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Next Generation Issue 9

ISSUE: 9Content

PRIMARY SYSTEMS COVERAGE THIS ISSUE

Sega Genesis

Sega Saturn

Sega CD

Super Nintendo Entertainment System

Neo Geo - Neo Geo CD

Jaguar - Jaguar CD-ROM

3DO

Virtual Boy

PC

Macintosh

Sony Playstation

arcade

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(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.)

(Nintendo's Virtual Boy joins the review section this issue.)

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So which 32-bit system is Electronic Arts betting on?

If EA hadn't backed Sega's fledgling Genesis at the dawn of 16-bit, there might not even be a Sega Saturn now. The question is which 32-bit system is the world's premiere developer backing this time? NEXT Generation talks to EA's VP Bing Gordan to find out. (five page interview)

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News

(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.)

The US Sony PlayStation has landed

On September 9, the world's most powerful videogame system launches in the US for $299. (two pages; includes 'PlayStation: The Release Schedule' and '17 Games At Launch' sidebars)

3DO stays in the 32-bit race

A $100 price cut and rumors of a looming deal with Sega keeps 3DO in the spotlight. (1.75 pages; includes M2 coverage)

Sony vs. Sega: the war continues

As PlayStation launches in the US, Sega and Sony continue the battle for Japan and Europe.

Big players show at Tokyo Toy Expo

This year, Omacha once again showcased new videogames. (1.5 pages; includes Apple Pippin coverage and 'Japanese titles now playing' sidebar)

Escom reveals the Amiga's future

The purchaser of Commodore announces its intentions. (brand coverage)

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

i wish... (approx. 1/4th page; featuring Steve Race, SCEA president)

DataStream (numbers news/trivia sidebar)

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

  • 'The Good, The Bad, and the Bogus: Nathan Lockard's Complete Guide to Video Games' by Nathan Lockard
  • 'The History of Computers: A Family guide of Computer Genealogy' by Les Freed

Joyriding

Fly Confirmed Kill on the Internet. (online gaming news by Bernard Yee)

Arcadia

All of the most pertinent arcade-related news from the leading source in the coin-op business. (misc. arcade news by Marcus Webb)

Generator

You want the skinny from game developers? Get it here. All the inside news, opinions, and gossip - and none of the fluff. (1/2 page; behind-the-scenes news by Mark James Ramshaw)

Datebook (1/2 page; calendar of events)

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Reality Check: the future of VR

While the concept of home VR has been increasingly hyped since Jaron Lanier coined the term "Virtual Reality" in the early 1980s, the hardware never lived up to its expectations. But that's about to change, as powerful new VR machines are heading for your home. ('Virtual Reality: The Miracle Technology;' ten pages; includes 'Book on VR,' VR Style HMD,' and '10 Virtual Reality Games' sidebars)

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Saturn: Sega's battle plan

Saturn has quickly gained a reputation amongst game developers as being a tough machine to work with. But it is also acknowledged that the potential exists within Saturn to surprise its critics. A NEXT Generation report from the development community. ('Sega's plan of attack;' six pages)

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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).)

  • Destruction Derby (PS; five pages)
  • Warhawk: The Red Mercury Missions (PS)
  • Urban Decay (PC; two pages)
  • Solar Eclipse (Sat)
  • Thunderhawk II (Sat/PC/PS)
  • Twisted Metal (PS/PC)
  • The Darkening (PC)
  • Rebel Assault II (PC)
  • Yoshi's Island: Super Mario World 2 (SNES; two pages)
  • Let the games begin (32-bit sports games; three pages)
  • Virtua Cop (Sat)

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Finals

(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.)

PlayStation

  • CyberSled

Saturn

  • Astal (Japan)
  • Battle Monsters (Japan)
  • Bug!
  • Greatest Nine (Japan)
  • Gran Chaser (Japan)

3DO

  • Strahl
  • Syndicate
  • Zhadnost: The People's Party
  • Ballz

Jaguar

  • Blue Lightning CD
  • FlipOut!

Virtual Boy

  • Mario's Dream Tennis (the eventual Mario's Tennis)
  • Space Pinball
  • Red Alarm
  • TeleRoboxer
  • Mario Smash (the eventual Mario Clash)

Neo Geo

  • Rally Chase CD
  • Street Hoop CD
  • World Heroes Perfect

PC

  • B.C. Racers
  • Brutal: Above the Claw
  • Eco: East Africa
  • FX Fighter
  • Star Trek: The Next Generation: A Final Unity
  • The Orion Conspiracy
  • Virtual Pool
  • Flight Unlimited

Macintosh

  • Darryl F. Gates' Police Quest: Open Season
  • Eastern Mind: The Lost Souls of Tong Nou
  • Leisure Suit Larry 6: Shape Up or Slip Out
  • Dark Forces
  • The Lost Mind of Dr. Brain

Sega CD

  • Space Adventure Cobra

Genesis

  • College Football USA 96
  • Demolition Man
  • Dragon: The Bruce Lee Story
  • Head On Soccer

SNES

  • Mega Man VII
  • Primal Rage
  • Swat Kats
  • Chrono Trigger
  • Killer Instinct

Arcade

  • Cyber Cycles
  • Elevator Action II
  • Tekken 2
  • Street Fighter the Movie

corresponding

Letters

Your means of communicating to a nation. Write us a letter, we print it. Instant respect. No, really. (reader mail; two pages)



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    Title: Next Generation Issue 9
    Month: September
    Year: 1995
    Publisher: Imagine Media
    Editor: Neil West
    Pages: 124
    Price: $4.99 USA, $5.99 Canada
    Country: United States
    Language: English
    Votes: 0

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