Sega Saturn Magazine (UK)

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SSM UK 01.pdf
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
Circulation:
  • 35,139 (1995-07—1995-12)[1]
  • 22,314 (1996-01—1996-06)[2]
  • 30,132 (1996-07—1996-12)[1]
  • 38,492 (1997-01—1997-06)[2]
  • 37,998 (1997-07—1997-12)[3]
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

Ratings

Main article: Sega Saturn Magazine (UK)/Ratings.

Back issues

Issue PDF Name Date Price Barcode Extras
1 Logo-pdf.svg November 1995 1995-10-26 £3.953.95 9771360942996-11 VHS tape
SSM UK 01.pdf
2 Logo-pdf.svg December 1995 1995-11-24 £2.752.75 9771360942019-12 Postcards
SSM UK 02.pdf
3 Logo-pdf.svg January 1996 1995-12-15 £2.752.75 9771360942019-01
SSM UK 03.pdf
4 Logo-pdf.svg February 1996 1996-01-24 £2.752.75 9771360942019-02
SSM UK 04.pdf
5 Logo-pdf.svg March 1996 1996-02-24 £2.752.75 9771360942019-03
SSM UK 05.pdf
6 Logo-pdf.svg April 1996 1996-03-23 £2.752.75 9771360942019-04
SSM UK 06.pdf
7 Logo-pdf.svg May 1996 1996-04-24 £2.752.75 9771360942019-05 Tips book
SSM UK 07.pdf
8 Logo-pdf.svg June 1996 1996-05-22 £2.752.75 9771360942019-06
SSM UK 08.pdf
9 Logo-pdf.svg July 1996 1996-06-20 £2.752.75 9771360942019-07
SSM UK 09.pdf
10 Logo-pdf.svg August 1996 1996-07-20 £2.752.75 9771360942019-08
SSM UK 10.pdf
11 Logo-pdf.svg September 1996 1996-08-20 £2.752.75 9771360942019-09
SSM UK 11.pdf
12 Logo-pdf.svg October 1996 1996-09-18 £2.752.75 9771360942019-10
SSM UK 12.pdf
13 Logo-pdf.svg November 1996 1996-10-17 £2.752.75 9771360942019-11
SSM UK 13.pdf
14 Logo-pdf.svg December 1996 1996-11-14 £2.752.75 9771360942019-12
SSM UK 14.pdf
15 Logo-pdf.svg January 1997 1996-12-17 £3.993.99 9771360942972-01 Disc
SSM UK 15.pdf
16 Logo-pdf.svg February 1997 1997-01-16 £2.752.75 9771360942019-02
SSM UK 16.pdf
17 Logo-pdf.svg March 1997 1997-02-19 £2.752.75 9771360942019-03
SSM UK 17.pdf
18 Logo-pdf.svg April 1997 1997-03-15 £2.752.75 9771360942019-04
SSM UK 18.pdf
19 Logo-pdf.svg May 1997 1997-04-12 £4.504.50 9771360942989-05 Saturn demo disc
SSM UK 19.pdf
20 Logo-pdf.svg June 1997 1997-05-14 £2.752.75 9771360942019-06
SSM UK 20.pdf
21 Logo-pdf.svg July 1997 1997-06-11 £2.752.75 9771360942019-07
SSM UK 21.pdf
22 Logo-pdf.svg August 1997 1997-07-16 £2.752.75 9771360942019-08
SSM UK 22.pdf
23 Logo-pdf.svg September 1997 1997-08-13 £4.504.50 9771360942989-09 Saturn demo disc
SSM UK 23.pdf
24 Logo-pdf.svg October 1997 1997-09-17 £2.752.75 9771360942019-10
SSM UK 24.pdf
25 Logo-pdf.svg November 1997 1997-10-15 £2.752.75 9771360942019-11
SSM UK 25.pdf
26 Logo-pdf.svg December 1997 1997-11-12 £4.504.50 9771360942972-12 Christmas NiGHTS game disc
SSM UK 26.pdf
27 Logo-pdf.svg January 1998 1997-12-17 £4.754.75 9771360942965-01 Saturn demo disc
SSM UK 27.pdf
28 Logo-pdf.svg February 1998 1998-01-14 £2.952.95 9771360942026-02
SSM UK 28.pdf
29 Logo-pdf.svg March 1998 1998-02-11 £2.952.95 9771360942033-03
SSM UK 29.pdf
30 Logo-pdf.svg April 1998 1998-03-11 £2.952.95 9771360942033-04
SSM UK 30.pdf
31 Logo-pdf.svg May 1998 1998-04-15 £4.954.95 9771360942958-05 Panzer Dragoon Saga game disc 1
SSM UK 31.pdf
32 Logo-pdf.svg June 1998 1998-05-xx £4.954.95 9771360942958-06 Saturn demo disc
SSM UK 32.pdf
33 Logo-pdf.svg July 1998 1998-06-17 £2.952.95 9771360942033-07
SSM UK 33.pdf
34 Logo-pdf.svg August 1998 1998-07-15 £2.952.95 9771360942033-08
SSM UK 34.pdf
35 Logo-pdf.svg September 1998 1998-08-12 £2.952.95 9771360942033-09
SSM UK 35.pdf
36 Logo-pdf.svg October 1998 1998-09-xx £2.952.95 9771360942033-10
SSM UK 36.pdf
37 Logo-pdf.svg November 1998 1998-10-xx £2.952.95 9771360942033-11
SSM UK 37.pdf

References


Sega-related magazines published in the United Kingdom
Future Publishing S: The Sega Magazine (1989-1990) | Sega Power (1990-1997) | Mega (1992-1994) | Sega Zone (1993-1994) | Saturn+ (1995-1997) | Saturn Power (1997-1998) | DC-UK (1999-2001) | DC-Tips (1999)
Paragon Publishing Sega Pro (1991-1996) | Sega XS (1993-199x) | Mega Power (1993-1995) | Dreamcast Magazine (1999-2002) | Dreamcast Solutions (1999)
EMAP MegaTech (1991-1994) | Mean Machines Sega (1992-1997) | Sega Magazine (1994-1995) | Sega Saturn Magazine (1995-1998)
Impact Magazines Sega Force (1992-1993) | Sega Force Mega (1993-1994) | Sega Master Force (1993) | Mega Machines (1993-1994)
Maverick Magazines Sega Mega Drive Advanced Gaming (1992-1995) | Mega (1994-1995) | MegaTech (1994)
Dennis Publishing Sega Zone (1992-1993) | Official Dreamcast Magazine (1999-2001)
Europress Interactive Mega Action (1993-1994)
Rapide Publishing Total Saturn (1996-1997)
Quay Magazine Publishing Dreamcast Monthly (1999-2001) | Dreamcast Strategies (1999)
Magical Media Mr. Dreamcast (2000)