NetLink (or Seganet in Japan) is a 28.8 kbit/s modem that fits into the Sega Saturn cartridge port that allows U.S.gamers to get online. It was the first system to allow players to bring their own internet service provider. A modem (a portmanteau word constructed from modulator and demodulator) is a device that modulates an analog carrier signal (sound), to encode digital information, and that also demodulates such a carrier signal to decode the transmitted information. ... The Sega Saturn (Japanese: ã»ã¬ãµã¿ã¼ã³, Sega Saturn), a video game console of the 32-bit era, was released on November 22, 1994, in Japan and May 1995 in the United States; 170,000 machines were sold the first day of the Japanese launch. ... For other uses, see United States (disambiguation) and US (disambiguation). ... A gamer is, in a general sense, one who plays games. ... Online means being connected to the Internet or another similar electronic network, like a bulletin board system. ... An Internet service provider (ISP) is a business or organization that offers users access to the Internet and related services. ...
Sega's 27-member Away Team, comprising employees from every aspect of hardware engineering, product development and marketing, worked exclusively for two years to ensure the Sega Saturn's hardware and design met the precise needs of both the U.S. and Japanese markets and would launch with some of the world's best software.
In Japan Sega licensed the rights to produce Saturns to their hardware partners - Hitachi, who provided the CPUs and several other chips, and JVC who produced the CD drives for most models, although functionally identical Sanyo drives were sometimes used.
Sega's flagship character and mascot, Sonic the Hedgehog, never made a major Saturn appearance - Sonic 3D Blast (an enhanced Mega Drive/Genesis port), Sonic R (a racing game) and Sonic Jam (a compilation of his major 16-bit adventures) were released, but only Sonic R was exclusive and did not prove to be a major title.
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