to the prize pool, donations are accepted via Paypal link below (please note that Paypal takes 3.2% as a fee.)

    Thanks to all donators for making this year's prize pool possible.

    Name Amount Note
    Emerald Nova $120.00
    Jason Fischetti $96.80 "to a year of new amazing frontiers on saturn"
    Jason Fischetti $96.80
    Jason Fischetti $96.80 "bidens paying for it lol"
    Chanh Nguyen $23.79
    Amber "astraljunkie" Dean $96.62
    Estimated Shipping Costs -$70.00 The remainder will be rolled over into next year's competition.
    Total Prize Pool $460.81

    Cash prize winners will receive a percentage of the Total Prize Pool.

    Ranking Original Game Hacks, Patches, and Translations Utilities
    1 20% 15% 14%
    2 14% 8%
    3 11% 2%
    4 8%
    5 5%
    6 3%

    Meet the Judges!


    Cerv3ro, also known as Fandu in some retro forums. Proud owner of Sega Saturn since 1996 and enthusiast of the 32-bit era. I decided to actively jump on the Sega Saturn scene over a decade ago. By that time when the Saturn scene was really small and all the important things used to happen for other retro systems, especially homebrew projects. I had fun talking and creating content like guides and reviews on some dedicated Saturn sites and overall, I'm proud to have contributed to helping fund some cancelled games for release to the public. Unfortunately the gods have not blessed me with programming skills. As a Saturn user, I especially remember with passion the years between 2008 and 2011, when a lot of wonderful things happened on the Saturn scene: translations, prototype releases and the latest Rockin'-B development contest (2007). Wonderful years with so many great and talented people that I met. Pleased to be a member of the SX community and happy to see how amazing projects are happening recently over the last four years with amazing people, newcomers and veteran members who together make this dream come true. Excited to see the new contest entries and fascinated by all those brave hearts members capable of lead with the architecture of the Sega Saturn.


    Hi, I'm David Gámiz Jiménez. Happy dad. I am from Loja, a town in Granada, Andalusia, a large region in southern Spain. I am an Industrial Design Engineer. But mainly I define myself as a 3D artist, although I do not close anything on an artistic level, I really like everything. My relationship with the Sega Saturn really comes from my relationship with SEGA. About 12 years ago, my first SEGA Saturn fell into my hands, as well as the first one that came to my town from the first European batch of 1995. It was broken, I fixed it as best I could and this relationship did not stop growing. After playing and passing Panzer Dragon Saga and its previous installments. I was so crazy to see the quality that the machine really had. One day I decided to make an entry about PDS and its technical graphic milestones. And that resulted in an investigation of almost 3 years that ended a few months ago with 5 parts on my blog. Where I have been able to learn together with the generous community everything that made me curious and more. My relationship with the homebrew community started with the research for the posts itself. Finally seeing that few people, at that time, contributed to this great machine. Little by little I was participating and trying to contribute what I could. Currently I want, and am working on it, to make graphic content for the community. My great passion for 3D graphics and SEGA.


    Jason Steele is a writer, animator, occasional indie game developer, and retro game enthusiast. Has been playing Sega Saturn games since falling in love with the system in 1996. Hosts “The Video Game Valley,” a retro game stream that airs seven nights a week, with every Saturday dedicated to the Saturn.


    Jenovi. Host of Retro Impressions, a video game documentary, and analysis show with a heavy focus on the Second - Fifth Generation eras. Video game preservation and aftermarket(homebrew) advocate. Co-Host of the r/RetroGaming podcast.


    Johannes Fetz is a Project Manager & Senior Developer at Eureka Technology (Volaris group.) He also teaches C, Windows, and Unix at Etna (Paris.) He is the creator of JoEngine for the Sega Saturn.


    PandaMonium is reviewing every North American Sega Saturn game by order of release date in an effort to document its strange history in the west. The project involves developer interviews and thorough research. He is a proud member of the Sega Saturn Shiro podcast. PandaMonium is also known for compiling accurate commercial release dates of almost every North American Saturn game using a wide array of sources. Some of his favorite Saturn games are Darius Gaiden, Asuka 120%, Powerslave and the Panzer Dragoon series.


    Saturn Dave since Christmas '96, Dave is enthusiastic about growing the community and spreading that Saturn love and knowledge to fans old and new. Co-founding the SEGA SATURN, SHIRO! podcast back in 2017 and creating the SHIRO! SHOW in 2020, his goal is to create interesting and engaging Saturn-related content for the community, and to seek out interviews with old and new developers, preserving the stories of Saturn game development for all to reference and enjoy. He also enjoys creating period-accurate hypothetical long box artworks and complete English manuals of games that never received a North American release. Twitter link.


    Sega Lord X. Long time Sega fan and collector, current YouTuber, Sega Lord X makes videos about his favorite games and systems, most of which fall under the Sega banner. Has been in the Saturn community since day 1.


    Patrick, AKA TraynoCo is a co-founder of Sega Saturn Shiro. Patrick has a passion for Saturn projects such as homebrew and fan translations. Putting a spotlight on them in both podcast and video forms, trying to bring more attention to the ever growing Saturn homebrew scene. You can also find him on Twitter.


    Entries

    Accepting entries here.


    Back