Nintendo Power has been primed for preservation with an attempt by fans to get all of the issues uploaded onto Archive.org. The iconic magazine currently has 145 issues uploaded for reading, so give them a glance.
Be sure to fire up the nostalgia gland in your brain!
Thankfully, my favorite issue is already cataloged and ready for consumption. Feb. 1997, issue #93 with Mario Kart 64 on the cover, and my very first issue. I didn’t get into Nintendo Power until much later than most Nintendo nerds my age, and this is the one that opened the floodgates. Sure, coverage of the Nintendo 64 games like GoldenEye, Turok, and Shadows of the Empire was exciting, but I was more blown away with the backend of the issue.
It was in this magazine that I first realized the difference between “anime” and North American art thanks to layouts for underrated Nintendo titles like Mole Mania and Marvelous: Another Treasure Island, making its only appearance ever in North America. “Oh, these come from Japan?!” I thought as I scoured over the Harvest Moon info in the back. “Is this why I like it so much?”
I was also introduced to Lufia 2: Rise of the Sinistrals here as well, helping me make the leap into JRPGs beyond Final Fantasy.
Good times all around. Nintendo Power is a classic gaming publication and deserves to be enjoyed by everyone regardless of their age or console loyalty. Be sure to check it out.