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Sega Saturn Magazine
Publisher: EMAP
Country of origin: United Kingdom
Backed systems: Sega Saturn
First issue date: 1995-11
Last issue date: 1998-11
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

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#1: "November 1995"
(1995-10-26, £3.95)
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#2: "December 1995"
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#3: "January 1996"
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#4: "February 1996"
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#5: "March 1996"
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#6: "April 1996"
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#7: "May 1996"
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#8: "June 1996"
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#9: "July 1996"
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#10: "August 1996"
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#11: "September 1996"
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#12: "October 1996"
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#13: "November 1996"
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#14: "December 1996"
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#15: "January 1997"
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#16: "February 1997"
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#17: "March 1997"
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#18: "April 1997"
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#19: "May 1997"
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#20: "June 1997"
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#21: "July 1997"
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#22: "August 1997"
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#23: "September 1997"
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#24: "October 1997"
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#25: "November 1997"
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#26: "December 1997"
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#27: "January 1998"
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#28: "February 1998"
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#29: "March 1998"
(1998-02-11, £2.95)
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#30: "April 1998"
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#31: "May 1998"
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#32: "June 1998"
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#34: "August 1998"
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#35: "September 1998"
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#36: "October 1998"
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#37: "November 1998"
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