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Sega Saturn Magazine (UK)

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Sega Saturn Magazine
Publisher: EMAP
Country of origin: United Kingdom
Backed systems: Sega Saturn
First issue date: 1995-10-26
Last issue date: 1998-10-xx
Number of issues: 37
Frequency: Monthly
ISSN: 1360-9424
Preceded by: Sega Magazine

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Sega Saturn Magazine (SSM) was an official monthly magazine released in the United Kingdom dedicated to the Sega Saturn. It premiered in late 1995 after the console went on sale, and was a successor to (the also officially licensed) Sega Magazine, sharing much of the same writing staff (and initially having a "Sega Magazine" section for non-Saturn games).

At launch, SSM was one of two EMAP publications to be officially licensed by Sega, the other being Mean Machines Sega (which would continue until early 1997). Close ties to Sega Europe meant it was able to publish Sega Flash demo discs (although not as frequently as rival Official UK PlayStation Magazine which had demo discs every month). The magazine outlasted all its commerical rivals; Saturn+, Total Saturn and Saturn Power, and by mid-1998 was the only dedicated Sega magazine on the market. By the end of the year coverage had turned primarily to import titles from Japan and the upcoming Sega Dreamcast.

While initially aiming for a mainstream crowd, as had been the case with earlier Sega magazines, the rise of multi-platform magazine Edge and EMAP's experiences with the short-lived MAXIMUM gaming magazine led to Sega Saturn Magazine having a more mature outlook than most other gaming magazines of the time.

The team pitched a successor magazine to continue coverage of the Dreamcast, however Sega opted to give the license to Dennis Publishing, who begain printing the Official Dreamcast Magazine in the Autumn of 1999.

Magazine Staff

  • Richard Leadbetter – Editor-in-chief
  • Lee Nutter – Senior staff writer
  • Gary Cutlack – Staff writer
  • Jason McEvoy – Art editor
  • Matt Yeo – Deputy editor
  • Nick Paterson – Deputy art editor

Back issues

Issue PDF Name Date Price Barcode Extras
1 Logo-pdf.svg November 1995 1995-10-26 £3.95 9771360942996-11 VHS tape
2 Logo-pdf.svg December 1995 1995-11-24 £2.75 9771360942019-12 Postcards
3 Logo-pdf.svg January 1996 1995-12-15 £2.75 9771360942019-01
4 Logo-pdf.svg February 1996 1996-01-24 £2.75 9771360942019-02
5 Logo-pdf.svg March 1996 1996-02-24 £2.75 9771360942019-03
6 Logo-pdf.svg April 1996 1996-03-23 £2.75 9771360942019-04
7 Logo-pdf.svg May 1996 1996-04-24 £2.75 9771360942019-05 Tips book
8 Logo-pdf.svg June 1996 1996-05-22 £2.75 9771360942019-06
9 Logo-pdf.svg July 1996 1996-06-20 £2.75 9771360942019-07
10 Logo-pdf.svg August 1996 1996-07-20 £2.75 9771360942019-08
11 Logo-pdf.svg September 1996 1996-08-20 £2.75 9771360942019-09
12 Logo-pdf.svg October 1996 1996-09-18 £2.75 9771360942019-10
13 Logo-pdf.svg November 1996 1996-10-17 £2.75 9771360942019-11
14 Logo-pdf.svg December 1996 1996-11-14 £2.75 9771360942019-12
15 Logo-pdf.svg January 1997 1996-12-17 £3.99 9771360942972-01 Disc
16 Logo-pdf.svg February 1997 1997-01-16 £2.75 9771360942019-02
17 Logo-pdf.svg March 1997 1997-02-19 £2.75 9771360942019-03
18 Logo-pdf.svg April 1997 1997-03-15 £2.75 9771360942019-04
19 Logo-pdf.svg May 1997 1997-04-12 £4.50 9771360942989-05 Saturn demo disc
20 Logo-pdf.svg June 1997 1997-05-14 £2.75 9771360942019-06
21 Logo-pdf.svg July 1997 1997-06-11 £2.75 9771360942019-07
22 Logo-pdf.svg August 1997 1997-07-16 £2.75 9771360942019-08
23 Logo-pdf.svg September 1997 1997-08-13 £4.50 9771360942989-09 Saturn demo disc
24 Logo-pdf.svg October 1997 1997-09-17 £2.75 9771360942019-10
25 Logo-pdf.svg November 1997 1997-10-15 £2.75 9771360942019-11
26 Logo-pdf.svg December 1997 1997-11-12 £4.50 9771360942972-12 Christmas NiGHTS game disc
27 Logo-pdf.svg January 1998 1997-12-17 £4.75 9771360942965-01 Saturn demo disc
28 Logo-pdf.svg February 1998 1998-01-14 £2.95 9771360942026-02
29 Logo-pdf.svg March 1998 1998-02-11 £2.95 9771360942033-03
30 Logo-pdf.svg April 1998 1998-03-11 £2.95 9771360942033-04
31 Logo-pdf.svg May 1998 1998-04-15 £4.95 9771360942958-05 Panzer Dragoon Saga game disc 1
32 Logo-pdf.svg June 1998 1998-05-xx £4.95 9771360942958-06 Saturn demo disc
33 Logo-pdf.svg July 1998 1998-06-17 £2.95 9771360942033-07
34 Logo-pdf.svg August 1998 1998-07-15 £2.95 9771360942033-08
35 Logo-pdf.svg September 1998 1998-08-12 £2.95 9771360942033-09
36 Logo-pdf.svg October 1998 1998-09-xx £2.95 9771360942033-10
37 Logo-pdf.svg November 1998 1998-10-xx £2.95 9771360942033-11

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