Greetings from Norway.
I've been reading RetroGamer for a couple years now, and just wanted to thank you for yet another good issue. I'm well into it now, reading a few pages each day.
As a 27 year old, many of the games covered in your magazines are well outside my experience, but I love to read and learn more about old games and game devs. I especially love the articles about companies and devs of old! In fact, reading about Jeff Minter's Minotaur project in one of your mags made me check it out and get GoatUp2 (which I admittedly suck at, as I do with all games ever created.
I've not even managed to complete one single Mario game ever, even though I LOVE Mario...).
My first game console was a NES btw, everybody and his dog had a NES and/or Gameboy in Norway when I was a kid. I had both.
So I am a bit surprised you say the NES was not successful in Europe. Must be a Scandinavian thing...
I still have the Gameboy, and ONE game(the rest got away during a move to a new city back in the late 90s...), but unfortunately not my old NES.
The NES died on me back in the mid 90s, and my dad threw it away without asking me. And he threw away all the games. Including DuckTales, which I've been told is quite valuable these days...
Big thank you for getting the magazine on iPad btw, I'm subscribing there. Without it, I couldn't have afforded to read this magazine. ~18 GBP for six issues on iPad vs ~15 GBP for ONE issue in the news stand, due to import prices. Ouch!
Together with the subscription, I'm buying old back issues on my iPad, and have soon got down to a complete ownership of all issues down to the late 60s. Only compaint I have is that reading the mag on iPad is troublesome sometimes, as I need to zoom in and loose the complete overview of the pages. Checking on images suffers, as I miss them due to zooming in on the text.
As for this issue, so many good articles.
Coin snatchers, Naughty Dog, SMS... Loved it!
Btw, I'd love it if you one day took a look on the Scandinavian gaming devs. Funcom with The Longest Journey is perhaps a bit too new yet, but it must surely come close now? Sweden has a long tradition of making games too, but the highday of theirs is in the early 2000s, so it's on the edge, I know.
As a Paradox fan(of Europa Universalis, Hearts of Iron, Crusader Kings fame, and later as a indie publisher fame), I'd love to get a peek at their early days, like Airfix Dogfighter and the first Europa Universalis game(1998 and 1999/2000, respectively IIRC). As you are covering the late 90s now, I guess it's possible now/soon.
Thanks again for making this mag!