Another exciting benefit of the growth of the video game industry is that more video game magazines are finally making it to store shelves and subscribers’ mailboxes. In addition to the bi-monthly Nintendo bible, Nintendo Power, we now have a bevy of new magazines to choose from that often cover the entire industry, not just Nintendo. Below you can see the table of contents for each magazine releasing this month!
Video Games & Computer Entertainment has been in circulation since December of 1988 and with this month’s May issue it is now going monthly! We’ve been enjoying its content, but it has often featured NES reviews and news over six months old by the time the issue arrives in stores. With its new monthly cycle we expect the information to be more timely and we look forward to reading their views and opinions.
Game Players has several different magazines on the market. They do a pretty good job of focusing in on a few NES games and giving strategies and tips. We’re not a big fan of their paper stock, which feels cheaper than most of the other magazines, but it’s still a great resource for NES fans.
New this month are two exciting magazines: GamePro and Electronic Gaming Monthly (EGM). The former is bi-monthly and covers the entire industry. It features a fantastic layout (the best we’ve seen outside of Nintendo Power) and great screens to boot. The latter is an offshoot of Electronic Game Player, a magazine that only lasted four issues last year. It’s more of a mixed bag at the moment with lots of black and white pages mixed in with some color ones. Still, we like their focus on upcoming releases and a look into Japan so we’re hopeful this one sticks around and finds success.
Will you be subscribing to any of these gaming magazines? We’re still on the fence with most of them, but of course Nintendo Power is a must-have!