It’s really only a recent development that US games have become so valuable, especially for Saturn. Most people didn’t give a rat’s ass about the Saturn for the longest time. I was fortunate to grab up most of the best US stuff many years ago (as early as 1995 when it shipped and I was the first to get one because I worked at EB on the day of the surprise… I was off work that day and they called me and said “I think you need this.” LOL!). You can still get a lot of the catalog for reasonable prices, especially when found locally, but yeah, some games are just way cheaper and just as playable if bought as imports.
I did that recently (I know… I know… post in the Pick up thread!) with Panzer Dragoon and House of the Dead. I don’t know when I lost my copy of the original Panzer, bought on launch day, but I did. I finally decided to just buy the import so I wouldn’t have to pay damn near MSRP for it again. It’s good advice for today’s gaming world to look at both domestic and import.
One thing though… as noted above by @Socksfelloff is that language IS a barrier to entry. I’ve been looking at Super Famicom games since the Super Nt will give me easy access to them, maybe even with translations eventually, and one of the difficulties is knowing what’s what because I can’t read the labels. I know of a store down near Philly that has a bunch of imports (Classic Game Junkie) and one problem I had looking through them was having no clue what they were!
So yeah, saying just buy import isn’t always easy to do for folks who can’t read the language.