MEAN MACHINES SEGA

October 1992

Number 1

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THIS MAGAZINE COMES WITH

            AN AMAZING SONIC II PREVIEW VIDEO CASSETTE

            IF IT'S NOT WITH THE MAGAZINE, ASK YOUR NEWSAGENT WHERE IT IS

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WELCOME TO THE SHOW THAT NEVER ENDS

 

Here it is - the first all-Sega edition of MEAN MACHINES. And what a whopper it is too! All of 148 pages - miles bigger than the sad, thin pamphlets that purport to be our competitors. We're a bit pricey this month, but I think it's worth it. Where else can you get a WORLD EXCLUSIVE video complete with full Sonic the Hedgehog II preview - plus all the others - for only a couple of quid. You can't see Sonic II anywhere else except here!

 

If you also own a Nintendo, or have a mate who owns a Nintendo, don't forget about what's happened to the Nintendo half of MEAN MACHINES. It has become NINTENDO MAGAZINE SYSTEM. A brilliant all-Nintendo magazine which has now been on sale for a week or so. Make sure that no Nintendo owners miss it.

 

So what's going to be coming up? Well, we've got some incredible gifts lined up and some really special things in the pipeline for Christmas. And I promise that we'll continue to be by far the biggest and best Sega magazine available. So keep watching this space...

 

JAZ RIGNALL

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Q&A [excerpts - pg. 38]

 

THE SORT OF GEEZER WHO MUST NEVER BE ABUSED

 

Dear Jazza

 

Please answer me these questions.

1. If they made a Megadrive with an improved graphics and sound chip could it still play old games?

2. Is ther going to be a Sonic II?

3. Is there a definite release date for the official CD ROM?

4. Which is the best game and the worst game Desert Strike, F22 and Robocod?

 

The Terminator, W Yorks

 

JAZ: Only if it was retro-fitted.

2. Of course - where the hell have you been for the last six months?

3. No, but just before Christmas looks the most likely time.

4. They're all brilliant, but if you really want to know, Desert Strike is tops, followed by Robocod and F-22.

 

MAKE IT MINE EVERY TIME

 

Dear Jaz

 

I will soon have enough money for a CD ROM unit and would appreciate you answering these questions.

1. I have a Japanese PAL 1 Megadrive. Does this mean I will have to buy an imported CD ROM unit?

2. If yes, will it take English CDs?

3. If no will the English Mega CD take Japanese CDs?

4. Is it true that you can play music CDs though your TV via the Mega CD?

5. Will there be CD versions of the following games: Predator II, Terminator, Terminator II, Sonic II, Batman, Spider-Man, Batman vs Predator?

 

Jimmy O'Connar, Bedford, Beds

 

JAZ:

1. 'Fraid so.

2. No.

3. Looks unlikely, especially if full-motion video is used due to the difference between NTSC and PAL signals.

4. Yes - and through a hi-fi with the right leads.

5. No, yes, no, yes, yes, no, no.

 

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SONIC THE HEDGEHOG 2 --- MEGADRIVE --- PREVIEW

 

After selling more Megadrive cartridges than any other in the history of the machine, Sonic the Hedgehog is back! Yes, once again, the megalomaniac, Doctor Robotnik is planning to take over the entire world, and only a certain blue, spiky hedgehog character (and his cute little chum) stand in the way!

 

At first glance, Sonic the Hedgehog II looks and plays extremely similarly to the original game. Of course, it is a platform game and the control method for Sonic seems almost unchanged from the original. The aim of each level is still to collect rings and make your way towards the exit, jumping over or squashing any of Robotnik's minions. A lot of these enemy sprites too seem to be almost unchanged from the original game.

 

However, Sega's aim in creating Sonic II is a case of attempting to improve on the original by cramming in new features, new levels, more speed (believe it or not!) and more gameplay. The Sonic Team, responsible for this and the original game, also reckon they have cracked the problem of the game being too easy.

 

From what we've seen, Sonic II looks like being the hottest Megadrive release this year with some of the most amazing graphics ever seen on the console! Look out for the definitive Sonic II review, gracing the pages of next month's MEAN MACHINES SEGA!

 

INTRODUCING...TAILS!

 

Sonic II introduces a new chum for Sonic to muck around with. Tails is his name and he's a kind of fox-like creatures with two tails! Sonic the Hedgehog II is a one or two-player game. In two-player mode, the screen splits into two and one player adopts the mantle of Tails while the other takes Sonic for a spin. Tails makes an appearance in one-player mode as well. At the moment, Sega Europe aren't sure whether Tails is under player control or whether he leads a life of his own. At the moment, he's capable of stealing rings from you, making him as much of a pain as a useful companion!

 

TWO-PLAYER REVELATIONS

 

Setting it apart completely from the Super NES's Super Mario Bros IV, Sonic II offers split-screen two-player excitement.  The normal Megadrive screen height is 224 lines of pixels. In two-player mode, the screen is expanded vertically to accommodate 448 lines (in essence, two screens). This means that no detail is lost at all. However, technically amazing as it may be, it looks kind of odd. Each of the screens look very squashed because no similar compaction is taking place horizontally. The current version of Sonic II only has a demo running of this particular section, so we can't comment on the gameplay. Let's hope that Tails and Sonic are actually able to interact with each other to solve puzzles and defeat the bosses!

 

SONIC THE HEDGEHOG SUPER-SPIN!

 

A new move has been added to Sonic's speedy repertoire. Pressing down and pressing the spin button causes Sonic to "rev-up"! Let go of the button and he zooms away at top speed, allowing him to get past some of the trickier hazards. Hurrah!

 

MEGA CD SONIC UPDATE

 

Sonic II is heading for the Mega CD in the form of an enhanced version called Super Sonic. The game crams in everything found in the cartridge game, but includes CD-quality soundtracks and some extra features. These "extra features" may include some of the levels that may have to be left out of the cartridge version! Sega don't plan to include this game as part of a bundle package with the Mega CD. One of their ideas is to include a demo CD with the hardware that features playable demos of forthcoming Mega CD games - including Super Sonic! The Mega CD itself is still penciled in for a November release. When we learn more, we'll pass it on to you.

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NEXT MONTH! AMAZING!

 

NEXT MONTH'S MEAN MACHINES PROMISES TO BE ONE OF THE BEST YET!

 

LOOK OUT FOR STUNNING MEGADRIVE REVIEWS INCLUDING SONIC THE HEDGEHOG II, JAMES BOND 007: THE DUEL, SUPER HIGH IMPACT AND SIDE POCKET! MASTER SYSTEM OWNERS WILL SEE THE LONG-AWAITED CONVERSION OF PIT-FIGHTER FOR THEIR MACHINE!

 

PLUS ALL YOUR FAVORITE REGULARS, INCLUDING THE HOTTEST NEWS, Q+A, AND OF COURSE THE MEAN YOB! COSMIC EH?

 

WELL JUST WAIT TO SEE THE AMAZING COVER-MOUNTED GIFT WE'VE GOT LINED UP FOR YOU NEXT MONTH! JUST HOW WILL WE BEAT THE UNBEATABLE SONIC II VIDEO?

 

FIND OUT IN FOUR WEEKS TIME.

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Sonic explores one of the many scrolling levels that make up the playing area. Exciting eh?

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Here's a shot straight from level one of Sonic the Hedgehog II. The twisting platform is one of the many additions that have made it into the sequel. Plenty more await, but you're gonna have to wait until we review it to find out more (or check out the mega

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Tails "nudges his way in" to the title screen of Sonic II. Hurrah!

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When we saw the game, this graphically stunning level was the fourth: "Hidden Palace". Looks amazing eh? You should see it play!

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Sonic and Tails leg it around the amazingly pretty industrial area of Sonic the Hedgehog II. Plenty of high speed action abounds, as you'll see on the cover-mounted video of the game!

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