Resident Evil

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Resident Evil
System(s): Sega Saturn
Publisher: Capcom (Japan, US), Sega (Europe)
Original system(s): PlayStation
Developer(s) of original games: Capcom
Sound driver: SCSP (1 track)
Genre: Survival Horror (サバイバルホラー)[1], Adventure[2]

Number of players: 1
Release Date RRP Code
Sega Saturn
¥4,800 (5,040)4,800e[3] T-1219G
Sega Saturn
$49.9949.99[5] T-1221H
ESRB: Mature
Sega Saturn
BBFC: 15
Sega Saturn
USK: 18
Sega Saturn
Sega Saturn
£44.9944.99[6] MK81092-50
BBFC: 15
Sega Saturn
Sega Saturn
Tectoy: 18+

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.



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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.

Barry Burton

Age: 38

Height: 1.86cm

Weight: 89kgs

Blood Type: A

Former US Air Force serviceman who later joined the Raccoon City Police Department after his discharge. Close friends with Chris from their military days and recruits him to the RPD. Weapons specialist and armorer of the STARS. Devoted family man. Acts like a father figure to the other members of the team.

Albert Wesker

Age: 38

Height: 1.83cm

Weight: 85kgs

Blood Type: 0

Commander of the Raccoon City Police Department STARS unit and STARS Alpha Team. Calm, composed and reserved. Prior service is unknown. Rumors range from intelligence agencies to certain black-ops units of US Military. Wears shades all the time for some unknown reason.

Rebecca Chambers

Age: 18

Height: 1.61cm

Weight: 42kgs

Blood Type: AB

Genius level intelligence. Received her Bachelor of Science at the age of 18. Refused offers from various private companies and joined STARS out of idealism. Serves as the medic and scientific advisor for the Alpha team. Studies for her M.D. during her spare time.



A Beretta 92FS. (Game incorrectly calls it "Beretta M92")Jill starts this gun in her inventory and Chris recovers Jill's handgun early in the game, having lost his during the opening cut-scene. Can carry 15 bullets and uses Handgun ammunition. Weak and fires slowly but ammo is plentiful.


A Remington 870 pump-action shotgun. Jill can acquire it with Barry's help (the infamous "Jill Sandwich" scene). Chris can only acquire it by replacing it with Broken Shotgun. (Although both characters can do that.) Powerful but has a short range. Can kill most zombies if aimed upwards. Can carry 7 rounds and uses Shotgun rounds. Ammo becomes somewhat more plentiful during the later part of the game.


A Colt Python with nickel plating. Can be found in the later part of the game. Extremely powerful but ammo is very scarce. Best save it for bosses. Can carry six rounds and uses Magnum Rounds.


Not really a bazooka but rather a fictional grenade launcher. Limited range but can use different types of shells: Standard, Acid or Flame. Can carry 6 rounds.


Can only be used by Chris during a certain point of the game. Very short range but fires rapidly. Runs out of ammo very quickly. (Fun fact: Seems to have based on M240 Incinerator Unit from 1986 movie: Aliens)

Rocket Launcher

Four-barrelled M202 FLASH. Only avaiable during the final boss fight for a brief time. Fires only regular explosive rounds even though the weapon it was based on could only fire incendiary rockets. Can be unlocked if game is completed under 2 and a half hours with no saving.

First Aid Spray

Fully recovers health.

Green Herb

Recovers about 1/3 health. If combined with another, recovers half the health. Using three combined herbs recovers full health.

Red Herb

Useless on its own, Red Herb increases potency of Green Herb. Combined Green and Red herb fully recovers health.

Blue Herb

Cures poison. Can be mixed with other herbs.



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 game[7]. The Saturn port was revealed at a special conference on 17th February 1997, alongside the PlayStation announcement of Biohazard 2[7].


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
Print advert in Sega Saturn Magazine (JP) #1997-27: "1997-27 (1997-08-08)" (1997-07-25)
Print advert in Sega Saturn Magazine (JP) #1997-28: "1997-28 (1997-08-15)" (1997-08-01)
Print advert in Playmag (FR) #17: "Septembre 1997" (1997-xx-xx)
also published in:
Print advert in Secret Service (PL) #52: "Grudzień 1997" (1997-1x-xx)
also published in:
Print advert in Neo (PL) #3: "Luty 1998" (1998-xx-xx)
also published in:


Physical scans

Sega Retro Average 
Publication Score Source
95 [18]
100 [6]
80 №100, p192
80 №450, p34
87 [19]
95 №111, p176
92 №60, p30-31
90 [20]
93 [21]
83 [22]
87 [23]
95 [24]
94 [25]
80 [26]
87 [27]
95 [28]
Sega Saturn
Based on
18 reviews

Saturn, JP
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Saturn, US
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Saturn, EU
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Saturn, FR (Blister pack)
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Saturn, PT

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


  1. File:ResidentEvil Saturn JP Box Back.jpg
  2. 2.0 2.1 (Wayback Machine: 2020-03-20 23:05)
  3. Sega Saturn Magazine, "1997-27 (1997-08-08)" (JP; 1997-07-25), page 8
  4. (Wayback Machine: 1999-02-21 17:22)
  5. Press release: 1997-06-05: The terror of Resident Evil is screaming its way onto the Sega Saturn; Capcom's top selling "gore fest" to make the leap from Sony PlayStation to Sega Saturn in '97
  6. 6.0 6.1 6.2 Computer & Video Games, "October 1997" (UK; 1997-09-12), page 64
  7. 7.0 7.1 Sega Saturn Magazine, "April 1997" (UK; 1997-03-15), page 6
  8. Player One, "Septembre 1997" (FR; 1997-xx-xx), page 17
  9. Świat Gier Komputerowych, "11/1997" (PL; 1997-xx-xx), page 40
  10. Gry Komputerowe, "12/1997" (PL; 1997-xx-xx), page 12
  11. Świat Gier Komputerowych, "12/1997" (PL; 1997-xx-xx), page 24
  12. Neo, "Grudzień 1997" (PL; 1997-xx-xx), page 2
  13. Świat Gier Komputerowych, "1/1998" (PL; 1997-xx-xx), page 80
  14. Secret Service, "Styczeń 1998" (PL; 1998-xx-xx), page 14
  15. Secret Service, "Luty 1998" (PL; 1998-xx-xx), page 22
  16. Neo, "Kwiecień 1998" (PL; 1998-xx-xx), page 4
  17. Neo, "Maj 1998" (PL; 1998-xx-xx), page 4
  18. Consoles News, "Septembre 1997" (FR; 1997-08-28), page 106-109 (106)
  19. GameFan, "Volume 5, Issue 11: November 1997" (US; 1997-xx-xx), page 24/129 (26)
  20. Game Informer, "October 1997" (US; 1997-xx-xx), page 64 (66)
  21. Hobby Consolas, "Septiembre 1997" (ES; 1997-xx-xx), page 70-71 (71)
  22. MAN!AC, "09/97" (DE; 1997-08-06), page 76
  23. Mega Fun, "09/97" (DE; 1997-08-06), page 69
  24. Saturn Power, "October 1997" (UK; 1997-08-22), page 68-71 (71)
  25. Sega Saturn Magazine, "September 1997" (UK; 1997-08-13), page 74-75 (74)
  26. Sega Saturn Magazine, "1997-26 (1997-08-01)" (JP; 1997-07-18), page 176 (178)
  27. Sega Saturn Magazine (readers), "Final data" (JP; 2000-03), page 9 (11)
  28. Video Games, "9/97" (DE; xxxx-xx-xx), page 100 (96)

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)