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Electronic Gaming Monthly Issue 15

ISSUE: 15Content


  • Nintendo Entertainment System
  • Nintendo Super Famicom (the eventual Super Nintendo Entertainment System)
  • Nintendo Game Boy
  • Sega Master System II
  • Sega Game Gear
  • Sega Genesis - Mega Drive
  • NEC TurboGrafx-16/Turbo Express
  • NEC TurboGrafx-16 CD Player
  • NEC Super Grafx (SuperGrafx)
  • Atari Lynx
  • SNK Neo Geo

Below is a synopsis of this issue's contents. Game title typos, shorthand, working titles, etc, are maintained for the historical record. Any relevant clarifications and comments are noted (like so). - RetroDefense


(This issue of EGM breaks tradition. Instead of a self-contained, all-encompassing review section, each game review is instead presented with its respective 'Fact File.')

Insert Coin - The Hottest Year Ever For Electronic Gaming by Steve Harris (editorial)

Interface: Letters To The Editor

The Best (And Worst) Of 1990 (awards; featured in TOC)

  • Video Game of the Year - Sega's Strider
  • Best Game of the Year (Nintendo) - Konami's Castlevania 3 (Castlevania III: Dracula's Curse)
  • Best Game of the Year (TurboGrafx-16): NEC's Ninja Spirit
  • Best Hand-Held Game of the Year - Atari's Blue Lightning
  • Best Graphics in a Video Game - Sega's Strider
  • Best BGM and Sound in a Video Game - NEC's Y's Book One and Two (Ys: Books I & II)
  • Best Video Game System - Sega Genesis
  • Best New System of the Year... - NEC's Turbo Express
  • Most Challenging Video Game of the Year - Sega's Phantasy Star 2
  • Best Sports-Themed Game - Sega's Super Monaco GP
  • Best Sequel to an Existing Game - Capcom's Mega Man 3
  • Most Exciting New Theme - NEC's Bonk's Adventure
  • Best RPG Video Game - NEC's Y's Book One and Two (Ys: Books I & II)
  • Best Peripheral of the Year - Galoob's Game Genie
  • Worst Propaganda of the Year - NEC's Turbo vs. Genesis Card
  • Best License of the Year - Acclaim's The Simpson's
  • Worst License - Sega's Buster Douglas Boxing
  • Best Movie to Game - Sunsoft's Gremlins 2
  • Best Ending in a Game - Tecmo's Ninja Gaiden 2
  • Worst Ending in a Game - Sega's Revenge of Shinobi
  • The Most Promising Game Companies - Natsume, Sega, Capcom, Konami, Nintendo
  • Most Lawsuits - Nintendo
  • Worst Move to Game - Acclaim Total Recall
  • Worst Name for a Game - tie - Meldac's Neiankyo Alien, Vic Tokai's Daedalian Opus
  • Worst Name for a Good Game - Hudson's Adventures of Jackie Chan

Gaming Gossip by Quartermann

Electronic Gaming Express

  • Sega Announces Introduction of CD-ROM Interface for Spring, 1991! (1-page; featured in TOC; Sega/Mega CD Unit artist rendition shown. Article claims Alien Storm (shown) will be released on CD, and 'Sega may also package older titles for play at a lower price!' (Phantasy Star 3 shown))
  • EGM Exclusive!! Super Famicom Special (six pages of coverage; featured in TOC; games shown (some with commentary)):


Super Mario Bros. 4 - Super Mario World
(Super Mario World)



Final Fight



Gradius III



Pilot Wings









Big Run



R-Type 2









Super Darius



Super Deformer



Sim City



Dynamite Bombazal






Hole-In-One Golf





EGM Rates The Systems!! (featured in TOC; 1-page system overviews with tech specs and hardware shown, ending with a 2-page review segment similar to EGM's game review system (4-member review panel with capsule commentary and score))

  • Nintendo Entertainment System
  • Sega Master System 2 (Sega Master System II)
  • Sega Genesis
  • NEC TurboGrafx-16
  • Nintendo Gameboy Hand-Held (Game Boy)
  • Atari Lynx Hand-Held
  • NEC Turbo Express Hand-Held
  • NEC Super Grafx (SuperGrafx; never released in the US)
  • SNK Neo-Geo System (Neo Geo)
  • Game Gear Hand-Held

Tricks of the Trade (listed in TOC as 'Top Secret'; tips, tricks and codes)

  • Devil's Crush (TG16)
  • Gremlins 2 (NES)
  • Tombs & Treasures (NES)
  • Thunder Force 3 (Gen)
  • Mega Man 3 (NES)
  • Y's (TG16CD) (Ys: Books I & II)
  • Boulderdash (NES)
  • Lock N' Chase (GB)
  • Valis 2 (TG16CD)
  • Castlevania 3: Dracula's Curse (NES) (Castlevania III: Dracula's Curse)
  • Ninja Spirit (TG16)
  • Bloody Wolf (TG16)
  • Palamedes (NES)

Nintendo Player (NES; 1-page 'Fact File' game overviews, each with 4-member review panel with capsule commentary and scores)

  • Castlevania 3 - Dracula's Curse (Castlevania III: Dracula's Curse)
  • Street Fighter 2010 - The Final Fight
  • TMNT - The Arcade Game (Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles II: The Arcade Game)
  • Gremlins 2: The New Batch
  • Shadow of the Ninja
  • Mega Man 3
  • Flying Warriors

Turbo Champ (TG16 & TG16CD; 1-page 'Fact File' game overviews, each with 4-member review panel with capsule commentary and scores)

  • Ys: Books I & II (TG16CD; here, not formally titled in Fact File)
  • Ninja Spirit (TG16)
  • Legendary Axe 2 (TG16)

Outpost: Genesis (1-page 'Fact File' game overviews, each with 4-member review panel with capsule commentary and scores)

  • E-SWAT - City Under Sieige!(sic)
  • Fire Shark
  • Insector-X
  • Phelios

Review Crew (collection of Review Crew review scores from the past 15 issues of EGM)

Top Score Club (listed in TOC as 'Team High Scores;' scores leaderboard)

Game Over! - Batman (NES; spoiler alert!)

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    Title: Electronic Gaming Monthly Issue 15
    Month: October
    Year: 1990
    Publisher: Sendai Publishing
    Editor: Steve Harris
    Pages: 92
    Price: $3.95/$4.95 Canada/£2.50
    Country: United States
    Language: English
    Votes: 0

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