demo disc, guide
book & magazine coverage for neo nectaris:
Neo Nectaris ( tentatively titled as
in the "Coming Soon" section of TurboForce Magazine
) was one of several titles that TTi announced, but failed to
release, in North America. Not surprisingly, there was
essentially no coverage of Neo Nectaris in U.S. gaming
magazines (neither TurboPlay, TurboForce nor DuoWorld previewed
the game as an import). Japanese gaming
magazines, of course, offered far more extensive coverage of Neo
Nectaris. For ex-
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ample, the Summer 1994
installment of PC-Engine
Hyper Catalog (CD-ROM Capsule) #6 (a print magazine + 2 CD-ROM
game demo discs) provided an 8 page primer on Neo Nectaris.
This primer was to aid gamers when they checked out the playable Neo
Nectaris game demo that was included on Disc A. Playable
demos for Hyper Wars (1994, Hudson Soft, Battle arena
simulation) and Blood Gear (1994, Hudson Soft, Action RPG w/
MECHs) can also be found on Demo Disc
A, along with the "PC Engine Data Bank" -- a searchable
database of all PC Engine titles (both HuCard and CD for- mats).
A very similar database was included on Victor Musical's Ultrabox
Sohkan Go series (six volumes were releas- ed). Ultrabox
Sohkan Go was essentially a "PCE-magazine-on-a-CD-ROM"
publication that featured digital comics, fan art, demos, etc., as
well as the game database (...but the Ultrabox
database included a pixelated, low- resolution image of each game's cover art, a
feature that is sorely missed in Shogakukan's Hyper Catalog
). On Disc B, you'll find the four remaining game demos:
Pro Yakyuu Super '94 (1994, INTEC, supports PCE mouse,
Baseball game with managerial duties to add depth), Popful
Mail (1994, Falcom, Action RPG), GS Mikami
(1994, Banpresto, Card-battle game based on the "Ghost Sweeper
Mikami" anime), Arunamu No Kiba (1994,
Right Stuff, RPG). All of the aforementioned games, in a section of the magazine called the "Hyper
Manual", have an 8-10 page primer similar to that of Neo
In addition to the "Hyper Manual" content, the PC-Engine
Hyper Catalog offered previews of future releases, strategy
guides (i.e. a special moves list for Fatal Fury Special ),
features (a few pages on PC-FX, NEC's new console and successor to the
DUO, is in the summer 1994 issue), and many, many ads.
Hyper Catalog (CD-ROM Capsule) was published by Shogakukan and
sold for 2,500 - 2,900 yen per issue (a whopping $22-26 USD ! ).
A total of seven issues
(quarterly) were published, but the final installment -- PC-Engine
Hyper Catalog DUO RX (with 2 demo discs) -- was a special
promotion accompanying the release of the DUO-RX console (which included an NEC Avenue 6-button controller instead of
the standard 2-button controller packaged with the DUO-R). Installments 1-5
of the PC-Engine Hyper Catalog included
one demo disc, whereas the final two issues (#6 and DUO-RX) featured 2
demo discs. Also, I am pretty certain that Shogakukan also published Game
ON! (a multi-platform gaming magazine in Japan) which
covered the PC-Engine (and later, PC-FX), among other consoles of
(from PCE Hyper Catalog #6)
Neo Nectaris Guide Book
(Existence has yet to be verified)
2-page advertisement for Neo Nectaris
enigmatic Neo Nectaris GUIDE BOOK
As I mentioned above, PC-Engine
Hyper Catalog #6 was chock-full of advertisements.
Above left is a scan of the 2-page advertisement for Neo Nectaris
that originally appeared in PC-Engine Hyper Catalog #6. Note: The DUO-RX
was heavily promoted in the magazine and selling for 29,800 yen
(approximately $270 USD).
Above right is a picture of what appears to be a NEO NECTARIS
GUIDE BOOK. The existence of this guide
book has yet to be verified (and that's the reason why I don't have
a better image of it, unfortunately). This image is the only evidence of its
(possible) existence I have
ever seen, so if you can provide further information, please contact me ...
July 1994, Japan
PC-Engine Fan July 1994
||Pages 94 - 95
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PC-Engine Fan Magazine (July
1994 issue) featured a short primer on Neo Nectaris (you can find
scans of all four pages above). This issue featured an extensive
spread on the new NEC console, PC-FX, which would be facing competition in
the console wars with the new Sony PlayStation and the Sega Saturn.
Some of the games given substantial treatment in this issue include:
World Heroes 2, Dragon Knight III, Cosmic Fantasy 4, Megami Paradise,
Brandish, Mad Stalker, Vasteel 2, etc. To round out the magazine,
there were the usual departments: Manga (i.e. The Rebirth of Dragon
Slayer), Letters to the Editor, PCE Data Bank (i.e. top 10 software
lists), and cheats (although this section is cryptically entitled "UL
- Tech Wonder Land").
Fan (590 yen, $5.50 USD) was dedicated to covering the
PC-Engine / DUO consoles. By 1994--with Sony's PlayStation and Sega's
Saturn soon to be on the market (not to mention NEC's own PC-FX
console)--the glory days of the DUO were drawing to a close. PC Engine Fan was
the last magazine to focus exclusively on NEC's consoles (publication of
two other dedicated magazines -- Marukashi PC Engine and Gekkan
PC Engine -- had ceased by 1994).
TRIVIA: TurboGrafx-16 fans might dig this ... nearly all the content
in the initial issues of TurboPlay Magazine was taken from PC
Engine Fan Magazine. For the full story, visit the TurboPlay
Magazine Archives ).