Electronic Gaming Monthly Issue #47 – June 1993

Episode 22 – This week on the show, let’s read EGM #47 from June of 1993. This was the very issue that got me into collecting and reading old gaming magazines when I found it at a flea market for 50 cents a few years ago. Electronic Gaming Monthly might be the most recognized and iconic gaming magazine from back in the day, even if it wasn’t the best from an editorial point of view.

These episodes are edited for length and therefore do not feature every single page of the magazine, but are still probably extremely long-winded and definitely not for everybody.






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  1. brentonius on April 14, 2020 at 5:30 pm

    My parents and teachers would be so proud of me for reading tonight

  2. Nickolas Ecker on April 14, 2020 at 5:30 pm

    The NES version of Batman Returns is almost better!

  3. Stephen G on April 14, 2020 at 5:31 pm

    Thanks for recommending me this love it

  4. Marcelo B. on April 14, 2020 at 5:33 pm

    Mighty Final Fight for the Super Nintendo? That would’ve been interesting.

  5. Horacio Socolovsky on April 14, 2020 at 5:33 pm

    That Batman Returns on Sega CD had a darn fantastic soundtrack tho, almost worth owning for that reason alone.

  6. Jason Harrington on April 14, 2020 at 5:34 pm

    Most of my childhood was absolutely dominated by: Nintendo, Sega, EGM, Nintendo Power, Spielberg movies. I just recently realized that I can use YouTube to delve fully into nostalgia mode in regard to all the old school video game things, and now I see that I can even go back to the old EGM issues that I used to nearly memorize. Jesus Christ. I literally developed a good portion of my early vocabulary from reading EGM, no joke. Loooking back now, I believe that those EGM writers were pretty good, although I didn’t reall yunderstand what made for good video game writing at that early point vs. shitty video game writing. I remember clearly that I learned the word "mediocre" from EGM, haha. I give EGM credit. Not many other 8 year oldz in my neighborhood were walking around saying "this ice cream is mediocre, at best."

  7. darnez levy on April 14, 2020 at 5:39 pm

    I brought a few gaming mags,here and there back in the 80’s,as early as 82,I believe.But,I started buying them monthly in the 90’s through the early 2000’s.I have tubs of them,still looking brand new!

  8. Chris Pacheco on April 14, 2020 at 5:41 pm

    "Just Don’t Smile When They Say You’re Grounded…"😆

  9. Stevie Jo on April 14, 2020 at 5:43 pm


  10. Jeremy Johnson on April 14, 2020 at 5:43 pm

    I love you dearly.

  11. hem0gen on April 14, 2020 at 5:43 pm

    I won a Super Gameboy through one of the drawing contest. I wish I could remember the issue. It was either in Gamepro or EGM since those were the mags that I read back then. I remember the drawing was of Earthworm Jim. I need to get some copies of those mags during that time period to find it.

  12. Zachary Saylor on April 14, 2020 at 5:46 pm

    Heh cool, conjured up a buried memory. 5 years old on a road trip to visit my Dad’s side of the family, my father took out the middle seat of the van (I miss that van) and my older brother and I were laying on a pile of sleeping bags and he was explaining Mortal Kombat to me while going over this issue; I kept asking about Gorro and then I would imagine him battling Blanka from Street Fighter on a grain elevator (we lived in the Midwest).
    Thanks for the flashback 🙂

  13. JDawg on April 14, 2020 at 5:47 pm

    I remember the Toy’s R Us in my city had the SNES on display to play with Batman Returns on one and Ken Griffey Jr. Baseball on the other. Many, many days going there and playing.

  14. Marcus Bullock on April 14, 2020 at 5:49 pm

    cool spot was a neat mascot they should’ve kept the brand focused on him

    starfox’s style actually originates from a game called Spectre for old computers

  15. Javier Gutierrez on April 14, 2020 at 5:50 pm

    I loved going to BRE Software !! They unfortunately closed early this year 🙁 . Good times

  16. ninjacape on April 14, 2020 at 5:53 pm

    More people wrote reviews under Ed Semrad’s name than under the Sushi X name.

  17. w00dyblack on April 14, 2020 at 5:53 pm

    I think I bought this issue back in the day

  18. James Schaffroth on April 14, 2020 at 5:54 pm

    cool spot is THE BEST

  19. Zyfi on April 14, 2020 at 5:56 pm

    Hi Man dude

  20. Vince A on April 14, 2020 at 5:57 pm

    Damn $130 for a console , $400 now a days . I’ve been selling all the EGm magazines I have. I had them all, and gamepro magazines.

  21. Michael Anderson on April 14, 2020 at 5:58 pm

    I had two letters published one in gamepro subject why are games priced higher then music or movies?
    Second was a EGM subject My rant about a bad review on a game I gave my little girl and she said she loved the game I don’t recall the game today

  22. BigPapaPage716 on April 14, 2020 at 5:59 pm

    I think this is the first one I remember from my childhood, thanks for your content!

  23. Jeremy Fortunato on April 14, 2020 at 6:00 pm

    Dude where did you live? The BRE software section of the magazine made me think. So the area code in the magazine is 209. But now it’s 559 and the main store is in my city.

  24. Card Captor Li on April 14, 2020 at 6:00 pm

    I was born in June 1993

  25. Samuel Stinson on April 14, 2020 at 6:01 pm

    I enjoyed Yo Noid! and Cool Spot. Good platformers.

  26. Matthew Lane on April 14, 2020 at 6:03 pm

    I used to get EGM but i dont have a single one left. I read them to death😭

  27. Matthew Lane on April 14, 2020 at 6:04 pm

    Thats a tuff one genisis with sonic or streets of rage 2?

  28. Matthew Lane on April 14, 2020 at 6:04 pm

    I liked yo noid i had a friend who borrowed it to me when i was young

  29. Marcus Bullock on April 14, 2020 at 6:04 pm

    that mario is missing game sucks ass lol, i hated it because i had no idea it would be so boring

  30. MrCalverino on April 14, 2020 at 6:06 pm


  31. Michael Anderson on April 14, 2020 at 6:07 pm

    Check your Magazines I had 3 of my letters published in early 90’s gaming magazines

  32. Gedaman on April 14, 2020 at 6:09 pm

    I miss EGM and GamePro so much! They got me through so many boring classes in school. You got to know about all of the latest games coming out unlike today where you might miss something being posted on the Internet. I was so sad when EGM shuttered in 2009 right before their 20th anniversary.
    1993 was a great year for gaming. My parents finally caved in and got me an SNES after years of begging (until then I had a Game Boy). I remember playing Super Mario World, Star Fox, Street Fighter II Turbo and the censored Mortal Kombat (it wasn’t THAT bad!). The SNES remains my favorite system of all time.

  33. Buckycarbon on April 14, 2020 at 6:11 pm

    Hahaha Cyborg Justice. I used to haul my Genesis to school in middle school and play beat em ups at lunch in the lounge. Cyborg Justice’s strength is that you can build your own robots and fight with friends… but there’s a secret 2 hit kill move that anyone can do, which kills the game. Once you learn that it just because a dance to see who can pull it off first. Otherwise, silly fun, but yeah, kinda boring and sub par to what it could have been.

  34. Chris Doe on April 14, 2020 at 6:11 pm

    REmember when they came out with an EGM 2

  35. Mr. SEA on April 14, 2020 at 6:12 pm

    I have a few original copies of Electronic Games from early 80s…

  36. Dr. Lemonade on April 14, 2020 at 6:13 pm

    Wow, a Turbo Duo with five pack-in titles: that’s pretty awesome.

  37. fairuz wahab on April 14, 2020 at 6:13 pm

    those were the days

  38. For The Love Of The Game on April 14, 2020 at 6:14 pm

    As a kid in ’93 I remember blowing all my xmas money on Mortal Kombat for the SNES and did not regret it.

  39. Jason Harrington on April 14, 2020 at 6:15 pm

    Damn right I clearly remember having this issue and devouring it over and over for at least 2 months, just like every other EGM issue. This channel is amazing

  40. gundamzerostrike on April 14, 2020 at 6:15 pm

    Nintendo stopped censoring games when they saw the Genesis version of MK selling waaaay more than the SNES version. Nintendo was like: "we fucked up".

  41. ninjacape on April 14, 2020 at 6:16 pm

    Sushi X was mostly played by by a guy named Ken Williams. After Williams left, he was then played by multiple editors. Williams returned in late 96 to play Sushi again. When Williams left for good in 1999, the character was retired.

  42. Sloppy Toons on April 14, 2020 at 6:18 pm

    Growing up in east Europe and Australia, these magazines always came my way like 2-3 months behind, but without internet it was still cool. I liked American magazines better than the UK ones, as they were way too much opinion. CVG, Mean Machines tries to be funny, but had nothing on Sega Power. And then Edge took that format and was way too serious. American ones like EGM and Game informer has reviews down in little snippets and more people to round that pry up, the rest was just information.

  43. Travis Heinze on April 14, 2020 at 6:19 pm

    3:09 Is this for May or June?

  44. Jorge Perez on April 14, 2020 at 6:21 pm

    Cool spot was awesome. I loved it, I still have it.

  45. G on April 14, 2020 at 6:21 pm

    There is so much nostalgia

  46. Troy GBLAN on April 14, 2020 at 6:22 pm

    Anyone try calling the number on the first page?

  47. FallicIdol on April 14, 2020 at 6:24 pm

    RBI is still making mediocre games for the Switch now.

  48. Prizrak2084 on April 14, 2020 at 6:24 pm

    Heh. I remember this one. When I bought my SNES, they had a deal where if you register it, you got Super Mario All Stars for free in the mail. I thought that was awesome. That’s in addition to the standard pack-in of Super Mario World. So, I got 5 Mario games with my SNES! BTW, Super Turrican was cool, but my favorite is Mega Turrican on the Genesis. Some of the best music ever in that game and it just plays really tight, with no slow-down, while pushing the Genesis’ sprite and scrolling capabilities. That game really surprised me by how good and polished it was.

  49. Shelf Warmer on April 14, 2020 at 6:24 pm

    As a kid who couldn’t afford the latest games and systems, these magazines were my way of keeping in touch and being in the know, the result of which friends would invite me over to play their games because I knew more about them then they did.

  50. Liberator Of Me on April 14, 2020 at 6:27 pm

    Miss the 90s 😢😢 i was 19 when this came out 😒☹😢😩

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