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  • GamePro (October 1993)


    Source: GamePro – Issue Number 51 – October 1993

    There were tons of video game magazines from the late 1980s through the late 1990s. GamePro wasn’t my favorite but there is no doubt that it was one of the most popular. The October 1993 issue includes the following:

    • Cutting Edge – Atari’s 64-bit Jaguar is finally on the prowl.
    • Special Feature: Hot at the Arcades – It’s Part 2 of our Slam Masters Strategy Guide.
    • Role-Player’s Realm – In our first-ever column devoted exclusively to RPGs, we journey through Shining Force – complete with tips (Genesis), The Seventh Saga (SNES), Final Fantasy Legend III (GB), and Defenders of Oasis (GG).
    • Special Feature: 3D0 Games – Check out the first 3D0 releases.
    • Cover Feature: Super Street Fighter II – The World Warriors are back in the arcades with a new coin-op that boasts four new fighters.
    • Special Feature: Disney’s Aladdin – Disney’s Aladdin is a whole new world for video gamers.
    • Special Feature: Star Wars – The saga continues as Super Empire Strikes Back (SNES), Rebel Assault (Sega CD), and Star Wars (Game Gear) come to a galaxy near you. Plus, we’ll show you how LucasArts creates these incredible carts.
    • ProReviews
      • Genesis: Aero the Acro-Bat, Haunting Starring Polterguy, Dashin’ Desperadoes, Dinosaurs for Hire, Gauntlet IV, The Adventures of B.O.B., Previews: Street Fighter II Special Champion Edition, Robocop Vs. Terminator, Robocop III, Pink Panther: Pink Goes to Hollywood, Sonic Spinball
      • Sega CD: AH-3 Thunderstrike, Spider-Man vs. Kingpin, PreView: Stellar-Fire
      • SNES: Terminator 2: Judgement Day, SimAnt, Legend, Battle Cars, Super Aquatic Games, Incredible Crash Dummies, Where in the World is Carmen Sandiego, Mr. Nuts, Previews: Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles: Tournament Fighter, ActRaiser 2, Captain America and the Avengers, Cliffhanger
      • Nintendo: Star Trek: The Next Generation, Mario is Missing!
      • Neo Geo: Samurai Showdown Survival Guide
      • Game Boy: DuckTales 2, Ring Rage, Lemmings, Tumble Pop, WWF: King of the Ring
      • Game Gear: WWF Steel Cage Challenge, Strider 2, Cave Dude, Off the Wall
      • Lynx: Gordo 106
    • Overseas ProSpects – GamePro goes 3D with Loricel.
    • The Sports Page – NHL Hockey ’94 (Genesis and SNES), Legends of the Ring (Genesis and SNES), Riddick Bowe Boxing (SNES), Evander Holyfield (Game Gear), Madden NFL ’94 (Genesis and SNES), Football Fury (SNES), Top Gear 2 (SNES), Nigel Mansell’s World Championship Racing (Genesis, NES, Game Boy), Sports Insider: Sega Sports.
    • GamePro Lab Report – Get your hands on remote controllers, a Pro Action Replay update, with info on the Pro CD-X for the Sega CD, and finally, Naki’s Game stackers.
    • S.W.A.T.Pro – Secret weapons and tactics from the GamePros.
    • GameBusters: X-Men (Genesis)

    …and more!

  • Battletech (Sega Genesis)

    Extreme Entertainment Group
    Mega Drive / Genesis


    Battletech was the first Battletech game released for the Sega Genesis and it was released in early 1994. The same game would be released in late 1995 for the Super Nintendo but retitled MechWarrior 3050. Except for the titles, the games are nearly identical.

    The game is an action strategy game played from an isometric point of view. This is definitely not a game for the casual gamer as it is very difficult. Dedicated fans of strategic gameplay and the Battletech world will enjoy this one with some patience. The Genesis version of the game has better controls and animation while the Super Nintendo version has better graphics overall. This game can be played single player or in two-player cooperative mode.

    There are no remakes or other versions of this game so emulation or an original Genesis or SNES cartridge are your only options if you want to give it a try. Given the additional frustration level of poorer controls in the SNES version in an already difficult game I would have to recommend the original Genesis version as the one to play.

    Images above are all related to the Sega Genesis version of the game.

  • Sega Saturn Net Link

    Sega Saturn Net Link


    While online gaming with video game consoles didn’t really reach mainstream proportions until systems started coming with built-in broadband capability, network connectivity options (usually modems) were available for most systems going back almost to the beginning. For the Sega Saturn, this was the Net Link.

    The Net Link was essentially a $200 28.8 bps modem with a build-in web browser that plugged into the Sega Saturn cartridge port. While that sounds pretty expensive, it was actually pretty reasonable for such a device at the time (1996). A keyboard and mouse were also available for the Saturn which made the Saturn actually tolerable to check e-mail or to do light web surfing on. Of course, the main reason you would want this device is in order to play games against other people remotely.

    The Net Link had a couple of advantages over other similar devices and even over current ways to play games over the internet. It did not require a subscription or the use of a Sega specific service. You simply configured the Saturn to dial into whatever ISP you used for Internet access or dialed the person you wanted to play against directly. This was a normal way of doing things for computer users but it was pretty novel for console gamers.

    Unfortunately, due to the relative lack of success of the Sega Saturn, there were only a handful of games that supported the Net Link. These included a special version of Daytona USA (Daytona USA CCE Net Link Edition), Duke Nukem 3D, Saturn Bomberman, Sega Rally and Virtual On. The good news is that since no 3rd party service was required, it’s just as easy today to dial-up someone else and play against them as it was at the height of the Saturn’s popularity. Assuming you both have some sort of landline of course…