MEGA (January 1994)

Source: MEGA – January 1994

MEGA was a U.K. published magazine dedicated to the Sega Genesis or Mega Drive as it was called there along with its various add-ons. Why was the name different anyway? MEGA wasn’t particularly long lived lasting only about 3 years between October 1992 and October 1994. The January 1994 issue includes:

  • What Are You Playing At?
    • Chances are, you’ll either already have, or will seriously be thinking about buying, one of the ten most scrumptious games of ’93. What are they? Well, turn to our feature, which starts on page 16, and you’ll find out.
    • Each of the games has a lovely two-page spread, in which we give you a bit of history on the game, a review, some tips, and various other relevant bits and bobs.
    • And don’t forge, to find out all about the Saturn Console, and what you can expect to see in 1994, turn to page 66, where our second feature begins.
  • Regulars
    • Mega City – MEGA asks Sega why sequels are often a disappointment. Plus all the usual hot news from home and abroad.
    • The Charts – Same old crap, and precisely the same packaging. Yes, it’s the sad charts page. Funny it ain’t.
    • Mega Play – No change here, thank goodness. Just the best tips section in the universe.
    • Arena – And this is the bit that no other Mega Drive mag offers: wacky challenges to breathe new life into those tired old carts.
    • Mega Retro – This month, Jon Smith takes a look at the development of the platform shoot-’em-up. He rates every game in the genre and picks out some historic moments along the way.
    • Back Issues – Missed any of the previous 15 issues of MEGA? You have? Well, you’ll be wanting to order some back issues then. Get ’em while they’re still available.
    • Top 100 – The top 100 Mega Drive games of all time, the top 10 Mega CD games, and our fabulous Tips List. What a wonderful section.
    • Subscribe – Subscribe now and you get happiness, eternal life, and a Ferrari. Well, actually you get a copy of MEGA GOLD and an editor’s newsletter each month, but whaddya want fer nothin?
    • Previews – This month: Eternal Champions, Dragon’s Lair, The Incredible Hulk, Jammit One On One Basketball, Rage In The Cage, Young Indy, Pele and Greatest Heavyweights.
    • Mega Mouth – Andy Dyer searches through his bulging mail sack in the hope of finding something other than another “When’s Street Fighter 12 coming out?” type letter.
    • Shut Down – And this, dear friends, is the dreadfully inaccurate, and completely speculative look at what we may, or may not, be covering in the next issue. Accurate it ain’t, but we like to think it’s mildly amusing.
  • 15 Reviews!
    • Terminator CD
    • Dragon’s Revenge
    • Dr. Robotnik’s Mean Bean Machine
    • The Lost Vikings
    • Dune 2
    • Aero the Acrobat
    • Boxing Legends of the Ring
    • F117 Night Storm
    • Toe Jam and Earl 2
    • Rolling Thunder 3
    • Spider-Man Vs. The Kingpin
    • Round-Up
  • More of the Same? – MEGA takes a look at game sequels and asks a couple of industry peeps if they’re not a bit on the poor side.
  • What’s In Store For 1994? – The latest Saturn news, plus a rundown of what all the major software houses have planned for next year.
  • Landstalker Solution – Part One – Introducing the first part of our brilliant solution to the best Mega Drive role-playing game of all time. Part two next month…

…and more!