As I mentioned last week, I’ve recently come across a ton of lesser-known Japanese gaming magazines and have been slowly going through them for Legends of Localization research purposes. I thought it’d be fun and helpful to share interesting articles here on the site, so here’s a new research update.
I’m always interested in seeing how the Japanese media and Japanese gamers see our side of things, so this time I’ve scanned a four-page Japanese article about Winter CES 1992:
And I’ve included these in a higher-quality PDF that you can get here. (BTW feel free to share this content or post this anywhere – if you could credit Legends of Localization and/or link back to this article that’d be nice too!)
Several different topics are covered, but for me here are the most interesting ones:
- The Japanese magazine staff asks NOA President Arakawa about the upcoming Super Famicom and Super NES CD ROM accessory. Arakawa answers that he expects it to cost $200 and that the cartridge that goes in the system when using the CD drive will include a custom chip that allows for smoother and more colorful graphics. Apparently they already have some CD software and/or games up and running, which leads the reporter to remark that it’s surprising how far its development has advanced.
Arakawa also mentions that although 2.1 million Super NESes had been sold in 1991, that’s remarkably fewer than the 2.5 million they had estimated. The plan is to immediately drop the Super NES’ price from $200 to $180 and shoot for 6 million units sold in 1992.
- A section about game magazines mentions that American children don’t read game walkthrough articles very much, yet that they do have a plethora of gaming magazines available to them. Instead of large-size, visual-heavy walkthroughs found in Japanese magazines and books, American magazines feature simpler, text-heavy tips about individual problems in games.
Most of the other topics in this report are pretty straightforward and can probably be surmised from the related photos, but let me know if there’s something in here that might deserve a translation summary too. But, man, those Sonic and Mario costumes…
Coverage of games and entertainment outside of Japan is pretty common in these magazines I have. They’re fascinating in different ways, so I can’t wait to share some of them later on!