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As I'm finally getting settled into my new home, I'm starting to find some spare time again , so I can start workin on magazine preservation once more. It's been a long time coming but we're starting off with a bang.
What we have here is the biggest issue of Mean Machines Sega to date which weighs in at a hefty 180 pages, so it was basically like restoring two magazines at ones!
Naturally there's a ton of content in here so without any further ado we start of with reviews for Wonderboy in Monsterworld and Master of Darkness, both of which are for the Sega Master System. Furthermore we have three Mega Drive reviews as well to preview while the full magazine downloads to your system: Terminator 2 The Arcade game, Streets of Rage II, and finally World of Illusion.

Mean Machines Sega 3- december 1992 (UK) December 20, 2015

This week return with another remastered edition of one of our previous releases. As always, every single page has been re-examined and cleaned up where needed. After this process is completed, we take the lossless TIF files and run them through a batch converter to create high quality jpg images. The new settings that we have implemented make sure that the oversaturated and overly-bright look of the previous version of this issue remains in the past. To get a bit more details on this process, click the following link, which also contains a couple of before/after short.

June 6, 2015 Mean Machines Sega 1 - october 1992 (UK)

After what feels like way too long, and it actually is, since it's been 2 years since the release of issue 7, we are back with issue 8 of the UK N64 Magazine.
This has been a troubled issue for us due to various hard to fix restoration issues that popped up as we went through it. But it is finally completely restored and ready to be released.
We begin with a look at the arcade racer San Francisco Rush. Then we take a peek at the Japanese version of Bomberman 64. From here we go to the review for the cover story: Lylat Wars / Starfox 64. And finally we have a double header with Multi Championship Racing vs Top Gear Rally.

N64 Magazine 6 - november 1997 (UK) May 30, 2015

Due to a ton of work that needs to be taken care of in the real world, our release schedule has slowed down drastically. And sadly, it looks like this remain that way for the next couple of months. But the good news is that Mean Machines Sega is finally fully restored and ready to be downloaded!
This is a big issue ones again, so we have a couple extra preview articles to read as the full issue is being saved to your hard drive.
First up we have the following reviews for Mega Drive: Biohazard Battle, Road Rash 2, Sonic the Hedgehog 2 and Twinkle Tale. Then, we also have Sonic the Hedgehog 2 for the Sega Master System as well as Streets of Rage for the Game Gear.

May 9, 2015 Mean Machines Sega 2 - november 1992 (UK)

After skipping a week due to a rather large magazine ending up a little too big to finish on time, we return with the re-release of Sega Pro issue 8.
As usual this remastered version has been inspected one more time to remove any spots that might have been missed the first time around, before going through the new batch settings to get the overall look of the magazine as close to the original as possible.
In the earlier version of this magazine, certain colours ended up looking fluorescent, even though in the physical magazine they didn't. This has been fixed with this re-release and now looks spot on once again.

Sega Pro 8 - june 1992 (UK) April 4, 2015

This week we are back with another remastered edition of one of our previous releases. As always, every page has been re-examined and edited where needed. Afterwards we take the lossless PSD or TIF files and run them through a batch converter to create high quality jpg images that have been colour corrected to look as close to the original physical rendition as possible. To get a bit more details on this process, click the following link, which also contains a couple of before/after short.

March 20, 2015 Super Play 11 - september 1993 (UK)

This week we go back in time all the way to 1989 with our second issue of the original Club Nintendo magazine.
Again, this magazine is only 20 pages big, so we only have two small preview articles to sample before you download the complete issue.
The first one is for the arcade port by Capcom of the side-scrolling shooter Section-Z. While the second one is also an arcade port, but this time of an overhead shooter by SNK: Ikari Warriors.

Club Nintendo Volume 1 Issue 4 - 1989 (UK) March 13, 2015

This week we are releasing the second remastered edition of one of our past releases. Every page has been re-examined and every one of the original PSD files has been run through the latest settings algorithm so that the colour values are much more representative of the physical magazine. This isn't easy to accomplish when dealing with digital representations of print. So if you're looking for more details on what all of this means, you can do so by clicking the following link.

March 6, 2015 MAXIMUM 1 - october 1995 (UK) (REMASTER)

This week we present you with the latest issue of Dreamcast Magazine by Paragon Publishing. This time it's issue number 6 which was released in February of 2000.
There's tons of great content in this issue so let's take a quick look with our previews for this magazine:
We start of with the wild and wonderful game by BioWare: MDK 2. Then we look at a game that would end up being finished, but sadly never get an official release: Half-Life for Dreamcast. We move on to another classic gem with Legacy of Kain: Soul Reaver, and finish up with yet another game that sadly never made it to the Dreamcast but stayed Arcade exclusive: Daytona USA 2.

Dreamcast Magazine 6 - february 2000 (UK) February 27, 2015

Today we will start with the rollout of our remastered versions of older magazines that have been released in the past 6 year.What this means is that we will go over every page once more and clean up where possible and even rescan where needed, so that these magazines look their best. But besides that we also run the original PSD/TIF files through the latest optimal settings algorithm so that the colours are spot on compared to the actual magazines, but also retain all their original shadow depth and black level detail. For more info on what this exactly entails click on the following link.

February 20, 2015 CVG 168 - november 1995 (UK) (REMASTER)

This week we are back with some Sega goodness thanks to the latest issue of Sega Pro, which was originally released in August of 1992.
We have an abundance of Game Gear content up as a preview for this issue, so lets jump right in and take a look at the reviews for Prince of Persia, Klax, Popils and last but not least Marble Madness. All of which are for the Game Gear.
Then we have a look at Batman for the Mega Drive, followed by the Friday the 13th inspired game Splatterhouse II, also for the Sega Mega Drive.

Sega Pro 10 - august 1992 (UK) February 13, 2015

It's been way too long since we released the previous issue of the fan favourite magazine Super Play, so let's rectify this situation right now. ;)
In issue 12 you will find the following articles, among many others: A rare interview with the people who worked for the Nintendo Hotline. The review for the awesome car battle Rock 'N' Roll Racing by Blizzard Entertainment before they were known as Blizzard. And finally, not one, but two great Konami classics! The home conversion of the arcade smash Sunset Riders as well as the cult classic Zombies Ate My Neighbors which was developed by none other than LucasArts.

January 30, 2015 Super Play 12 - october 1993 (UK)

This week we return to Mean Machines with issue number 10, which was releases during the summer of 1991.
We start of with a forgotten and highly underrated arcade gem that got ported to the Mega Drive: Wardner no Mori. Then we look at a shoot 'em up from one of the greatest developers the genre has ever seen: Zero Wing by Toaplan. Furthermore we have the original Sonic the Hedgehog for the Mega Drive by Sega's own Sonic Team.
And finally we delve into some good old 8-bit classics with GG Shinobi for the Game Gear and Shadow Warrior for the Nintendo Entertainment System.

Mean Machines 10 - july 1991 (UK) January 16, 2015

We've got a nice little suprise for you at the beginning of this new year.
Let us take you back 26 years in time with our first release of the classic European Club Nintendo magazine. This magazine was distributed in a lot of European countries. The only variable being that the text was directly translated into the appropriate languages. We chose the UK version since this will be most convenient for the majority of our readers.
This magazine started of as only being 20 pages, which grew to 36 pages later on in it's life cycle. Therefor we selected only two preview articles to give you a feel for the magazine before hitting the download button. The first article is a short review for Kid Icarus, while the second one takes a look at the game on the cover: Rush'n Attack. Enjoy!

January 2, 2015 Club Nintendo Volume 1 Issue 3 - 1989 (UK)



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