Retro RPGs & Gaming Magazines: Japanese Ads, Part 1

One of my favorite parts of old gaming magazines is the advertisements. Granted, that doesn’t mean that I’m particularly fond of all the ads that I see, but if it slaps on relevant artwork from the game, I’m definitely more drawn to it than if it uses something else entirely. That’s part of the reason why I tend to like Japanese magazine ads over North American ones. That’s why I wanted to share a collection of magazine advertisements from Beep! Mega Drive, a Japanese magazine that focused on, you guessed it; Sega’s Mega Drive, Mega CD, and Game Gear. This collection doesn’t contain every single ad that I have gathered together, as some are too visually similar or don’t have anything particularly noteworthy about them compared to other ads for the same game. But you’ll certainly see a variety of familiar titles as well as obscure ones.


Aisle Lord (アイルロード)
1992 [Mega CD]
Localized: No

Beyond Oasis (ストーリー・オブ・トア 光を継ぐ者)
1994 [Mega Drive]
Localized: Yes

Cosmic Fantasy Stories (コズミックファンタジーストーリーズ)
1992 [Mega CD]
Localized: No (Cosmic Fantasy 2 on TurboGrafx-16 CD, yes)

Crusader of Centy (新創世紀ラグナセンティ)
1994 [Mega Drive]
Localized: Yes

Crystal Warriors (アーリエル クリスタル伝説)
1991 [Game Gear]
Localized: Yes

Death Bringer (デスブリンガー)
1992 [Mega CD]
Localized: No

Dragon Slayer: Legend of Heroes (ドラゴンスレイヤー英雄伝説)
1994 [Mega CD]
Localized: No (TurboGrafx-16 CD, yes)

Dungeon Master II: Skullkeep (ダンジョンマスターII スカルキープ)
1994 [Mega CD]
Localized: Yes

Eternal Legend (エターナル レジェンド)
1991 [Game Gear]
Localized: No

Exile (エグザイル 時の狭間へ)
1991 [Mega Drive]
Localized: Yes

Fray: Shugyouhen (フレイ ~修行編~)
1991 [Game Gear]
Localized: No

Heimdall (ハイムドール)
1994 [Mega CD]
Localized: Yes

Langrisser II (ラングリッサーII)
1994 [Mega Drive]
Localized: No (Fan Translation, yes)

Lodoss Tou Senki: Eiyuu Sensou (ロードス島戦記~英雄戦争~)
1994 [Mega CD]
Localized: No

Lord Monarch (ロードモナーク・とことん戦闘伝説)
1994 | [Mega Drive]
Localized: No

Lunar: The Silver Star (ルナ ザ・シルバースター)
1992 [Mega CD]
Localized: Yes

Lunar: Eternal Blue (ルナ エターナルブルー)
1994 [Mega CD]
Localized: Yes

Maten no Soumetsu (魔天の創滅)
1993 [Mega Drive]
Localized: No

Phantasy Star IV (ファンタシースター 千年紀の終りに)
1993 [Mega Drive]
Localized: Yes

Revengers of Vengeance (バトル ファンタジー)
1994 [Mega CD]
Localized: Yes

Shadowrun (シャドウラン)
1996 [Mega CD]
Localized: No (Genesis and SNES, yes)

Shining Force (シャイニング・フォース 神々の遺産)
1992 [Mega Drive]
Localized: Yes

Shining Force CD (シャイニングフォースCD)
1994 [Mega CD]
Localized: Yes

Sorcerer’s Kingdom (ソーサルキングダム)
1992 [Mega Drive]
Localized: Yes

Surging Aura (サージングオーラ)
1995 [Mega Drive]
Localized: No

Traysia (港のトレイジア)
1992 [Mega Drive]
Localized: Yes

Uncharted Waters (大航海時代)
1992 [Mega Drive]
Localized: Yes

Wakusei Woodstock: Funky Horror Band (惑星ウッドストック ファンキーホラーバンド)
1991 [Mega CD]
Localized: No

Ys III: Wanderers from Ys (イースIII ワンダラーズ フロム イース)
1991 [Mega Drive]
Localized: Yes

Mega CD Ads Featuring RPGs
Localized: No (Fhey Area) | Yes (Dark Wizard) | Fan Translation (King Colossus)

These advertisements were found in scans of Beep! Mega Drive, during the years of 1991, 1992, and 1994. They have been cleaned and resized from their original scans.

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