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Diehard GameFan Issue 3

ISSUE: 3Content


  • Sega Genesis (Gen)
  • Sega Mega Drive (MD)
  • Sega CD (SCD)
  • Mega CD (MCD)
  • TurboDuo
  • Turbografx-16 (TG16)
  • PC Engine CD-ROM (PCD)
  • PC Engine Super CD-ROM (PSCD)
  • Super Nintendo Entertainment System (SNES)
  • Super Famicom (SFC)
  • Neo Geo (NG; domestic and/or import)
  • Game Gear (GG; domestic and/or import)
  • Supergrafx
  • arcade


(The following is loosely based on this issue's table of contents. (Notes) and bullet lists are added for clarity.)

(Die Hard Game Fan (aka Game Fan) is notable for featuring significant import game coverage. Many of these imports would never see a domestic release or were altered (in regards to content, game title, etc) before release. This is nothing unusual, but DHGF would often omit pertinent game coverage details such as the game's platform, region, or even a game's title, making the import/domestic status of a game sometimes difficult to identify. This problem improves with later issues. Inferred information (?) is noted, unknown information is common - you have been warned.)

Editorial Zone (editorial; 'Editor's Anthem' by Dave Halverson)

Most Wanted (top lists; 'Top Ten,' 'Most Wanted')

Hocus Pocus (cheats and tips)

  • Sonic 2 (Gen?)
  • Super Monaco GamePro">GP II (MD)
  • Atomic Runner (Gen)
  • Battle Blaze (SFC)
  • Ramna (sic) 1/2 (PSCD) (Ranma 1/2)

Viewpoint (game reviews; four member panel, each with capsule summary and percentage rating; titles listed may be working titles and/or abbreviated; many games reviewed here also include feature reviews elsewhere in the issue)

  • Sega:
    • World of Illusion (Gen)
    • Streets of Rage 2 (Gen)
    • Crue Ball (Gen)
    • Turbo Espirit Challenge (Gen; later reviewed in this issue as Lotus Turbo Challenge)
    • Revenge of Shinobi 2 (Gen; the eventual Shinobi III)
    • Sewer Shark (SCD)
    • Black Hole Assault (SCD)
    • Night Trap (SCD)
    • Chakan (Gen)
    • Road Blasters (SCD; the eventual Road Avenger)
    • Nobunaga (MCD; the eventual Robo Aleste?)
    • Land Stalker (MD) (Landstalker)
    • Super League CD (MCD)
  • Nintendo:
    • Whirlo (SFC)
    • Congo's Caper (SNES)
    • Death Valley Rally (SNES)
    • Firepower 2000 (SNES)
    • Gunforce (SNES)
    • SD Battle SOC (SFC)
    • Battle Clash (SNES?)
    • Q*bert 3 (SNES)
    • Mario Kart (SNES)
    • Mickey's Magical Quest (SNES)
    • Blazers Vs. Bulls (SNES)
    • NBA All Stars (SNES)
  • Turbo:
    • Hit The Ice (TG16)
    • Bonanza Brothers (PCD)
    • Spriggan 2 (PSCD)
    • Spriggan 1 (PCD)
    • Gain Ground (PCD)
  • Neo Geo:
    • Alpha Mission 2
    • Sengoku 2
    • Blues Journey

Sega Sector (Sega related game reviews and previews; Gen unless noted, one page each unless noted, review unless noted)

  • Battletoads (two pages; preview)
  • World of Illusion (two pages)
  • Streets of Rage 2
  • Lotus Turbo Challenge (1/2 page)
  • Crue Ball (1/2 page)
  • The Revenge of Shinobi II (the eventual Shinobi III)
  • The Adventures of Willy Beamish (SCD; preview)
  • Sewer Shark (SCD)
  • Black Hole Assault (SCD)
  • Night Trap (SCD)
  • Annette Again (MCD; 1/2 page preview)
  • Chakan: The Forever Man (1/2 page)
  • Road Blaster FX (SCD; two pages; the eventual Road Avenger)
  • Nobunaga & His Ninja Force (MCD; two pages; the eventual Robo Aleste?)
  • Landstalker (MD; two pages)
  • Super League CD (MCD)
  • Sega Previews (one page; capsule previews of the following)
    • Xenon 2 (Gen?)
    • Junker's High (the eventual Outrun 2019)
    • Risky Woods
    • Deadly Moves
    • Ecco (Gen?)
    • Chuck Rock (SCD)
    • Majin Saga (Gen?)
    • Sonic CD (SCD)

Planet SNES (Nintendo related game reviews and previews; one page each unless noted, review unless noted)

  • Battletoads (SNES; approx. two page preview; the eventual Battletoads in Battlemaniacs)
  • Whirlo (SFC)
  • Congo's Caper (SNES)
  • Road Runner's Death Valley Rally (SNES)
  • Firepower 2000 (SNES)
  • Gunforce (SNES; 1/2 page)
  • SD Battle SOC (SFC; 1/2 page)
  • Q*bert 3 (SNES; 1/2 page)
  • Battleclash (SNES; 1/2 page)
  • Super Mario Kart (SNES; two pages)
  • The Magical Quest Starring Mickey Mouse (SNES; two pages)
  • Bulls vs. Blazers (SNES; 1/2 page)
  • NBA All-Star Challenge (SNES; 1/2 page)
  • Super Nintendo Previews (one page; capsule previews of the following)
    • Albert's Odyessy (sic) (Albert Odyssey)
    • Batman Returns
    • Dead Dance
    • 2020
    • Super Chinese World Part 2
    • Aliens vs. Predator
    • Tiny Toons
    • F-1 Exhaust Heat 2
    • Kitaro's Adventure
    • Hori Commander (SFC control pad)

Turbo Toons (Turbografx-16/TurboDuo related game reviews and previews; one page each unless noted, review unless noted)

  • Hit The Ice (TG16; approx. one page)
  • A Look Inside TurboDuo (one page; Duo system specs and the following capsule game previews)
    • Shadow of the Beast
    • Forgotten Worlds
    • Gate of Thunder
    • Lord of Thunder
    • Jim Power
    • Air Zonk
    • Dungeon Explorer 2
    • Shape Shifter
    • Y's 1 & 2
    • Dragon Slayer
    • Riot City
    • Bonanza Brothers
    • Exile
    • Buster Brothers
    • Shockman
  • Bonanza Bros (PCD)
  • Spriggan Mark 2 (PSCD)
  • Spriggan (PCD)
  • Gain Ground (PCD)
  • Jim Power (PSCD; 1/2 page)
  • Turbo Previews (1/2 page; capsule previews of the following)
    • Gradius Gofer
    • Image Fight 2
    • Cotton (PSCD?)
    • Magicool (PSCD?)
    • Kaiden 00 (PSCD?)

Savage Amusement (Neo Geo related game reviews and previews; one page each unless noted, review unless noted)

  • Alpha Mission II (approx. 1 page; review?)
  • Sengoku 2
  • Blue's Journey (two pages)

New Game Fight Special ('Fight;' seven pages (including interior 'cover') of fighting game coverage (commentary, codes, strategies))

  • Fatal Fury (NG; one page)
  • Power Athlete (Gen,SNES; 1/2 page)
  • Fist of the North Star 6 (1/2 page)
  • Art of Fighting (NG; one page)
  • Street Fighter II (SNES; 1/2 page; Pro Action Replay codes)
  • Battle Blaze (SFC; 1/2 page)
  • Ranma 1/2 2 (1/2 page) (Ranma 1/2 Part 2)
  • Ranma 1/2 (PSCD)
  • Brass Numbers
  • Mortal Kombat (arcade; 1/2 page; strategies)
  • Ultimate Fighter (1/4th page)
  • Final Analysis (1/4th page; percentage review scores for all covered fighting games except Ranma 1/2 2)

Golden Megawards ('Best' awards as judged by four-member panel)

Hands On ('Hand On Portables' by Hands on Harry; two pages of portable gaming coverage (commentary, reviews, previews))

  • Streets of Rage (GG; review)
  • Chuck Rock (GG; review)
  • Prince of Persia (GG; review)
  • Terminator (GG; review)
  • Defender's of the Oasis (GG; import preview) (Defenders of Oasis)
  • ??? (Alien 3?; GG?)

Graveyard (Granzort (Supergrafx) overview; two pages)

Other Stuff (news and speculation; three pages of commentary and screenshots)

Postmeister (reader mail; one page)

The Schedule (game release calendar; one page)

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    Title: Diehard GameFan Issue 3
    Month: January
    Year: 1993
    Publisher: Shinno Media
    Editor: Dave Halverson
    Pages: 84
    Price: $3.95
    Country: United States
    Language: English
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