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GamePro Issue 3

ISSUE: 3Content

Features:

  • Letter From the Editor (GamePro's going monthly starting in November, dudes! Totally tubular!)
  • The Mail (You write, the Pros respond)
  • The Cutting Edge (new hardware previewed for your pleasure):
    • Hudson Soft's Joycard Sansui SSS controller (NES)
    • Happ Control's Professional Control Pad (NES)
    • Atari Lynx portable system
  • ProClassics (Sega's Fantasy Zone on the Master System gets the ProView treatment this issue.)
  • The Adventures of GamePro (Alex West's adventures in the world of video games continue in Chapter 2: Revelations!)
  • GamePro Reader Survey Contest (Send us your personal information, and you could win a TurboGrafx-16, a couple games, or a t-shirt)
  • Overseas ProSpects (Dragon Spirit for the TG-16)
  • ProNews Report (Taito's "Say Rap, Say Taito, Say Yo!" sweepstakes, Capcom donates games to hospitals, new TG-16 titles announced by NEC, Galaxy of Electronic Games is coming to the San Jose Convention Center, KOEI's recreating the past, and a list of different companies' game counselor help lines)
  • Industry ProFiles (Steve Massey visits Acclaim to interview CEO Greg Fischbach, while Vince Vosti checks in with Konami)
  • ProChallenge Board (Think you've got what it takes to topple the titans? Submit your scores already!)
  • Puzzle Challenge answers

Hot at the Arcades:

  • Cyberball (Atari)
  • Arch Rivals (Bally Midway)
  • Twin Eagle (Taito)

ProViews:

  • 720 Degrees (NES)
  • Phantom Fighter (NES)
  • DuckTales (NES)
  • Dr. Jekyll and Mr. Hyde (NES)
  • Alex Kidd in High Tech World (SMS)
  • Reggie Jackson Baseball (SMS)
  • Wonderboy III (SMS)
  • Phantasy Star (SMS)
  • Karateka (7800)
  • Rampage (7800)
  • World Class Baseball (TG16)

S.W.A.T. (Secret Weapons and Tactics):

  • Fantasy Zone (SMS)
  • Phantom Fighter (NES)
  • Indiana Jones and the Temple of Doom (NES)
  • Action Fighter (SMS)
  • Gauntlet (NES)
  • Zanac (NES)
  • Trojan (NES)
  • Marble Madness (NES)
  • Racket Attack (NES)
  • Adventures of Lolo (NES)
  • Star Force (NES)
  • Bases Loaded (NES)
  • Star Force (NES)
  • Power Strike (SMS)
  • Cyborg Hunter (SMS)

S.W.A.T. Tactics (strategies):

  • Bases Loaded (NES)
  • Lord of the Sword (SMS)
  • Zelda II: The Adventure of Link (NES)
  • Hoops (NES)
  • Black Belt (SMS)
  • Tower Toppler (7800)
  • Airball (7800)
  • Phantasy Star (SMS)
  • Mighty Bomb Jack (NES)

Reader Tips (reader-submitted hints and cheats):

  • Super Pitfall (NES)
  • Super Mario Bros. 2 (NES)
  • Life Force (NES)
  • 1943 (NES)
  • Ikari Warriors II: Victory Road (NES)
  • Enduro Racer (SMS)
  • Transbot (SMS)
  • Alex Kidd in Miracle World (SMS)
  • Alien Syndrome (SMS)
  • Rastan (SMS)

Ask the Pros (readers beg for help, the Pros respond):

  • Metroid (NES)
  • Karnov (NES)
  • Golvellius (SMS)

Ads (in order of appearance):

  • Taito "Say Rap, Say Taito, Say Yo!" Sweepstakes
  • Adventures of Lolo (NES) / Rollerball (NES)
  • Activision's Excellent Nintendo Sweepstakes
  • Air Fortress (NES) / Vegas Dream (NES)
  • Mega Man 2 (NES) / Strider (NES)
  • Bases Loaded (NES)
  • Power Glove (NES)
  • Fester's Quest (NES)
  • World Championship Wrestling (NES)
  • PCGames magazine subscription
  • Bandai Golf: Challenge Pebble Beach (NES) / Monster Party (NES) / Shooting Range (NES) / Dr. Jekyll and Mr. Hyde (NES) / Street Cop (NES) / Wild Boys (NES/Unreleased)
  • TurboGrafx-16 system
  • Toys 'R' Us
  • GamePro-branded merchandise
  • Super Dodge Ball (NES)
  • Bad Dudes (Multiple systems)
  • TAXAN's Star Soldier sweepstakes 
  • Nobunaga's Ambition (NES)
  • GamePro magazine subscription
  • Hudson Joycard Sansui SSS controller (NES) / Adventure Island (NES) / Milon's Secret Castle (NES) / Bomberman (NES) / Adventures of Dino Riki (NES)
  • The Ultimate Game Club mail-order service
  • Sega Genesis hardware
  • Blades of Steel (NES) / Double Dribble (NES) / Track & Field II (NES)

Notable Stuff:

  • Activision is still trying to ruin everybody's day by giving out copies of their games in a sweepstakes.
  • Jeff Westermann of Sacramento, CA wrote in to complain about the lack of Atari 2600 coverage despite there being more 2600 units out there than anything else. This is the 2019 equivalent of someone complaining to Game Informer that they waste too much time on PlayStation 4 stuff when the PlayStation 2 was the best-selling home console of all time. At some point, Jeff, you gotta move on.
  • Happ Control's Professional Control Pad looks like a straight rip-off of Sega's original 3-button Genesis controller, right down to the design of the D-Pad, its black colour scheme, angled button arrangement, and arched design.
  • Sunsoft's design for their Fester's Quest ad gets recycled for other games as well, with only the image on the TV screen and the ad copy changed. It's still the same kid clutching his NES controller, staring into the television.
  • Speaking of rip-offs, TAXAN pillaged their alien artwork from the xenomorphs of "Alien" and "Aliens".
  • It wasn't enough for "The Adventures of GamePro" to rip off The Last Starfighter last issue; now they have to rip off TRON as well.
  • "Wild Boys" was an unreleased game by Bandai. Back in 2015, a test copy of it was found on eBay...having already been gutted to serve as a test cart for Kickle Cubicle.
  • The ProViews of Alex Kidd in High Tech World and Reggie Jackson Baseball are in the Nintendo section for some reason.
  • GamePro just cannot make up their minds about subscription prices: now we're up to $19.97 for twelve issues. What happened to people who paid $13.97 for their subscriptions just two months back? International subscribers need to tack an extra $10 on to that price now, instead of the $5 bump charged two months ago.
  • Greg Fischbach of Acclaim (a company noted for publishing a crap-ton of awful licensed games) has this to say about the company's approach to licensed software: "If the consumer thinks that you've deceived him by using [a] popular license such as Rambo or Wrestlemania, and then haven't been able to follow through with a product that's on it--you only get one chance to do that. [...] Licenses can't just be used willy-nilly." And yet... <_<
  • GamePro mixed up "Taito Software, Inc." with "Taito of America" last issue. Oops!


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    Title: GamePro Issue 3
    Month: September-October
    Year: 1989
    Publisher: IDG Communications
    Editor: LeeAnne McDemott
    Pages: 88
    Price: $3.95
    Country: United States
    Language: English
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