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Computer Entertainer newsletter / The Video Game Update
Post Posted: Tue Feb 17, 2015 9:11 pm
I have an intuition I have already posted this or at least discussed it with Maxim, but can't find traces of it. Frank Cifaldi / TheRedEye obtained and scanned this thing.

Available here as OCR-ed PDF documents.
https://ia600806.us.archive.org/15/items/ComputerEntertainer/

Three volumes, about 1400 pages.
"The big one is I think 1981-1987, then one is 1988 and one is 1989."

It was a sort of professional publication that covered computer stuff and games. This has tons of listings, preview, articles. If you search for "Sega" with a lot of patience there are definitive reference to codenames and unreleased stuff (I once mashed search and found some and then lost them).

Anybody wants to do that? If you find something or at least can say "I have thoroughly covered pages xxx to xxx" please post it.
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Post Posted: Sat Jun 27, 2015 8:16 pm
Ok lots of stuff here, I'll break it down between CES, so roughly six months at a time.

1986 02
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NEWS: New VideoGame System Under Secret Development (Revealed in June to be the Sega Master System)


1986 06
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NEWS: New, Advanced Videogame System Revealed (Sega Master System to be introduced at Summer CES)


1986 07
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1986 Summer CES:

Announced Hardware:
Sega Master System
Light Phaser
Sports Pad Controller
Graphic Board
3-1/2" Disk Drive

Playable Games:
Hang On/Safari Hunt (Combo Mega Cartridge)
My Hero (Sega Card)
Ghost House (Sega Card)
Teddy Boy (Sega Card)
Transbot (Sega Card)
F-16 Fighting Falcon (Sega Card)
Choplifter (Mega Cartridge)
Black Belt (Mega Cartridge)
Slap Shooter (Mega Cartridge)
Fantasy Zone (Mega Cartridge)
World GP (Mega Cartridge)
Action Fighter (Mega Cartridge)
All-Star Wrestling (Mega Cartridge)
Trap Shooting (Mega Cartridge)
Marksman Shooting (Mega Cartridge)
Space Ace (Mega Cartridge)

Release Schedule:
1986 09
System/Hang On/Safari Hunt
Action Fighter
All-Star Wrestling
Black Belt
Choplifter
F-16 Fighting Falcon
Fantasy Zone
Ghost House
Graphic Board
Marksman Shooting
My Hero
Slap Shooter
Space Ace
Sports Pad
Teddy Boy
Transbot
Trap Shooting
World GP


1986 09
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NEWS: Video Ad Blitz Coming (Ni****do and Sega prepare multi million dollar ad. campaigns)
NEWS: Sega Is on Schedule (With the F.C.C. approval granted in mid-August, Sega is right on time to release the SMS at the beginning of September)

Launch Titles:
1986 09 (Early)
Sega Master System incl. Hang On/Safari Hunt & Light Phaser (SRP $150)
Sega Base System incl. Hang On/Astro Warrior (SRP $125 - available at some locations)
Choplifter (Mega Cartridge)
Fantasy Zone (Mega Cartridge)
Ghost House (Sega Card)
Transbot (Sega Card)
World GP (Mega Cartridge)

1986 09 (Late)
Action Fighter (Mega Cartridge)
Black Belt (Mega Cartridge)
F-16 Fighting Falcon (Sega Card)
My Hero (Sega Card)
Teddy Boy (Sega Card)

Newly Announced Titles:
Great Baseball (Mega Cartridge)
Great Boxing (Mega Cartridge)
Great Football (Mega Cartridge)
Great Golf (Mega Cartridge)
Great Ice Hockey (Mega Cartridge)
Great Tennis (Mega Cartridge)
The Ninja (Mega Cartridge)
Bank Panic (Mega Cartridge)
Rambo
Space Harrier

Software Updates:
Pro Wrestling (Previously announced as All-Star Wrestling)
Marksman Shooting/Trap Shooting (Combo Mega Cartridge - previously announced as separate releases)
Slap Shooter (No longer listed, presumably title changed to Great Ice Hockey)
Space Ace (No longer listed, presumably title changed to Astro Warrior)

Release Schedule Updates:
Fourth Quarter:
Bank Panic
Graphics Board
Great Baseball
Great Boxing
Great Football
Great Golf
Great Ice Hockey
Great Tennis
Marksman Shooting/Trap Shooting
The Ninja
Pro Wrestling
Rambo
Space Harrier
Sports Pad


1986 10
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Reviews:
Sega Master System
Choplifter
Fantasy Zone
Ghost House
Hang On
Safari Hunt
Transbot
World Grand Prix


1986 11
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NEWS: Coming From Sega (Space Harrier - Two Mega Cartridge, schedule of "Great" titles)

Reviews:
My Hero
Teddy Boy

Release Schedule Updates:
1986 10
Action Fighter
Black Belt
F-16 Fighting Falcon
Marksman Shooting/Trap Shooting
Transbot
World Grand Prix

1986 11
Great Ice Hockey
Great Tennis
Sports Pad

1986 12
Great Baseball
Great Football
Great Golf

1987 Q1
Space Harrier


1986 12
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Reviews:
Black Belt
F-16 Fighting Falcon

Release Schedule Updates:
1986 11
Action Fighter
Black Belt
Marksman Shooting/Trap Shooting


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Post Posted: Sat Jun 27, 2015 10:06 pm
1987 01

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NEWS: New Games to Be Shown by Sega (About a dozen new games to be shown by Sega at Winter CES) Including;
Ghostbusters
Great Baseball
Great Football
Great Volleyball
Rocky
Shooting Gallery
Space Harrier
Quartet
Wonder Boy
Woody Pop

Reviews:
Action Fighter
Marksman Shooting & Trap Shooting
Pro Wrestling
The Ninja
Alex Kidd in Miracle World

Newly Announced Titles:
Alex Kidd in Miracle World
Ghostbusters
Great Volleyball
Quartet
Rocky
Shooting Gallery
Super Tennis
Wonder Boy
Woody Pop

Software Updates:
Great Boxing (No longer listed, presumably title changed to Rocky)
Great Tennis (No longer listed, presumably title changed to Super Tennis)

Release Schedule Updates:
1986 12:
Alex Kidd in Miracle World
Astro Warrior
Great Ice Hockey
Marksman Shooting/Trap Shooting
The Ninja
Pro Wrestling
Rambo
Sports Pad
Super Tennis

1987 01
Great Football
Space Harrier

1987 02
Shooting Gallery

1987 Q1
Ghostbusters
Great Volleyball
Quartet
Rocky
Wonder Boy
Woody Pop


1987 02

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1987 Winter CES:

Hardware
:
3D Imager with Glasses and Wallball-3D ($65)
Control Stick ($15)
Graphic Board with cartridge and pen ($50)
Sports Pad ($60)

Coin Control Joystick ($19.95)
Epyx 500XJ Joystick ($19.95)
Wico Command Control Joystick

Featured Titles:

3D Gunner
Enduro Racer (2 Mega Cartridge)
Gangster Town
Ghostbusters (Mega Cartridge)
Great Baseball (Mega Cartridge)
Great Basketball (Mega Cartridge)
Great Football (Mega Cartridge)
Great Ice Hockey (Mega Cartridge)
Great Volleyball (Mega Cartridge)
Quartet (Mega Cartridge)
Rocky (Mega Cartridge)
Shooting Gallery
Space Harrier (2 Mega Cartridge)
Wallball-3D
Wonder Boy (Mega Cartridge)
Woody Pop (Mega Cartridge)

Newly Announced Titles:
3D Gunner
Enduro Racer
Gangster Town
Wallball-3D

Reviews:
Great Ice Hockey/Sports Pad
Rambo First Blood Part II

Software Updates:
Great Golf (Delayed)
Great Football (Sports Pad required)
Great Ice Hockey (Sports Pad required)
Wallball-3D (Cancelled due to lukewarm response from show-goers)
Woody Pop (Paddle controller)

Release Schedule Updates:
1987 01
Control Stick

1987 02
Competition Pro Joystick (Coin Control)
Graphics Board
Great Baseball
Great Football
Space Harrier

1987 03
Epyx 500KJ Joystick (Epyx)
Ghostbusters
Quartet
Shooting Gallery
Wonder Boy
Woody Pop

1987 04
Great Basketball
Great Volleyball
Rocky
3D Gunner
3D Imager/Glasses

1987 05
Enduro Racer
Gangster Town


1987 03

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Reviews:
Astro Warrior
Super Tennis
The Sega Control Stick

Release Schedule Updates:
1987 02
Control Stick

1987 03
Competition Pro Joystick (Coin Control)
Space Harrier


1987 04

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NEWS: Space Harrier Scarce (Sega received just a small shipment from Japan, main shipment not due until late April)
NEWS: Sega News (Monopoly & Outrun in development)

Reviews:
Great Baseball
Shooting Gallery
Space Harrier

Newly Announced Titles:
3D Zaxxon
Monopoly
Outrun

Release Schedule Updates:
1987 03
Great Baseball

1987 04
Competition Pro Joystick (Coin Control)
Quartet

1987 05
Ghostbusters

1987 06
Epyx 500KJ Joystick (Epyx)
Gangster Town
Great Basketball
Great Volleyball
Rocky
Wonder Boy
Woody Pop

1987 07
Enduro Racer
Great Football
Outrun
3D Gunner
3D Imager/Glasses

1987 08
Great Golf
3D Zaxxon

1987 Q3
Graphics Board

1987 Q4
Monopoly


1987 05

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NEWS: Sega News (3D Glasses to see official debut at summer CES. Great Football and Great Soccer to receive separate versions for use with or without Sports Pad)

Reviews:
Quartet

Software Updates:
Missile Defense 3D (Refinement of 3D Gunner prototype)
Sports Pad Football (Sports Pad only version of Great Football)
Sports Pad Soccer (Sports Pad only version of Great Soccer)

Release Schedule Updates:
1987 05
Competition Pro Joystick (Coin Control)

1987 06
Great Football
Great Soccer
Sports Pad Football
Sports Pad Soccer

1987 07
Missile Defense 3D

1987 08
Out Run


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1987 06

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1987 Summer CES:

Featured Titles:
Alien Syndrome
Enduro Racer
Fantasy Zone II
Great Basketball
Great Golf
Great Soccer
Kung Fu Kid
Missile Defense 3-D
Monopoly
Outrun
Rocky
Zaxxon 3-D
Zillion

Newly Announced Titles:
Alien Syndrome
Fantasy Zone II
Kung Fu Kid
Zillion

Software Updates:
Enduro Racer (Decreased from 2 Mega to 1 Mega Cartridge)
Rocky (Increased from 1 Mega Cartridge to 2 Mega Cartridge)
Sports Pad Soccer (Cancelled, Great Soccer will support both Sports Pad and Controller)

Reviews:
Ghostbusters

Release Schedule Updates:
1986 07
Great Soccer
Kung Fu Kid
Rocky
Zillion

1986 08
Great BasketbaLL

1986 09
Alien Syndrome
Fantasy Zone II

1986 11
Monopoly
Zaxxon 3D


1987 07

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NEWS: Special Out Run Package from Sega (Special Control Stick/Out Run combination package announced)

Reviews:
Wonderboy

Release Schedule Updates:
1987 07
Gangster Town
Great Football
Great Volleyball

1987 08
Missile Defense 3D
Sports Pad Football
3D Glasses/Adapter

1987 Q4
Competition Pro Joystick (Coin Control)
Graphics Board


1987 08

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NEWS: Hot New Secret Title Planned by Sega (Afterburner Coin-op due this fall, SMS version not long after. First time arcade and console game has been released so close to each other)
NEWS: Tonka Toys Purchases Interest in Sega of America (Effective August 17 Tonka will take over US sales, marketing, and distribution rights for SMS from SoA. SoA will continue to handle all customer service activities)

Reviews:
Great Football
Missile Defense 3-D/3D Glasses
Rocky

Software Updates:
Graphics Board (No longer listed)

Release Schedule Updates:
1987 08
Enduro Racer
Gangster Town
Great Soccer
Great Volleyball
Kung Fu Kid
Zillion

1987 09
Great Golf


1987 09

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NEWS: Sega Software Delays

Reviews:
Enduro Racer
Gangster Town
Great Volleyball
Sports Pad Football

Release Schedule Updates:
1987 10
Fantasy Zone II
Great Basketball
Great Golf
Great Soccer
Kung Fu Kid
Out Run
Zaxxon 3D
Zillion

1988 Q1
Monopoly


1987 10

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Reviews:
Kung Fu Kid
Outrun

Software Updates:
Fantasy Zone II (Increased from 1 Mega Cartridge to 2 Mega Cartridge)
Great Golf (Decreased from 2 Mega to 1 Mega Cartridge)

Release Schedule Updates:

1987 11
Fantasy Zone II

1987 12
Zaxxon 3D

1988 Q1
Alien Syndrome


1987 11

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NEWS: New from Sega in '88 (New titles announced for 1988)

Newly Announced Titles:
Aztec Adventure
Combat & Rescue
Party Games
Penguin Land
SDI/Global Defense
Zillion II

Release Schedule Updates:
1987 11
Great Basketball
Great Golf

1987 12
Zillion

1988 Q1
Afterburner


1987 12

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Reviews:
Great Golf

Release Schedule Updates:
1987 11
Zillion

1987 12
Fantasy Zone II
Great Basketball


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1988 01

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NEWS: Sega Raises Prices Across the Board (Sega announce major price increases effective from January 1st due to the depreciating dollar against the yen)

1988 Winter CES:

Hardware:
Sega Super System (Powerbase, 3D Glasses, Light Phaser, Controllers ~$149-$159)

Featured Titles:
After Burner
Alex Kidd: The Lost Stars
Alien Syndrome
Aztec Adventure
Blade Eagle 3-D
Cube Zone
Fantasy Zone: The Maze
Global Defense
Maze Hunter 3-D
Miracle Warriors
Missile Defense 3-D
Monopoly
Parlour Games
Penguin Land
Phantasy Star
Rescue Mission
Space Harrier 3-D
Wonderboy: Monster Land
Zillion II: Tri Formation

Newly Announced Titles:
Alex Kidd: The Lost Stars
Blade Eagle 3-D
Cube Zone
Fantasy Zone: The Maze
Maze Hunter 3-D
Miracle Warriors
Phantasy Star
Space Harrier 3-D
Wonderboy: Monster Land
Zillion II: Tri Formation

Reviews:
Fantasy Zone II
Great Basketball
Zillion


Software Updates
:
BMX Trial (Cancelled)
Combat & Rescue (New Title: Rescue Mission)
Party Games (New Title: Parlour Games)
Woody Pop (Cancelled)

Release Schedule Updates:
1988 01
Penguin Land

1988 03
Aztec Adventure
Global Defense

1988 04
After Burner
Alien Syndrome
Maze Hunter 3-D
Monopoly
Rescue Mission
Zaxxon 3-D

1988 05
Fantasy Zone: The Maze
Parlour Games
Wonder Boy in Monster Land

1988 06
Alex Kidd: The Lost Stars
Zillion II: Tri Formation

1988 H2
Blade Eagle 3-D
Cube Zone
Miracle Warriors
Phantasy Star
Space Harrier 3-D


1988 02

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Reviews:
Penguin Land

Release Schedule Updates:
1988 05
Zaxxon 3-D

1988 H2
Wonder Boy in Monster Land
Zillion II: Tri Formation


1988 03

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NEWS: Shanghai Licensed to Sega (After the success of Ghostbusters, Sega licenses another computer hit from Activision)

Newly Announced Titles:
Shanghai

Reviews:
Aztec Adventure
Global Defence


1988 04

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NEWS: Sega Licenses Three Titles From Epyx (California Games, World Games, Summer Games)

Newly Announced Titles:
California Games
Summer Games
World Games

Reviews:
Afterburner
Alien Syndrome
Zaxxon 3-D

Release Schedule Updates:
1988 03
After Burner
Alien Syndrome
Zaxxon 3-D

1988 H2
California Games
Shanghai
Summer Games
World Games


1988 05

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Newly Announced Titles:
Rapid Fire Control Stick
Rapid Fire Light Phaser

Reviews:
Parlour Games
Rescue Mission

Release Schedule Updates:
1988 05
Maze Hunter 3-D
Zillion II: Tri Formation

1988 06
Fantasy Zone: The Maze
Rapid Fire Control Stick
Rapid Fire Light Phaser
Space Harrier 3-D
Wonder Boy in Monster Land

1988 07
Blade Eagle 3-D

1988 08
Miracle Warriors
Monopoly


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1988 06

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1988 Summer CES:

NEWS: First Third-Party Developer (Parker Brothers plans Sega versions of King's Quest and Where in the World is Carmen Sandiego?)

Hardware:
Mega Phaser

Featured Titles:

California Games
Double Dragon
Golvellius
Kenseiden
Lord of the Sword
Miracle Warriors: Seal of the Dark Lord
Monopoly
Phantasy Star
Poseiden Wars 3-D
R-Type
Rambo III
Reggie Jackson Baseball
Shanghai
Shinobi
Spy Vs. Spy
Thunder Blade
Walter Payton Football
Y's

Newly Announced Titles:
Arcade Command Stick
Mega Phaser

ALF
Double Dragon
Golvellius
Kenseiden
King's Quest
Lord of the Sword
Poseiden Wars 3-D
R-Type
Rambo III
Reggie Jackson Baseball
Where in the World is Carmen Sandiego?


Updates:
Rapid Fire Light Phaser (Cancelled, replaced by Mega Phaser)

Reviews:
Maze Hunter 3-D

Release Schedule Updates:

1988 06
Zillion II: Tri Formation

1988 07
Alex Kidd: The Lost Stars
Space Harrier 3-D
Wonder Boy in Monster Land

1988 08
Rapid Fire Control Stick
Rapid Fire Adapter

1988 09
Kenseiden
Miracle Warriors
Phantasy Star
Shanghai
Shinobi
Spy Vs. Spy
Thunder Blade

1988 10
R-Type

1988 11
Double Dragon
Poseiden Wars 3-D
Rambo III
Y's

1988 12
ALF
Fantasy Zone: The Maze


1988 07

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Reviews:

Epyx 500XJ (Joystick)

Alex Kidd: The Lost Stars
Space Harrier 3-D
Zillion II: Triformation

Release Schedule Updates:

1988 07
Zillion II: Triformation


1988 08

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Newly Announced Titles:
Out Run 3-D

Release Schedule Updates:

1988 07
Fantasy Zone: The Maze

1988 08
Blade Eagle 3-D
Wonder Boy in Monster Land


1988 09

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NEWS: Activision Signs Third Party Agreement with Sega (Activison becomes Sega's second third-party licensee)

Newly Announced Titles:

Cyborg Hunter (Activision)
Rampage (Activision)
Super River Raid (Activision)

Reviews:

Wonder Boy in Monster Land

Release Schedule Updates:

1988 09
Blade Eagle 3-D
Monopoly

1988 Q4
Cyborg Hunter (Activision)
Rampage (Activision)
Super River Raid (Activision)

1989 Q1
California Games
King's Quest (Parker Brothers)
Out Run 3-F
Reggie Jackson Baseball
Summer Games
Walter Payton Football
Where in the World is Carmen Sandiego? (Parker Brothers)
World Games


1988 10

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NEWS: Lots of News from Sega (Sega product continues to be affected by the chip shortage, cancellations)
NEWS: Additions to Sega Cartridge Library (New titles in development)
NEWS: Rumoured 16-Bit Sega System Is Real (will be compatible with Master System cartridges)
NEWS: Sega's "Music on Hold" (Sega's telephone "hold" music comes from Master System titles)

Newly Announced Titles:

Altered Beast
Buggy Dash
Carnival
Power Strike
Ultima IV
Warrior Quest

Updates:
BMX Biker (Cancelled)
Cube Zone (Cancelled)
Bomber Raid (New name for Super River Raid)
Mega Phaser (Cancelled)
Rambo III (Rapid fire programmed into game due to cancellation of Mega Phaser)
Woody Pop (Cancelled)
Zero Fighter (Cancelled)

Reviews:

Blade Eagle 3-D
Fantasy Zone: The Maze
Monopoly
Rapid Fire Control Stick

Release Schedule Updates:

1988 09
Rapid Fire Control Stick

1988 10
Shanghai
Spy Vs. Spy
Thunder Blade

1988 11
Kenseiden
Miracle Warriors
Phantasy Star

1988 12
Bomber Raid
Cyborg Hunter
Rampage
R-Type

1989 01
Golvellius
Lord of the Sword
Rambo III

1989 Q1
King's Quest
Out Run 3-D
Poseiden Wars 3-D
Power Strike
Reggie Jackson Baseball
Summer Games
Where in the World is Carmen Sandiego?


1988 11

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NEWS: Free DOUBLE DRAGON Promotion from Sega (Free Double Dragon with purchase of System or three games until end of year, game won't be available to purchase on it's own until 1989)

Release Schedule Updates:

1988 12
Where in the World is Carmen Sandiego?


1988 12

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Newly Announced Titles:

Galaxy Force (Activision)

Reviews:

Bomber Raid
Cyborg Hunter
Phantasy Star
Rampage
Where in the World is Carmen Sandiego?

Release Schedule Updates:

1989 01
Y's

1989 02
Reggie Jackson's Baseball

1989 04
Galaxy Force

1989 Q2
Altered Beast
Arcade Command Stick
California Games
Carnival
Walter Payton Football


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Post Posted: Sat Jul 11, 2015 1:32 pm
Lots of good stuff from late 1988 here.

1988 09
Bomber Raid referred as Super River Raid.

1988 10
Newly Announced Titles:
Buggy Dash
Carnival
Warrior Quest
BMX Biker (Cancelled)
Cube Zone (Cancelled)
Zero Fighter (Cancelled)

1988 12
Arcade Command Stick
Carnival

What would be Carnival? Shooting Gallery was already released.
Buggy Dash?
Warrior Quest is Spellcaster in Brasil so perhaps it was a code-name.
BMX Biker? May not be Alex Kidd, because BIKER and not referring to Alex Kidd?
What is Zero Fighter?
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Unlikely I suppose, but perhaps Carnival could have been a port of the 1980 coin op, or maybe an updated version of that classic. Or more likely it was something else entirely!
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Yes, Warrior Quest is confirmed to change name to Spellcaster in a later issue. Not really any more info on Carnival (besides it being a light phaser game) or Buggy Dash (besides it being a racing game). Maybe Buggy Dash became R.C. Grand Prix. All three of these were working titles only, and may or may not be released in 1989.

I think BMX Biker probably was Alex Kidd, it was advertised in a 1988 Sears catalogue at least. Note that both Woody Pop and "BMX Trial" had already been announced as cancelled in January 1988, maybe they had a brief change of mind before finally cancelling the Paddle Controller games and Mega Phaser (not long after that they also discontinue the 3D Glasses).

This is the one and only mention of "Zero Fighter", I have no idea what it is, but the Zero Fighter was a Japanese WWII fighter aircraft. The other cancellations seem to be Paddle Controller or Mega Phaser related, so maybe it would have required one of those, although it would have been simple to recode those for Joypad use as seen in Rambo III and Woody Pop (on Game Gear).

The desription of the Arcade Command Stick sounds like Dempa's XE-1 Pro. Late in 1989 it's then said to support both Master System and Mega Drive, which could be the XE-1 ST2. So maybe that was planned to be a rebadged version of that similar to how the Handle Controller was a rebadged Hori peripheral.

I never really associated Bomber Raid with the River Raid franchise before, but it seems obvious in hindsight.
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1989 01

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1989 Winter CES:

NEWS: Now There Are Three Sega Licenses (Absolute Entertainment; R.C. Grand Prix & James Bond 007-Countdown to Meltdown in the early stages of development)

Featured Titles:

Alex Kidd: High-Tech World
ALF
Altered Beast
Bomber Raid (Activision)
California Games
Casino Games
Cyborg Hunter (Activision)
Galaxy Force (Activision)
King's Quest: Quest for the Crown (Parker Brothers)
Lord of the Sword
Maze Hunter 3-D II
Montezuma's Revenge (Parker Brothers)
Out Run 3-D
Poseiden Wars 3-D
Rampage (Activision)
Rastan
Reggie Jackson Baseball
Super Basketball
Time Soldiers
Vigilante
Walter Payton Football
Warrior Quest
Y's: The Vanished Omens

Newly Announced Titles:

Casino Games
James Bond 007-Countdown to Meltdown (Absolute Entertainment)
Maze Hunter 3-D II
Montezuma's Revenge (Parker Brothers)
R.C. Grand Prix (Absolute Entertainment)
Rastan
Super Basketball
Time Soldiers
Vigilante

Discontinued:

Rapid Fire Adapter (Rapid Fire Control Stick will continue to be available)
Sports Pad

Astro Warrior (Also no longer included with the Sega Base System, Hang On now built in)
F-16 Fighting Falcon
Fantasy Zone
Great Ice Hockey
Great Soccer
Great Volleyball
Maze Hunter 3-D
Missile Defense 3-D
My Hero
The Ninja
Penguin Land
Quartet
Sports Pad Football
Teddy Boy
Transbot
World Grand Prix

Reviews:

Rambo III
R-Type
Shinobi

Release Schedule Updates:

1988 12
Golvellius
Power Strike
Rambo III

1989 01
Bomber Raid
Cyborg Hunter
Rampage

1989 02
Lord of the Sword

1989 03
Poseiden Wars 3-D

1989 04
Rastan
Reggie Jackson Baseball

1989 05
ALF
King's Quest
Time Soldiers
Vigilante

1989 06
Altered Beast
California Games
Casino Games
Out Run 3-D


1989 02

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Reviews:

Golvellius

Release Schedule Updates:

1989 02
Y's

1989 07
Walter Payton Football

1989 Q3
Alex Kidd in High Tech World
Buggy Dash
Maze Hunter 3-D II
Super Basketball
Ultima
Warrior Quest
World Games


1989 03

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Updates:

Warrior Quest: Spellcaster (New name for Warrior Quest)

Reviews:

Double Dragon
Lord of the Sword
Y's The Vanished Omens

Release Schedule Updates:

1989 03
Lord of the Sword

1989 04
Altered Beast
Vigilante

1989 05
Galaxy Force
Out Run 3-D

1989 06
Warrior Quest: Spellcaster


1989 04

Quote
Reviews:

Poseiden Wars 3-D
Rastan
Reggie Jackson Baseball

Release Schedule Updates:

1989 03
Reggie Jackson Baseball


1989 05

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Feature: First Look: Sega Mega Drive 16-Bit System (Mentions Power Base Converter)

Release Schedule Updates:

1989 05
Alex Kidd in High Tech World
California Games
Montezuma's Revenge (Parker Brothers)

1989 06
Galaxy Force
Vigilante

1989 07
King's Quest

1989 08
Altered Beast
Out Run 3-D
Warrior Quest: Spellcaster

1989 09
Casino Games
Genesis System
Maze Hunter 3-D II
Super Basketball
Walter Payton Football

1989 Q3
Time Soldiers


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I guess this is where Bock's Super Baketball demo came from (It wasn't at 1989 Summer CES, "replaced" by Basketball Nightmare instead). The only comment they make about it is "excellent graphics", probably just referring to the demo screen unless they had more than one demo there.

Description of James Bond: Countdown to Meltdown;

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JAMES BOND 007-COUNTDOWN TO MELTDOWN casts the player as 007 in a global race to recover pieces of a puzzle which lead to an overheated thermonuclear reactor buried deep in the earth by the evil scaramanga.
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1989 06

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1989 Summer CES

Featured Titles:

Basketball Nightmare
Captain Silver
Cloud Master
Dead Angle
Dynamite Dux
Golden Axe
Scramble Spirit
Super Golf
Tennis Ace
Ultima IV
Wanted!
Wonder Boy III: The Dragon's Trap
World Games

Newly Announced Titles:

Basketball Nightmare
Captain Silver
Cloud Master
Dead Angle
Dynamite Dux
Golden Axe
Scramble Spirit
Super Golf
Tennis Ace
Wanted!
Wonder Boy III: The Dragon's Trap

Updates:

Mazer Hunter 3-D II (Cancelled)
Out Run 3-D (Cancelled)
Spellcaster (New name for Warrior Quest: Spellcaster)
Super Basketball ("Replaced" by Basketball Nightmare)

Discontinued:

Rapid Fire Control Stick

Blade Eagle 3-D
Kung Fu Kid
Shooting Gallery
Space Harrier 3-D
Zaxxon 3-D

Reviews:

Alf
California Games
Vigilante

Release Schedule Updates:

1989 05
Time Soldiers
Vigilante

1989 06
Alex Kidd in Hi Tech World
Altered Beast
Montezuma's Revenge

1989 08
Cloud Master
Wanted!
Wonder Boy III: The Dragon's Trap

1989 09
Captain Silver
Galaxy Force
World Games

1989 10
Basketball Nightmare
Walter Payton Football

1989 11
Dead Angle
Dynamite Dux
Scramble Spirit
Super Golf
Tennis Ace


1989 07

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Reviews:

Alex Kidd in Hi Tech World
King's Quest: Quest for the Crown
Montezuma's Revenge
Time Soldiers


1989 08

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Feature: CE Visits Sega of America

Reviews:

Altered Beast
Cloud Master
Wanted


1989 09

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NEWS: Early Response to Sega Genesis

Release Schedule Updates:

1989 09
Spellcaster
Wonder Boy III: The Dragon's Trap


1989 10

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NEWS: Sega Announces More Titles for Genesis System (Including Mystic Defender which had the working title of "Spellcaster II")

Reviews:

Captain Silver
Casino Games
Spellcaster
Walter Payton Football
Wonder Boy III: The Dragon's Trap

Release Schedule Updates:

1989 09
Walter Payton Football

1989 10
Galaxy Force
World Games

1990 01
Golden Axe
Ultima IV

1990 Q1
Arcade Command Stick


1989 11

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Reviews:
Galaxy Force


1989 12

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NEWS: Parker Brothers announces expansion (PB will begin producing games for computers and the NES)

Release Schedule Updates:

1989 12
Basketball Nightmare
World Games


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That's all of the scanned issues, apparently Computer Entertainer did continue until June 1990. Sega took back distribution of the SMS from Tonka at the end of 1989, which probably explains why there were no 1989 holiday releases (Tonka's last release was in September 1989), and why so many games announced at 1989 Summer CES never got released. From reading scans of GamePro Sega never released any more SMS games until the announcement of the SMS II at 1990 summer CES, so there was a nine month gap with no first party releases.

The August 1989 interview with Steve Hanawa is really interesting with regards to how fast they went from deciding to launch in the US following Ni****do's successful 1985 test, to having working prototypes at 1986 summer CES which arrived just the day before CES started.

US release dates (these are confirmed to have already shipped that month):

1986 09 Choplifter
1986 09 Fantasy Zone
1986 09 Ghost House
1986 09 Hang On & Astro Warrior
1986 09 Hang On & Safari Hunt
1986 09 My Hero
1986 09 Teddy Boy
1986 10 F-16 Fighting Falcon
1986 10 Transbot
1986 10 World Grand Prix
1986 11 Action Fighter
1986 11 Black Belt
1986 12 Alex Kidd in Miracle World
1986 12 Astro Warrior
1986 12 Great Ice Hockey
1986 12 Marksman Shooting & Trap Shooting
1986 12 The Ninja
1986 12 Pro Wrestling
1986 12 Rambo First Blood: Part II
1986 12 Super Tennis
1987 03 Great Baseball
1987 03 Shooting Gallery
1987 03 Space Harrier
1987 04 Quartet
1987 05 Ghostbusters
1987 06 Wonder Boy
1987 07 Great Football
1987 07 Rocky
1987 08 Enduro Racer
1987 08 Gangster Town
1987 08 Great Volleyball
1987 08 Missile Defense 3-D
1987 08 Sports Pad Football
1987 10 Great Soccer
1987 10 Kung Fu Kid
1987 10 Out Run
1987 11 Great Golf
1987 11 Zillion
1987 12 Fantasy Zone II
1987 12 Great Basketball
1988 01 Penguin Land
1988 03 After Burner
1988 03 Alien Syndrome
1988 03 Aztec Adventure
1988 03 Global Defense
1988 03 Zaxxon 3-D
1988 04 Rescue Mission
1988 05 Maze Hunter 3-D
1988 05 Parlour Games
1988 07 Alex Kidd: The Lost Stars
1988 07 Fantasy Zone: The Maze
1988 07 Space Harrier 3-D
1988 07 Zillion II: The Tri Formation
1988 08 Wonder Boy in Monster Land
1988 09 Blade Eagle 3-D
1988 09 Monopoly
1988 09 Shinobi
1988 10 Kenseiden
1988 10 Miracle Warriors: Seal of The Dark Lord
1988 10 Shanghai
1988 10 Spy vs. Spy
1988 10 Thunder Blade
1988 11 Double Dragon
1988 11 Phantasy Star
1988 12 Golvellius: Valley of Doom
1988 12 Power Strike
1988 12 R-Type
1988 12 Rambo III
1988 12 Where in the World is Carmen Sandiego?
1989 01 Bomber Raid
1989 01 Cyborg Hunter
1989 01 Rampage
1989 03 Lord of the Sword
1989 03 Poseidon Wars 3-D
1989 03 Reggie Jackson Baseball
1989 03 Ys: The Vanished Omens
1989 04 Rastan
1989 05 Alf
1989 05 California Games
1989 05 Time Soldiers
1989 05 Vigilante
1989 06 Alex Kidd: High-Tech World
1989 06 Altered Beast
1989 06 Montezuma's Revenge Featuring Panama Joe
1989 07 King's Quest: Quest for the Crown
1989 08 Cloud Master
1989 08 Wanted!
1989 09 Captain Silver
1989 09 Casino Games
1989 09 SpellCaster
1989 09 Walter Payton Football
1989 09 Wonder Boy III: The Dragon's Trap
1989 10 Galaxy Force

These are from GamePro and EGM. These were planned release dates, so may have shifted after publication:

1990 06 Dead Angle
1990 06 Golden Axe
1990 06 Psycho Fox
1990 07 R.C. Grand Prix
1990 07 Slap Shot
1990 07 Alex Kidd in Shinobi World
1990 08 Paperboy
1990 09 Aerial Assault
1990 09 Super Monaco GP
1990 10 E-SWAT
1990 Wi Columns
1990 11 Joe Montana Football
1990 12 Castle of Illusion Starring Mickey Mouse
1990 12 Dick Tracy
1990 12 James "Buster" Douglas Knockout Boxing
1991 01 Ghouls 'n Ghosts
1991 Sp Michael Jackson's Moonwalker
1991 04 Golden Axe Warrior
1991 06 Strider
1991 08 Spider-Man
1991 12 Sonic the Hedgehog

All the releases up until June 1987 (Wonder Boy) have "SM" variants, with one exception; "Great Baseball". The review of Great Baseball mentions that it's just out in time for the baseball season (that started April 6, 1987), and the version released in Japan later that year in August (The Pro Yakyuu - Pennant Race) is significantly upgraded. So I wonder if this was rushed out for the US baseball season, possibly being manufactured later, but getting shipped by air and getting released before some of the "SM" variants. This is also an odd one in Europe, there doesn't seem to be an English only European variant of this, instead Italy and Germany got the US version, with locally translated manuals. Every other game released in Europe up until Wonder Boy have English only variants.

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