Relive the glory days of youth by catching up on the first 13 years of Nintendo Power for free on Archive.org. It’s worth it for the beautiful cover art alone.
Nintendo Power is a discontinued news and strategy magazine which was initially published in-house monthly by Nintendo of America and later run independently. If I wasn’t reading Calvin & Hobbes, or The Simpsons Episode Guides with my Fruit Loops I was reading Nintendo Power.
The collection spans from the very first issue, published in July of 1988 with its now iconic claymation Mario cover, to number 145 in June 2001. Flipping through these issues is bringing me back to simpler days, bad fashion and obnoxious advertisements. This is a childhood goldmine and I can finally forgive my mom for throwing out all my issues.
It’s unfortunate there aren’t more video game magazines out there. Social media and YouTube move too fast for them to exist. Before the internet, I depended on Nintendo Power to show me where to find the hidden secrets in each of my games. It was also cool to see that there were other kids out there just like me and read their letters to the editor. I must have sent over 100 letters but unfortunately, don’t think I was ever published. Enjoy your trip down memory lane and if you want a chance to play these games again, hit me up on Twitter and ask me about Raspberry Pi. I just set mine up last night and am loving it.