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Next Generation Issue 5

ISSUE: 5Content


  • Atari Jaguar
  • Sega Genesis
  • Sega 32X
  • Sega CD
  • Sega Saturn
  • Super Nintendo Entertainment System
  • Super Famicom - Satellaview
  • 3DO
  • PC
  • Ultra 64 (the eventual Nintendo 64)
  • 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.)


Can Sony handle the PlayStation?
PlayStation's hardware isn't in question, but does Sony know what to do with it? Has the new kid on the videogame block bitten off more than it can chew? Or is cash all it takes? Sony's boss Steve Race explains why it's not what you do, but the way that you do it. (Six 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.)

US Saturn to launch on September 2
Sega of America announces "Saturnday," and throws down the gauntlet to Sony and Nintendo. (2.5 pages; includes 'Neptune ready for launch' Sega Neptune (shown) mini-sidebar)

Japanese stats give Saturn the edge
New consumer figures show that the PlayStation is running second to Saturn in Japan. (includes 'Jag jets east' sidebar)

Nintendo aims high with "Satellaview"
SFC owners will soon be able to download games via satellite. (1.5 pages; includes 'Ultra 64 hires talent' sidebar)

Parallel technology enters VRcades
A fledgling codeshop takes on the big, Japanese arcade companies (three pages)

Arcade giants do battle at ATEI
Next Generation attends Europe's premier amusement industry show.

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

Advertainment (1/2 page each; "occasional series on the art of video game marketing;" video screen grabs with commentary)

  • "Sega of America's own, in-house commercial for Saturn is only for use at trade events and shows."
  • "...NEXT Generation looks at the Japanese TV ad for the PC-FX."

gaming updates from cyberspace - where talk is cheap (online gaming news by Bernard Yee)

The column that extracts the latest developments, rumors and opinions from the jaws of the video game industry. (1/2 page; behind-the-scenes news by Mark James Ramshaw)

Datebook (1/2 page; calendar of events)

An insider's angle of the arcade business gives you a close-up on changes affecting the games you play. (misc. arcade news by Marcus Webb)

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Ultra 64: the story so far...
While the gaming world looks at Saturn and PlayStation, Nintendo's collaboration with Silicon Graphics is quietly evolving from "Project Reality" (a mere code name) into the real deal. Next Generation separates the facts from the fiction for the story so far. (twelve pages)

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Apple: the ripe stuff
The Apple story is a real-life slice of the American dream; an inspirational start-up that took on the corporate big boys and won (well, some of the time). But now the company is growing up, and its new game/multimedia station could mean crunch time for Apple. (eight pages)

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Alphas (game previews; two pages 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).)

  • Daytona USA (Sat; five pages)
  • Prisoner of Ice (PCCD; three pages)
  • Panzer Dragoon (Sat; four pages)
  • Kingdom: The Far Reaches (PCCD)
  • Jumping Flash (PS; one page)
  • Secret of Evermore (SNES; 3.5 pages)
  • Mechlords: The Inner Circle (PCCD)
  • Cyber Commando (arcade)
  • Chrono Trigger (SNES; one page)



(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.)


  • Kileak The Blood (Japan)
  • Raiden (Japan)


  • Flashback
  • Theme Park
  • Immercenary


  • Burn Out
  • Fight for Life


  • Mortal Kombat II
  • Night Trap
  • Tempo


  • King of Fighters '94
  • Samurai Shodown II


  • Atari Action Pack
  • Mortal Kombat II
  • Descent
  • D-Day: Operation Overlord
  • Diggers
  • Discworld
  • Front Lines
  • Heretic
  • Retribution
  • Dark Forces
  • Virtuoso
  • Word War 5


  • Digi Follies
  • SimTown
  • Spaceward Ho 4.0

Sega CD

  • Dungeon Explorer
  • Keio Flying Squadron
  • Lords of Thunder
  • NBA Hangtime '95
  • Earthworm Jim: Special Edition
  • Wheel of Fortune


  • Bass Masters Classic
  • Battle Frenzy
  • Crusader of Centy
  • Izzy's Quest For The Olympic Rings
  • Lemmings 2: The Tribes
  • NFL Quarterback Club '95
  • No Escape
  • Toughman Contest
  • Coach K College Basketball
  • Wolverine: Admantium Rage


  • Air Cavalry
  • Brett Hull Hockey '95
  • Bust a Move
  • Kirby's Avalanche
  • Metal Warriors
  • Newman/Haas Indycar Featuring Nigel Mansell
  • Spider-Man: The Animated Series
  • Star Trek Starfleet Academy Starship Bridge Simulator
  • Kirby's Dream Course
  • True Lies
  • Warlock


Want to get something off your chest? Here's your chance to speak to a sympathetic(ish) audience. (reader mail; three pages)

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    Title: Next Generation Issue 5
    Month: May
    Year: 1995
    Publisher: Imagine Media
    Editor: Neil West
    Pages: 116
    Price: $4.99 USA, $5.99 Canada
    Country: United States
    Language: English
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