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By kitsunebi77ADULTS ONLY
This issue will be of particular interest to at least one person around here, as it features a two-page preview of Divi Dead.
This issue also presented an unusual problem in that the last 40 pages or so look as if some kind of mold had eaten away a chunk of paper at the bottom of each page. Without spending too much time trying to recreate the missing areas, I think I managed to make it fairly unnoticeable if you aren't looking carefully. For anyone interested in knowing what I had to deal with, check out the last two pages (the inside-back cover and back cover), which I left with the missing areas as is.
You can download the demo disc at archive.org here. Be aware that it requires Win95 to run.
Please feel free to comment or hit the "like" button if you download this or any other file. That kind of encouragement is really the only motivation we have to keep scanning
By kitsunebi77The front and back cover of this mag were in pretty gruesome condition. I've done what I could.
Also, please note that while the mag itself is complete, I believe this issue shipped with a supplement covering part of Final Fantasy VI, which was not included with my copy.
By kitsunebi77OK, here it is, the first issue of Famitsu – a landmark issue if ever there was one. Please be aware however, that this IS NOT a scan of the original magazine (which is super-rare and costs hundreds of dollars) but rather is a scan of a reproduction. The gray borders around each page are new to the reproduction, allowing them to occasionally print some commentary on the contents of the page. Otherwise, the content of the magazine, including the ads, is identical to the original.
However, the reproduction is printed at about half the physical dimensions of the original. As such, the quality of small detail suffers somewhat – a fault of the magazine’s printing, not of the scan. The copy I had also suffered from some water damage, which is visible in a few places. Even so, unless someone is willing to scan a copy of the original #1 (I won’t hold my breath), this is probably the best we’ll get, and I feel it’s an important look at the origins of the most influential video game magazine ever published.
Finally…the cover. This is where most of the damage was evident. Warped by water damage and extremely faded, the cover was in such bad shape that I opted to repaint it (something I would normally never do with a scan). It wasn’t possible to repaint all of the tiny spaces between the Japanese characters, so the text is a little muddy, but on a whole I feel the cover is much more presentable than the unadulterated scan. For anyone who finds such digital manipulation an abomination (moreso than spot clone-stamping here and there, that is), I have included the original scan of the cover as the final page before the Retromags splash page.
Anyway, this issue is a special exception. I hope you can look past its faults to appreciate the history! Expect all future Famitsu issues from me to be similar in quality to the previous two I released.
By kitsunebi77The G's stands for "girls" and that's just what you'll get. No Mario or Solid Snake in these pages, just lots and lots of bishoujo games, pretty much none of which were ever released outside of Japan. But that's what makes it interesting, hey?
By kitsunebi77Saga Frontier 2, Metal Gear Solid, and Suikoden II are just a few of the games featured here that Western gamers are familiar with. But as always, the main interest here (for me, anyway) are the dozens upon dozens of Japanese-only exclusives you might not have read about before. ENJOY!
*Please note that there was one page that had been torn out of the magazine. The front side was the second half of a two-page advertisement and is missing from this scan. The back side was a different ad, which I have included here using an identical copy of the ad from a different magazine.
*EDIT: The missing page has been provided by Akane and is now included in the download, making this mag COMPLETE!😎
By kitsunebi77Merry Christmas! (well, that's the cover date, anyway.)
As always with Dengeki P, lots of RPG and giant robot coverage (I mean, this IS Japan, after all.) All in all, 264 pages of PlayStation goodness. I've eschewed including stitched-together two-page joins this time, but when viewed in two-page mode, those pages (ads, mostly) should look seamless, since they were joined together during the editing process, edited as a single pic, and then separated again.
Sometimes these Japanese mags are just ornery: The files within the cbr are numbered correctly, but you'll notice that the page numbers don't always match what's printed on the page. That's because there were lots of strange instances of unnumbered pages. For example, there was a multi-page advertising section where the first and last pages of the ad were given page numbers, but the middle 4 pages, which were printed like a fold-out poster, went unnumbered. Another advertising section was printed on a series of pages of differing widths. Only the full-sized pages were given numbers, while the narrower pages all went unnumbered. Craziness!! Thanks to the fold-out section, I actually had to swap one page's location in order to ensure that further pages would be paired with the correct facing page when viewing in two-page mode (don't worry, you'll never even know which one).
By kitsunebi77A couple of warnings: page 127 has a somewhat terrifying bit of defacement using whiteout. Also, the bottom 1/4 of the page that makes up pages 95 and 96 had been cut out, so I filled it with white space to keep the pages the same dimensions as everything else. Otherwise the issue was in great shape. Enjoy!
By kitsunebi77Adult content: covers adult games for the PC and consoles.
Please note that the demo CD-ROM included between pages 2 and 5 is counted as pages 3 and 4 in the issue's pagination.
I have uploaded the CD-ROM to the Internet Archive here: https://archive.org/details/TechGian1997Sep
This CD-ROM is designed to work in a 16-bit Windows environment, so it will not run on 64-bit versions of Windows unless emulating a 16-bit operating system.
By kitsunebi77Lotsa good stuff this issue. The main features:
Parasite Eve (25 pages and a poster!) Resident Evil 2 (18 pages) Tekken 3 (10 pages) Xenogears (8 pages) Bushido Blade 2 (6 pages) Final Fantasy V (6 pages) By the way, the fold-out poster I stitched together looks pretty great. If anyone is interested in having a full-size copy (much bigger than the one included in this file), I uploaded it here: https://mega.nz/#!EBxjzCpS!Yv2RRJsutCUNNUuPDZxjs8-MBHFzbfOzmRO0JX6KfnE
It's full 600dpi at 6026x9100px and could be printed out as an actual poster by a printing service if you were so inclined.
By kitsunebi77The credits on this one are more complicated than usual, so an explanation is in order. This issue was a collaboration between ccovell and myself. The magazine itself was donated by ccovell, but after I scanned it, I realized there were some pages missing. It turned out that there was a Dragon Quest III sticker sheet as well as a Dragon Quest III supplement missing from the copy that was donated to me. Normally supplements would be considered separate anyway, but in this case, the supplement was included in the magazine's page count, so I wanted to include it. ccovell was kind enough to scan the supplemental pages from another copy he owns.
So: pg 67-68 and 77-96 were scanned by ccovell. All other pages were scanned by me. All edits by me.
This issue marks the (as of yet) oldest issue of Famitsu to be scanned for our archives (the scan of issue 1 is of a half-size reproduction, not an original issue). Enjoy!
I'll also include some information about the best seller lists and game-of-the-year awards which I posted in my personal thread in the forums, since it's likely that most people downloading this will overlook it otherwise:
And for a complete breakdown of all of the Best-of-the-year Awards, please check out this comment (I can't copy it here without causing an error for some reason):
By AkaneThe Super Famicom Vol.4 No.4
Reuploaded with Retromags thank you page
By kitsunebi77Thanks to ccovell for donating the issue. Also the gavas bucks page was missing, so he provided a scan of that page to make the mag complete. For anyone who missed it in my forum thread, Gavas were a big scam run by Famitsu to trick kids into thinking they could win fabulous prizes by buying every issue of Famitsu that hit the stands. Below is a closer look at just how impossible getting those prizes actually was. Listed are the prize, the amount of Gavas needed to win the prize, the number of Famitsu issues you would need to purchase in order to have enough Gavas, and approximately how much that many issues of Famitsu would cost. These are all in 1988 dollars, so it would be much more today.
As of May 1988 (these are not all of the prizes, btw):
A Famitsu Pencil Case - 780 Gavas - 49 issues - approx. $195 A Famitsu T-Shirt - 1680 Gavas - 105 issues - approx. $420 A Famicom Game - 2900 Gavas - 182 issues - approx. $728 A Famicom System - 9800 Gavas - 613 issues - approx. $2,452 A Sega Master System - 11200 Gavas - 700 issues - approx. $2,800 A PC Engine (TurboGrafx16) System - 16500 Gavas - 1,032 issues - approx. $4,128 It should also be worth noting that Famitsu was bi-weekly at this point. So assuming you really wanted that PC Engine and you bought one copy of every issue that hit the stands, you would expect to finally have enough Gavas approximately... 38 years later. So...sometime in 2026. Of course, Famitsu eventually went weekly, of course, so you actually would have been able to finally get that PC Engine sometime in 2009. Well, except that PC Engines had long since ceased production by then.😒
By kitsunebi77Featuring lots of games for the PlayStation, Dreamcast, Saturn, and PC that you've probably never heard of since not a single one of them made it out of Japan. Every single one of them containing a cast of anime girls that squeal "KYAAAA!!!" when your character accidentally trips and falls against them, grabbing two handfuls of breasts as he catches himself.😀
By kitsunebi77Lots of good stuff this issue including in-depth strategy sections for Resident Evil 2, Tomb Raider 2, Tales of Destiny and Xenogears.
Other games include Parasite Eve, Final Fantasy V, Gran Turismo, Bushido Blade 2, Tenchu, and as always, tons of coverage of games that never saw a western release.
By kitsunebi77Features on:
Dragon Quest VII Persona 2: Eternal Punishment Tales of Eternia Breath of Fire IV Dynasty Warriors 2 Plus tons of Japan-exclusive games including the 22-page cover feature on Super Robot Wars Alpha
By SuperFancysupplement included with Famitsu issue 99 (April 27, 1990)
By kitsunebi77"Monthly magazine for Game Freaks." Game Geeks also welcome. Game Squares need not apply.
By kitsunebi77Summon Night 2 may have made the cover, but the main story in this issue is 24 pages on Final Fantasy X, which also earned an impressive 100, 95, 95, 85 from their review crew.
By kitsunebi77Famicom Tsūshin Issue 170
March 20, 1992
By kitsunebi77Well, I had intended on releasing these in the order I scanned them, but the first issue I scanned is on hold while the cut-off dates in the database wait to be fixed. So for now you get an issue from a couple years earlier - in this case the start of 1999 with the first of what promises to be many Gundam covers.
As this is the first issue of D.P. to be put up, I'll say that my general impression is that in contrast to most English magazines, it devotes a large chunk of its coverage to in-depth strategy sections, as opposed to short previews of upcoming games (though of course it has those too.) There is an insane amount of information in these issues and were anyone inclined to actually read every word from cover to cover, it would probably take twice as long as an American mag of the same length.
By kitsunebi77Another Japanese magazine, another Gundam cover. These things can't be helped - it's like expecting something other than a car on the cover of a Car & Driver magazine. Which coincidentally might not have been a bad choice, as there's a cover story on Gran Turismo 2. Plus, lots of RPG strategy with sections on Parasite Eve 2, Tokimeki Memorial 2, Chrono Cross, Growlanser, Valkyrie Profile, and Little Princess: Marl Ōkoku no Ningyō Hime 2 (the sequel to Nippon Ichi's Rhapsody.)
This issue had a hell of a lot of glue that got everywhere during de-binding, so cleaning it up took longer than usual, but I think it turned out all right in the end. Enjoy!
By kitsunebi77ADULT CONTENT
Tech Gian covers adult bishoujo games and visual novels for PC and consoles.
This issue came with a demo disc which was originally held in a plastic sleeve inserted between the cover and the first page. The front and back of the disc were assigned the page numbers of 3 and 4 which is the reason the page numbers 3 and 4 are absent from the scan and the printed page numbers do not match up with the file numbers. ALL PAGES HAVE BEEN SCANNED AND INCLUDED. Regarding the manga section at the end of the magazine: While the magazine itself is read from left to right as in western countries, Japanese manga is read from right to left. As such, the manga section begins at the last page of the magazine and progresses backwards (page-number-wise). In order to facilitate reading the magazine on a CBR reader, I have reordered the manga section so it can be read in the proper sequence. Be aware that this means the printed page numbers will go in reverse order.