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Mean Machines Issue 1 - October 1990

Mean Machines Issue 1 - October 1990

Issue Summary

This was it - the very first issue of what would prove to be one of the greatest videogames magazines ever produced! Not that the first issue would give you any indication of this - it was very rough around the edges, with mistakes aplenty, chunks of missing text and some rather questionable design choices. Still, most of these problems were sorted out by issue two. Gary Harrod's excellent cover artwork is one of the high points of the issue.

The main focus of the issue was Sega's shiny new Megadrive console. With Golden Axe, Ghouls 'n' Ghosts and Revenge of Shinobi leading the way, the Megadrive was picking up some very positive scores for its software. The News section revealed the upcoming threat to Sega's 16-bit box of tricks, however - the new Nintendo console, the Super Famicom. The article wrongly reports that the machine will be backwards-compatible with all NES software. Hey, it would have been nice.

However, Sega's new console wasn't taking all the glory. The veteran Master System also weighed in with some extremely respectable scores.


Reviews Summary

Nintendo Entertainment System
Game TitlePDFGenrePublisherScore
Bionic CommandoRead Original Review PDF for Bionic CommandoPlatform GameCapcom81%
Double Dragon 2Read Original Review PDF for Double Dragon 2Beat 'Em UpAcclaim80%
Life ForceRead Original Review PDF for Life ForceShoot 'Em UpKonami86%
Silent ServiceRead Original Review PDF for Silent ServiceSimulationUltra82%
Skate or Die!Read Original Review PDF for Skate or Die!Sports GameUltra78%
Super Mario Bros. 2Read Original Review PDF for Super Mario Bros. 2Platform GameNintendo89%
Teenage Mutant Ninja TurtlesRead Original Review PDF for Teenage Mutant Ninja TurtlesPlatform GameKonami90%
Sega Master System
Game TitlePDFGenrePublisherScore
GauntletRead Original Review PDF for GauntletArcade ConversionUS Gold92%
Impossible MissionRead Original Review PDF for Impossible MissionPlatform GameUS Gold94%
Indiana Jones and the Last CrusadeRead Original Review PDF for Indiana Jones and the Last CrusadePlatform GameUS Gold85%
PaperboyRead Original Review PDF for PaperboySports GameUS Gold85%
Summer GamesRead Original Review PDF for Summer GamesSports GameSega41%
Wonderboy 3 - The Dragon's TrapRead Original Review PDF for Wonderboy 3 - The Dragon's TrapRole PlayingSega95%
Sega Megadrive
Game TitlePDFGenrePublisherScore
Ghouls 'n GhostsRead Original Review PDF for Ghouls 'n GhostsPlatform GameCapcom92%
Golden AxeRead Original Review PDF for Golden AxeBeat 'Em UpSega91%
Revenge of ShinobiRead Original Review PDF for Revenge of ShinobiPlatform GameSega94%
Super Hang-OnRead Original Review PDF for Super Hang-OnDriving GameSega86%
Thunderforce 2Read Original Review PDF for Thunderforce 2Shoot 'Em UpTecnosoft82%
TruxtonRead Original Review PDF for TruxtonShoot 'Em UpToaplan82%
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