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Electronic Gaming Monthly Issue 21

ISSUE: 21Content


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

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


Insert Coin - The Power Of Rumors... by Steve Harris (editorial)

Interface (letters column)

Electronic Gaming Review Crew (4-member panel game reviews; each review includes a screenshot, short game summary and four capsule reviews with commentary & score, with the combination encompassing 1/3rd of a page)

  • Double Dragon 3 (NES) (Double Dragon III: The Sacred Stones)
  • Star Tropics (NES) (Startropics)
  • Ikari 3 (NES) (Ikari III: The Rescue, Ikari Warriors III: The Rescue)
  • Magic Darts (NES)
  • War on Wheels (NES)
  • Klash Ball (NES)
  • Totally Rad (NES)
  • Shadow Dancer (Gen)
  • Sagaia (Gen)
  • Fatal Labyrinth (Gen)
  • Valis 3 (Gen) (Valis III)
  • Flicky (Gen)
  • R-Type (GB)
  • Mickey's Dangerous Chase (GB)
  • Hunt for Red October (GB) (The Hunt for Red October)
  • Mysterium (GB)
  • Blockout (Lynx)

Gaming Gossip by Quartermann

Electronic Gaming Express

  • Data East Introduces New Generation of Arcade Games! (hardware, game screenshot (Thunderstorm) shown)
  • Nintendo and Sony to Introduce Super Fami CD-ROM This Year!

Next Wave (capsule game previews)

  • S.C.A.T. (NES)
  • Laser Invasion (NES)
  • The Lone Ranger (NES)
  • Raiden (Gen) (Raiden Trad)
  • PGA Tour Golf (Gen)
  • Space Invaders '91 (Gen)
  • James Pond (Gen)
  • Sonic the Hedgehog (Gen)
  • Battle World (NeoGeo)
  • Street Fighter 2 (arcade) (Street Fighter II)

Tricks of the Trade (tips, tricks and codes)

  • Strider (Gen)
  • Micheal(sic) Jackson's Moonwalker (Gen) (Michael Jackson's Moonwalker)
  • GI Joe (NES) (G.I. Joe)
  • Mega Man 3 (NES) (Mega Man III)
  • Silver Surfer (NES)
  • Tecno Cop (Gen) (Technocop)
  • Ms. Pac Man (Lynx) (Ms. Pac-Man)
  • Rampage (Lynx)
  • Tiger Road (TG16)
  • Mega Man (NES; actually, Mega Man III)
  • Sword of Sodan (Gen)
  • Roadblasters (Lynx)
  • Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles 2 (NES) (Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles II: The Arcade Game)

Micro Gaming - The Ultimate Portable Video Game Magazine (billed as a magazine-bound-in-magazine insert, complete with cover and TOC)

  • Game Gear Now In U.S.! - New Softs For New System! (2-page overview; includes product & package shots, tech specs; TV Tuner, AC Adapter, Car Adapter, Gear-to-Gear Cable, Rechargeable Battery; game screenshots: Columns, Super Monaco GP, G-LOC, Psychic World, Castle of Illusion, Dragon Crystal, Revenge of Drancon, Leader Board Golf, Joe Montana Football, Shinobi)
  • Mega Man - Dr. Wily's Revenge (GB; 2-page overview) (Mega Man in Dr. Wily's Revenge)
  • R-Type (GB; 2-page overview)
  • Pacman (GB; 1-page overview) (Pac-Man)
  • Atari Adventure (17 page insert; see full breakout below)
  • Rolan's Curse (GB; 1-page overview)
  • Ultima: Runes of Virtue (GB; 1-page overview)
  • Portable Next Wave (GB; capsule game previews)


Caesars Palace





Final Fantasy Legend 2



Burgertime Deluxe



WWF Superstars



Fish Dude



Tail 'Gator



Maru's Mission



Crystal Quest



Faceball 2000



NBA All-Star Challenge



Skate or Die: Tour De Thrash



The Punisher



Fastest Lap



Hunt for Red October


(The Hunt for Red October)





Spud's Adventure



Jet Pack



  • International Outlook - Handheld Special! - Sega Backs GG With New Carts. Third Party Licensees Are Readying New Softs! (capsule game previews)




World Ice Hockey




Woody Pop




Pac Man


(GG) (Pac-Man)


Pro Baseball '91




Kinetic Connection




International Outlook - Super Famicom takes Japan by Storm!! Dozens of New SF and Mega Drive Softs Coming Soon! (capsule game previews)



  • Verytex (MD)
  • Heavy Unit (MD)
  • Wanders From Y's (PCECD) (Wanders From Ys)

The Super Famicom Times (capsule game previews)

  • Dragon Quest 5
  • Goemon
  • Actraiser

Behind The Screens at Bullet-Proof Software - "Taking On Tetris With The Power Of Licensing" (three-page behind-the-scenes)

Arcade Alley - The Simpsons


Nintendo Player (NES; 2-page game overviews)

  • Indiana Jones and the Last Crusade
  • Totally Rad

Sega Masters (two pages of SMS news)

  • The Master System 2: Affordable Gaming For The 90's (SMS II hardware shown)
  • Hot Titles Just Released! (screenshots; Mickey Mouse, Ghouls 'n Ghosts, Moonwalker, Dick Tracy, Joe Montana Football, Super Monaco GP, Columns)
  • More New Titles Coming Soon! (capsule game previews with screenshots)




Golden Axe Warrior







Pat Riley Basketball




Turbo Champ (TG16CD; 2-page game overview)



  • Sherlock Holmes: Consulting Detective

Outpost: Genesis (1-page game overviews, unless noted)

  • Abrams Battle Tank
  • Flicky
  • Sagaia (2-page)

U.S. National Video Game Team's Super Play - Shadow of the Ninja (NES; five page strategy guide)

Top Score Club (listed in TOC as 'High Scores')

Game Over! - Castlevania III: Dracula's Curse (NES; spoiler alert!)



(This issue of EGM includes a multi-page, 'Atari Adventure' bound insert. This insert was commissioned by Atari from Sendai Publications (then publisher of EGM) and printed in various magazines, all the while containing a "GAMEPRO SUCKS" message hidden within the Cyberball game overview.)


Meet The $99 Atari Lynx! (two-page remodeled system overview; portable tech spec comparison; accessories)

The Hottest Games For The Hottest Hand-Held Around!! (1/8th page game overviews)

  • Blue Lightning
  • Chip's Challenge
  • Electrocop
  • Gates of Zendocon
  • Gauntlet: The Third Encounter
  • Klax
  • Rampage
  • Roadblasters
  • Ms. Pac-Man
  • Paperboy
  • Robo-Squash
  • Rygar
  • Shanghai
  • Slime World
  • Xenophobe
  • Zarlor Mercenary

Ninja Gaiden (two-page overview)

Tournament Cyberball (two-page overview)

Block Out (two-page overview)

More Hot Titles Coming In 1991!!! (capsule game previews)

  • Hard Drivin'
  • Rolling Thunder
  • Hockey
  • NFL Football
  • Stun Runner
  • World Class Soccer
  • Turbo-Sub
  • Vindicators
  • Toki
  • Warbirds
  • Hydra
  • 720
  • Robotron
  • Scrapyard Dog
  • A.P.B.
  • Casino
  • Pacland
  • Basketbrawl
  • Xybots
  • Bill & Ted's Excellent Adventure
  • Golf
  • Checkered Flag
  • Viking Child
  • Grid Runner
  • Geo Duel
  • Crystal Mines 2
  • Fidelity Ultimate Chess

Notable Stuff:

  • The preview for Tournament Cyberball on pages 8-9 of the "Atari Adventures" mini-magazine supplement contains a hidden message. Read the first letter of each sentence to find out what EGM thought of their closest competition back in the day.
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    Title: Electronic Gaming Monthly Issue 21
    Month: April
    Year: 1991
    Publisher: Sendai Publishing
    Editor: Steve Harris
    Pages: 148
    Price: $3.95/$4.95 Canada/£2.50
    Country: United States
    Language: English
    Votes: 0

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