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 on: January 28, 2017, 06:04:16 AM 
Started by meppi - Last post by meppi

Today we return to the Official Sega Magazine with issue 18,
where we get some more glimpses at the upcoming Sega Saturn games
as well as a couple of top Mega Drive gems.
Our preview for this issue starts of with a feature on Alien Soldier for the Mega Drive,
followed by the review for it as well.
Then we take a look at two brilliant SNK fighting classics
that made their way over to the Mega CD: Samurai Shodown and Fatal Fury Special.
Before we move on to the Saturn games, we take a closer look at the review of Knuckles' Chaotix for the 32X.
Now we turn our attention to Astal and Cyber Speedway, both on the Sega Saturn,
before finishing up with a showcase on the arcade version of Virtua Fighter 2.

Official Sega Magazine 18 - june 1995 (UK)

Alien Soldier (Mega Drive showcase)
Alien Soldier (Mega Drive review)
Samurai Shodown (Mega Drive showcase)
Fatal Fury Special (Mega Drive Showcase)
Knuckles' Chaotix (32X Showcase)
Astal (Saturn Showcase)
Cyber Speedway (Saturn Showcase)
Virtua Fighter 2 (Arcade Showcase)

The Maximum Resolution version (2560px) can be downloaded here.
The Tablet version (1600px) can be downloaded here.
The iPod/iPhone version (1136px) can be downloaded here.

 on: January 26, 2017, 06:03:50 PM 
Started by meppi - Last post by meppi
This beautiful out of print book is getting a reprint thanks to the recently launched Kickstarter campaign.


The book

Sega Mega Drive/Genesis: Collected Works is the ultimate retrospective of Sega's famed 16-bit console, featuring development and concept illustrations for the platform's best-loved game franchises, original developer interviews and previously unseen hardware production plans. Much of the visual material – drawn from the Sega of Japan archives – has never been released before.

The book, an elaborately produced and meticulously designed publication, was released in 2014 to huge critical acclaim and is now sadly out of stock. We regularly receive requests to reprint the title, so we are looking to fund a second production run to ensure the title remains in print.


Alongside an exhaustive visual tour of Sega's Mega Drive/Genesis archives is ‘Arcade Perfect’, a written history of the console and its legacy by Guardian Games Editor Keith Stuart, which features the voices of Sega executives and industry luminaries – including the company’s founder David Rosen, its president Hayao Nakayama, Sega of America CEO Tom Kalinske and many more. The book opens with a foreword by legendary developer David Perry, on the console that catalysed his career.

Concluding the book are 28 specially-conducted interviews with original Sega developers and team members, including Naoto Ohshima (Sonic The Hedgehog), Yu Suzuki (Space Harrier), Greg Johnson & Mark Voorsanger (ToeJam & Earl), Makoto Uchida (Golden Axe) and Yuji Naka (Sonic The Hedgehog).

Tons of artwork from Mega Drive games, the original design sheets for the Japanese system. Pictures of prototype hardware and peripherals. As well as a bunch of exclusive interviews.

For a video that gives a nice look into the book, check this one: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=d7APfUiSwOo&feature=youtu.be

I've already pledges to get my copy! Smiley

 on: January 23, 2017, 05:23:54 AM 
Started by meppi - Last post by meppi
Thanks. Smiley
I wasn't able to get the update ready for the Official Sega Magazine issue 18 this weekend, so it should be ready by the end of this week instead. It's a really good one as well! Smiley

I'm actually really hyped for the new Nintendo system.
It's looking like it'll be a much more powerful Vita, but with full Nintendo first party support.
I loved my Vita to bits, still do actually. So many niche games that it got as well as a ton of indie games.

The new Zelda at launch got me really hyped, and Splatoon 2 as well Xenoblade 2 is enough to get me to buy it day one.
Then there's Puyo Puyo Tetris by Sega which is fantastic. (Already imported the PS4 and Vita versions) and finally a real Sonic game again. Smiley
Looks like it will be getting a ton of indie games from the very start as well.

Little preview of the announced games so far.

 on: January 23, 2017, 04:17:51 AM 
Started by meppi - Last post by sblack
Hi Meppi, another awesome scan!!!!!!!!! Looking forward to reading this, what is there not to love Street Fighter Alpha 2 Cool Now I'm sure you know there's a reboot on the Nintendo Switch, but for some reason I'm not feeling this console........ If only Sega made a comeback Cry

 on: January 14, 2017, 09:24:18 AM 
Started by meppi - Last post by meppi

This week jump ahead about a year and dive into the remastered version
of the Official Sega Saturn Magazine issue 13 from November 1996.
For fans of arcade games, there is a ton of content in this particular issue.
Starting with a feature on Real Bout Fatal Fury by SNK and X-Men vs Street Fighter by Capcom.
Then we have Virtual On Cyber Troopers for the Sega Saturn as well as an interview with AM#2 on Fighting Vipers.

Official Sega Saturn Magazine 13 - november 1996 (UK)

Real Bout Fatal Fury
X-Men vs Street Fighter
Virtual On Cyber Troopers
Fighting Vipers

The Maximum Resolution version (2560px) can be downloaded here.
The Tablet version (1600px) can be downloaded here.
The iPod/iPhone version (1136px) can be downloaded here.

 on: January 07, 2017, 11:39:45 AM 
Started by meppi - Last post by meppi

We start of the new year with the remastered edition of the Official Sega Saturn Magazine 2.
As always, this new edition has been cleaned up considerably and has quite a few improvements over the old version which was released in 2011.
The colour correction makes it look much closer to the original magazine for instance.
And everything from the text to possible spots and speck of dust that might have been visible
in the old release are cleaned up in this latest version.
As a preview of this issue we have a couple of articles picked out as usual.
These include showcases for Vitua Cop, Virtua Fighter 2, X-Men Children of the Atom, and Firestorm Thunderhawk 2.

Official Sega Saturn Magazine 2 - december 1995 (UK)

Virtua Cop
Virtua Fighter 2
X-Men Children of the Atom
Firestorm Thunderhawk 2

The Maximum Resolution version (2560px) can be downloaded here.
The Tablet version (1600px) can be downloaded here.
The iPod/iPhone version (1136px) can be downloaded here.

 on: January 04, 2017, 05:23:13 AM 
Started by meppi - Last post by meppi
No problem. Smiley

I'm still not 100% but I'm certainly better than before.
Sadly, my vacation time is over as well so I'm back at work and thus have very little time to work on magazines.

I scanned quite a few issues during my break, OSM 17-22 are now fully scanned for instance, as is Mean Machines Sega up to issue 9 and NGamer up to issue 11.
Already started working on OSSM 21 and Super Play 13, and finished up the remaster of OSSM2 as well as 13. About 1/3 through the remaster of Sega Pro 1.
Official Sega Magazine 18 is coming along nicely and needs only 20 pages edited to be complete.

So the next couple of weeks should be interesting for releases I think.
Naturally the brand new ones will be a bit slow, but I've now got a couple of remasters lined up to put up back to back. Smiley

 on: January 03, 2017, 06:15:58 AM 
Started by meppi - Last post by sblack
Many thanks for re-upping Official Sega Magazine 2 - february 1994 (UK) (REMASTERED) Smiley I have lots of catching up to do. Keep the Sega love coming Grin P.S. Hope you're feeling better!!

 on: December 12, 2016, 05:28:10 AM 
Started by meppi - Last post by meppi
I have actually been taking it kind of easy for the last couple of weeks. Wink

Right now I'm sick at home for the second week with a stomach bug, so I haven't been able to do much of anything.
But I've been scanning a couple of magazines here and there and slowly putting them back together.
So when I'm better, I look forward to getting OSM18 completed as well as finishing the remastered edition of OSSM2 and Dreamcast Magazine 2.

 on: December 11, 2016, 10:36:02 PM 
Started by meppi - Last post by RedTop
Oh wow, you've been busy! Time to catch up on my downloads!

Thanks again, your effort is massively appreciated. Smiley

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