|Genres:||Consoles, Handhelds & Arcade|
|Vivid3D - Who wouldn't want 'Streets of Rage 2' sounding like it was coming at you from all angles!|
|Video JukeBox - Why only have one cart plugged in when you can have 6?|
|InterAct Game Pads - In the 90's everyone was trying to develop the ultimate gaming pad.|
Although the biggest review for a specific console went to the Genesis, Nintendo still got their fair share of top quality game reviews in this issue too (sorry, I am not going to talk any more about 'Beauty & the Beast). The three big winners for the SNES this month are 'Fatal Fury 2', 'Double Dragon - The Shadow Falls' and 'The Death and Return of Superman', each game getting a 2 page spread all with solid scores.
But let's not forget what year this is and what other consoles were in the market still competing for that spot on top of the console podium. Neo Geo got their hands in this month with the 178-Meg 'World Heroes 2 Jet'. the 3DO got 'Jurassic Park Interactive' and 'Out of this World'. Why Jurassic Park got the 2 page article and Out of this World only got 1 page, I can't quite comprehend when the 3DO Jurassic Park wasn't really even a game. But I suppose the movie was still new and people just wanted to get their hands on anything that said 'Jurassic Park'.
Bonk III: Bonk's Big Adventure for the Turbo Duo was given a quick overview but doesn't quite get as much love as other games previously mentioned as GamePro openly stated this is the same game they reviewed 1 year earlier just with a few more levels because of the CD format allowing for that extra storage space. Unfortunately by this time the Turbo Grafx / Duo were on the down hill slope and was only a matter of time before we no longer had 'Turbo' games being reviewed in our favorite magazines.
Sorry Atari fans, no love for the Jaguar in this issue.
I have to admit this is probably one of the best editions of what is now classed as a retro magazine because the further you read, the more surprises you get. Just when you think you are almost at the end of your monthly read (at least before you read it another 10 times throughout the month) you are hit with the 'Special Feature' of the month. And this month is 'Super Metroid' for the SNES (like I needed to tell you that :).
Now obviously the main focus on this fantastic magazine are the game reviews and the heavyweight battle between Sega and Nintendo. But lets not forget about the side dishes that accompany these main meals. Within the first few pages was something that every Game Genie owner was waiting for... The CODES! And it didn't just stop with Game Genie, as you head towards the back of the issue there was S.W.A.T.PRO. Codes and passwords to all your favorite games and not just Game Genie and Action Replay, there was always your fair share of in game passwords there for you to make your gaming just that little bit easier.
In the end this magazine was full of everything you needed from beginning to end and was read religiously by people all over the world.
In preparation for this review, I have gone through this magazine more times than I can count and the amount of content I could talk about feels endless. Magazines like this just do not exist anymore and with so much electronic information out there video game magazines almost seem like the last place you would want to go in order to get your news, reviews & previews. But that is what makes this magazine such an important tool of the time. When magazines were all we really had, everything you could think of that was game related was in that mag. The content just felt so vast but in a good way, especially with a magazine like GamePro that covered all current consoles and arcade there was no shortage of information for our senses. Unfortunately the down side to such comprehensive information is that it's impossible for me to cover all the great stuff that can be found in this issue without me essentially re-writing the magazine cover to cover. But the upside to this problem is that you can go check it out for yourself right now over at http://www.retromags.com/magazines/category/usa/gamepro/
So until next time..... Stay Retro!