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  1. 11 points

    Version 1.0.0

    397 downloads

    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、「このファイルはRetromagsからで、そこで誰でも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! * 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. *This scan was made for everyone, so please download it, share it with your friends and enjoy! If you share this scan elsewhere, please say that the file is from Retromags, where anyone can download it for free. Magazine preservation is for everyone. Thank you!
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    214 downloads

    GamePro Issue 146 (November 2000)
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    190 downloads

    GamePro Issue 144 (September 2000)
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    136 downloads

    VideoGames The Ultimate Gaming Magazine Issue 56 (September 1993)
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    130 downloads

    GamePro Issue 182 (November 2003)
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    133 downloads

    Game Player's Issue 11 Volume 2 Number 5 (May 1990)
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    125 downloads

    Sega Force Issue 3 (July 1993)
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    95 downloads

    Electronic Games Issue 25 (May 1984)
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    145 downloads

    GamePro Issue 168 (September 2002)
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    119 downloads

    Tips & Tricks Issue 078 (August 2001)
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    92 downloads

    GamePro Issue 187 (April 2004)
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    Version 1.0.0

    50 downloads

    This supplement focuses exclusively on bishoujo games for the PS2 and PlayStation. このスキャンは皆のために作ったので、ぜひダウンロードをして、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! This scan was made for everyone, so please download it, share it with your friends and enjoy! If you share this scan elsewhere, please say that the file came from Retromags, where anyone can download it for free. Magazine preservation is for everyone. Thank you!
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    108 downloads

    Tips & Tricks Issue 077 (July 2001)
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    139 downloads

    Tips & Tricks Issue 052 (June 1999)
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    144 downloads

    Tips & Tricks Issue 043 (September 1998)
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    Retromags Presents! Game Player's Issue 12 Volume 2 Number 6 (June 1990) Database Record Download Directly! Scanned By: E-Day    Edited By: E-Day    Uploaded By: E-Day    Donated By: CIVICMINDED Subscribe to our New Release Feedburner email!  
  17. 5 points

    125 downloads

    *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、「このファイルはRetromagsからで、そこで誰でも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! ADULT CONTENT This issue: 2 words (for our resident warrior nun): DIVI DEAD I uploaded the demo disc to the Internet Archive here: https://archive.org/details/TechGianApril1998 Be warned that it is designed for WIN95 PCs, so unless you have experience running WIN95 software on modern machines, you'll be unlikely to get most of the demos working. *This scan was made for everyone, so please download it, share it with your friends and enjoy! If you share this scan elsewhere, please say that the file is from Retromags, where anyone can download it for free. Magazine preservation is for everyone. Thank you!
  18. 5 points

    Version 1.0.0

    85 downloads

    112 pgs
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    Version 1.1.0

    145 downloads

    A Mortal Kombat II kollector's magazine produced by Electronic Gaming Monthly, the fourth of a four issue series. Released February 1995.
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    Version 1.0.0

    156 downloads

    S.W.A.T.Pro Issue 25 (September 1995)
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    54 downloads

    This scan was made for everyone, so please download it, share it with your friends and enjoy! If you share this scan elsewhere, please say that the file came from Retromags, where anyone can download it for free. Magazine preservation is for everyone. Thank you!
  22. 4 points

    Version 1.0.0

    69 downloads

    *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、「このファイルはRetromagsからで、そこで誰でも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! This file has been edited and saved at a constant height of 2700px. For the raw 600dpi source file, please visit https://archive.org/details/@japanesemagazinesscanproject PLEASE NOTE: Gamest is printed in right-to-left Japanese reading style. If viewing two pages at a time, you will need to set your CBR reader to Japanese mode so that the pages will display in the correct order. *This scan was made for everyone, so please download it, share it with your friends and enjoy! If you share this scan elsewhere, please say that the file is from Retromags, where anyone can download it for free. Magazine preservation is for everyone. Thank you!
  23. 4 points

    64 downloads

    Q64 1999 Volume 2 (Summer)
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    72 downloads

    Q64 1998 Volume 3 (Fall)
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    Relevant for this thread, I found Gamest Issue #125 and uploaded it to archive. This issue came with a poster which I don't believe is scanned. I believe this is a regular issue of Gamest much in the same way the previous SFII issue was dedicated to one game. I think later one they spun these issues off into the "Gamest Mook" line. If you check archive there's other issues of Gamest and Gamest mook floating around archive. https://archive.org/details/Gamest125Gokujuparodiusspecialissue
  26. 3 points

    Version 1.0.0

    99 downloads

    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、「このファイルはRetromagsからで、そこで誰でも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! * This guide covers the first two games in the SD Gundam: Gachapon Senshi series of strategy games from Bandai. SD Gundam World: Gachapon Senshi - Scramble Wars was released for the Famicom in November 1987. SD Gundam World: Gachapon Senshi 2 - Capsule Senki was released for the Famicom June 25, 1989. PLEASE NOTE: This guide is printed Japanese style (from left to right), so if you are viewing two pages at a time, you will need to set your CBR reader to "Japanese mode" so that the pages will be displayed in the correct order. If you are viewing a single page at a time this will not be necessary. *This scan was made for everyone, so please download it, share it with your friends and enjoy! If you share this scan elsewhere, please say that the file is from Retromags, where anyone can download it for free. Magazine preservation is for everyone. Thank you!
  27. 3 points
    Retromags Presents! Family Computer Magazine Issue 056 (May 6, 1988) Database Record Download Directly! Scanned By: kitsunebi77    Edited By: kitsunebi77    Uploaded By: kitsunebi77    Donated By: ccovell Subscribe to our New Release Feedburner email!  
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    I have finished issue 27, August 14, 1983, the first issue under the new name Electronic Games Hotline: My archive is viewable here: http://vgpavilion.com/mags/1983/08/14egh/pages/ You'll find my CBZ and PDF along with a ZIP with the TIFF scans and PSD edits. I'll be getting to second issue of Electronic Games Hotline shortly.
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    Archive.org hasn't derived my files in over 48 hours. What a #$%^ website... So the previews aren't working, but I'm not going to wait for the "up to a week" that their upload process takes to complete. The cbr can still be downloaded regardless. Anyway, here's an artbook for the first 5 games in the Can Can Bunny series of games. These are adult games for Japanese computers, but a couple of them ended up on the Sega Saturn in edited form. https://archive.org/details/CanCanBunnyOfficialArtBook
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    Version 1.0.0

    49 downloads

    Compute! Issue 049 Vol. 6 No. 6 (June 1984)
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    Retromags Presents! Official U.S. Playstation Magazine February 2000  Database Entry! Download Directly! Thanks to Phillyman for scanning this issue (and to me for editing it!)
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    Retromags Presents Downtown Nekketsu Koushinkyoku Soreyuke Daiundoukai - Hisshou tora no Maki Family Computer Magazine Issue 113 supplement October 19, 1990 Thanks to ccovell for donating this issue to be scanned! Database Entry Download Here
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    Fleet Commander is a turn-based strategy game developed and published by ASCII for the Famicom on March 29, 1988.
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    Scanning some more issues, hope to post them at least 1 each week for the coming weeks
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    OK, this is a VERY basic tutorial, but I've seen this handled incorrectly before, so I'm putting this here to clear things up. You may be interested in adding a missing cover to our galleries/databases, or perhaps you want to add an advertisement scan to our gallery. Sure, you could do so by scanning your own magazine, but another option is to simply extract the image from a magazine file that has already been scanned and edited. This is how you do that. We've got a lot of magazines available to download here, and most of them are in CBR format. CBR is essentially exactly the same as a RAR file. Likewise, CBZ is the same as a ZIP file. All of these types of files are simply containers for whatever is inside of them, in this case, the JPGs that make up the magazine scan. To access the files, all you need to do is un-rar or un-zip the file and extract the desired image(s). There's no need to rename the extension - you can open a CBR directly using Win-RAR simply by right-clicking the CBR and selecting "open with Win-RAR archiver" (or whatever program you're using.) This is one of the reasons we prefer CBR over PDF - it allows easy access to the images inside using free programs. A PDF locks the images into a proprietary format owned by Adobe so that they can only be directly accessed if using the paid version of Adobe Acrobat which costs a minimum of $13 per month for the most basic version. Unless you happen to be an employee or stockholder of Adobe, most people would agree that having free and open access to the files is the preferable option. But Retromags isn't the only place offering scans, and a lot of other places out there provide their mags as PDFs. So what can you do if you want to extract an image from a PDF and don't subscribe to Adobe? There are a bunch of free online programs out there that will convert PDF to JPG for you, but most of them will compress the JPG output, giving you a lower quality file than what was originally contained in the PDF. I realize that this is where I should recommend a free program for you to use, but I honestly have never found one that can extract the JPGs from a PDF without reducing their quality (including many that claim to have "lossless" extraction.) Have I mentioned that I think PDF is a horrible format for anything that is intended to be shared freely (such as our scans)? It really limits what you can do should you wish to alter or edit the files. If anyone knows of a good program for converting PDFs to JPGs, feel free to comment. Of course, what I do to access the files is simply drop the PDF into Photoshop. Photoshop is also an Adobe product, and thus is capable of extracting the images without lowering their quality. (And of course, Photoshop ain't free, either.) However, if you happen to have Photoshop and decide to use it for this purpose, there is an important step you need to be aware of. When you drag and drop a PDF into Photoshop, you will get the following box, from which you can select the image(s) you want to extract: By default, "pages" will be selected in the top left. YOU DO NOT WANT THIS TO BE SELECTED. Opening a file this way will change the image dimensions to whatever size is selected in the boxes on the right. In this case, it would enlarge the image to a 300ppi size, even though the actual image is smaller than that. So much like transcoding a 128kbps MP3 into a 320kbps MP3, it simply enlarges the file's size without increasing its quality (in fact, the quality is lowered.) To accurately extract the images, YOU MUST SELECT "Images". This will open the image at exactly the same quality and size as the original image that was converted to PDF. To be fair, it IS possible that the images in the PDF were originally the same size as the resolution selected on the right. So for example, if an image was originally 300ppi, then the image would be the same regardless of whether "Pages" or "Images" was selected. But there's no way of knowing that unless you extract it both ways and compare, so you're safer just always using "Images." The exception to this is a "True PDF." This sort of PDF allows for images to be cut up and stored in a heavily compressed form, while keeping the text as perfectly crisp digital font. A True PDF will undoubtedly be a commercial or official release and is not something that would be created by a scanner. Trying to extract a page from a True PDF using "Images" is impossible, since a single page is often broken up into a dozen different images, each stored separately within the PDF and recompiled when opened in a PDF viewer. In this case, you would have to select "Pages" which will open all of the images that comprise a single page as one coherent image, much in the same way a PDF reader recompiles the pages. Just be aware that the size and resolution of that image as it will appear when opened in Photoshop is somewhat arbitrary and based upon whatever settings you have selected in the box on the right. As I said, the images on such pages are often very low quality, and the text is perfect quality, so there isn't actually a single "true" size or quality for a page in a True PDF (ironic, no?) Just keep in mind that since True PDFs almost always sacrifice quality for small filesizes, opening an image in "pages" with a high resolution like 300ppi selected is only going to enlarge a low resolution image, probably making it look even worse.
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    The beginning of a new era! Download Section!
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    Here's a guide for Sega's Ninja Burai Densetsu, a strategy game released in 1991 for the Mega Drive that is said to play very similarly to their Shining series. https://archive.org/details/NinjaBuraiDensetsuRanseNoHashaOfficialGuideBook
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    That is nice to know. Thanks for the response. That's one thing I appreciate about this website. It is actually doing a pretty selfless thing, as far as I can tell, by providing interesting/rare material from our gaming pasts in a hassle-free digital format through a well-tuned interface. It's really quite an accomplishment and a credit to all participants. I wonder if it really does have to always remain a hobby, however? On the road today it dawned on me that if Retromags found volunteers from within its ranks to put together some kind of digital publication, maybe something like a business could grow from that. I think its always wise to consider such pursuits a hobby, so as not to get overly invested with time or money. But I also like the idea of Retromags being a brand that puts out original material. Reviewing classic video games through a lens distanced decades from their original release dates, without the distortion of the marketing tactics/bias that tainted their original reviews, and putting them into some kind of publication, could be a worth while project. If reviews were supplemented with strategies, tips, and other information, such a publication could become the definitive source for historical gaming information. And since Retromags lives 15 years behind mainstream video-gaming, there would long be "new" material to cover and renewed interest and volunteers Maybe growing into a company is a bit far-fetched, but the idea of a quarterly or annual publication, does sound interesting none the less--being branded with "Retromags," even better.
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    726 downloads

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    146 downloads

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    587 downloads

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  44. 1 point
    Please fix the title: Mega Play Vol.3 No.5 (October 1992)
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    Here's a guide for Wizardry: Summoner, another Japanese exclusive RPG, released for the Game Boy Advance in 2001. https://archive.org/details/WizardrySummonerOfficialGuideBook
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    This is the model I own and use for my scans. It is a mighty piece of kit and at that price is a steal if the glass hasn't been scratched by some turkey feeding stapled pages through the thing. The only issue with this model is if glass gets under the optics. I have had that problem with mine and couldn't get it serviced in New Zealand so I learnt how to dismantle it to clean the optics myself. You need to be careful as it uses mercury lamps instead of CCD given it is a 2008 vintage scanner. If mine died I'd likely eBay another one in preference to any other unit out there.
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    Digital Devil Story: Megami Tensei is an RPG developed by Atlus and published by Namco for the Famicom on September 11, 1987. It is the first game in the Megami Tensei franchise. 128 pgs, September 1987
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    Uploaded a guide to Wizardry Gaiden I: Suffering of the Queen, a Japanese exclusive RPG for the Game Boy. https://archive.org/details/@kitsunebi77