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  • Shining Wisdom (Sega Saturn)


    Source: Electronic Gaming Monthly – Issue Number 87 – October 1996

    Shining Wisdom was the first game in the Shining series for the Sega Saturn. Previous entries in the series, the first being Shining in the Darkness, were made for the Sega Genesis and Sega CD. Shining Wisdom was also intended for the Genesis or Sega CD but at the last minute it was decided to develop it for the Saturn instead. Unfortunately, this was a hurried change and it shows as the graphics are really not up to the standards of a 32-bit system like the Saturn.

    The Shining series started life as a turn based role-playing game. Shining Wisdom was the first in the series to be an action RPG, similar to the Zelda series. Personally, I prefer the turn-based approach. It was translated and released by Working Designs in the U.S. and while not a terrible game by any means, it is not one of their better releases or one of the better games in the series. To date, the 1996 Sega Saturn release is the only version of this game available.

    The above ad is from the October 1996 issue of Electronic Gaming Monthly.

  • Electronic Gaming Monthly – August 1997


    Source: Electronic Gaming Monthly – Issue Number 97 – August 1997

    In August 1997 all of the “new” consoles were out including the Saturn, PS1 and Nintendo 64. EGM was still also covering the Super Nintendo and the Genesis which were nearing their last days.

    On the cover of this issue was Star Wars: Masters of Teras Kasi. This was essentially a Star Wars fighting game for the PlayStation. It was LucasArts first game for the PS1 and it showed. Expectations were high but this game was a disappointment.

    The August 1997 issue of EGM includes the following:


    • Insert Coin – Ed discusses the always-evolving and improving ways of EGM.
    • Press Start – Sega and Bandai cancel plans for a merger.
    • Top 10 – Air Combat 2, Shining the Holy Ark and Star Fox 64 are all crowned #1.
    • Gaming Gossip – The PlayStation will have a 3-D action game based on all the Bond flics.
    • Protos – Dragonball GT should land on U.S. shores for the PS this fall.
    • Review Crew – Will Machine Hunter be a bomb or da Bomb?
    • Tricks of the Trade – Master the Big Cheat for Turok: Dinosaur Hunter.
    • Special Feature – War: What is it good for? Games, of course. Plus, a biography on Lara C.
    • Next Wave – Director’s cut of Resident Evil shows what gore-lovers desired.
    • Team EGM – Madden NFL 98 plays “smarter” than the other games in the series.
    • Interface – Reader feels that Nintendo’s 64DD is a “big mistake.”

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  • Daytona USA: Championship Circuit Edition (Sega Saturn)

    Daytona USA: Championship Circuit Edition – (Sega AM R&D Department 3/Sega 1996, Sega Saturn)