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Famitsu Issue 0051 (June 17, 1988)


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このスキャンは皆のために作ったので、ぜひダウンロードして、友達に伝いて、楽しんでください!もしほかのところでこのスキャンを分け合ったら、そこで「このファイルはRetromagsからで、そこでタダでダウンロードすることできる」と伝いて下さい。雑誌電子化は皆のために。よろしくお願いします! *

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Thank you very much... Famitsu is the magazine I had always loved, even if it was basically impossible to get in my country.

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More famitsu issues are always welcome. It's THE most important gaming magazine ever, yet there's only a handful of scans out there.

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1 minute ago, JonnyCGood said:

More famitsu issues are always welcome. It's THE most important gaming magazine ever, yet there's only a handful of scans out there.

I don't know if I'd agree that it's the most important gaming mag ever, but certainly in the realm of Japanese console games it is.

I suspect there are FAR more scans of Japanese magazines in existence than we realize.  Unfortunately, Japanese scanners tend to only privately trade them, so they're never made available to the public.  Which makes what we do here all the more important, since a privately traded scan is just as useless as no scan at all.  Here at RM, we're scanning for the benefit of the entire world, not just our personal friends and acquaintances.:)

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It's astounding that not only did they manage to cram a huge amount of content into each issue (this one was 150+ pages), but it was bi-weekly(!) as well. Granted, a lot of it is filler such as ads, comics, and other media news, but there's no doubt it was a quality publication that in my opinion EGM (arguably the greatest American game magazine counterpart) and to some extent a few other Western gaming magazines clearly sought to emulate especially with regard to the review scoring system. It would be interesting if there were any interviews of those who produced the magazine. I'd bet the stories that came out of the Famitsu offices would be wild.

Also, I suspect, but cannot prove, that EGM (at least in its earlier years from 88 to 93 or so) got a lot of their 'exclusive' scoops by keeping tabs on Famitsu. I remember at that time seeing Famitsu profiled in one of those early EGM issues and wanting to read that magazine but in the early 90's that would have been next to near impossible, at least where I was living. Perhaps there were some international bookstores that carried Famitsu in some of the larger US metro areas. It would be interesting to hear from anyone at that time who was able to get it in print without going to Japan.

Either way, fantastic job with the scan. I was honestly surprised to see the vast majority of Famitsu's are unscanned at this point (at least publicly). It is definitely one of the last frontiers in what is left to archive digitally outside of those who collect and trade it privately.

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10 minutes ago, alaskana said:

It's astounding that not only did they manage to cram a huge amount of content into each issue (this one was 150+ pages), but it was bi-weekly(!) as well.

And beginning in 1991, it switched to weekly publication, and has been ever since.  I think some people assume that because it's weekly, it must be a relatively short mag, but it actually only gets longer as time goes by and around 200 pages per issue becomes the norm.  So you're looking at around 800 pages per month.  Also, the percentage of pages devoted to ads is about 30% of what it is in American mags, so there's a much higher percentage of content.

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On 8/5/2019 at 4:33 AM, kitsunebi77 said:

I suspect there are FAR more scans of Japanese magazines in existence than we realize.  Unfortunately, Japanese scanners tend to only privately trade them, so they're never made available to the public.  Which makes what we do here all the more important, since a privately traded scan is just as useless as no scan at all.  Here at RM, we're scanning for the benefit of the entire world, not just our personal friends and acquaintances.:)

There's a Japanese P2P program called "Perfect Dark" that supposedly has a lot of obscure content. That would be the place to look.

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A new Famitsu scan, that's great news ! Magazines from the late eighties are so nostalgic, they remind me of when I started to realize most things I liked at the time were coming from Japan.

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