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  1. Benkei Gaiden - Kouryaku Hijou (Gekkan PC Engine issue 13 supplement January 1990)

    Benkei Gaiden - Kouryaku Hijou (慶弁外伝 - 攻略秘帖 lit. Benkei Gaiden - Strategy Secret Text)
    Benkei Gaiden is an RPG developed and published by Sunsoft for the PC Engine on December 22, 1989

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  2. Dengeki G's Magazine Issue 020 (March 1999)

    Dengeki G's Magazine 020 (March 1999)

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  3. Dengeki G's Magazine Issue 021 (April 1999)

    The 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?

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  4. Dengeki G's Magazine Issue 024 (July 1999)

    Featuring 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.😀

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  5. Dengeki Nintendo 64 Issue 018 (November 1997)

    Nintendo-only coverage featuring:
    Hey You, Pikachu
    The Legend of Zelda: Ocarina of Time
    Bomberman 64
    Diddy Kong Racing
    Castlevania 64
    Quest 64
    Goldeneye
    and more...

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  6. Dengeki Nintendo 64 Issue 019 (December 1997)

    Coverage includes:
    The Legend of Zelda: The Ocarina of Time Diddy Kong Racing Yoshi's Story F-Zero 64 Bomberman 64 Snowboard Kids Pokemon Gold/Silver 64 DD etc.

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  7. Dengeki Nintendo 64 Issue 040 (September 1999)

    Features:
    Ogre Battle 64 (22-page cover feature) Pokemon Gold & Silver Mario Golf 64 Shadowgate 64 Star Wars Episode I Racer ...and lots more

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  8. Dengeki PlayStation Vol.048 (July 11 1997)

    Dengeki PlayStation D2 (vol.48)
     
    This is the 2nd issue in the Dengeki Playstation D series (meaning it came with a disc full of demos, movies, and other content). These issues are much shorter than a typical issue of Dengeki PlayStation, as the disc itself was meant to be the primary content. As such, I urge anyone unfamiliar with Dengeki PlayStation to download one of the other issues to get a sense of what the magazine is really like.

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  9. Dengeki PlayStation Vol.064 (January 16 1998)

    Some of the better known games covered this issue:
    Tales of Destiny
    Chocobo's Mysterious Dungeon
    Gran Turismo
    Klonoa
    Crash Bandicoot 2
    Mega Man Legends
    Xenogears
    Parasite Eve
    Resident Evil 2
    Tekken 3
    Bushido Blade 2
    Tenchu
    Tomb Raider 2

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  10. Dengeki PlayStation Vol.065 (January 30 1998)

    I've streamlined my Photoshop-fu, editing this 228 page beast in under 3 hours, and the results (in my opinion) are indistinguishable from back when I took 3 times as long to get it done. Fie upon the clone stamp! All hail content-aware fill! Huzzah!

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  11. Dengeki PlayStation Vol.066 (February 13, 1998)

    Lots 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.

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  12. Dengeki PlayStation Vol.071 (April 10, 1998)

    Lotsa 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.

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  13. Dengeki PlayStation Vol.086 (October 23, 1998)

    Saga 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!
    232 pages
    *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!😎

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  14. Dengeki PlayStation Vol.092 (December 25, 1998)

    Merry 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).

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  15. Dengeki Playstation Vol.094 (January 14 1999)

    Well, 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.

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  16. Dengeki PlayStation Vol.131 (January 14 2000)

    Another 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!

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  17. Dengeki PlayStation Vol.146 June 23, 2000

    Features 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

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  18. Dengeki PlayStation Vol.165 (January 12 2001)

    Although this is the second issue I'm uploading, it's actually the first one I scanned and edited. My reason for picking it first was twofold: first, it was the issue my hand closed on when I shut my eyes and picked one at random. Second, and more importantly, it was to be the first magazine I ever debound using a heat gun, and should I have accidentally lit the cover on fire and burnt it to ash while adjusting to the learning process, I could think of no greater candidate for immolation than a cover featuring Square's masterpiece of mediocrity, The Bouncer. Enjoy.

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  19. Dengeki PlayStation Vol.182 (July 27, 2001)

    Summon 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.

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  20. Dengeki Super Famicom Vol.2 No.10 (June 17, 1994)

    The 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.

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  21. Destiny of an Emperor - Perfect Strategy Guide (Tenchi wo Kurau - Kanzen Kouryakubon) (Family Computer Magazine issue 80 supplement - June 6, 1989)

    天地を喰らう Tenchi o Kurau, "The Devouring of Heaven and Earth" (released in the USA as Destiny of an Emperor) is an RPG developed and published by Capcom for the Famicom on May 19, 1989.
    天地を喰らう - 完全攻略本 Tenchi o Kurau - Kanzen Koryakubon "The Devouring of Heaven and Earth - Perfect Strategy Guide" is a supplement of Family Computer Magazine issue 80 (June 2, 1989).
    * In order to preserve the page numbering and layout of the rest of the issue, I have moved the fold-out two-sided map/data poster to the end of the magazine.
    PLEASE NOTE!!!! - Family Computer Magazine (and its supplements) are printed Japanese-style, meaning that the magazine's spine is on the right side and pages are opened from the left.  Thus, once opened, the pages are read from right to left, with the right page coming before the left page.  In order for the pages to display correctly if viewing in two-page mode, "Japanese mode" should be enabled.  In Cdisplay, this is easily accomplished via the CTRL-J hotkey (or through the configure menu).  If viewing in single page view, the pages will display in the proper order regardless, though keep in mind that again, each page is read from right to left.

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  22. Downtown Nekketsu Koushinkyoku Soreyuke Daiundoukai - Hisshou tora no Maki (Family Computer Magazine Issue 113 supplement) (October 19, 1990)

    Downtown Nekketsu Kōshinkyoku: Soreyuke Daiundōkai - Hisshou Tora no Maki (ダウンタウン熱血行進曲 それゆけ大運動会 - 必勝トラの巻, Downtown Nekketsu March: Let's Go to the Great Athletic Meet - Tiger's Victory Volume) was published as a supplement to the October 19, 1990 issue of Family Computer Magazine (issue 113).
    This game is one in the popular and long-running Kunio-kun series of games (including such classics as Renegade, River City Ransom, and Super Dodge Ball) originated by Technos Japan and currently developed and published by Arc System Works.  It was released for the Famicom on October 12, 1990 and features Nekketsu High School competing against three other teams in a series of four athletic events. Up to four players can participate.
    Although this game was never released outside of Japan, it was very successful and is one of the games included on the Japanese version of the NES Classic Edition (Nintendo Classic Mini: Family Computer ).
    PLEASE NOTE!!!! - Family Computer Magazine (and its supplements) are printed Japanese-style, meaning that the magazine's spine is on the right side and pages are opened from the left.  Thus, once opened, the pages are read from right to left, with the right page coming before the left page.  In order for the pages to display correctly if viewing in two-page mode, "Japanese mode" should be enabled.  In Cdisplay, this is easily accomplished via the CTRL-J hotkey (or through the configure menu).  If viewing in single page view, the pages will display in the proper order regardless, though keep in mind that again, the page is read from right to left.
     

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  23. Famitsu Issue 0001 (June 20, 1986)

    OK, 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.

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  24. Famitsu Issue 0043 (February 19, 1988)

    The 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):
    https://www.retromags.com/forums/topic/10237-kitsunebi77s-random-stuff/?do=findComment&comment=54381
     

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  25. Famitsu Issue 0049 (May 20, 1988)

    Thanks 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.😒

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