There's no question about it, Sim City (and it's sequels) are what all simulations strive to be. Personally, I can't think of a better example of simulation than the Sim City franchise, and even after a decade, the game only gets better and better.
To prove this, I sat and played the internet version of the original (found exclusively on the Sim City web site) for days on end. The game is so much fun, it's hard to imagine a better waste of time. But then there's Sim City 2000, Maxis' update to the tried and true theme. Gracing just about every system except the Nintendo 64, Sim City 2000 is just about everything you could ask for ... except for good control!
The Sega Saturn version of the game is just as good as the computer counter part, but it doesn't quite work due to the poor control, and the insane amount of memory each City takes up (read: all the internal memory). Avoiding those faults, however, the game is just amazing. I have never wanted to be Mayor before, but if I ever do, this is the game for me!
Maxis has added all the improvements needed for a sequel, but not going as far as the semi disappointing Sim City 3000 (which has NOT appeared on a game system as of this writing). Maxis knows what they are doing, and when it comes to quality Sim games, they are the kings. If you own a Saturn, and you don't know a computer, and you love Sim games ... GET THIS GAME NOW!!!