STICH666, on Mon Feb 22, 2010 7:51 AM, said:
If I can add one, Sol Divide is a great one. It's the sequel of Sol Feace on the Sega CD. It also happens to be Japan exclusive.
Sol Divide is not the sequel to Sol Feace. It's a fighter/shmup combo designed by Psyiko (and their developers had nothing to do with Sol Feace) and is generally poorly received. The Saturn one is Japan exclusive, but the PSX port got a US release. It was one of XS Games budget releases with removed cutscenes, though.
Here are some Saturn import games I recommend:
Vampire Savior (if you have the Action Reply with the 4m built in. A 2D fighter, known as Darkstalkers 3 on the US PSX (but this version has extra frames of animation), but one of the best on the system and makes good use of the extra memory for some slick graphics and gameplay. Last I checked, it's fairly cheap to get a hold of too)
Batsugun (excellent shmup from Toaplan and often referred to as proto cave. Has both the original and a special version with extra bullets and other remixed stuff)
Parodius Deluxe Pack (includes two great shmups, Parodius Da!! and Gokujo Parodius. Worth it for Gokujo alone)
Gradius Deluxe Pack (includes the arcade versions of Gradius 1 and 2. Good stuff)
I also heard good things about the SEGA Ages packs with games like Space Harrier, Outrun, Fantasy Zone, and After Burner II available, though a few of those are available elsewhere, as well. There are the SEGA Ages Memorial packs with older SEGA games. The first one has Flicky, Head On (original game Dodge 'em on the 2600 is based on), Up 'n Down, and Pengo and the second one has SEGA Samurai (70s arcade game), Ninja Princess (also known as SEGA Ninja. Game The Ninja for SMS is based on), Star Jacker (80s shmup), Penguin Land SG-1000, and Monaco GP.
As far as games that can be played with no knowledge of Japanese, shmups, arcade games, fighting games, action games (aside from a few with RPG elements), and most puzzle games (stay away from word based ones, though) are generally safe. RPGs and strategy games usually require more Japanese knowledge and it's best to avoid visual novels, quiz games, etc. since these are pretty much unplayable without knowledge of Japanese.
As far as RPG imports, there's literally a king's bounty of them. Apparently Sega of America, in their infinite wisdom, didn't think RPG's would sell in the US, and some really great RPGs never saw a US release. There's an article on this I read somewhere before, lemme see if I can find it for you. Also, Policenauts is a good import title.
Most of those RPGs have a heavy amount of Japanese text. Policenauts requires knowledge of Japanese to play.
Edited by BrianC, Mon Feb 22, 2010 5:58 PM.