It's that time of the week... when we run home and play FIFA until we fall asleep to the sound of a disgruntled Xbox Live opponent wondering why we won't kick off the second half.
It's also the point where we dust off the scanner and poke fun at old CVG editors who couldn't predict the future.
This week we report on rumours surrounding the supposed four Nintendo and Sega consoles due after Christmas 1994, and review enough games to fill a year's worth of Official Xbox 360 Magazine. Sorry about Rise of the Robots.
Right: The cover for the September 1994 issue of CVG, illustrated by Sebastian Quigley. Is there a marine more timeless than the Doom dude?
YESTERDAY'S NEWS: 'Nintendo to follow Sega's road to 32-bit success'
With the UK launch of the Sega Saturn still unconfirmed, the house of Sonic's looking to stop-gap the generation with the launch of the 32-X add-on for the Mega Drive at Christmas - and according to CVG sources Nintendo's looking to jump in too.
"The Japanese giant is allegedly planning a 32-bit upgrade cartridge for the Super Nintendo, very much along the lines of the 32-X. Unlike the 32-X it's likely to have just one processor," CVG writes, "but thanks to custom architecture it will be at least as powerful."
CVG expects the add-on will "really throw the cat among the pigeons with Sega," and erm, it also cites "sources close to Nintendo" revealing that the Ultra 64 - first revealed as a cartridge-based console - will actually use a CD medium. You can't get 'em all right...
Toy Boy: Nintendos's VR-32 battery-powered virtual reality console looks like it could make it to the UK. Apparently it'll no longer come with a headset, instead it might use goggles with the images appearing on the lenses.
Mortal Sell Out: In its first week alone the Acclaim-published fighter pulled in over £30 million in sales - a new record. Sceptics argue this is proof the gaming public are getting very bored of Street Fighter's 7 million different versions.
RETRO REVIEWS: BUMPER EDITION
- Alien vs. Predator (Jaguar) - 90
- Bomberman 2 (SNES) - 90
- Burn: Cycle (CDi) - 90
- Colonization (PC) - 90
- Doom 2 (PC) - 88
- Earthworm Jim (SNES) - 90
- Earthworm Jim (MD) - 88
- FIFA Soccer (3DO) - 92
- Guardian (CD32) - 82
- Pete Sampras Tennis (Game Gear) - 88
- Mega Bomberman (MD) - 91
- Mickey Mania (SNES) - 88
- Mickey Mania (MD) - 90
- Micro Machines 2 (MD) - 94
- Probotector (MD) - 92
- Red Zone (MD) - 93
- Rise of the Robots (PC) - 90
- Rise of the Robots (SNES) - 91
- The Smurfs (SNES) - 80
- Tiny Toon Adventures: Acme All-Stars (MD) - 80
- Urban Strike - 82
- Sonic & Knuckles (MD) - 91
- Sparkster (SNES) - 88
- Sparkster (MD) - 78
- SS Lucifer (Game Gear) - 74
- SS Lucifer (MD) - 73
- Street Racer (SNES) - 94
- Super Stardust (A1200) - 89
- Tiny Toon Adventures - Wacky Sports (Game Boy) - 78
- The Adventures of Batman and Robin (SNES) - 91
- Way of the Warrior (3DO) - 83
PREVIEW: Magic Carpet
CRIMES AGAINST ADVERTISING: Donkey Kong & The Professionals
We couldn't decide between this issue's top contenders for crime against ads, so we've included both of them. Asciiware tap in to popular culture and present some uncomfortable looking peripherals, while Nintendo gets away with questionable punning. At least they're not slagging off Sega anymore.
CVG CLASSICS ARCHIVE
- Issue 117, August 1991: Sonic review, Mega CD revealed
- Issue 128, August 1992: SNES imports and £500 Neo Geo conundrums
- Issue 154, September 1994: Neo Geo CD, 3DO and PC Engine - The 32-bit war!
- ssue 227, October 2000: "Awesome! Driver 2"
- Issue 152, July 1994: "Bloody hell...Harvester's in town'
- Issue 96, October 1989: "World Exclusive Batman Game Reviewed'
- Issue 132, November 1992: Blanka's in your nightmares...'
- Issue 083, September 1988: Viva la 16-bit Revolution