The latest issue of Computer Entertainer has arrived and the headline this month is that Sega is introducing a brand new 16-bit video game machine in Japan this year! As many of our readers are aware, video games in Japan are about 2 to 3 years ahead of where we currently are in the U.S., so it makes sense that Sega and Nintendo would be looking forward to their next home systems. Although not divulged in Computer Entertainer, we can report that the Japanese Sega machine will be called the Mega Drive. No word yet on if Sega is planning to release the 16-bit super machine over here yet, but with the failure of the Sega Master System to catch on, we wouldn’t be surprised to see them move in that direction sooner than later – assuming software is ready to go.
As for Nintendo, we’ve known for some time that the Japanese company is working on its own 16-bit console, but the reveal has constantly been pushed back thanks to the massive success of the Famicom (Japanese NES) in that territory. With competition heating up from NEC with its PC Engine console and now the Mega Drive coming out, it’s only a matter of time before we see what Nintendo is cooking up.
Nintendo is bringing out a new game this holiday called Anticipation. It’s sort of a mix of Pictionary with Trivial Pursuit. The “board game” video game should appeal to older gamers when it arrives in limited quantities this December.
Computer Entertainer has reviewed some of the latest NES Game Paks. We often don’t agree with their ratings and they’re often way too generous to some games while not appreciating some of the ones we really enjoy. Having said that, it appears they really liked Super Mario Bros. 2, giving it a 3.5 out of 4 for graphics and a 4 out of 4 for entertainment value. We liked it as well! Iron Tank, Xevious, and Galaga are all rated way too high in my opinion, but to each their own!
Computer Entertainer | October 1988