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Sega Saturn Modem

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Sega Saturn Modem
Manufacturer: Sega
Made for: Sega Saturn
Release Date RRP Code
Sega Saturn
JP
¥14,800[1] HSS-0127


The Sega Saturn Modem (セガサターンモデム) is a modem attachment for the Sega Saturn which allows the system to connect to the internet. It was only released in Japan, with its North American, equivalent being the NetLink Internet Modem.

Hardware

The Sega Saturn Modem is a grey 14.4kbps modem designed to be placed in the Saturn's cartridge port, and is built upon the XBAND technology used for North American Sega Mega Drives (Genesis). It was originally bundled with Sega Saturn Internet Vol. 1 (software that allows access to the world wide web and email), the SegaNet version of Virtua Fighter Remix (not sold separately) and Pad Nifty. Later it was released with Sega Saturn Internet 2 and the SegaNet version of Virtua Fighter Remix and Decathlete. The latter version is extremely rare.

In order to use the device with games, users were forced to purchase "Sega Saturn Media Cards" (セガサターン メディアカード) for ¥2,000 each. Much like telephone cards, these allowed the user to connect to Sega's online network and play against other users for a specified amount of time. Cards are inserted into the modem from the side - a similar system may have been planned for the Genesis in North America (as a card slot exists), but instead users were offered monthly subscriptions through the phone line.

Compatible games

There are more Japanese games which make use of the peripheral than US games using NetLink. Games that support it sport a "SegaSaturn Networks" logo on the box.

Photo gallery

Media Cards

Promotional material

SSM JP 19960809 1996-13.pdfSSM JP 19960809 1996-13.pdf

PDF
Print advert in Sega Saturn Magazine (JP) #1996-13: "1996-13 (1996-08-09)" (1996-07-26)

Physical scans

Saturn, JP (2)
Saturn HSS-0148 box-1.jpg
Cover

References

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