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  1. 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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  2. 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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  3. Famitsu Issue 0112 (October 26 1990)

    Famitsu 112
    October 26, 1990

    Thanks to ccovell for scanning and editing this issue!

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  4. Famitsu Issue 0455 (September 5 1997)

    Chocobo's Mystery Dungeon

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  5. 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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  6. Tech Gian Issue 017 March 1998

    ADULTS 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

    153 downloads

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  7. 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.

    265 downloads

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  8. Tech Gian Issue 011 (September 1997)

    Adult 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.

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  9. Famitsu Issue 0169 (March 13 1992)

    A 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!

    318 downloads

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  10. 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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  11. Famitsu Issue 0163 (January 31 1992)

    Famitsu 163
    January 31, 1992

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  12. 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!😎

    288 downloads

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  13. Famitsu Issue 0226 (April 16 1993)

    Dragon Ball Z: Super Butōden
    Countdown Hot 100

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  14. Famitsu Issue 0555 (August 6 1999)

    Nagase Reiko

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  15. 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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  16. Famitsu Issue 0158 (December 27 1991)

    Famitsu 158
    December 27, 1991

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  17. Famitsu Issue 0170 (March 20 1992)

    Famicom Tsūshin Issue 170
    March 20, 1992

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  18. Famitsu Issue 0174 (April 17, 1992)

    Well, if you need further proof that the Japanese gaming scene and the American gaming scene aren't exactly the same, look no further than the 16 page feature story on adult strip mahjong games. You won't find that in GamePro. But then, why would you want to?

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  19. Famitsu Issue 0168 (March 6 1992)

    Once again another singer/actor idol on the cover. Speaking of which, I use CDisplay to view cbr files, and I noticed that the cover looked oddly washed out when viewing the cbr, despite looking fine when simply viewing the jpg. It turns out that my CDisplay has "color balance on" set as the default option under "color balance" in the configuration menu. Turning it off displays the file correctly (although I noticed that having it turned off made some old scans of certain comics look rather dark, so I guess sometimes it offers an improvement to old/poor scans. Anyway, just wanted to mention that in case anyone else uses the same program.

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  20. Famitsu Issue 0164 (February 7 1992)

    Famitsu 164
    February 7, 1992

    325 downloads

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  21. 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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  22. 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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  23. 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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  24. 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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  25. Tech Gian Issue 012 (October 1997)

    ADULT CONTENT
     
    Tech Gian covers adult bishoujo games and visual novels for PC and consoles.
     
    Special notes:
    This issue comes with a CD-ROM full of demos, videos, etc. This disc is designed for Windows 95, and as such needs to run in a 16-bit Windows environment. Modern versions of Windows may not run this disc unless emulating an older Windows environment, but for anyone interested, I have uploaded an ISO of the disc at archive.org here: https://archive.org/details/TechGian1997OctoberDemoDisc The above mentioned CD-ROM was originally held in a plastic sleeve inserted between the cover and the first page. As such, the front and back of the disc were assigned the page numbers of 3 and 4. I have included a photo of the disc at the end of the archive (my flatbed scanner is broken at the moment), but be aware that this is the reason the page numbers 3 and 4 are absent 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.

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