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Next Generation Issue 8

ISSUE: 8Content


  • Sega Genesis
  • Sega 32X
  • Sega Saturn
  • Super Nintendo Entertainment System
  • Super Famicom
  • Neo Geo
  • 3DO
  • Ultra 64 (the eventual Nintendo 64)
  • Virtual Boy
  • PC
  • Macintosh
  • Windows 95
  • 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, Next Generation drops Release Date information from their game review section.)


Howard Lincoln: Why the hell has Nintendo delayed Ultra 64?
Of all the Next Generation game systems, Nintendo's Ultra 64 is the hottest box of silicon still in development. But with Saturn already "out there" and PlayStation set to break all sales records this fall, how can Nintendo afford to keep Ultra 64 in the wings? (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.)

Microsoft comes out to play
Windows 95 - the one-step answer to DOS that can unlock the PC's gaming potential. (two pages)

US giant takes stake in PC's future
Lockheed enters graphics battle with $180 Real3D processor. (1.5 pages)

Virtual Boy: Nintendo names the day
August 14 - mark the date in red for Nintendo's latest system launch.

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

Essential Reading (1/2 page; book reviews:)

  • 'Playing MUDs on the Internet' by Rawn Shaw and James Romine
  • 'Computer Gamer's Survival Guide' by Cy Tymony

Multiplayer driving with NASCAR Racing. (online gaming news by Bernard Yee)

Inside news analysis from the world of coin-ops. (misc. arcade news by Marcus Webb)

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Sega Saturn: What the TV commercials don't tell you
You've seen the TV commercials, now read the facts. Since Sega's surprise release of Saturn on May 11, Next Generation has been inundated with questions from gamers wanting the real story behind Sega's $50 million marketing blitz. Here are the answers. ('Sega Saturn: You've watched the TV commercials... Now read the facts;' seven pages; series of Qs and As; includes 'Sega Saturn: tech specs' and 'Sega Saturn Official US Release Schedule' sidebars)

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Japanese RPGs: coming to a games machine near you
Did Mortal Kombat and Doom really take over the world? Not quite. Japan remained uncontaminated by the outbreak of gore fever that engulfed the Western world, and instead continued playing its favorite game genre: the RPG. And now they're coming to America. ('Played in Japan - The next wave of Far Eastern RPGs;' six pages; running commentary with focus on Arc The Lad (PS), Riglord Saga (Sat), Seiken Densetsu 3 (SFC), and Micro Cabin (3DO))

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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).)

  • Bullfrog (company profile with various PC and PS games previewed; three pages)
  • Head to Head (PS link-up games with a focus on Destruction Derby; four pages)
  • Vectorman (Gen; two pages)
  • Duke Nukem 3D (PC)
  • Shin Shinobi Den (Sat) (the eventual Shinobi Legions)
  • Wing Arms (Sat)
  • Terminal Velocity (PC)
  • Warcraft II: Tides of Darkness (PC)
  • Air Combat (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.)


  • Gunner's Heaven
  • Jumping Flash!
  • Power Baseball


  • Worldwide Soccer
  • Myst
  • Pebble Beach Golf Links
  • Tama (Japan)


  • Hell: a Cyberpunk Thriller
  • Icebreaker
  • Trip'D
  • Slam 'n' Jam '95


  • NBA Jam Tournament Edition
  • WWF Raw

Neo Geo

  • Double Dragon
  • Fatal Fury 3
  • Savage Reign
  • The Next Glory, Super Side Kicks Three


  • Blood Bow
  • The Daedalus Encounter
  • Jewels of the Oracle
  • The Pure Wargame, Vol. 1: Death From Above
  • 1830: Railroads and Robber Barons
  • Lost Eden
  • SuperKarts
  • Tank Commander
  • Cannon Fodder


  • Load(sic) Runner: The Legend Returns (Lode Runner)
  • Syndicate
  • Theme Park


  • The Adventures of Batman & Robin
  • Comix Zone
  • Deep Space Nine
  • Hardball '95
  • Justice League Task Force
  • Judge Dredd
  • Triple Play Baseball
  • Wayne Gretzky And The NHLPA All-Stars


  • International Super Star Soccer
  • Judge Dredd
  • Romance of the Three Kingdoms IV
  • Kyle Petty's No Fear Racing
  • Sterling Sharpe: End 2 End
  • Super Bases Loaded 3: License to Steal


  • Air Combat 22
  • Sega Rally Championship


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    Title: Next Generation Issue 8
    Month: August
    Year: 1995
    Publisher: Imagine Media
    Editor: Neil West
    Pages: 100
    Price: $4.99 USA, $5.99 Canada
    Country: United States
    Language: English
    Votes: 0

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