Sega Net. Link - Wikipedia, the free encyclopedia. For the Linux program, see Netlink. Sega Net Link (also called Sega Saturn Net Link) was an attachment for the Sega Saturn game console to provide Saturn users with internet access and access to email through their console. The unit was released on October 3. The Sega Net Link consisted of a 2. Sega Saturn cartridge port and came packed with a browser developed by Planetweb, Inc. The unit sold for US$1.
US$4. 00 bundled with a Sega Saturn. The Net Link connected to the internet through standard dial- up services. Unlike other online gaming services in the US, one does not connect to a central service, but instead tells the dial- up modem connected to the Saturn's cartridge slot to call to the person with whom one wishes to play. Since it requires no servers to operate, the service, in theory, can operate as long as at least two users have the necessary hardware and software, as well as a phone line. While Sega recommended that players use Concentric, the Sega Net Link enabled players to choose any ISP that was within its technical specifications.
The device was capable of connecting at a 2. America and 1. 4. Japan. The success of the Net Link was limited by factors such as high cost, the small number of Saturn owners compared to the competition, and lack of games that took advantage of Net Link capabilities. Online Net Link games used XBAND technology, which had previously been used in the Super Nintendo Entertainment System and the Sega Genesis modem games.
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In Japan, the Net Link required the use of smartcards with prepaid credits. The Saturn had a floppy drive and printer cable converter (both Japan only) which could be used with the Net Link. A web browser from Planetweb was included, and a mouse and keyboard adapter were available to simplify navigation. Before the Net Link was not made available for wide release in Europe, Sega performed a test release in Finland before deciding not to widely release the unit in the European market.
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Despite the Saturn's relative lack of success in America, the Net Link had a number of users, and five games were released domestically that supported it. Sega of America originally wanted to sell 1. Net Link units. These servers were originally run by Sega employees but were given over to be run by Net Link chat users Leo Daniels and Mark Leatherman.
Successor. The European counterpart was called Dreamarena. Games compatible with Net Link.
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