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Next Generation Issue 24

ISSUE: 24Content


  • Sega Saturn
  • Nintendo 64
  • Nintendo 64DD (never released)
  • PC - PC CD-ROM
  • Macintosh
  • Sony Playstation
  • arcade


(The following is loosely based on this issue's table of contents, with select issue excerpts included. Magazine accurate text formatting (lower case headers, etc) purposefully retained. (Notes) and bullet lists are added for clarity.)

(This issue includes a 16 page Ten (Total Entertainment Network) 'special advertising section' and PowerSlave poster.)

(The Disc Edition of this issue includes a PC/Mac compatible CD-ROM with additional content. The disc is mentioned in the 'opening' section of the Disc Edition.)

(CD edition: $7.99 USA, $8.99 Canada; standard edition: $4.99 USA, $5.99 Canada)


Did You Know that Sega was Founded by an American?
It's true. The Japanese gaming giant was actually the brainchild of David Rosen, an American ex-airman trying to make a living after the Korean War. This is his story. (five page interview)



(Original news articles along with regular, recurring news features; one page each unless noted. While original news stories regularly included related sidebars, unrelated sidebars would often be used to fill space as well - these are noted.)

Tokyo Game Show '96: Japan Shows Off
Japan's premiere videogame show offers first look at Sony, Sega, and Nintendo games. (3.5 pages)

Online gaming via Nintendo 64DD?
Nintendo finally acknowledges that Nintendo 64's disk drive add-on may be a Trojan Horse for online gaming. (includes 'Nintendo's Magic Trick' sidebar)

Jamma '96: Konami and Capcom gain ground
Sega and Namco's stranglehold on the world coin-op market shows signs of loosening. (includes 'Seymore Cray dies' sidebar)

(Recurring news features; one page each unless noted:)

Crib sheet (sidebar; 'everything gamers should know, but probably forgot;' 'No. 7 Infocom')

Datastream (sidebar; numbers related news/trivia)

Gaming on the Internet. ('Online Gaming Has A Long Way To Go;' online gaming news by Bernard Yee)

All the latest arcade and coin-op news. (misc. arcade news by Marcus Webb)

In the studio (1/2 page; games in development; from Vic Tokai, CMG, Namco, Square, Trilobyte, Spectrum Holobyte, Sega)

movers & shakers
The business news that affects the games you play. (misc. business news by Christian Svensson)

The issues affecting the way games are made. ('Force Feedback: The Coming "Sense" in Gaming;' behind-the-scenes by George Zachary)

Datebook (1/2 page; calendar of events)

Gadget (1/2 page; 'Peripherals, accessories, gizmos, add-ons, thingies, and stuff')

  • Sidewinder (PC controller)
  • Wireless Pro Controller (PS)
  • Superpad 64 Plus (Nintendo 64">N64 controller)

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The Big Fight - Nintendo 64 vs. PlayStation vs Sega Saturn
Which console is really the best? Which system should you buy? With all three heavyweights finally in the ring, this hockey season will witness the most important battle the game industry has ever fought. NG steps in to referee. (28 pages, including four page intro and the following eight-page sections, each sporting the following sub-sections - a short untitled intro, The Story So Far, Marketing Muscle, Optional Extras, Technology, Tech Specs, Under The Hood, Games, and Conclusion with rating score)

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The Future Sound of Game Music
For years, game music has been nothing but a bland colection of bleeps and blips. This is now changing, as a new generation of musicians take advantage of the storage medium of CDs to open up a bold new aural world. So who's writing the songs? (eight pages, including 'Zion Train: pooling sounds' and 'Interactive music: Header' sections)

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Atari's Historic Road to Nowhere
Atari is dead. Now Don Thomas, the former "Voice of Atari," tells the insider's story of the death of the American company that first started the videogame ball bouncing. (four pages)


Back by popular demand, some of gaming's best art. (six pages)

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Alphas (game previews, sometimes presented as part of a themed overview or interview; one page each unless noted:)

(Next Generation's game previews often varied in scope and size. Smaller previews were usually traditional in presentation, while larger previews often incorporated developer commentary. The largest previews were typically presented as a themed article (focusing on a development studio, accessory, etc) previewing one or more titles and were often accompanied by an interview (noted).)

  • Esoteria 3 (PCCD; three pages)
  • Street Fighter EX (arcade)
  • Clock (PCCD; two pages)
  • Armored Fist 2 (PCCD)
  • Spider (PS)
  • Pitfall 3D (PS; two pages)
  • Shivers II: Harvest of Souls (PCCD)
  • Queen: The Eye (PC)
  • Mr. Tank (PCCD; two pages)
  • Psychic Force (PS)
  • Tenka (PS)
  • Ridge Racer: Grand Prix (PS)
  • Daytona USA: Championship Circuit Edition (Sat)
  • Ecstatica 2 (PCCD; three pages)
  • Duckman (PCCD,PS)
  • Conquest Earth (PCCD)
  • Wonder Project J2 (Nintendo 64">N64)
  • Toshinden 3 (PS)
  • Dark Reign (PCCD)
  • Broken Helix (PS)
  • Independence Day (PS,Sat,PC)
  • Oddworld Inhabitants: Episode I (PS,PCCD; 1.5 pages)
  • Wayne Gretsky's 3D Hockey (arcade; two pages)
  • Dual Heroes (Nintendo 64">N64)



(While all video game magazines make the occasional slip, Next Generation's game review section was especially notorious and/or exceptional for reviewing games never formally released in North America, or were instead eventually released under a different title. In some cases an import title would be reviewed with the domestic release also reviewed in a later issue. Japanese import reviews are noted when known. Reviews were usually 1/8th to 1/4th page in length, though this varied wildly and length was never pre-determined - one page reviews would see print on rare occasions. Higher rated and/or spotlighted games would usually receive more page real estate than lower rated.)


  • Deception
  • Disrupter
  • Soviet Strike
  • Final Doom
  • Formula 1
  • Iron & Blood: Warriors of RavenLoft
  • Madden '97
  • Namco's Museum Volume 2
  • NASCAR Racing
  • Blood Omen: Legacy of Kain
  • NCAA Gamebreaker
  • Perfect Weapon
  • Spot Goes to Hollywood
  • Star Gladiator
  • StarWinder
  • Steel Harbinger
  • Street Racer
  • Tempest X
  • Tobal No. 1


  • Krazy Ivan
  • Fighting Vipers
  • World Series Baseball II
  • Quarterback Club '97
  • Street Fighter Alpha 2
  • 3D Baseball


  • Circle of Blood
  • Links LS
  • The Pandora Directive
  • The Neverhood
  • The Elder Scrolls: Daggerfall
  • NHL '97


  • X-Men Vs. Street Fighter


  • Infocom Masterpieces

Next Generation gamers guide (review score reference guide; 1.5 pages)


Yet more words of wisdom from our dedicated, argumentative, and - yes - smart readers. (reader mail; two pages)

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    Title: Next Generation Issue 24
    Month: December
    Year: 1996
    Publisher: Imagine Media
    Editor: Neil West
    Pages: 292
    Price: see description
    Country: United States
    Language: English
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