$80 on Amazon, that means the price has only gone up by $20 since I got mine a few years ago... not bad. If something happened to mine it would be no big deal to replace it, and I have the hookups and controllers already.
Master System was around $90 for a while, and I paid like $50 for mine. Seems there's a few that are less expensive now.
As far as Saturn, so many good games on it, and it's a PITA to emulate. I never had one back in the day, but borrowed one from my friend, and stuff like Daytona USA, Virtua Cop, Virtua Fighter, Virtual On and such really were cutting edge at the time. (Remember, good arcade -> home conversions were a rarity then, and 3D games were brand new.) As time went on, the system got a really great selection of JRPGs, 2D Fighters and 2D shooters. Stuff like Dodonpachi was on it and I don't think it appeared on any other home system back then. Afaik the Saturn did pretty well in Japan, so, if you really like Japanese games it's a great system to have.
Aaron, I would highly recommend that if you get into Saturn, get one of these babies
. It's a 1M/4M RAM cart in one. It also functions as a backup memory cart for save files. However, games can't read the backup memory directly, but what you can do is copy items from the system's storage (which is small) to the cart. I think the Saturn holds 400 blocks in internal memory, which isn't very much when some saves can take up 100 blocks. However, the cartridge has 8192 blocks free on it, enough to back up plenty of saves.
Also, it might be advisable to look into import games (that cart will let you play them), as many good games were released in Japan and might be much cheaper than the US releases, I think some of them even have English menus and whatnot (stuff like Capcom 2D fighters, Metal Slug, Dodonpachi, Dynamite Deka (aka Die Hard Arcade) and so on). This might be the cheapest way to start a Saturn collection. I'd check Ebay.Edited by neurotix - 5/27/16 at 8:51pm