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Next Generation Issue 7

ISSUE: 7Content


  • Atari Jaguar
  • Atari Jaguar CD-ROM
  • Atari Jaguar VR (never released)
  • Sega Genesis
  • Sega 32X
  • Sega CD
  • Sega Saturn
  • Super Nintendo Entertainment System
  • 3DO
  • M2 (never released)
  • Hasbro Toaster (never released)
  • CDi
  • Ultra 64 (the eventual Nintendo 64)
  • Virtual Boy
  • PC
  • 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.)


Atari's boss talks back
Sam Tramiel is the president and CEO of Atari Corporation, the company responsible for the Jaguar. Next Generation has been one of Atari's most outspoken critics, but Sam Tramiel isn't afraid of being the underdog and claims he has a secret weapon to beat Sony. ('Atari's President talks back;' seven 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.)

E3: The greatest show on earth
The Electronic Entertainment Exposition (aka E3) took place in LA, May 11 to 13. Next Generation reports back from the front line.

E3: Saturn
Sega's 32-bit system launches early, surprising gamers, the press and (most importantly) Sony.

E3: PlayStation
Sony's hotly-tipped Next Generation console will cost $299 (with no game) at its September 9 US debut.

E3: 3DO
The setting - 3DO at E3: In which Trip Hawkins ensures that M2 is the worst kept secret in videogames (M2 shown)

E3: Jaguar
Atari's Jaguar VR system debuts - but is this the real deal? (Jaguar VR, Jaguar CD-ROM coverage (both shown))

E3: Ultra 64
Delayed until April 1996, Nintendo's 64-bit collaboration with Silicon Graphics waits in the wings. Again. (includes Virtual Boy coverage)

E3: PC
Though(sic) the dim fog of vaporware, a few bright lights guide the growing PC market

Home VR: Hasbro turns up the heat
Hasbro's "Toaster" hardware could revolutionize the home VR market (two pages)

Intel chip "twice as fast as Pentium"
PC performance continues to improve at a dramatic rate.

Saturn plays catch-up
Sega Japan tries to recapture the glory days of Virtua Fighter. (1/2 page; includes 'Konami takes Namco route' (PlayStation based arcade hardware) sidebar)

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

Essential Reading (approx. 1/2 page; book review; 'Phoenix: The Rise and Fall of Home Videogames' by Leonard Herman)

Gaming on the Internet. (online gaming news by Bernard Yee)

Welcome once again to the column that accesses all areas of the videogame development community. (1/2 page; behind-the-scenes news by Mark James Ramshaw)

Datebook (1/2 page; calendar of events)

A news analysis from a key insider on how home videogames affect the international coin-op industry. (misc. arcade news by Marcus Webb)

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3DO: past, present, future
Two years ago, 3DO had the world at its feet: an intriguing business model; the back of heavyweight believers; the claim of a huge leap in graphical performance; and - the trump card - Trip Hawkins in the role of evangelist. Can the glory days of 1993 return? (10 pages, including 1 page 'The 10 Best 3DO Games' and 1 page (each) hardware profiles of the Goldstar 3DO, Sanyo Try, and Panasonic FZ-10)

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Alphas (game previews; 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).)

  • Wipeout (PS; four pages)
  • Highlander (JagCD)
  • Team 47 Goman (PS)
  • Ray Force (Sat)
  • Gunner's Heaven (PS)
  • Demolition Derby (PS)
  • Frankenstein: Through the Eyes of the Monster (Mac)
  • Virtua Racing (Sat)
  • Krazy Ivan (PS)



(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.)


  • Cosmic Race (Japan)
  • Crime Crackers (Japan)
  • King's Field (Japan)
  • Tekken (Japan)


  • Deadalus (Japan)
  • Gotha (Japan)
  • Daytona USA (Japan)


  • D no Shokataku (Japan)
  • The Doraemons (Japan)
  • Iron Angel of the Acocalypse
  • Pretty Soldier Sailor Moon S (Japan)
  • Space Pirates
  • Yuu Yuu Hakusho (Japan)
  • Gex


  • Aircars


  • Fahrenheit
  • Zaxxon's Motherbase 2000
  • RBI '95
  • Shadow Squadron
  • Slam City With Scottie Pippen


  • Chaos Control


  • Casino Tournament of Champions
  • Extractors
  • Hardball IV
  • Jagged Alliance
  • BioForge
  • Jungle Strike
  • Machiavelli the Prince
  • X-COM: Terror From The Deep
  • Maabus
  • Slipstream 5000
  • High Seas Trader


  • Sensory Overload
  • ClockWerx
  • Marathon
  • Master of Orion
  • Star Trek 25th Anniversary Enhanced CD-ROM

Sega CD

  • Mad Dog II: The Lost Gold
  • Surgical Strike


  • Aerobiz Supersonic
  • The Punisher
  • Brett Hull Hockey '95
  • IMG International Tennis
  • Kawasaki Superbike Challenge
  • Pete Sampras Tennis
  • Stargate


  • Chavez II
  • Justice League Task Force
  • NCAA Final Four Basketball


  • Mortal Kombat III


We've had 'em all. Faxes, letters, e-mails, telephone calls, smoke signals - even a message in a bottle. (reader mail; three pages)

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    Title: Next Generation Issue 7
    Month: July
    Year: 1995
    Publisher: Imagine Media
    Editor: Neil West
    Pages: 100
    Price: $4.99 USA, $5.99 Canada
    Country: United States
    Language: English
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