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  1. 2 points
    Well, as you know, scanning magazines takes a lot of money and time. I've spent over $1000 and god knows how many hours of my free time working to provide stuff for our members (and everyone else, really, since you don't have to join RM to download our releases). I get nothing in return other than the occasional thank you (usually about 1 for every 50 downloads.) That's a commitment of time and money with no reward that VERY few people are willing to make. Then you've got people like the community of Japanese traders who justify the expense/time of digitizing their collections by considering the resultant files to be their personal property which they can then "sell" to recoup their losses (in this case, by trading with other like-minded individuals). Would the world be a richer place if people were willing to share their resources selflessly? Well, sure. But as long as we've got millions of starving, destitute people out there in the world being ignored by people with the means to help, it seems a little silly to get TOO upset over someone hoarding magazines. Most people are selfish. It's just human nature.
  2. 2 points
    Newest upload [09/12/2019] - Famimaga March 1989 https://archive.org/details/famimagamarch1989 Here is a list of everything I was able to obtain thus far: Basic Magazine January 1992 BugBug March 2011 BugBug July 2012 Famimaga June 1987 Famimaga October 1987 Famimaga February 1988 Famimaga April 1988 Famimaga October 1988 Famimaga February 1989 Famimaga March 1989 Famimaga June 1989 Famimaga March 1990 Famimaga April 1990 Famimaga May 1990 Pasocom Paradise December 2003 There are some additional files I am downloading that I hope are actually magazines, but I can't read Japanese. Google translate makes me hopeful though.
  3. 2 points
    TWO! TWO! TWO games for the price of one - Tatsujin (aka Truxton) and Golden Axe. I guess when the games are a shooter and a beat-em-up, neither game requires enough strategy to fill up an entire book on its own. https://archive.org/details/tatsujingoldenaxeattackmanualbook
  4. 2 points
    And here's the best of the series (supposedly - I've never played it), and the only one deemed worthy to be included in the recent Genesis/Mega Drive Mini systems' selection of games - Phantasy Star IV (or Phantasy Star: The End of the Millennium as it was called in Japan.) https://archive.org/details/phantasystarivgameguidebook
  5. 2 points
    Retromags Presents! Game Player's Strategy Guide to Nintendo Games Volume 2 Number 4 (August-September 1989) 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!  
  6. 2 points
    Something people may not realize about Japan is that they tend to not care for books which are too thick. This isn't always true of course, and it's easy to find 1000 page strategy guides for the latest Pokemon games if that's your thing, but in general, when a book is too long, they split it in half. Most of the Harry Potter series, for example, are split in half and sold as two volumes each. In addition to doubling the profits of booksellers, I suppose it has the benefit of making the books easier to hold. Still, it's a little strange that this guide to Phantasy Star III is split into two volumes, since each one is only around 120 pages. Perhaps they weren't quite finished but wanted to get the guide to market while the game was new, so they released what they had as volume 1 and released volume 2 month later once they'd finished? Who knows. https://archive.org/details/phantasystariiiattackmanualbookvol.1 https://archive.org/details/phantasystariiiattackmanualbookvol.2
  7. 2 points
    Retromags Presents! Mega Play Vol. 2 No. 4 (July-August 1991) Database Record Download Directly! Scanned By: E-Day    Edited By: MigJmz    Uploaded By: MigJmz    Donated By: CIVICMINDED Subscribe to our New Release Feedburner email!  
  8. 2 points
    Well, this only took 6 hours for the IA to derive...such an annoying site... Anyway. Here's a short guide for a game that totally doesn't deserve its reputation! Well, that's my take on it, anyway. But maybe some of you don't mind the grind. https://archive.org/details/phantasystariihisshoukouryakuhouhowtowin
  9. 1 point
    These guides were both published on the same day, covering the same game. Because $$$, I guess. (or ¥ ¥ ¥ , more accurately). Coincidentally, I've recently been reading the Record of Lodoss War manga (which isn't bad) and trying to force myself to watch the OVA series (which isn't good). This game hasn't been translated into English (non-porn Japanese computer games almost never are), but it's apparently a western-style RPG, which leads me to think it could possibly be enjoyable. Anyway, there is some nice artwork here, including some cute super-deformed versions of the characters. https://archive.org/details/recordoflodosswarhandbook1 https://archive.org/details/recordoflodosswarhandbook2
  10. 1 point
    Newest upload [09/14/2019] - Famimaga June 1987 https://archive.org/details/famimagajune1987 ProTip: There might also be other items uploaded as well.
  11. 1 point
    Maybe this one is more to everyone's taste. Lots of colors and pictures. This is for the Super Famicom release of the original Fatal Fury: King of Fighters. https://archive.org/details/fatalfurykingoffighterscompletestrategybook
  12. 1 point
    Retromags Presents! GamePro Issue 203 (August 2005) Database Record Download Directly! Scanned By: E-Day    Edited By: Melki    Uploaded By: E-Day    Subscribe to our New Release Feedburner email!  
  13. 1 point
    Probably the 5 guys who bought Xbox Ones in Japan.
  14. 1 point
    They're aware of Retromags. And Retromags is barely a drop in the ocean compared to the Internet Archive. I assure you that anyone interested in Japanese mags is aware of the Internet Archive. There are nearly full runs of some Japanese mags available there which were uploaded from Japan. Just because not a lot of people are uploading stuff, doesn't mean they aren't downloading. If being a scanner for Retromags has taught me anything to be The Truth, it's the fact that the world is basically nothing but leechers. It may take a while (I sometimes don't notice that some jackhole has uploaded my scans to the IA for months/years afterwards), but it will be noticed eventually. PS True story - I actually had an email exchange with a Japanese collector deep into the private trading scene tell me that one of his biggest regrets was that he spent money having a collection of MyCom Basic and Gamest digitized using a scanning service, and then someone released mass quantities of those mags onto The IA (thus invalidating the "trade value" of his files). I'm guessing he's talking about the over 100 issues of MyCom Basic available at the IA, as well as the Gamest files being uploaded by one of our very own members. And with every scan I've ever scanned for Retromags, it is my fervent hope that somewhere out there is some selfish douchebag similarly cursing me for killing the trade value on an issue I've made available to everyone that had previously been something they had been using to barter for personal gain.
  15. 1 point
    Some of you may be familiar with the first Master of Monsters for the Genesis, but this sequel was exclusive to Japanese computers. https://archive.org/details/masterofmonstersiihandbook
  16. 1 point
    You have no idea the sheer jubilant pleasure I get imagining that some Japanese magazine scan hoarders are getting pissed off noticing this stuff show up at the Internet Archive. Keep it up. Hmmm...that does pose a problem, doesn't it. Lots of Japanese mags have Japanese titles, and even ones that have words written alphabetically on the cover are often written in Japanese when people list them in auctions or otherwise write about them online. I wonder how much you're overlooking...
  17. 1 point
    Retromags Presents! PCXL (Fall 2007) Database Record Download Directly! Scanned By: E-Day Edited By: E-Day Uploaded By: E-Day Subscribe to our New Release Feedburner email!
  18. 1 point
    Retromags Presents! Game Player's Strategy Guide to Nintendo Games Volume 2 Number 6 (December-January 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!  
  19. 1 point
    Sega's Sword of Vermilion (or simply Vermilion, as it's known in Japan) is an action RPG much like Elder Scrolls Skyrim, except for being more primitive, simplistic, and, well...shitty of an order of magnitude so vast as to be difficult to put into words. Enjoy. https://archive.org/details/swordofvermilionattackmanualbook
  20. 1 point
    Fixed this one and I have two findings: 1.) Even though the file was renamed on my own computer to .cbz (confirmed in command line as well), somehow Archive.org is now adding a .cbz.zip to the end of the file name when you access the file on the uploader. I didn't notice it the first time, but I caught it on the prompt and removed the .zip. This is pretty weird since it never used to do that. 2.) At some point I renamed my .cbz file to a different name than the meta.xml file, which probably caused some problems as well.
  21. 1 point
    Retromags Presents! GamePro Issue 201 (June 2005) Database Record Download Directly! Scanned By: E-Day    Edited By: Melki    Uploaded By: E-Day    Donated By: CIVICMINDED Subscribe to our New Release Feedburner email!  
  22. 1 point
    Newest upload [09/10/2019] - Famimaga April 1990 https://archive.org/details/famimagaapril1990_2
  23. 1 point
    Retromags Presents! GamePro Issue 214 (July 2006) Database Record Download Directly! Scanned By: E-Day    Edited By: Melki    Uploaded By: E-Day    Donated By: CIVICMINDED Subscribe to our New Release Feedburner email!  
  24. 1 point
    Retromags Presents! GamePro Issue 198 (March 2005) Database Record Download Directly! Scanned By: E-Day    Edited By: Melki    Uploaded By: E-Day    Donated By: CIVICMINDED Subscribe to our New Release Feedburner email!  
  25. 1 point
    Phantasy Star III is the black sheep of the series (or so they say - I've only played the first two). This guide seems nice, though (although the cover art isn't so good). https://archive.org/details/phantasystariiiofficialguidebook
  26. 1 point
    Retromags Presents! Secrets of the Games Series - Sega Genesis Secrets Volume 2 (1991) Database Record Download Directly! Scanned By: E-Day    Edited By: E-Day    Uploaded By: E-Day    Subscribe to our New Release Feedburner email!  
  27. 1 point
    Retromags Presents! GamePro Issue 197 (February 2005) Database Record Download Directly! Scanned By: E-Day    Edited By: Melki    Uploaded By: E-Day    Donated By: CIVICMINDED Subscribe to our New Release Feedburner email!  
  28. 1 point
    Here's a "cracked" version of PD. PD normally requires that you download a certain amount of "unity" to share with others before you can download or search, but this should let you set any GB amount you want. For how to use it, just google "perfect dark tutorial" and "perfect dark nodes" for the rest. You'll probably need to forward your port too. I have not personally tried it. https://mega.nz/#!F0xAkK7a!PP4xTBGBYx9rwgibSyFaL7NxaV4CkLBdhp9iclFBpwQ
  29. 1 point
    Okay, I found some interesting ones: Famimaga, Hobby Japan and Micom Basic. I'll upload whatever is not already on Archive.org once they are completed. ...but mostly Perfect Dark sucks, a lot of it is bad garbage.
  30. 1 point
    Interesting. I have not heard of Perfect Dark before. I just set it up and will let you know if I find any magazines.
  31. 1 point
    Found it in a collection of Parodius Japanese guide books. A lot of the special issues of Gamest and the later Gamest Mook (GM) series have already been scanned by various people over the years. Issue 64 was SFII, and Issue 106 was Fatal Fury. The scans are pretty good, but when this project gets to these issues they'll be scanned in even higher quality.
  32. 0 points
    No other magazine epitomizes the decline and homogenization of the game industry in Japan moreso than Comptiq, in my opinion. It launched in 1983 and was a magazine exclusively about computer games for over a decade. The issues from this time period are literally the only Japanese magazines I own which are interesting for me to flip through. But sometime around 1994-1997, the magazine began to change. The focus shifted away from computer games and began to focus more on game characters from PC and console titles. The reason being, of course, that it was during that time period that computer gaming died in Japan. In the rest of the world, the PC was making great strides during those years - super VGA, advanced sound cards, and rapidly improving 3d graphics ensured that the PC had at last finally emerged as a technically superior system for gaming over home consoles. But in Japan, the PC never caught on as a gaming system. Windows 95 hit the market and PCs quickly took over as the standard for home and business computing, but computer games remained relegated to the PC-98 computers for the most part, which ceased production in 2000. So it was during that 1994-1997 era, just as PC gaming was exploding in the West, that it began to die in Japan, with the development/release of computer games becoming less and less, and being replaced more and more by cheaply produced cookie-cutter visual novels. Hence, without any "real" games to actually report on, Comptiq switched gears and became a magazine full of illustrations of visual novel characters, similar to Dengeki G's Magazine. Sure, Japan still has consoles. But I can't help but believe that the games industry would be richer overall if computer gaming had survived and not EVERY single game released in Japan had to first be approved by Sony or Nintendo.
  33. 0 points
    I was in contact with someone who claims to have had the entire run of Gamest (amongst others) scanned by a third-party service, but they have no intention of releasing the files to the public. You may be aware of the site http://1dollarscan.com/ which will scan mags and books for a fee. There are dozens of similar sites in Japan - apparently digitizing your collections of books/manga/magazines is a quite common thing for people to do, presumably to clear up room in a country where living space can be expensive. But people keep those scanned files for their personal collections rather than upload them to the Internet at large. That seems to be the way of it in Japan, with only the odd book here and there leaking out someplace. So it's up to sites like ours to create a publicly accessible archive of Japanese publications.