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Issue 49

N64 Magazine Issue 49

Christmas 2000
Release Date: 20 Nov 2000
Pages: 116
Editor: Andrea Ball


Issue 49 once again brought the Christmas rush. Although this was only 6 games compared to last years 22, it was still more than most of the year had seen. Majora’s Mask was the big game, as the UK release finally rolled around and gained 96%, becoming the joint second best game on the N64 after Ocarina of Time and alongside Perfect Dark and Mario 64. As with the Japanese version they praised the way it used the N64 to its full potential and greatly expanded on the graphics and concepts of Ocarina of Time in new and exciting ways. Mark took a full 8 pages tearing apart the game, showing the first dungeon of the game as well as some of the later aspects including many of the masks on offer. 

Also reviewed in this issue were fellow star games The World is Not Enough (scoring 88%) and WWF No Mercy (scoring 92%) giving the N64 a reasonable final proper Christmas. Batman of the Future: Return of the Joker was the dud of the month, with a dismal score of 16%.

Previewed this issue was Banjo Tooie, as the game slipped back from its November release date to a provisional date of March. The team visited Rare to get a proper playthrough and they were suitably impressed. They also looked at Hey, You Pikachu’s English translation as well as information about WCW backstage assault and several other games due out in early 2001 including the next version of Pokemon Stadium, covering the new Gold and Silver Pokemon. As usual there was a Christmas buyers guide with all the latest peripherals for both the Game Boy and N64 reviewed. Mark also looked around several high-street stores (remember when we had more than just Game!) looking at the best deals.

Planet Game Boy reported on the release of Pokemon Gold and Silver in the states, as well as Mario Tennis in Japan. The GBC re-release of Donkey Kong Country was the game of the month, and scored five stars - the team praising the amount of SNES game shoved into a tiny Game Boy cartridge. Cannon Fodder also scored five stars, and there were yet more tips for Pokemon Yellow.

Rush 2049 was the only guide this issue, with tips on the various tracks of the game, as well as general tips for the game. At the back of the mag they had another dose of Cartwarming Christmas Tales, their now annual take on Nintendo games turned into saucy novels


Future Look

  • Banjo-Tooie
    Anticipation Rating: 5 out of 5
  • Hey You, Pikachu
    Anticipation Rating: 4 out of 5

Coming Soon

  • WCW Backstage Assault
    Anticipation Rating: 4
  • Indiana Jones and the Infernal Machine
    Anticipation Rating: 4
  • Ogre Battle: Person of Lordly Calibre
    Anticipation Rating: 4
  • Rugrats in Paris
    Anticipation Rating: 3
  • Pokemon Stadium Gold/Silver
    Anticipation Rating: 4

PGB Reviews

  • Donkey Kong Country
    Country: Uk
    Score: 5
  • Cannon Fodder
    Country: Uk
    Score: 5
  • Looney Tunes Collector Marian Revenge
    Country: Uk
    Score: 3
  • Monkey Puncher
    Country: Uk
    Score: 4

Special Investigation

  • Peripheral Vision


  • The Legend of Zelda: Majoras Mask
    Author: Mark Green
    Country: UK
    Score: 96%
  • Donald Duck: Quack Attack
    Author: Geraint Evans
    Country: UK
    Score: 69%
  • Batman of the Future
    Author: Alan Madrell
    Country: UK
    Score: 16%
  • The World is Not Enough
    Author: Mark Green
    Country: UK
    Score: 88%
  • Tom & jerry Fists of Fury
    Author: Geraint Evans
    Country: Uk
    Score: 35%
  • WWF No Mercy
    Author: Alan Madrell
    Country: UK
    Score: 92%

How To

  • Be a low-down cheatin' stuntmaster in Rush 2049


  • Cartwarming Christmas Tales II


  • Andrea Ball Editor
  • Martin Kitts Writer
  • Mark Green Deputy Editor
  • Justin Webb Art Editor
  • Paul Edwards Deputy Art Editor
  • Alan Madrell Writer
  • Steve Jalim Production Editor
  • Geraint Evans Writer