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Publisher: Konami
System(s): Sega Saturn
Original system(s): PC-9801
Sound driver: SCSP (1/1/1 track)
Peripherals supported: Virtua Gun, Shuttle Mouse
Genre: Adventure

Number of players: 1
Release Date RRP Code
Sega Saturn
¥6,800 T-9510G

Policenauts (ポリスノーツ) is an adventure game developed by Konami. It was originally released for NEC's PC-9821 in 1994, and then ported to the Sega Saturn in 1996.

It was Hideo Kojima's second adventure game. It was preceded by his first adventure game, Snatcher.

The Saturn version was at one stage advertised for a forthcoming release in North America (with a rough October 1996 release date), but this never materialised.

Included in the package is a picture book, complete with stickers to customise a Virtua Gun and Saturn Backup Memory cartridge.

According to Kojima in a 1996 interview, the Saturn version was the definitive version of the game.[1] The Saturn version includes an in-game glossary, Virtua Gun and Shuttle Mouse support, Saturn Backup Memory support, additional scenes and dialogues, additional character close-ups, uncensored breast animations, bonus videos, alternate ending credits, and full 24 FPS anime cutscenes (at the expense of slightly reduced video quality, compared to the PlayStation version's 15 FPS cutscenes). An English translation patch of the Saturn version was released at in October 2016.[2]

Magazine articles

Main article: Policenauts/Magazine articles.

Promotional material


SSM JP 19960510 1996-08.pdf

Print advert in
Sega Saturn Magazine (JP) #22: "1996-08 (1996-05-10, 24)" (1996-04-26)

SSM JP 19960712 1996-11.pdfSSM JP 19960712 1996-11.pdf

Print advert in
Sega Saturn Magazine (JP) #25: "1996-11 (1996-07-12)" (1996-06-28)

SSM JP 19960809 1996-13.pdfSSM JP 19960809 1996-13.pdf

Print advert in
Sega Saturn Magazine (JP) #27: "1996-13 (1996-08-09)" (1996-07-26)

SSM JP 19960823 1996-14.pdfSSM JP 19960823 1996-14.pdf

Print advert in
Sega Saturn Magazine (JP) #28: "1996-14 (1996-08-23)" (1996-08-09)

SSM JP 19960927 1996-16.pdfSSM JP 19960927 1996-16.pdf

Print advert in
Sega Saturn Magazine (JP) #30: "1996-16 (1996-09-27)" (1996-09-13)

Physical scans

Sega Retro Average 
Publication Score Source
80 №405, p30
83 №1996-15, p241[3]
93 №, p8Media:SnGwSISDRZK Book JP.pdf[4]
Sega Saturn
Based on
3 reviews

Saturn, JP
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Policenauts Saturn JP Spinecard.jpg
Policenauts Saturn JP Disc.jpg
Disc 1
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Disc 2
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Disc 3
Policenauts Sat JP Manual.pdf
Policenauts Saturn JP Box Back.jpgPolicenauts Saturn JP Box Front.jpg
Jewel Case
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Policenauts Saturn JP Cover.jpg
Case Cover


NEC Retro has more information related to Policenauts.
  1. Policenauts: 1996 Developer Interview – with director Hideo Kojima
  3. File:SSM_JP_19960913_1996-15.pdf, page 243
  4. File:SnGwSISDRZK Book JP.pdf, page 10