Sega Saturn Magazine (UK)
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|Sega Saturn Magazine|
|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|
|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.
- 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
- Main article: Sega Saturn Magazine (UK)/Ratings.
|1||November 1995||1995-10-26||£3.953.95||9771360942996-11||VHS tape|
|7||May 1996||1996-04-24||£2.752.75||9771360942019-05||Tips book|
|19||May 1997||1997-04-12||£4.504.50||9771360942989-05||Saturn demo disc|
|23||September 1997||1997-08-13||£4.504.50||9771360942989-09||Saturn demo disc|
|26||December 1997||1997-11-12||£4.504.50||9771360942972-12||Christmas NiGHTS game disc|
|27||January 1998||1997-12-17||£4.754.75||9771360942965-01||Saturn demo disc|
|31||May 1998||1998-04-15||£4.954.95||9771360942958-05||Panzer Dragoon Saga game disc 1|
|32||June 1998||1998-05-xx||£4.954.95||9771360942958-06||Saturn demo disc|