Nintendo Power (Nintendo)

Nintendo Power
1988 - 2012

Do do do da do do - doot - That's the lyrics to Super Mario Bros. for the NES when you first fire up World 1-1...Admit it, you went back and re-read the do do's to the tune of the song after reading that last sentence.

Today we're here to talk about one of the greatest video game magazines of all time - Nintendo Power! Much like a dealer selling you crack cocaine, Nintendo said, "Here, the first one's free...But, you'll be back."

The first issue was mailed out to all Nintendo Fan Club members. It was later either handed out by retailers when folks came in to buy a console or game, and later consoles had the issue packed in with it. If you played NES, you read Nintendo Power. If you didn't - Then you were just so not rad.

The magazine ran from July of 1988 all the way through December of 2012. During its years it featured such noted columns as; Player's Pulse, Counselor's Corner, Power Up, Mailbox, and of course the ever popular cheat section which featured tips, tricks and codes for some of the more challenging NES games.

During its twenty-four year run, Nintendo printed exceptional issue after exceptional issue. Here for you today, is every single one of those issues - Even the multiple covers for subscription and newsstand editions. We hope you enjoy it.

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  1. I never had a subscription growing up, but my neighbor did. Since I was mostly relegated to watching him play, I spent most of my time combing through his back issues of Nintendo Power. It's funny to think there was a time when you had to depend on your friends or magazines for game hints, since there was no internet, and your folks would be a little upset if you called a "900" number.

    1. This is probably going to offend a lot of gamers of today, but we as gamers during the NES era were just smarter when it came down to it. Need proof? "Grumble Grumble". Only gamers of our era were able to figure out that the man wanted the hunk of meat in The Legend of Zelda from that. Gamers today would go straight to the internet.

  2. One of my sister's friends had a sub back in the early '90s, and I have fond memories of "borrowing" (*cough*) his issues when they happened to cover something we were playing.

    And I'm probably going to be humming the Mario theme all day now, thanks to you... Gah!

    1. Sorry about that. Let me help you out;

      Do da do - da do do da do da do - Those are the lyrics to The Legend of Zelda when you fire up the open world of the game. Grab your wood sword!