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2012-11-30 02:36:52 PM
Without that magazine, It would have taken 4-5 times longer to beat FF1 & Metroid, I'd have missed out on a lot in SMB2, StarTropics, Crystalis, Castlevania 3, etc. and I never would have beaten Battletoads.

In fact, even though I'm 35 now, beating Battletoads still probably qualifies as a Top 5 Lifetime Achievement. Thank you, Nintendo Power.

/ also would have spent a shiatton of Christmas gifts on crappy games with slick marketing, instead of on good games that I enjoyed playing. The previews that it gave really helped with that
 
2012-11-30 02:37:53 PM
Bang.
 
2012-11-30 02:37:55 PM

whistleridge: I never would have beaten Battletoads.


Impossible. No one has ever beaten Battletoads.
 
2012-11-30 02:40:31 PM

tricycleracer: whistleridge: I never would have beaten Battletoads.

Impossible. No one has ever beaten Battletoads.


Incorrect. It was beaten. It took an even more inordinate chunk of my life than did beating Adventure of Link, Mike Tyson in Punch-Out!!, Kid Icarus, and Rygar (Jesus, that game took forever), but it was done. Once. By the skin of my teeth.
 
2012-11-30 02:41:10 PM

whistleridge: Without that magazine, It would have taken 4-5 times longer to beat FF1 & Metroid, I'd have missed out on a lot in SMB2, StarTropics, Crystalis, Castlevania 3, etc. and I never would have beaten Battletoads.

In fact, even though I'm 35 now, beating Battletoads still probably qualifies as a Top 5 Lifetime Achievement. Thank you, Nintendo Power.

/ also would have spent a shiatton of Christmas gifts on crappy games with slick marketing, instead of on good games that I enjoyed playing. The previews that it gave really helped with that


Yeah, I seem to recall a world map of Metroid as well as The Legend of Zelda.
 
2012-11-30 02:41:45 PM

whistleridge: tricycleracer: whistleridge: I never would have beaten Battletoads.

Impossible. No one has ever beaten Battletoads.

Incorrect. It was beaten. It took an even more inordinate chunk of my life than did beating Adventure of Link, Mike Tyson in Punch-Out!!, Kid Icarus, and Rygar (Jesus, that game took forever), but it was done. Once. By the skin of my teeth.


I know, there's runs on YouTube. I was just having a little /b/tard fun.
 
2012-11-30 02:46:16 PM

Tax Boy: [www.classicville.co.uk image 400x395]

[images.mentalfloss.com image 236x240]


Protip: Do not look up what happened to the actor who played "Lucas" in The Wizard if you do not wish to become depressed and uncomfortable.

whistleridge: tricycleracer: whistleridge: I never would have beaten Battletoads.

Impossible. No one has ever beaten Battletoads.

Incorrect. It was beaten. It took an even more inordinate chunk of my life than did beating Adventure of Link, Mike Tyson in Punch-Out!!, Kid Icarus, and Rygar (Jesus, that game took forever), but it was done. Once. By the skin of my teeth.


Kid Icarus is a dawdle. I play through it in a matter of days at least once every two years.
 
2012-11-30 02:48:25 PM
I remeber getting a free copy of Dragon Warrior for renewing my subscription. I must have logged over a thousand hours into that game.
 
2012-11-30 02:55:20 PM
i818.photobucket.com
Approves. 
 
2012-11-30 02:55:40 PM

tricycleracer: I know, there's runs on YouTube. I was just having a little /b/tard fun.


I know :). I was just responding with the righteous indignation of a 12-year old who spent at least six months trying to beat that damn game :p I still have nightmares about that one speed bike level.

Dimensio: Kid Icarus is a dawdle. I play through it in a matter of days at least once every two years.


Says you. Try telling 10-year old me that. Especially when the only system I had played before that was an Atari 2600...:p
 
2012-11-30 02:56:07 PM

funk_soul_bubby: [i818.photobucket.com image 281x231]
Approves.


Is that Ray Comfort?
 
2012-11-30 02:57:29 PM

Dimensio: funk_soul_bubby: [i818.photobucket.com image 281x231]
Approves.

Is that Ray Comfort?


Mark Discordia, Seanbaby's punching bag.
 
2012-11-30 02:59:29 PM

whistleridge: tricycleracer: I know, there's runs on YouTube. I was just having a little /b/tard fun.

I know :). I was just responding with the righteous indignation of a 12-year old who spent at least six months trying to beat that damn game :p I still have nightmares about that one speed bike level.

Dimensio: Kid Icarus is a dawdle. I play through it in a matter of days at least once every two years.

Says you. Try telling 10-year old me that. Especially when the only system I had played before that was an Atari 2600...:p



I used to beat any Nintendo game within 3 days. Partly due to renting them from Blockbuster...

Luckily for my record, I never played Battletoads...
 
2012-11-30 03:00:29 PM
I still want Nintendo to do a proper follow-up to SMB2. They've already brought back SMB3 and Super Mario World with the New Super Mario Bros Series. How about bringing back the mechanics and cast of enemies from Doki Doki Panic?
 
2012-11-30 03:00:42 PM

Dimensio: Is that Ray Comfort?


Treygreen13: Mark Discordia, Seanbaby's punching bag.


Though I do see the resemblance!
 
2012-11-30 03:01:14 PM
I got Nintendo power up until I left for college in 1998. I have also every single magazine. It was so cool as a kid to feel that close to the development cycle. Nowadays we get all our information a split second after it happens but back then this was what we considered being close to the source.

The only thing that made me a bit upset was when Nintendo power would put in maps for the beginning levels but never the end levels.

God Damn those games were hard, especially when you're 10 years old.
 
2012-11-30 03:04:29 PM
Began my subscription with the Mega Man 2 issue (Aug/Sep 1988, iirc), and didn't stop until my sophomore year in college (2002). NP will be missed.

/going to have to get that final issue on ebay or something though
 
2012-11-30 03:04:42 PM
A friend and I split a subscription so we could get Dragon Warrior.

/Loved that game
//Dragon Warrior > FF
 
2012-11-30 03:05:49 PM

Telos:
I used to beat any Nintendo game within 3 days. Partly due to renting them from Blockbuster...

Luckily for my record, I never played Battletoads...


Ditto. I got one new game per year, on Christmas. Everything else was a rental.

The exceptions to that rule were Battletoads (too hard), Rygar (too long), and Metroid (too interesting).
 
2012-11-30 03:08:36 PM

BAMFinator: //Dragon Warrior > FF


You're gonna blow this thread up saying things like that.

In all seriousness, I tried to break that out last year when I was doing a lot of retro gaming... Original NES et al. It's brutal to try to play that game today. Like watching paint dry. And I loved that game, don't get me wrong. It was painful enough trying to play through FF again. But I did, with the all-thieves party.
 
2012-11-30 03:08:57 PM

SacriliciousBeerSwiller: JerseyTim: How will I keep up with the zany adventures of Nester

Fun fact: Howard Phillips, who was portrayed in "Howard and Nester", went on to work for LucasArts and Microsoft Studios and is now a game design consultant.


I coulda swore "Howard" was based on Howard Lincoln.
 
2012-11-30 03:10:33 PM

BAMFinator: A friend and I split a subscription so we could get Dragon Warrior.

/Loved that game
//Dragon Warrior > FF


Why? Did you especially like spending 30 - 40 hours killing blobs for 1 gold and 2 experience? That was my least favorite RPG of all time, because the play sucked so hard. Which was a shame, because it was a solid storyline.
 
2012-11-30 03:14:04 PM

The Bestest: SacriliciousBeerSwiller: JerseyTim: How will I keep up with the zany adventures of Nester

Fun fact: Howard Phillips, who was portrayed in "Howard and Nester", went on to work for LucasArts and Microsoft Studios and is now a game design consultant.

I coulda swore "Howard" was based on Howard Lincoln.


Nope.
 
2012-11-30 03:14:34 PM

whistleridge: Telos:
I used to beat any Nintendo game within 3 days. Partly due to renting them from Blockbuster...

Luckily for my record, I never played Battletoads...

Ditto. I got one new game per year, on Christmas. Everything else was a rental.

The exceptions to that rule were Battletoads (too hard), Rygar (too long), and Metroid (too interesting).


I actually did manage Rygar in 3 days. Probably not Metroid though, and certainly not without maps! But I think that was before I started keeping track...
 
2012-11-30 03:15:35 PM

whistleridge: Telos:
I used to beat any Nintendo game within 3 days. Partly due to renting them from Blockbuster...

Luckily for my record, I never played Battletoads...

Ditto. I got one new game per year, on Christmas. Everything else was a rental.

The exceptions to that rule were Battletoads (too hard), Rygar (too long), and Metroid (too interesting).


Rygar actually isn't that long, the problem with the game was that the overworld was so expansive, but you really only ever had to navigate like a few specific areas, so if you don't have a map or walkthrough, you'll end up wandering around aimlessly forever with no clue where to go or what to do. I had to use the walkthrough to beat it, but it was still immensely satisfying when I did.
 
2012-11-30 03:16:33 PM
farewell sweet prince.

/got to go get this dust out of my eye.
 
2012-11-30 03:17:21 PM

whistleridge: BAMFinator: A friend and I split a subscription so we could get Dragon Warrior.

/Loved that game
//Dragon Warrior > FF

Why? Did you especially like spending 30 - 40 hours killing blobs for 1 gold and 2 experience? That was my least favorite RPG of all time, because the play sucked so hard. Which was a shame, because it was a solid storyline.


Dragon Warrior has a certain charm. Yes, it can be a little tedious at times, but there's a little magic there. Especially if it's the first RPG you ever played.

After years of thinking about it, I think it really came down to the sound effect. Somehow that little whistle followed by a fuzzy noise just sounds like a sword swinging through the air and hitting a wolf monster.
 
2012-11-30 03:17:32 PM
Get the POWAH! NINTENDO POWAH! Get the CLUES that you can use! NINTENDO POWAH!!
Higher and Highter! Fighting your way through ENEMY FI-YAH!
 
2012-11-30 03:18:34 PM

spman: Rygar actually isn't that long, the problem with the game was that the overworld was so expansive, but you really only ever had to navigate like a few specific areas, so if you don't have a map or walkthrough, you'll end up wandering around aimlessly forever with no clue where to go or what to do. I had to use the walkthrough to beat it, but it was still immensely satisfying when I did.


Agreed. Now.

But I never had a walkthrough back then, so I spent hours and hours wandering. And knowing I was wandering. And wanting to bounce the damn rental game off the wall. Argh. I had to rent it like 3 times to beat it. Also, the no save feature was a massive pain in my ass.
 
2012-11-30 03:19:36 PM

Telos: After years of thinking about it, I think it really came down to the sound effect. Somehow that little whistle followed by a fuzzy noise just sounds like a sword swinging through the air and hitting a wolf monster.


That was Betrayal at Krondor (not NES, but still farking awesome) and Shadowgate for me. But I feel you.
 
2012-11-30 03:20:28 PM

tricycleracer: Oblig:

[www.gonintendo.com image 387x1500]


Oh, he's an adult. He doesn't play the Nintendos now. That's not what adults do. Adult males sit on a couch in a half-life t-shirt doing the teamspeak on coddy blops 2. That's so funny... ^_^

Bonus Points: pony tail.
 
2012-11-30 03:23:25 PM

enforcerpsu: I got Nintendo power up until I left for college in 1998. I have also every single magazine. It was so cool as a kid to feel that close to the development cycle. Nowadays we get all our information a split second after it happens but back then this was what we considered being close to the source.

The only thing that made me a bit upset was when Nintendo power would put in maps for the beginning levels but never the end levels.

God Damn those games were hard, especially when you're 10 years old.


You wouldn't be willing to part with any of those magazines, would you? ;)

I've always wanted to nab issues 1-6 to complete my stash. :D


/worth a shot
 
2012-11-30 03:25:03 PM

utsagrad123: Rev.K: While we're on the subject of Super Mario 2, I'm going to go on record and say that I really do love that game. The Mario purists hate it because it's so different from the others, but f*ck those fools, SMB2 is a classic.

In fact, I'ma play it right now.

That one was my favorite. And it was the one game that never made me second guess my gender when I chose to use the female character, because she was just that good.


There is much Truth in both these posts.

Although no true gamer would use anybody other than Toad.
 
2012-11-30 03:25:09 PM

MagSeven: Get the POWAH! NINTENDO POWAH! Get the CLUES that you can use! NINTENDO POWAH!!
Higher and Highter! Fighting your way through ENEMY FI-YAH!


wow.. I had completely forgotten that commercial until reading that

/my friends are knocking down my door.. now that I've got my Commodore!
 
2012-11-30 03:29:35 PM

Rev.K: While we're on the subject of Super Mario 2, I'm going to go on record and say that I really do love that game. The Mario purists hate it because it's so different from the others, but f*ck those fools, SMB2 is a classic.

In fact, I'ma play it right now.


Damn right. It's a fantastic game, and a worthy addition to the Mario series, no matter how it came about.
 
2012-11-30 03:32:10 PM

whistleridge: In fact, even though I'm 35 now, beating Battletoads still probably qualifies as a Top 5 Lifetime Achievement.


You beat Battletoads? fark yeah, you bet that's a Top 5 achievement.

/never could get past Clinger Winger.
 
2012-11-30 03:33:19 PM

Telos: whistleridge: Telos:
I used to beat any Nintendo game within 3 days. Partly due to renting them from Blockbuster...

Luckily for my record, I never played Battletoads...

Ditto. I got one new game per year, on Christmas. Everything else was a rental.

The exceptions to that rule were Battletoads (too hard), Rygar (too long), and Metroid (too interesting).

I actually did manage Rygar in 3 days. Probably not Metroid though, and certainly not without maps! But I think that was before I started keeping track...


Metroid was one of those games I spent weeks working through as a kid. I busted it out after not having played it in 15+ years and worked through it in a few hours. I remember being astonished at how vast the game world was. Compared to modern games it's tiny.

I remember as a kid having countless pieces of scratch paper laying around with Metroid codes scribbled all over them. Of course being 10 years old, I wasn't good at being organized so I never knew which code was which. There were always sets backs from forgetting which code was the furthest along in the game.

I also remember constantly having to roam around to fill up on missiles and energy before heading off to fight the Mother Brain. I remember as a kid, dying or running out of missiles and having to start from scratch. I beat with about half my energy and missiles left.

The Legend of Zelda is another game that I remember taking weeks to work through. Now, I can knock out the first world in about an hour. It's partly because I know exactly where everything I and I don't have to go around mindlessly bombing everything and burning every bush and it's partly because it's not as hard as it used to be.

It's sad to learn the difficult games of tour childhood really aren't that hard.
 
2012-11-30 03:34:24 PM

Treygreen13: Copperbelly watersnake: Luigi could jump farther than the princess could float.

He can. I can't think of a single scenario where his jumping ability is a requirement, though. I prefer to play as the Princess as well just because of the control her hovering gives you. Helps on that damn ice level with the flying shy guys. Luigi is a nightmare to control on ice.


You need Luigi to reach the world 7 warp in 5-3. I don't know, though, if you could just instead ride the birds throwing bombombs to reach that area.

I spent so much time trying to find that second mushroom in 6-2 (riding birds, bottomless pits everywhere). Years later I found out that there never was a 2nd mushroom in that annoying level.
 
2012-11-30 03:34:46 PM

whistleridge: BAMFinator: A friend and I split a subscription so we could get Dragon Warrior.

/Loved that game
//Dragon Warrior > FF

Why? Did you especially like spending 30 - 40 hours killing blobs for 1 gold and 2 experience? That was my least favorite RPG of all time, because the play sucked so hard. Which was a shame, because it was a solid storyline.


The Super Famicom remake -- which has been unofficially translated into English (two translations are available; one retains the Japanese names while the other uses the names from the official English localization) -- substantially increases experience and monetary rewards from monsters and thus greatly reduces "grinding".
 
2012-11-30 03:35:39 PM
I still have my membership pin at my mom's house...(i think)
 
2012-11-30 03:36:28 PM

natmar_76: tricycleracer: Oblig:

[www.gonintendo.com image 387x1500]

Oh, he's an adult. He doesn't play the Nintendos now. That's not what adults do. Adult males sit on a couch in a half-life t-shirt doing the teamspeak on coddy blops 2. That's so funny... ^_^

Bonus Points: pony tail.


I am an adult male with a ponytail who does not play games in the Spunkgargle Wee-wee genre.

/Bought a Wii U yesterday.
//Have no idea what I will do with it.
///It can't replace my Wii.
 
2012-11-30 03:38:44 PM
ecx.images-amazon.com
Favorite issue
 
2012-11-30 03:40:03 PM

Elemental79: [ecx.images-amazon.com image 300x300]
Favorite issue


Is this really the Final Fantasy?
 
2012-11-30 03:41:16 PM
I will never forget how stoked I was when the Super Mario Bros. 3 issue came in the mailbox. Holy shiat, he's wearing a raccoon costume.

RIP Nintendo Power.
 
2012-11-30 03:41:59 PM

Shostie: Had that first issue. Read it to the point of disintegration.


you too?
 
2012-11-30 03:45:34 PM
I still have this in my dresser drawer:

i.ebayimg.com 

/hot like double RCP90s
//in paintball mode
 
2012-11-30 03:45:44 PM

Dimensio: Elemental79: [ecx.images-amazon.com image 300x300]
Favorite issue

Is this really the Final Fantasy?


That's not too bad actually. Their cover and cover story of FFIV (FFII at the time) had pictures so completely far off of the final product.
 
2012-11-30 03:50:34 PM
I remember whenever my parents and my siblings and I were completely stuck on a video game, they'd call the coolest babysitter in the world to watch us for an evening and beat the hard levels.

First, he was a guy named John at a time when nobody had ever even heard of a male babysitter. Second, he had bleached hair, piercings and dressed like he'd escaped from one of the music videos with ladies writhing on top of cars in them. (This was despite perfect grades and manners so impeccable he called every female adult 'Ma'am' and every girl 'Miss' and her first name. His parents were friends of mine and they explained that the wardrobe choices and whatnot were privileges in exchange for good behavior.)

And third, he was simply the most exciting human ever to be. He made chainmail. He owned a broadsword. And he could beat every Super Nintendo game in the world, as well as all the Sega ones, and when he got one of the first Playstations, he brought it with him and taught us to play as well. He was the sort of guy that tiny-me would have had a crush on, if I were old enough to reasonably have crushes. (To be fair, I still have a ridiculous thing for chainmail-making, broadsword-owning gamer guys.)

Being ten years old, I was only allowed to make money by raking leaves, shoveling snow and other miscellaneous kid crap. This was around the same time my school did a magazine-subscription sale as a fundraiser, and my little brother and sister and I decided, with infallibly bad kid logic, that what we would do was raise the impossible sum (it was probably something like $20,) and get John a subscription to 'Nintendo Power' for Christmas. We shoveled snow. We mowed lawns. We raked leaves and I overcame my terror of dogs long enough to walk the neighbors' demon-possessed Pomeranian for three days when they went on vacation. At last, the great day came, and we asked our Mom to accept our jar of change and bills in exchange for a check to get John his magazine. With the rest of the money, we bought her a large chocolate bar.

I have no idea if 'Nintendo Power' was a good gift or not, now that I think about it. The Playstation came out within a year or so, as well as the Dreamcast and a bunch of other, better systems, and John eventually got another job that meant he had less and less time for us, but even if it was a hopelessly out-of-style or uncool thing for us to have given him, he acted like we were awesome for thinking of it, let alone raising the money all by ourselves.

He thanked us with big hugs and a piggyback ride each, then gave us our present -a Super Nintendo game cartridge each. Never mind that they were functionally pretty much hand-me-downs from a bigger kid (I think he was sixteen or so,) to a smaller one, it was a wonderfully kind gesture that I've never forgotten. I still have a working SNES and that 'Mystic Quest' cartridge. And there were times he'd bring the latest issue to our house and refer to the tips section, or, more typically, have my baby sister practice her reading-out-loud while he followed her instructions with the controller. I still have happy memories from that time.

John is apparently a radiologist somewhere now, and I'm a grownup who hasn't bought a console game since college. 'Nintendo Power's passing is just another piece of my childhood slipping away. I wonder which of the walkthrough-and-tips websites I'll be referring to, or whether there will be a cool gamer of a neighbor kid to be a level-beating hero to my first kid.

I wonder if it'd be appropriate to test a prospective sitter with 'Battletoads.'
 
2012-11-30 03:51:37 PM

NeverDrunk23: Dimensio: Elemental79: [ecx.images-amazon.com image 300x300]
Favorite issue

Is this really the Final Fantasy?

That's not too bad actually. Their cover and cover story of FFIV (FFII at the time) had pictures so completely far off of the final product.


I was quoting a line from Nintendo Power, possibly from the depicted issue.
 
2012-11-30 03:53:05 PM

Rev.K: While we're on the subject of Super Mario 2, I'm going to go on record and say that I really do love that game. The Mario purists hate it because it's so different from the others, but f*ck those fools, SMB2 is a classic.

In fact, I'ma play it right now.


It's also fascinating because SMB2 in Japan was a balls out precision platformer that was deemed 'too difficult' for the Western audience. So they reskinned another game (Doki Doki something or other) as SMB2.

The reason why it was so different is that it wasn't actually a Mario game. But it was that reskin which most modern Mario games are descended from.

Just a bit of history for ya.
 
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