The Sega Saturn was of course Sega's first attempt at a proper CD-based console after attempting it as an addon with the Sega CD, but it was plagued with problems from the start. The system was quite technically capable, but several last-minute changes were implemented to make it more competitive with Sony's newly-announced Playstation, resulting in a convoluted hardware setup that was exceptionally difficult to develop games for and alienated many third party developers. It also used quad polygons instead of triangles (which were rapidly being phased out as a standard), had a high price point and, owing to being unexpectedly launched four months ahead of its announced date in North America (with only six underwhelming games available until the originally announced one), it never got much of a foothold outside of Japan. Ultimately the platform only sold about 9 million units worldwide (compared to ~33 million Nintendo 64's and 102 million Playstations) and was even disparaged by Sega of America staff at the time, who all but forgot about it in favor of promoting their Sega PC gaming line and the up-and-coming Dreamcast. Those who gave the system a chance (and went through the 75% of its library that never got released overseas) found quite a few high quality arcade ports and some surprisingly solid and creative original titles, many of which remain cult classics today. So, let's count down twenty I've played and found to be quite worthwhile.
HM. Valora Valley Golf (T&E Soft, 1995)
caddies in the game are also hilarious and definitely add to the game's bizarre charm.
20. Bubble Symphony (Taito, 1997 in Japan)
19. Pocket Fighter (Capcom, 1998 in Japan)
18. Resident Evil (Capcom, 1996)
17. Virtua Fighter 2 (Sega AM2, 1995)
*So much so that Sega developed a tweaked version called "Virtua Fighter Remix" and gave it free to everyone who registered their Sega Saturn with them as an apology!
16. Last Bronx (Sega AM3, 1997)
15. Dungeons & Dragons Collection (Capcom, 1999 in Japan)
14. Vampire Savior: the Lord of Vampire (Capcom, 1998 in Japan)
13. Fighting Vipers (Sega AM2, 1996)
Pepsiman, the Japanese mascot for Pepsi at the time, though sadly he was removed from all the later ports owing to licensing issues. Oddly the PS2 port still features many Pepsi ads, but not the character.
12. Guardian Heroes (Treasure, 1996)
11. Street Fighter Alpha III (Capcom, 1999 in Japan)
10. Mega Man 8 (Capcom, 1997)
9. Parodius Da! Shinwa kara Owarai e (Konami, 1995 in Japan, 1996 in Europe)
8. Cyberbots: Full Metal Madness (Capcom, 1997)
7. Marvel Super Heroes (Capcom, 1997)
6. Silhouette Mirage (Treasure, 1997 in Japan)
5. Metal Slug (Nazca Corporation, 1997 in Japan)
4. Radiant Silvergun (Treasure, 1998 in Japan)
3. Panzer Dragoon Saga (Team Andromeda, 1998)
2. Fighters Megamix (Sega AM2, 1997)
1. Saturn Bomberman (Hudson Soft/Eleven, 1997)