Page 66 - PlayStation hardware
The 32-bit war was rather short - the Saturn launched in May 1995, the PlayStation in September, by December it was already obvious who the winner was going to be. Nintendo came in a year later but never caught-up to the massive lead Sony built. In this catalog the PlayStation is given more space than both of its competitors combined.
Page 67 - Final Fantasy VII, Beyond the Beyond, Wild Arms, Bushido Blade, Memory Card
Final Fantasy VII was the marquee PlayStation game of the season. In my fuzzy memories I recall Crash Bandicoot 2 actually being the best seller. That would make sense at least, mainstream semi-platformers will always outsell Japanese RPGs like it or not.
Page 71 - Jet Moto 2, Twished Metal 2, Cart World Series, Porsche Challenge, Rally Cross
I kinda feel bad for parents of young kids in 1997. Not just because they were raising a future generation of self-important entitled Occupy Wall Street hipsters protesting capitalism with their iPads in hand. No, it's even worse than that. If their kids asked for a racing game for the PlayStation they had to try to figure out which of the dozen or so was best. In my experience they picked whatever was cheapest.
Page 78 - EA Sports '98
A lot of time has been spent analyzing the "Madden Curse" but has anyone looked at the "NBA Live" curse? It looks like Tim Hardaway is on the cover of the '98 edition. He had a great season in 1997-1998 so that fits. However, his 1998-1999 season was cut short sometime around the all-star break. There was also his bizarre anti-gay diatribe on national TV but that was long after his NBA Live cover appearance.
Page 76 - NFL Quarterback Club 98, Extreme G, Turok, NHL Breakaway 98, Riven, Magic the Gathering, Fantastic Four, Alien Trilogy, WrestleMania: The Arcade Game, Turok: Battle of the Dinosaur, Mortal Kombat I&II
I know this is the PlayStation section but a few Game Boy games leaked onto here and I have to talk about one. I have zero recollection of that Mortal Kombat I&II combo game being in the store. Looking around a bit it turns out it's a rare title. I wish I knew that then because it would be a great item for my collection now.
Page 80 - Frogger, Monopoly, Beast Wars, Command and Conquer Red Alert, Golden Nugget, Command and Conquer, NFL Power Play '98, Hercules
They claim Golden Nugget offers "Completely realistic Las Vegas gambling". I don't think that's possible unless the game produces a constant stream of cigarette smoke.
Page 97 - Reel Fishing, Harvest Moon, Excalibur 2555 A.D., Tecmo Stackers, Monster Rancher, Tecmo Deception, Casper, Spider, Loaded
Loaded is still one of my favorite PlayStation games. I think I'll go check if it's available on the Vita now, not much else to play on it yet. It is rather odd that the portable PlayStation 3 is probably mostly used as a portable PlayStation.