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Electronic Gaming Monthly Issue 1

ISSUE: 1Content

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)


  • 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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    Title: Electronic Gaming Monthly Issue 1
    Month: May/June
    Year: 1989
    Publisher: Sendai Publishing
    Editor: Steve Harris
    Pages: 68
    Price: $3.95
    Country: United States
    Language: English
    Votes: 0

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