Resident Evil

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Resident Evil
System(s): Sega Saturn
Capcom, Sega (EU)
Original system(s): PlayStation
Developer(s) of original games: Capcom
Sound driver: SCSP (1 track)
Genre: Action

Number of players: 1
Release Date RRP Code
Sega Saturn
¥4,800 T-1219G
Sega Saturn
$49.99[1] T-1221H
Sega Saturn
£44.99More...[3] MK81092-50
Sega Saturn
?F MK81092-50
Sega Saturn
DM ? MK81092-50
Sega Saturn
?Ptas MK81092-50
Sega Saturn
219PLN ?
Sega Saturn
R$? 191386

Resident Evil, known as Biohazard (バイオハザード) in Japan, is the first in a long line of survival horror games developed and published by Capcom. It was ported to the Sega Saturn by Nextech in 1997, with some members of Sega's team. Nextech would later return to develop Resident Evil CODE:Veronica for Capcom, and consequently were involved in the production of each of its spinoff games and ports.


The year is 1998. Quiet mid-western town of Raccoon City is experiencing a wave of violence that has never been seen since the city's establishment. Horribly mutilated bodies are found around the city, with autopsies reveal that they were bitten and clawed. Baffled with the amount of violence and method of murders, Raccoon City Police Department authorizes Special Tactics and Rescue Service (STARS) to investigate and neutralize the threat.

Seeking a lead, STARS Bravo Team is sent to the nearby Arklay Mountains and soon after, contact is lost. Worried about their compatriots, Alpha Team is also head to the mountains and soon after they are attacked by a pack of seemingly rapid dogs. Already losing one of their members and their helicopter pilot leaving them to their fate, team barely makes it to the nearby mansion.

Cut off from the outside and no chance of calling help, what's left of the Alpha team must survive the horrors waiting for them in the mansion.


Playable characters

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Chris Redfield
Age: 25

Height: 1.80cm

Weight: 80kgs

Blood Type: 0

Former US Air Force pilot. Received dishonorable discharge for insubordination and insulting a superior officer. Spend some time as a drifter and eventually reached Raccoon City. Recruited to the police force by senior officer Barry Burton. Made it to the STARS soon after. Expert marksman and back-up pilot.

Top physical condition. Carries a lighter with him. Can carry 6 items.

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Jill Valentine
Age: 23

Height: 1.65cm

Weight: 50kgs

Blood Type: B

Career police officer. First woman to make it to STARS. Degree in Mechanics and chemistry. Cross-training with Delta Force. Strong moral convictions. Intelligent, strong willed and resourceful. Received many commendations despite her young age.

Carries a lockpick. Can carry 8 items.



The Saturn port of Resident Evil stems not just from an earlier PlayStation version, but an unreleased upgrade called Biohazard Dash, which would have featured minor tweaks and alterations to the gameMore...[4]. The Saturn port was revealed at a special conference on 17th February 1997, alongside the PlayStation announcement of Biohazard 2More...[4].


The Saturn version includes an extra "battle mode" option, not present in other ports of the game, which has the player attempt to survive through rooms of monsters with both limited ammo and limited time. The Sega Saturn Port also includes a few extra enemy encounters such as a Second T-002 Tyrant that breaks out directly after the one Wesker releases. It also features a model edit of the Hunter known as the "Tick". Battle Mode has a special "Gold Tyrant" used for the boss.

Localised names

Also known as
Language Localised Name English Translation
English Resident Evil Resident Evil
English (US) Resident Evil Resident Evil
Japanese バイオハザード Biohazard

Production credits

  • Cast
    • Chris Redfield: Charlie
    • Jill Valentine: Inezh
    • Barry Burton: Gregory
    • Rebecca Chambers: Linda
    • Albert Wesker: Eric
    • Joseph Frost: Jason
Original Version Staff
  • Planner
    • System Plan/Camera Works: Hideki Kamiya, Hiroki Kato, Kazunori Kadoi, Koji Oda, Satosi Murata
    • Scenario: Kenichi Iwao
    • Event Director: Kazuhiro Aoyama, Takashi Nakaya, Masaaki Yamada
    • Background Story: Yasuyuki Saga
  • CG Team:
    • Background model: Ippei Masuda, Satoru Nishikawa, Junko Yasuda, Tetsuya Shiraishi, Yasuyuki Matsunami, Keiichi Nabetani, Motoji Fujita, Atsuko Hamada
    • Character Model/Motion: Jun Takeuchi, Satomi Hayashi
    • Character Texture: Yuji Ishihara, Ryoji Shimogama, Hideaki Katagiri
  • Graphic
    • BG/Object Texture: Chie Nishida, Hideyuki Koitabashi, Nobuaki Yamazaki, Jun Ogawa, Yasushi Hiraoka, Hidesato Sueyoshi, Manabu Takeda, Ippei Yamamoto, Yoshihiro Nakamoto, Naomi Takemoto
    • Icon Design: Shizuyo Ukai
    • Lettering: Aya Nishio
    • Effect: Yoshiaki Teshima, Satomi Tsubota
  • Sound
    • Composition / Arrangement: Makoto Tomozawa, Akari Kaida, Masami Ueda
    • Sound design: Ippo Yamada, Hideaki Utsumi
  • Software Engineer
    • System: Yasuhiro Anpo
    • Cockpit: Takayuki Inoue
    • Sound system / Effect: Tomohito Ishihara
    • Player / Enemy: Katsutoshi Karatsuma, Hiroyuki Kobayashi, Yuji Hagiyama, Shigeki Niino
    • Event: Syuichiro Chiboshi, Kiyohiko Sakata, Noriyuki Ohtani, Takeshi Enomoto
    • Room Editor: Hidekazu Shingaki, Michinori Kataoka, Hideaki Motozuka
    • Movie: Hiroaki Watanabe
    • Authoring System: Atsushi Manobe, Takashi Hashimoto, Mitsunori Sakano
    • Base Program: Kazushi Sano, Takahiro Yamada
  • Design
    • Plot: Takahiro Arimitsu
    • Rooms: Yuko Nakadai, Mitsuru Kuwahata, Nakayama, Kazuki
    • Characters: Isao Ohishi
    • Enemies: Toru Nakayama, Kazunori Shimizu, Yorinao Matuura
    • Publicity: Masako Honma
    • Supervisor: Masahiko Kurokawa
    • Special Thanks: Tsuyoshi Wakuta, Takuya Shiraiwa, Shigeomi Okamura
  • Film Crew
    • Producer: Norihiro Nishitani
    • Production manager: Masanari Takano
    • Director: Mituhisa Hosoki
    • CG Movie: Seiji Namba
    • Director of Photographer: Iwao Hara
    • Lighting: Takahisa Aiba
    • Make-Up: Shoko Kato
    • Styling: Wakana Hara
    • Casting: Toru Tateishi
    • Narrator: Ward.E.Sexton
  • Cooperative company
    • Production: Center Field Co.,Ltd.
    • Special Effects: Gives Co.,Ltd.
    • Post Production: Vision Universe Co.,Ltd.
    • Music: M On M Inc. / Music Expedition Co.,Ltd., Planning Support F.M.C
    • General Producer: Tokuro Fujiwara
    • Producer: Masayuki Akahori
    • Director: Shinji Mikami
Saturn Version Staff
  • 3DCG Team
    • Character Model / Motion / Object / Texture Conversion: Yoshihisa Shimizu, Ryosuke Tei, Naomi Anzai, Misao Kobayashi, Miho Sadogawa, Masahiro Sato
  • 2DCG Team
    • Chief: Yoshitaka Maki
    • BG Saturn Conversion: Yoshiyuki Miyazawa, Yuki Izumi, Shingo Inaba, Kazuhiro Ogura, Keiko Arakawa, Genki Kaneko
    • Icon Design: Yoshiyuki Miyazawa
    • System: Yukihiko Tani
    • Sub System: Eiki Aizawa
    • Enemy / Event: Yuichi Shiono, Masahiko Moriya
    • Sound / Movie: Tomoaki Fujitaka
    • Special Thanks: Kenei Unoki, Eiji Taki, Akira Nishikawa, Manabu Morinaga
    • Super Visor: Katsuji Aotama, Masatoshi Totsuka
  • Sound Team
  • MOVIE Team
  • Presented by: Capcom

Magazine articles

Main article: Resident Evil/Magazine articles.

Promotional material

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ES print advert

SSM JP 19970808 1997-27.pdf

Print advert in Sega Saturn Magazine (JP) #1997-27: "1997-27 (1997-08-08)" (1997-07-25)

SSM JP 19970815 1997-28.pdfSSM JP 19970815 1997-28.pdf

Print advert in Sega Saturn Magazine (JP) #1997-28: "1997-28 (1997-08-15)" (1997-08-01)

Playmag FR 17.pdf

Print advert in Play Mag (FR) #17: "Septembre 1997" (1997-xx-xx)
also published in:
  • Player One (FR) #78: "Septembre 1997" (1997-xx-xx)More...[5]

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Print advert in Secret Service (PL) #52: "Grudzień 1997" (1997-xx-xx)
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Print advert in Neo (PL) #3: "Luty 1998" (1998-xx-xx)


Physical scans

Sega Retro Average 
Publication Score Source
95 More...[6]
100 More...[3]
80 №100, p192
80 №450, p34
87 More...[7]
95 №111, p176
92 №60, p30-31
90 More...[8]
93 More...[9]
83 More...[10]
87 More...[11]
95 More...[12]
94 More...[13]
80 More...[14]
87 More...Media:SnGwSISDRZK Book JP.pdf[15]
95 More...[16]
Sega Saturn
Based on
18 reviews

Saturn, JP
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Saturn, US
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Residentevil sat us manual.pdf
Saturn, EU
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Saturn, BR
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Technical information

ROM dump status

System Hash Size Build Date Source Comments
Sega Saturn
586,515,888 CD-ROM (EU) MK81092-50 V1.002
Sega Saturn
596,060,304 1997-06-24 CD-ROM (JP) T-1219G V1.002
Sega Saturn
586,515,888 CD-ROM (US) T-1221H V1.002


Resident Evil games for Sega systems
Sega Saturn
Resident Evil (1997) | Resident Evil 2 (unreleased)
Sega Dreamcast
Resident Evil 2 (1999) | Resident Evil Code: Veronica (2000) | Resident Evil 3: Nemesis (2000) | Biohazard Code: Veronica Kanzenban (2001)
Gun Survivor 2: Biohazard CODE:Veronica (2001)