Archive | July 2015

Nintendo Power #5

Issue 5 released with the first format change for the magazine.  Going back to the Nintendo Fun Club News, the reader mail was always found toward the end of the magazine but this issue it was finally moved to the front where it would remain for the run of the magazine. Read More…

Nintendo Power #4

After patiently waiting since first being announced in issue 3 of the Nintendo Fun Club News, we finally get a full length feature on Zelda II: The Adventure of Link!  Highly anticipated by everyone who played the first game, Zelda II was very different than the original Legend of Zelda and much more difficult than the first game.  If you ever wanted a perfect picture of the 80’s though, just look at the cover of this issue.  The mullets, the perms, and is Link wearing an earring in that picture???  The cover of the magazine could have been the cover to a rock album of the day. Read More…

Nintendo Power #3

So after the controversy over the cover of issue 2, Nintendo scaled back the cover of issue 3 for one of the most boring covers in the early years of the magazine…a pair of tennis shoes.  Sure they are tennis shoes with rockets but shoes none the less. Read More…

Nintendo Power #2

The cover for issue 2 of Nintendo Power was quite the controversy for the time.  Video games were still a kids hobby so a picture of a severed head on a magazine that was aimed at kinds did not go over well with parents in America.  Looking at it now, it’s a very dramatic cover and another cover like this wouldn’t grace the magazine for a long time. Read More…

Nintendo Power #1

Here it is, the start of the greatest magazine in gaming history…Nintendo Power! Beyond the the obvious increase in the total size of the magazine compered to the Nintendo Fun Club News, the amount of pages dedicated to each featured game was almost as many pages as an entire issue of the Nintendo Fun Club News.  There were more pages of tips and tricks for beating Nintendo games and many more previews of upcoming games.  The ‘Top 5′ has now increased to the ‘Top 30′ which was now possible with the number of Nintendo games that were in the market and would be coming out in the following years. Read More…

Nintendo Fun Club News #7

Issue 7 was the last issue of the newsletter before the launch of Nintendo Power and you can easily see the content quality was significantly lower compared to the previous issues. Read More…

Nintendo Fun Club News #6

At the beginning of 1988, Nintendo had 3 big titles in Mega Man, Contra and Wizards and Warriors all releasing within a few months of this issue coming out.  Once again, the newsletter retains the style and format of the previous 2 issues but the back of the Game Pak Wish List has the first mention of the new magazine that will release later in the year.  Nintendo had to know the time to strike was around this time with such big titles like Metal Gear, Double Dragon, Super Mario Bros 2 and Zelda 2 all releasing by the end of 1988 and both EGM and Gamepro launching within a year, they wanted to get their magazine out first to beat the magazine competition to the market. Read More…

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