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    PRIMARY SYSTEMS COVERAGE Nintendo Entertainment System Nintendo Gameboy --- (Table of Content (TOC) and headline excerpts follow. Bullet lists and (notes) added for clarity. Games for NES unless noted.) Editor's Notes (approx. 1/4 page; editorial; upcoming 1990 games and accessories; monthly publication schedule announced) Game Player's Mailbag (2 pages; reader Q&A mail; Pen-Pal requests; discussed) Bionic Commando IronSword: Wizards & Warriors II Mega Man 2 Metal Gear Mike Tyson's Punch-Out!! Monster Party Ninja Gaiden Shadowgate Simon's Quest: Castlevania II Super Mario Bros. 3 You Asked For It: Answers To Dragon Warrior (2 pages; reader Q&A with screenshots) Final Fantasy Legend (3 pages; GB; game overview and strategies with screenshots) A Diamond Dozen (7 pages; baseball video games guide; includes one page introduction and overviews of the following (each approx. 1/2 page with screenshots)): Baseball Simulator 1.000 Bases Loaded Bases Loaded 2: The Second Season Tecmo Baseball Baseball Stars Bad News Baseball R.B.I. Baseball R.B.I Baseball 2 Little League Baseball Dusty Diamond's All-Star Softball Bases Loaded GB (GB) Baseball Game Boy (GB) SUPER STRATEGY (strategy guides; 5 pages each with loads of screenshots) Astyanax Code Name: Viper NARC Rescue Rangers (Chip 'n Dale Rescue Rangers) Skate or Die 2: Search for Double Trouble (Skate or Die 2: The Search for Double Trouble) Snake's Revenge Solstice Swords and Serpents (includes map) HOT HITS (game overviews with screenshots, 2 pages each) Al Unser Jr. Turbo Racing Boulder Dash Championship Bowling Chiller Klax Spot Thunderbirds Toobin' GUIDElines (5 pages; news and products; not shown unless noted; topics:) Let The Game Genie Grant Your Wishes (Game Genie; accessory & screenshot shown) It's A Miracle! (The Miracle keyboard accessory (shown)) Look Ma - No Hands (Konami LaserScope accessory; concept art & hardware shown) Coming Soon To A Store Near You (mentioned; not shown unless noted:) Mega Man 3 Castlevania III: Dracula's Curse (shown) Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles: The Arcade Game Indiana Jones and the Last Crusade Dick Tracy Gremlins II Total Recall (shown) Ghostbusters II (GB) Bill and Ted's Excellent Adventure Beetlejuice Back to the Future II & III Double Dare Family Feud Classic Concentration Super Password Mission: Impossible The Lone Ranger Gilligan's Island The Simpsons U.S.M.C. Harrier (shown) Arch Rivals WWF Superstars (GB) Galaxy 5000 The Adventures of Rad Gravity (shown) The Game of Harmony Heavyweight Championship Boxing Malibu Beach Volleyball (NES,GB) Ultimate Basketball Pyros Ninja Crusaders Ninja Taro Silver Surfer Catrap (GB) WURM Frankenstein U-Force Power Games Hatris (NES (shown),GB) Pipe Dream (NES,GB) DuckTales (GB) Gargoyle's Quest (GB) The California Raisins Street Fighter 2010 (Street Fighter 2010: The Final Fight) Destiny of an Emperor Escape from Atlantis King Neptune's Adventure Dragon's Lair (NES,GB) Star Stingray Lock n' Chase (GB) Burgertime (GB) Side Pocket (GB) Dead Heat Scramble (GB) Ultima (GB) Heroes of the Lance (Dragonlance: Heroes of the Lance) Ultima: Quest of the Avatar The Bard's Tale Wheel of Fortune (GB) Jeopardy (GB) The Chessmaster (GB) Jim Henson's Muppet Adventure The Hunt for Red October Adventure Island II Princess Tomato in the Salad Kingdom Monster Truck Rally World Trophy Soccer R-Type Mechanoids (NES,GB) Pinball Quest Maniac Mansion (shown) Last Ninja Deja Vu North and South Happy Birthday Bugs Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles: Fall of the Foot Clan (GB; shown) Skate or Die: Bad 'N Rad (GB) Pirates Ski or Die NBA All-Star Challenge (GB) Pictionary The Punisher Mercenary Force (GB) Mousetrap Hotel (GB) Jordan vs. Bird: One on One (GB; shown) Super Scrabble (GB) Paperboy (GB) Dirty Harry Bruce Lee Lives Conan: The Mysteries of Time Gauntlet II Ishido (GB) Wizardry Faria Dr. Mario (GB) Balloon Kid (GB) Radar Mission (GB) Isolated Warrior New Kids on the Block Drac's Night Out Heavy Shreddin' Monster Master Chase HQ (GB) Puttmaster G.I. Joe Godzilla (GB) Dweebers (GB) DIRECTORY (1 page; game company directory)
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    Primary Systems Coverage Nintendo Entertainment System Nintendo Game Boy Sega Genesis NEC Turbografx-16 --- (Table of Content (TOC) and headline excerpts follow. Bullet lists and (notes) added for clarity. With the exception of some news stories and reader mail, this issue consists entirely of NES coverage.) Editor's Notes (approx. 1/4th page; editorial by Leslie Mizell; issue synopsis) Mailbag ( 2 pages; reader Q&A mail; discussed:) Astyanax Crystalis Punch-Out Metal Gear Nobunaga's Ambition Genghis Khan Romance of the Three Kingdoms Bandit Kings of Ancient China Nobunaga's Ambition (GB) Shingen the Ruler Destiny of an Emperor Narc Ninja Gaiden II Kid Icarus Special Preview: The Simpsons - Bart Vs. The Space Mutants (5 pages; game overview with lots of screenshots) Dragon's Lair: Re-Creating A Classic (6 pages; game overview and strategies with lots of screenshots; includes 1/2 page 'Behind The Scenes' section) Super Strategy (each a 5-page NES strategy guide, complete with game overview and lots of screenshots) Castlevania III: Dracula's Curse Dirty Harry Frankenstein The Immortal Solar Jetman: The Hunt for the Golden Warship Hot Hits (NES; each a 2-page overview with screenshots) The Adventures of Rad Gravity Days of Thunder Dr. Mario Palamedes Pinball Quest Yo! Noid GUIDElines (4 pages; news & products; not shown unless noted; topics:) Score with Fantasy Sports (NES; Rollergames (shown), Klashball) Game Boy Gets Smarter (InfoGenius) Loop the Loopz (NES, GB versions shown) Clean Up the Street with The Punisher The Pac Is Back! (NES; Pac-Mania (shown)) NES Role-Playing Game from FCI (The Bard's Tale (shown)) Win a Date with Dracula (Castlevania III promotion; win a trip to Transylvania) Install an Arcade in Your Own Home (NES,Gen,TG16; G.A.M.E. arcade cabinet (prototype shown))
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    PRIMARY SYSTEMS COVERAGE Nintendo Entertainment System Nintendo Game Boy Nintendo Super Famicom (the eventual Super Nintendo Entertainment System) --- (Table of Content (TOC) and headline excerpts follow. Bullet lists and (notes) added for clarity. With the exception of a Super Famicom news story and some limited Game Boy accessory mentions, this issue consists entirely of NES coverage.) Editor's Notes (approx. 1/4th page; editorial by Leslie Mizell; issue synopsis) Mailbag (2 pages; reader Q&A mail; discussed:) Batman A Boy and His Blob Ghost 'n Goblins Golgo 13 Mega Man 2 The Legend of Zelda Shadowgate Super Mario Bros. 2 Who Framed Roger Rabbit Gadgets and Gizmos: Game Devices For Your NES and Game Boy (10-page collection of capsule 3rd party controller and accessory overviews (each with hardware shown), along with a 1-page company directory; discussed:) Controllers Competition-Pro Professional Control Pad Competition-Pro STAR Gizmo Gravis Joystick QS-128N Universal Arcade-Style Joystick QS-129N Flightstick QS-130N Deluxe Digital Joystick UFO CN-1000 Ultimate Superstick Winner 190 Winner 300 Zinger Zipper Wireless Controllers Acclaim Remote The Dominator Master Control Dominator Probeam Double Player System QS-127 Universal Infrared Controller Supersonic UFO RN-1000 Exotic Controllers Flight Yoke The Freedom Connection Game Handler Laserscope Voice Command Headset Power Glove U-Force Zoomer Controller Enhancers Mother Ship Sighting Scope Super Controller Turbo Blaster Miscellaneous Docking Bay Homework First Lockout The Illuminator (GB) Light Boy (GB) The Miracle Piano Teaching System Super Strategy (each a five-page NES strategy guide, complete with game overview and lots of screenshots) Dragon Warrior II Galaxy 5000 Heavy Barrel Journey to Silius Maniac Mansion Shadow of the Ninja Wizardry: Proving Grounds of the Mad Overlord Hot Hits (NES; each a 2-page overview with screenshots) Battle Chess Dig Dug 2: Trouble in Paradise (Dig Dug II: Trouble in Paradise) The Bugs Bunny Birthday Blowout Puss 'n Boots: Pero's Great Adventure Wrestlemania Challenge GUIDElines (3 pages; news and products; not shown unless noted; topics:) Super Famicom on Sale in Japan (hardware, Super Mario World, Gradius III, Sim City; all shown) Two Game Show Titles from GameTek (Family Feud, Classic Concentration (shown) for NES) Do Not Fold, Spindle, or Mutilate (Video Delivery Box; safe packaging for mailing video games) Comic Book Hero Arrives on NES (Silver Surfer; shown) Clown Around with Circus Caper (NES; shown) Simon's Quest and Metal Gear Hit the Books (novelizations; Simon's Quest (NES) shown)
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    PRIMARY SYSTEMS COVERAGE Nintendo Entertainment System Nintendo Game Boy --- (Table of Content (TOC) and headline excerpts follow. Bullet lists and (notes) added for clarity. With the exception of some Game Boy related news stories, this issue contains only NES coverage.) Editor's Notes (editorial by Selby Bateman; approx. 1/3rd page) Mailbag (reader letters; Q&A tips, tricks, & strategies; one page; discussed:) Final Fantasy The Legend of Zelda Maniac Mansion Ninja Gaiden Mega Man Metal Gear You Asked For It! Answers To Simon's Quest: Castlevania II (reader Q&A tips, tricks, & strategies; two pages) The Good, The Rad, And The Awesome ('Editors' Favorites 1990'; 'Our Editors and Game Experts Choose Their Favorite NES Games of All Time'; 1/8th page capsule game overviews, each with screenshot; seven pages) Baseball Simulator 1.000 Batman Bionic Commando Blades of Steel A Boy and his Blob Castlevania Castlevania III: Dracula's Curse The Chessmaster Chip n' Dale Rescue Rangers Contra Dr. Chaos Double Dragon Double Dragon II: The Revenge DuckTales Galaga Golf Jordan vs Bird One on One Karnov Klax The Legend of Zelda Legendary Wings Life Force Maniac Mansion Mega Man Mega Man 2 Mega Man 3 Ninja Gaiden Ninja Gaiden II: The Sword of Chaos Nobunaga's Ambition Pinball Rescue: The Embassy Mission RoboWarrior Rocket Ranger Romance of the Three Kingdoms Shadowgate Shingen the Ruler Silent Service Simon's Quest: Castlevania II Stealth ATF Strider Super C Super Mario Bros. Super Mario Bros. 2 Super Mario Bros. 3 Tecmo Baseball Tecmo Bowl Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles II - The Arcade Game Tetris Zelda II: The Adventure of Link Super Strategy (each a five-page NES strategy guide, complete with game overview and lots of screenshots) Back to the Future: Part II & III Gilligan's Island Mad Max Shingen the Ruler Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles II - The Arcade Game Tombs and Treasures Werewolf Hot Hits (each a 2-page game overview with screenshots) Abadox: The Deadly Inner War Arch Rivals Dragon Spirit Dungeon Magic The Last Starfighter Pictionary Pipe Dream Silkworm GUIDElines (news; approx. 2 pages) Veggies get Tossed in Salad Kingdom; Master Higgins at It Again (NES; Princess Tomato in Salad Kingdom, Adventure Island II) Capcom Signs for More Disney Games (TaleSpin (NES), DuckTales (GB), Who Framed Roger Rabbit (GB), unnamed Mickey Mouse game (GB)) Bashing B-Ball (In Your Face! (GB)) PC Favorite Soon an NES Adventure (The Magic Candle) NewCompany(sic) Releases NES-Compatible Games (The Castle of Deceit)
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    PRIMARY SYSTEMS COVERAGE Nintendo Entertainment System Nintendo Game Boy --- (Table of Content (TOC) and headline excerpts follow. Bullet lists and (notes) added for clarity.) Editor's Notes (editorial by Selby Bateman; approx. 1/3rd page) Enter A World Of The Weird And The Wacky With Maniac Mansion (NES; three page strategy guide) Super Mario Bros. 3: Those Mario Boys Keep Getting Better (NES; six page strategy guide) Sneak Preview! Ninja Gaiden II - The Battle Continues (NES: five page strategy guide) First Looks (one page NES game overviews, each with two screenshots and three hints/tips) Adventures of Lolo 2 After Burner Alien Syndrome Archon Arkista's Ring Astyanax Baby Boomer Bad News Baseball Batman The Battle of Olympus A Boy and His Blob Castlequest The Chessmaster Code Name: Viper Crystal Mines Cybernoid Destination Earthstar Double Dragon II: The Revenge Chris Evert & Ivan Lendl in Top Players' Tennis Genghis Khan Godzilla: Monster of Monsters Heroes of the Lance (Dragonlance) Infiltrator Jack Nicklaus' Greatest 18 Holes of Major Championship Golf The Mafat Conspiracy (Golgo 13) Master Chu and the Drunkard Hu Phantom Fighter Puss 'N Boots: Pero's Great Adventure Raid 2020 Remote Control River City Ransom Road Runner Robocop Rocket Ranger Rock 'N' Ball Rolling Thunder Romance of the Three Kingdoms 720 Silent Service Shinobi Target: Renegade Tecmo World Wrestling Win, Lose or Draw Wrath of the Black Manta Xexyz Hot Hits (quarter page NES game overviews with one screenshot per game) Adventures of Bayou Billy All-Pro Basketball Bases Loaded II: The Second Season Bionic Commando The Bugs Bunny Crazy Castle Castlevania II: Simon's Quest Clash at Demonhead Cobra Triangle Defender of the Crown Demon Sword Desert Commander Dig Dug II Dragon Warrior Ducktales Faxanadu Goal! The Guardian Legend Hydlide Impossible Mission II Ironsword: Wizards & Warriors II King's Knight Kings of the Beach: Professional Beach Volleyball The Magic of Scheherazade Marble Madness Mega Man 2 Milon's Secret Castle Monster Party Ninja Gaiden Nobunaga's Ambition Rescue: The Embassy Mission Sesame Street 123 Shadowgate Snoopy's Silly Sports Spectacular Stealth ATF Strider Super Mario Bros. 2 Super Sprint Tecmo Bowl Toobin' Top Gun - The Second Mission Track and Field II Ultima Who Framed Roger Rabbit Zelda II - The Adventures of Link Previews (quarter page NES game previews with one screenshot per game) Adventures in the Magic Kingdom Al Unser Jr. Turbo Racing Battle Chess Bigfoot The Bugs Bunny Birthday Blowout Chiller Dash Galaxy in the Alien Asylum Dungeon Magic Dusty Diamond's All-Star Softball Fantasy Zone Faria: A World of Mystery and Danger! Ghostbusters II Heavy Barrel Heavy Shreddin' Kid Kool Licence to Kill Mad Max Magic Johnson's Fast Break Ms. Pac-Man Pinball Quest Police Academy Rescue Rangers R.B.I. Baseball 2 Skull & Crossbones Snake's Revenge Starship Hector Super C Terra Cresta Tombs and Treasure Wizardry I: Proving Grounds of the Mad Overlord World Championship Wrestling Xybots On Gameboy Shelves (1/6th page Gameboy game overviews with one screenshot per game) Bases Loaded GB Boomer's Adventure in Asmik World The Bugs Bunny Crazy Castle The Castlevania Adventure Daedalian Opus Double Dragon Fist of the North Star Flipull Ishido: The Way of Stones Kwirk: The Chilled Tomato Motocross Maniacs NFL Football Nemesis Penguin Wars Shanghai Space Invaders Wizards & Warriors X: Fortress of Fear
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    PRIMARY SYSTEMS COVERAGE Nintendo Entertainment System --- (Table of Content (TOC) and headline excerpts follow. Bullet lists and (notes) added for clarity. All games for NES.) Editor's Notes (approx. 1/4 page; editorial by Selby Bateman; issue synopsis) Dragon Warrior Mazes Revealed! (2 pages; game overview with maps) SUPER STRATEGY (game overviews with screenshots, tips and strategies; 5 pages each) Adventures of Dino-Riki Adventures of Tom Sawyer A Boy and His Blob Castlequest Cobra Triangle Cybernoid Godzilla: Monster of Monsters Robocop Rolling Thunder Romance of the Three Kingdoms HOT HITS (game overviews with screenshots, 2 pages each) Baby Boomer Bad Street Brawler Bases Loaded II: Second Season Captain Comic Casino Kid The Chessmaster Clash at Demonhead Desert Commander 8 Eyes Impossible Mission II King's Knight The Magic of Scheherazade Phantom Fighter Rescue: The Embassy Mission Road Blasters Road Runner Rock 'n' Ball Shadowgate Stealth ATF Vindicators DIRECTORY (1 page; game company directory)
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    PRIMARY SYSTEMS COVERAGE Nintendo Entertainment System --- (Table of Content (TOC) and headline excerpts follow. Bullet lists and (notes) added for clarity. All games for NES.) Introduction (two pages) A Special Note To Our Readers Nintendo And Nintendo Power Our Game Player's Panel of Experts A Note To Parents Become An Expert Player: How To Win At Nintendo Games (two pages; general game strategies and tips) Know Your Weapons! (two pages; general game strategies and tips) Buyer's Guide To Joysticks And Other Controllers (four pages; accessories and software shown:) NES Advantage Wico Command Control Camerica Freedom Stick Bandai Mega Nintendo Power Pad Super Team Games Dance Aerobics World Class Track Meet AWESOME (two pages each; game overview with screenshots and tips) Alpha Mission Bases Loaded Blaster Master BreakThru Contra Double Dragon Double Dribble Dragon Power Ghosts & Goblins (listed as 'Ghosts and Goblins' in TOC; Ghosts 'n Goblins) Goonies II Gun.Smoke Ikari Warriors II: Victory Road The Karate Kid Karnov Kid Icarus The Legend of Kage The Legend of Zelda Metroid Mike Tyson's Punch-Out Ninja Kid Rad Racer Rambo Renegade Robowarrior Rygar Spelunker Super Mario Bros. Super Pitfall 3-D WorldRunner Tiger-Heli Top Gun CONTENDERS (approx. 1/5th page each; game overview, with screenshot unless noted) Athena Baseball Burgertime (not shown) City Connection Commando Deadly Towers Donkey Kong 3 Duck Hunt Elevator Action (not shown) Excitebike Freedom Force Golf Gotcha! Hogan's Alley (not shown) Ice Hockey Ikari Warriors Iron Tank Jaws Karate Champ (not shown) Kid Niki: Radical Ninja Kung Fu Lunar Pool (not shown) Major League Baseball Mega Man 1942 Pinball Pro Wrestling Raid on Bungeling Bay R.B.I. Baseball R.C. Pro-Am Ring King (not shown) Section Z Side Pocket Slalom (not shown) Spy Hunter Star Voyager Tag Team Wrestling (not shown) Tennis 10-Yard Fight Trojan Winter Games Wizards & Warriors Wood & Water Rage Zanac (not shown) PREVIEWS (approx. 1/5th page each; game overview, with screenshot unless noted) The Adventures Of Bayou Billy The Adventures Of Lolo Air Fortress Airwolf (not shown) Bad Street Brawler Battlefields Of Napoleon (not shown) Black Tiger (never released) Blades Of Steel Bubble Bobble (not shown) California Games (not shown) Castlevania II: Simon's Quest Chester Field Cobra Command Defender Of The Crown Defender II (not shown) Dr. Chaos Empire City 1931 Galaga: Demons Of Death (not shown) Gauntlet Ghostbusters Golgo 13 The Guardian Legend (not shown) Indiana Jones And The Temple Of Doom Jackal (not shown) Jeopardy! Joust (not shown) Lee Trevino's Fighting Golf The Legacy Of The Wizard (not shown) Legendary Wings Life Force MagMax Marble Madness (not shown) Mickey Mousecapade 1943 Ninja Gaiden (not shown) Pac-Man Platoon Predator Racket Attack (not shown) Rampage Robocop Seicross (not shown) Sesame Street ABC... (Sesame Street ABC) Sesame Street 1 2 3... (Sesame Street 123) Skate Or Die Super Mario Bros. II (Super Mario Bros. 2) Tecmo Baseball (not shown) Tecmo Bowl (not shown) Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles (not shown) Terra Cresta (not shown) Tetris: The Soviet Mind Game Track And Field II Vegas Dream Wheel of Fortune Who Framed Roger Rabbit? (not shown) Willow WWF Wrestlemania (not shown) Xenophobe Xevious: The Avenger Zelda II: The Adventure of Link DIRECTORY (two pages; company address directory)
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    Cover Story: Preview '89 (Want to see what's coming down the pipeline for your favorite systems? Here you go!) Bad Dudes (NES) Heavy Barrel (NES) Rampage (NES) Robocop (NES) Super Hang-On (NES) Airwolf (NES) Ironsword: Wizards & Warriors II (NES) WWF Wrestlemania (NES) Qix (NES) Operation Wolf (NES) Sky Shark (NES) Hoops (NES) Goal! (NES) RoboWarrior (NES) Defender of the Crown (NES) Metal Gear (NES) Skate or Die (NES) Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles (NES) Q*Bert (NES) Gyruss (NES) Silent Service (NES) Track and Field II (NES) The Adventures of Bayou Billy (NES) The California Raisins (NES / Cancelled) DuckTales (NES) Mega Man 2 (NES) Strider (NES) "Mindscape Games" Magic Johnson's Fast Break (NES) Taboo (NES) P.O.W. - Prisoner of War (NES) Departments: Insert Coin (Editor Steve Harris hypes the coming video game lineup for 1989) Video Game Top Ten (A list of the ten titles keeping the EGM folks burning the midnight oil). Interface: Letters to the Editor (Readers write, editors respond) At the Arcades (A preview of Atari's new Hard Drivin' cabinet) Gaming Gossip (Quarterman divulges industry rumours about Tengen, FCI, Hasbro, Mattel, and other dishy subjects) 16-Bit Sizzler (The TurboGrafx-16, Sega Genesis, Konix Slipstream and Super Famicom are coming!) Dare to Compare (The editors pit John Elway's Quarterback against Tecmo Bowl in a battle for gridiron supremacy!) Amusement Players Association International Scoreboard (High scores submitted from homes and arcades world-wide!) Game Over (Coming attractions for next issue!) Next Wave (previews): Mega Man 2 (NES) Super Sprint (NES) Guerrilla War (NES) Vindicators (NES) Strider (NES) Hydlide (NES) WWF Wrestlemania (NES) Walter Payton Football (SMS) Lord of the Sword (SMS) Poseidon Wars 3-D (SMS) Press Start (gaming and industry news): Beeshu controllers Tiger LCD handhelds Pro-Play Arcade Cabinet for NES N.A.R.C. (Arcade) Cinemaware's Defender of the Crown and The Three Stooges coming to NES The Home Front (console reviews): 1943 (NES) Racket Attack (NES) Ultima: Exodus (NES) Bubble Bobble (NES) Bump 'n' Jump (NES) Y's (SMS) Rastan (SMS) Time Soldiers (SMS) Hat Trick (7800) Game of the Month (U.S. National Video Game Team picks their top choice): Tetris [Tengen] (NES) Logon (personal computer reviews): F-19 Stealth Fighter (IBM) Zak McCracken and the Alien Mindbenders (IBM) Hybris (Amiga) Double Dragon (C64) Sword of Sodan (Amiga) Offshore Warrior (Amiga) Ads (in order of appearance): Tengen Games: Gauntlet (NES) / Pac-Man (NES) / RBI Baseball (NES) / Tetris (NES) Tradewest Games: John Elway's Quarterback (NES) / Double Dragon (NES) Acclaim Games: WWF Wrestlemania (NES) / Rambo (NES) / Airwolf (NES) / Star Voyager (NES) / Wizards & Warriors (NES) / 3-D World Runner (NES) / Winter Games (NES) / Tiger-Heli (NES) FCI Game Counseling Hotline RoboWarrior (NES) Electronic Gaming Monthly's Great Game Giveaway contest Hard Drivin' (Arcade) Xenophobe (NES) TAXAN Videodiction newsletter TAXAN Games: Star Soldier (NES) / Mystery Quest (NES) / Fist of the North Star (NES) / Mappy Land (NES) Phantasy Star (SMS) Thunder Blade (SMS) Beeshu computer peripherals Electronic Gaming Monthly magazine subscription SNK Games: Ikari Warriors 2: Victory Road (NES) / Iron Tank: The Invasion of Normandy (NES) Beeshu joysticks and controllers (NES) Notable Stuff: Includes a full-size poster for FCI's Mag Max (NES). There's no real criteria for explaining how the Top 10 Games were ordered the way they were, or who was responsible for picking them in the first place. A letter column in the first issue? Well, all the reader response comes from the original EGM '89 Buyer's Guide, which is kind of like their Issue 0. One lucky winner in EGM's Great Game Giveaway contest takes home more than 50 NES games. Tecmo Bowl blows John Elway's Quarterback off the field, as it should. The TAXAN Videodiction newsletter is formatted to look like an article from the magazine, though it's completely a production of TAXAN's in-house ad team. Sneaky, sneaky, guys... This early in the game, EGM's juggling both console and home computer software. They'll cut the home software aspect to go console-only before too long. A subscription to EGM runs $19.95 for 12 issues, according to this issue's subscription ad. The Konix Slipstream (later renamed the Konix Multisystem) was cancelled after the company ran out of money. EGM editor Donn Nauert sure gets around...he has high scores submitted to the APA across multiple platforms from multiple cities in Texas and California.
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    Features: You Asked For It, You Got It (Editor LeeAnne McDermott promises quality to all her readers) The Mail (Readers sound off about issue 1) The Cutting Edge (A look at the new hardware coming to America) Sega Genesis NEC TurboGrafx-16 Nintendo Game Boy Konami handheld games Nintendo Super Famicom Konix Multi-System LJN Roll & Rocker controller (NES) The Adventures of GamePro (Chapter one of a new comic story featuring protagonist Alex West, aka: GamePro!) Industry ProFile (A visit to Data East HQ) ProNews Report (Enter a Super Dodge Ball tournament, win a Jaleco-sponsored sweepstakes, save money on Capcom games with Captain Commando bucks, Viz is publishing a Golgo 13 comic, and here's a list of game counselor hotlines broken down by company) ProArtist Series (Scott Hanson of Indianapolis, IN wins first prize in "The Villains" category; now it's time to submit for "The Heroes") ProChallenge Board (Readers submit their best scores) Puzzle Challenge (one word scramble and one word search puzzle to test your skills away from the controller) Hot at the Arcades: Operation Thunderbolt (Taito) The Final Round (Konami) Turbo Outrun (Sega) ProViews: Milon's Secret Castle (NES) Guerrilla War (NES) Goal! (NES) Strider (NES) Super Dodge Ball (NES) Stealth ATF (NES) Altered Beast (SMS) S.W.A.T. (Secret Weapons and Tactics): Alex Kid in Miracle World (SMS) Sky Kid (NES) Goonies II (NES) Space Harrier (SMS) Metroid (NES) Castlevania (NES) x2 Spy Hunter (NES) Wonder Boy (SMS) Gyruss (NES) Kid Icarus (NES) Ninja Gaiden (NES) Golvellius (SMS) x2 Power Strike (SMS) Karnov (NES) Zanac (NES) Altered Beast (SMS) Gauntlet (NES) x2 Duck Hunt / Gotcha / Wild Gunman (NES) Black Belt (SMS) R-Type (SMS) Choplifter (SMS) Metal Gear (NES) Bubble Bobble (NES) Platoon (NES) Mega Man (NES) Ninja (SMS) Phantasy Star (SMS) Reader Tips: Super Mario Bros. 2 (NES) Spy Hunter (NES) Castlevania II: Simon's Quest (NES) Kenseiden (SMS) R-Type (SMS) Double Dragon (SMS) Rocky (SMS) Ask the Pros (reader-submitted requests for help): Milon's Secret Castle (NES) Metal Gear (NES) Teddy Boy (SMS) Wonder Boy (SMS) Shinobi (SMS) Overseas ProSpects: Gradius II (NES) Ads (in order of appearance): Operation: Wolf (NES) Mappy-Land (NES) Bubble Bobble (NES) Activision's Excellent Nintendo Sweepstakes Super Dodge Ball (NES) Adventures of Lolo (NES) / Rollerball (NES) GamePro magazine subscription Air Fortress (NES) / Vegas Dream (NES) Hoops (NES) Acclaim Wireless Remote Controller (NES) Ultimate Game Club mail order club Hudson Joycard Sansui SSS controller (NES) / Adventure Island (NES) / Adventures of Dino Riki (NES) / Bomberman (NES) / Milon's Secret Castle (NES) Bad Dudes (Multi) Rastan (SMS) Vigilante (SMS) Galaxy Force (SMS) Dark Chambers (7800) Impossible Mission (7800) Airball (7800) Mega Man 2 (NES) / Strider (NES) GamePro-branded merchandise Toys 'R' Us Atari 2600 and 7800 Metal Gear (NES) Notable Stuff: The cheats column acquires its S.W.A.T. name starting with this issue. Winners of the Excellent Nintendo Sweepstakes take home a full compliment of Activision-published NES carts: The Three Stooges, Stealth ATF., Predator, Ghostbusters, and Super Pitfall. Apparently losing this contest was the only way to win it. The incorrect passwords for The Goonies II and Metroid which were printed last issue are corrected in this one. The editor promises more Sega "coveage" in a response to letters requesting it. Proofreaders? We don't need no stinkin' proofreaders... Last issue, a subscription to GamePro cost $19 per year, a savings of roughly 10% off the $3.50 cover price. If you bought in at that price, you're a sucker because in this issue, a subscription only costs $13.97 per year, while the cover price has gone up to $3.95. Looks like that sweet ad revenue is flowing in! "The Adventures of GamePro"'s conceit basically rips off 1984's The Last Starfighter, right down to the video game mastering protagonist being named 'Alex' in both. Who's bright idea was it to run the screenshot of the Metroid password in S.W.A.T. right across the gutter fold?
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