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Electronic Gaming Monthly Issue 85

ISSUE: 85Content


Sega Genesis
Sega Saturn
Sony PlayStation
SNK Neo Geo
Sega Game Gear
Nintendo Game Boy
Super Nintendo Entertainment System
M2 (never released)
Nintendo 64


(The following is a summary of table of contents excerpts with relevant (notes) and bullet lists added for clarity.)

Cover Story: Street Fighter Alpha 2
Capcom brings another version of their mega-popular fighting game home. You'll find old favorites along with new tricks in SFA2! (two pages)


Insert Coin
Our editor reminisces about the past and ponders the future. (editorial by Ed Semrad)

Press Start
The news that's making headlines in the world of video games. (news section; 4.5 pages)

  • Reality Check - Consoles Face Long Road Ahead in Quest for True 3-D Gameplay (virtual reality in gaming; Jaguar VR shown)
  • Tidbits... (running sidebar; misc. capsule news stories)
  • Nintendo 64">N64 Top 10 List (ten facts you might not know)
  • Saturn Dials Up Xband Service (Xband service for USA and Japan; compatible with Saturn NetLink)
  • For Your Viewing Pleasure - Samsung Engineers 'Dream' TV (GXTV)

Review Crew
A no-holds barred critique of gaming's latest releases. (four pages of game reviews; each review includes four individual game reviews, each with capsule commentary and scale 10 score)

  • Gun Griffon (Sat)
  • Bugs Bunny In: Double Trouble (Gen)
  • Shockwave Assault (Sat)
  • Bogey: Dead 6 (PS)
  • Bust-A-Move 2 (PS)
  • SimCity 2000 (PS)
  • Space Hulk (PS)
  • Ninja Masters (NeoGeo)
  • Casper (3DO)
  • Iron Man & X-O Manowar In: Heavy Metal (GG)
  • Dragonheart (GB)

Gaming Gossip
THE inside source on the gaming industry from Q-Mann. (one page; rumors and speculation)

Quartermann's Cheat Sheet - Battle Arena Toshinden 2 (two pages; move list; this feature may be limited to EGM subscription issues only)

Tricks Of The Trade
Want a power trip? Check out the hottest cheats here. (six pages)

  • Solar Eclipse (Sat)
  • Guardian Heroes (Sat)
  • Agile Warrior F-111X (PS)
  • Super Mario RPG (SNES)
  • PO'ed (PS)
  • Slam 'N Jam '96 (PS)
  • Bust A Move 2 (PS)
  • Return Fire (PS)
  • Resident Evil (PS)
  • Night Warriors: Darkstalkers' Revenge (Sat)
  • King Of Fighters '95 (Sat)
  • Vectorman (Gen)
  • Battle Arena Toshinden Remix (Sat)
  • Pocahontas (Gen)
  • Street Fighter Alpha 2 (arcade)

(Game Shark Codes:)

  • NBA Shoot Out (PS)
  • PO'ed (PS)
  • Resident Evil (PS)
  • Shell Shock (PS)
  • Galactic Attack (Sat)
  • Iron Storm (Sat)
  • Wing Arms (Sat)

Next Wave
Get a sneak peek at upcoming titles for all systems. (game previews; two pages each unless noted; each preview includes 'Gamer's Edge' (strategies) and 'Behind The Scenes' (interviews) sidebars)

  • Dragon Force (Sat)
  • Loaded (Sat)
  • Gun Griffon (Sat)
  • Shockwave Assault (Sat)
  • Dark Forces (PS)
  • Bogey: Dead 6 (PS)
  • Blast Chamber (PS)
  • Iron and Blood: Warrior of Ravenloft (PS)

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Next Wave Protos
Exclusive first-looks at games on the horizon. (game previews; approx. 1/3rd - 1/2 page each)

  • Clayfighter 3 (PS)
  • Star Trek: Starfleet Academy (PS)
  • Power Rangers Zeo: Battle Racers (SNES)
  • Virtual Pro Pinball (PS,Sat)
  • Powerslave (PS,Sat)
  • Iron & Blood (M2)
  • VF Kids (Sat)
  • MTV's Slam Scape (PS)
  • Marvel 2099 (PS)
  • Magic Knight Rayearth (Sat)
  • Dark Savior (Sat)
  • The Divide: Enemies Within (PS)
  • Dark Rift (Nintendo 64">N64)
  • Power Rangers Zeo Pinball (PS)
  • Three Dirty Dwarves (Sat)
  • discworld 2 (PS)
  • World Heroes Perfect (Sat)
  • Tetris (Sat)
  • Prince of Persia 2 (SNES)
  • Chaos In Lemmingland (PS)
  • Incredible Hulk (PS,Sat)
  • Fighting Vipers (Sat)

Team EGM
Previews and reviews for sports gamers. (8.5 pages; game preview unless noted)

  • EA Sports and Tony Gwynn Team Up To Blast One Out Of The Ballpark (Team EGM intro commentary; includes 'Quick Shots' screenshot preview sidebar; Aaron vs. Ruth, Hardcore 4x4, Mindscape Golf)
  • Madden 97 (PS)
  • Face To Face with Tony Gwynn (interview)
  • Tecmo World Gold (PS)
  • Supersonic Racers (PS; 1/2 page)
  • Grand Slam (PS; 1/2 page)
  • Burning Road (PS; 1/2 page)
  • The Final Round (PS)
  • NCAA Basketball: Final Four '97 (PS; 1/2 page)
  • NCAA Football: Saturday Showdown (PS; 1/2 page)

Box Score
(reviews; 1/4th page each with two-panel review commentary plus scale 10 score:)

  • Adidas Power Soccer (PS)
  • Big Hurt Baseball (PS)
  • NBA Action (Sat)
  • World Series Baseball '96 (Gen)

An open forum for readers' questions and concerns. (letters and fanart column; three pages)


Big Names And Big Games At Japan's Toy Show (two pages; 'Japan's Toy Show')
Sega comes out in full force, along with Capcom, Namco, Taito and SNK for Japan's recently held Tokyo Toy Show. The big hit of the show as a preview of Virtua Fighter 3. Attendees also got their hands on SFA2 for the Super NES, PlayStation and Saturn. Plus, a peek at games you may find under your Christmas tree this year.

"Old games are coming back... jumping on the retro bandwagon."

Williams Gears Up For The Future Of Gaming (four pages; 'Williams Prepares For A New Era!")
Get the inside story on the projects arcade giant Williams has been working on. The company's Andrew Hoolan visited our offices and brought everything from MK Trilogy to Final Doom! The big shocker was to hold an actual Nintendo 64 in our hands. Check out the games and Andy's thoughts on the industry.

"If you don't listen to to the consumer, you will not evolve."

Gamers Will Flip For Sony's Furry New Hero! (four pages; 'Welcome To The Jungle')
The question all America is talking about: What is a Bandicoot? Four pages of exclusive coverage on Sony's new marsupial. We give you interviews and plenty of insight into the game, not to mention character pictures and screen shots.

"One badly aimed leap will land Crash all wet and all dead."

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    Title: Electronic Gaming Monthly Issue 85
    Month: August
    Year: 1996
    Publisher: Ziff Davis
    Editor: Ed Semrad
    Pages: 116
    Price: $4.99 USA, $6.50 Canada
    Country: United States
    Language: English
    Votes: 0

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