Compared to issue 3, the first thing you will notice about issue 4 of the Nintendo Fun Club News is the expanded color palate and higher gloss pages as Nintendo expanded the quality of the newsletter.
At this point in Nintendo’s history, the company was ramping up their presence in America and console sales were rapidly increasing. By this point, many games that are now considered NES classics were already on store shelves such as The Legend of Zelda, Castlevania and Kid Icarus with many more big titles releasing in the next 6 months like Mega Man, Wizards and Warriors and the cover feature for this issue, Mike Tyson’s Punch Out. There seems to be a slight increase in the number of ads in this issue but the focus still remaining on the biggest titles on the system.
This issue also sees the first mention of Mega Man, Dragon Quest (which would called Dragon Warrior when it released in America a few years later) and the now famous Konomi code. It’s really fun and interesting to see the genesis of things that are now a part of the general video game culture and to find out how they first came to be.
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