Long before the internet was even a thing the only way to get news about your favorite games was in magazines. Now, the classic issues of the greatest gaming mag ever, Nintendo Power, are now available for everybody to check out. Begun in 1988 and running all the way until 2012, Nintendo Power gave you all the news you could handle about games coming out for Nintendo consoles. If you ever received the magazine, you owe it to yourself to check this out.

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The new archive starts with the Super Mario Bros 2 issue from the summer of 1988 and currently runs into 2000. Most, but not all issues, can be brought up and paged through from beginning to end, just like you may have done back then. It's an amazing time capsule of classic gaming. Also, it's potentially useful. Because sometimes what you need in life is the full map layout for Mickey Mouscapade.

Back in the mid to late 1980's Nintendo was pretty much the only (video) game in town. The home video game market and crashed several years before and nobody was crazy enough to try that again. This is why, for decades to follow, "playing Nintendo" would be synonymous with playing video games in general. There simply wasn't another choice. Because video games were mostly played by kids, the medium wasn't given a lot of expression through the popular media of the day. There were no gaming TV or radio shows to speak of. This led Nintendo to start their own magazine, dedicated to their console and the games made for it. The fact that the magazine lasted until 2012, when the video game landscape had gone through multiple evolutions, shows just how dedicated fans were.

When I was a kid, my mother subscribed to the Nintendo Fun Club News for myself and my brothers. It was the precursor to Nintendo Power and as such, we received the magazine from the first issue onward for many years. Unfortunately, my brothers and I loved the magazine so much, that issues got literally destroyed over the years. I'm sure there are collectors out there who would pay decent money for some of those old issues, if only they had survived. However, with the new archive I can remember this classic cover art, some of it wonderful, much of it ridiculous. It's probably how I learned about on-going gaming secrets like the Konami Code.

This couldn't have come at a better time. With Nintendo planning to release a miniature version of their classic console this holiday, with several preloaded games, you'll be able to refer to this archive if you find yourself getting stuck on Zelda II: The Adventure of Link.

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