Mega issue 2 digitally archived

This author has spoken about his fondness of the Mega Drive magazine, Mega, for some time, here and here, but has it really been two years since the release of Mega issue 1? Apparently so. Well that is going to change as one this author’s favourite gaming magazine of all time will start to appear slightly more frequently. Starting with issue 2 right now. With [... read more ...]

Back in Time: January 1992

New year, new ‘Back in Time’ article. This time we go back twenty years to take look at the cream of the videogaming magazines from January 1992. This was a time when the Sega magazine scene was kicking off big time with two new launches, Sega Force and MegaTech, while the first dedicated Nintento mag, Total!, also appeared. Games wise, Another World was simply out [... read more ...]

Yesterday’s Gamer

There has been a surprisingly copious amount of videogaming zines released in the past few months, ranging from average to good. Thankfully, Yesterday’s Gamer falls into the latter category. However, this is intended as a one-off production. Produced entirely by Joshua Croft over the course of 18 months, Yesterday’s Gamer covers everything from the true classics right up to the recent “future” classics. Taking centre [... read more ...]

Mean Machines issue 6 digitally archived

We head back to the birth of the console gaming boom with issue 6 of Mean Machines from March 1991, courtesy of meppi from Out-of-Print Archive, who has lovingly digitally restored the magazine to its former glory. This was a time when the classic multi-format console magazine covered the Sega Master System, Mega Drive, NES, Game Boy and the ill-fated GX4000. As usual, four articles [... read more ...]

Back In Time: October 1991

“So take me away, I don’t mind, but you better promise me, I’ll be back in time…” Yup, it’s time to “get back in time” (yes, thank you, Huey), to exactly twenty years this month to take a nostalgic look at the videogaming magazines of October 1991. This was a time of sadness and uncertainty for many 8-bit magazines as one of the major publishers [... read more ...]

Sega Pro issue 2 digitally archived

It’s quite rare to find any Sega Master System coverage in magazines online, so it’s all the more welcome to have another fine Sega Pro issue digitally archived over at Out-of-Print Archive. Although there are some fine Mega Drive games covered in this issue from December 1991 – James Pond II, F-22 Interceptor and Decap Attack to name just three – the Master System was [... read more ...]

Beastball prototype emerges on the Sega Mega Drive

If you’re a fan of Speedball 2 then you will want to check out this prototype of the previously unreleased Beastball. Although released under Brutal Sports Football on the Jaguar, DOS and Amiga in 1993, the planned Mega Drive and SNES versions by Spectrum Holobyte were never released and remained lost to gaming… until now, for the Mega Drive, at least. As part of their [... read more ...]

BEST BITS: Pulseman

“Before the enormously successful Pokemon franchise, Game Freak developed this little unknown action platformer for the Sega Mega Drive.  Chances are that you have never heard of Pulseman, let alone played it, as it was only physically released in Japan during the summer of 1994.  I say “physically released in Japan” because it was briefly available as an exclusive on the short lived Sega Channel [... read more ...]

GameFan magazine goes retro

Well, not exactly, but GameFan has started its ‘GameFan Retro’ section with issue 6, recognising the ever growing appeal of classic videogaming from gamers young and old. For those that don’t know, GameFan is a well respected US videogaming magazine that launched in 1992 and featured a colourful design layout with multiple screenshots fused with the editorial throughout. This gave the magazine an edge over [... read more ...]

Flashback RETROspective

I’ve always been such a massive fan of Flashback (known as Flashback: The Quest for Identity in North America), so it was inevitable that an article about the classic cinematic platform adventure would turn up sooner or later. Another article that was earmarked for issue 5 makes its way over to the wonderful retro section of the GameFan website. A superb game that is still [... read more ...]

Retro Gamer issue 91 celebartes Sonic the Hedgehog's 20th Anniversary

Right about now, Retro Gamer issue 91 should be hitting the shelves of select stores across the UK and it’s another superb cover with a foil coating along with a Sonic map and timeline within the folds. This issue, the RG team has plenty of content to celebrate the 20th Anniversary of Sonic the Hedgehog, which coincidently was released on the Mega Drive on the [... read more ...]

New Mega Drive/Genesis RPG, Star Odyssey, available to purchase

The new Mega Drive RPG, Star Odyssey, is now available to order online. The game, originally known as Blue Almanac, was only previously available in the Japanese market during the Mega Drive’s reign in the 1990s, but is now finally available in all its English translated glory. As with their previous Mega Drive RPG releases, Beggar Prince and Legend of Wukong, Super Fighter Team have [... read more ...]

X-Men Multi-Retrospective

With the recent release of the new X-Men movie, X-Men: First Class, GameFan has been covering some X-Men games in their website retro section. To kick off the multi-part retrospective, Anthony Earnst covered the one-on-one fighter arcade games X-Men Children of the Atom and X-Men vs. Street Fighter. Michael Chrisman continued the retrospective with a look at The Uncanny X-Men on the NES and X-Men [... read more ...]

How to Cause A Complete Controversy: Stormlord

When Stormlord was originally released on the 8-bit computers back in 1989, there wasn’t so much of a murmur about the game’s ‘au naturale’ fairies. Sure, there were the odd childish sniggers from a few reviewers, but most just passed it off as nothing offensive – as it should have been. It wasn’t until a couple of years later that the game started receiving censorship and controversy.

Sega Pro issue 1 digitally archived

The very first issue of Sega Pro – and the first for Paragon Publishing – has been digitally archived over at Out-of-Print Archive. Sega Pro was a very successful UK publication that was launched in 1991 and lasted right up to the Saturn’s demise. The magazine had such esteemed staff as Dominic Handy, Les Ellis and Damian Butt. So what can you expect to see [... read more ...]