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Issue 9

N64 Magazine Issue 9

December 1997
Release Date: 14 Nov 1997
Pages: 108
Editor: Jonathan Davies


Goldeneye came out in the UK just in time for Christmas and the magazine gave it all the space it deserved with a hefty 10 page review. Tim gave it the same score as the US release at 94%, with praise across the board. Tim also gave Extreme G star game status, at 87%. Although it couldn't beat Wipeout on the Playstation, it still shined in its own right. Three fighting games took the final review slots this issue, Dark Rift scored 69%, the import release of Mace: The Dark Age scored a respectable 81% although Clayfighter 63 ⅓ severely disappointed at only 24%.

There were plenty of previews this month, with a wide variety of soon to be released games. The nearly finished Diddy Kong Racing got a full preview, with the game looking good for a pre Christmas release. There was also a further progress report for F-Zero 64, as well as nearly complete games Chameleon Twist, NFL Quarterback Club ‘98 and Fighter’s Destiny. The hope was that all these games would make it to the UK before Christmas.

Also ready for Christmas, the price of the N64 was reduced to £99.99, in the hopes that it could undercut the PlayStation’s sales. Unfortunately there was also the sad news that the Game Boy’s creator Gumpei Yokoi had died in a car crash. Retroworld this month looked at some of the electronic games by tomy as well as some of the classic game and watch games. Game Japan this month looked at the new Pikachu N64 game (later to become Hey You Pikachu), as well as how gaming culture was impacting the Japanese book economy, with 3 of the top 20 books being gaming tip books.

There were a number of interesting How To guides this month, firstly marketer Justin Keeling explained how video games were marketed in different countries. He focused on each of the main markets and looked at how well agency Leo Burnett had managed to advertise the new console and games within the UK market. The Mario Kart championship came to a conclusion this month, with Tom Peppin from Alston coming out on top across many challenges. Wil and his wife Sue took us through three recipes for Nintendo themed bakes and cakes and there was a full guide for Lylat Wars taking us through all the levels within the game with guides for all the bosses as well as tips to get medals in all the stages. Finally Jonathan took us through the basics of putting a magazine together, and showcased some of the great Fanzines that had been sent in to N64.


Future Look

  • Diddy Kong Racing
  • F-Zero 64
  • Chameleon Twist
  • NFL Quarterback Club '98
  • Fighter's Destiny

Coming Soon

  • Snow Speeder
  • Nagano Winter Olympics '98
  • Yoshi's Story
  • Rev Limit
  • Thornado
  • Fushigi No Dungeon 64
  • Legend of Zelda 64
  • Denryu Ira Ira Bou
  • Aero Fighters Assault


  • Clayfighter 63 1/3
    Author: Jes Bickham
    Country: US
    Score: 24%
  • Dark Rift
    Author: Jonathan Davies
    Country: UK
    Score: 69%
  • Mace: the Dark Ages
    Author: Jes Bickham
    Country: US
    Score: 81%
  • Extreme G
    Author: Tim Weaver
    Country: UK
    Score: 87%
  • Goldeneye 007
    Author: Tim Weaver
    Country: UK
    Score: 94%

How To

  • Make People Believe Anything
  • Make your games good enough to eat
  • Save the galaxy, defeat the evil servants of Andross and earn every medal (bar a Purple Heart) before luncheon in Lylat Wars
  • Become a Media Tycoon


  • The N64 Magazine Mario Kart 64 Championship (The Final)


  • Jonathan Davies Editor
  • James Ashton Deputy Editor
  • Tim Weaver Games Editor
  • Wil Overton Art Editor
  • Zy Nicholson Writer
  • Paul Jarrold Art Assistant
  • Jes Bickham Writer
  • Jonathan Nash Writer
  • Andrea Ball Production Editor