Nintendo Power #13
Issue 13 is the first strategy guide produced by Nintendo Power and as they so frequently do, they lead with Mario and the latest game in the series, Super Mario Brothers 3.
This was the first of the supplemental issues of Nintendo Power that started the magazine on the path of releasing an issue every month and looking at the spine of the cover you see that this is also the first issue with an issue number on it as all previous issues only had the months that the magazine would cover.
The artwork in this strategy guide is some of the best the magazine ever had and its a real showcase of how to the kids of the day, these games were like seeing comics come to life. The large character drawings and little details in all of the images helped us image the same thing when we were looking at the blocky sprites on our TV screens while playing the game.
Interestingly, everything in the game is here except for the final castle leading up to Bowser. While strategy guides and online FAQs today give you every single detail of every aspect of the game, Nintendo wanted to leave a little bit of the game a surprise so you could still have that sense of accomplishment that comes with working out the challenges for yourself. While they would change their strategy in future strategy guides, this one laid the groundwork for their future guides.
If you ever need help with Mario 3, your answers lie below! Enjoy the insight in to one of the best games on the NES, see you next time for another regular issue of Nintendo Power.
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