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2012-11-30 12:21:00 PM  
Ahhh the good old days.
 
2012-11-30 12:24:21 PM  
Had that first issue. Read it to the point of disintegration.
 
2012-11-30 12:26:07 PM  
Damn...I'm gonna have to go get that. I haven't even owned a Nintendo console since N64, but I was subscribed to the magazine for a few years and loved it.
 
2012-11-30 12:37:53 PM  
Had a subscription to Nintendo Power.

Nothing beat getting home from school and seeing a new issue on the dining room table.
 
2012-11-30 12:39:03 PM  
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.
 
2012-11-30 12:43:06 PM  
How will I keep up with the zany adventures of Nester?
 
2012-11-30 12:49:53 PM  

Rev.K: Had a subscription to Nintendo Power.

Nothing beat getting home from school and seeing a new issue on the dining room table.


at that age, any mail for you is awesome. as adults, most mail is either bills or junk requesting you to refinance.
 
2012-11-30 12:50:06 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.


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.
 
2012-11-30 12:56:51 PM  
I used to get the free Nintendo newsletter that predated Nintendo Power. My parents would never pay for a subscription. Luckily, my best friend growing up used to get it. I would pour through that thing. I loved the game rankings and the list of upcoming games, which I think was on the last page. There was always something to look forward to when you were a kid with the NES.
 
2012-11-30 01:01:50 PM  
Holy flashbacks, Batman.
 
2012-11-30 01:33:54 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.


Preach on! In fact I beat that game before I had even beaten Mario 1. SMB2 had different levels, multiple characters, colorful, and fun. Everything SMB1 wasn't.
 
2012-11-30 01:34:42 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.



True dat.  I think I only ever played the princess because she could float over everything for a few seconds.  I think there was one point where you had to be Luigi to do something or another, but beyond that... always the princess.
 
2012-11-30 01:35:54 PM  

downstairs: 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.


True dat.  I think I only ever played the princess because she could float over everything for a few seconds.  I think there was one point where you had to be Luigi to do something or another, but beyond that... always the princess.


You never have to play as Luigi. My friend Ashley is obsessed with the game. She's probably beaten it 50 times. Does it with Princess all the way through.
 
2012-11-30 01:36:15 PM  
I interviewed for a job at Nintendo Power, but they didn't like all of this crazy "computer layout" stuff I was talking about.
 
2012-11-30 01:39:04 PM  

ThrnPhl: Holy flashbacks, Batman.


forgot it existed. I remember my friends huge stack of them now. I sat in front of that stack of magazines for a day reading each one.

/maybe everything's amazing when you're nine.maybe it was just that good
 
2012-11-30 01:39:25 PM  

Surool: I interviewed for a job at Nintendo Power, but they didn't like all of this crazy "computer layout" stuff I was talking about.


I should mention this was around 1991.
 
2012-11-30 01:39:30 PM  

downstairs: True dat.  I think I only ever played the princess because she could float over everything for a few seconds.  I think there was one point where you had to be Luigi to do something or another, but beyond that... always the princess.


In level 1-2, you can throw one of those bouncy black star things and use Luigi's charged jump to skip most of the level.

And in 4-3, you can use the Princess' floaty jump to go directly from the first tower's landing to the end boss, also skipping a lot of running around.

Good times.
 
2012-11-30 01:40:41 PM  
Closest my kid gets to the OMFG rush of seeing Nintendo Power magazine is his Lego magazine. It is just not the same. I also got the newsletter before the magazine.


/adjusts onion on belt
 
2012-11-30 01:41:49 PM  

Treygreen13: downstairs: 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.


True dat.  I think I only ever played the princess because she could float over everything for a few seconds.  I think there was one point where you had to be Luigi to do something or another, but beyond that... always the princess.

You never have to play as Luigi. My friend Ashley is obsessed with the game. She's probably beaten it 50 times. Does it with Princess all the way through.


Luigi could jump farther than the princess could float. Other than Mario for the digging levels, I never went with anyone else.
 
2012-11-30 01:42:05 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.


i hope Nintendo does a mario sequel inspired by Mario 2 in the future, NSMB2 should've been that
 
2012-11-30 01:48:35 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.


One of my best Christman morning memories is opening SMB2, that year when it was new... whatever year that was. It will always be my favorite SMB, not just for that memory, but for all the weirdness and gameplay.
 
2012-11-30 01:52:26 PM  

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.
 
2012-11-30 01:53:54 PM  
I subscribed to Nintento Power for years. It was somewhere between the ages of 7 to 11, I believe, so from about 1989-1993ish. I ditched Nintendo Power when I got a playstation, which was 93 or 94. My mother didn't mind that it was a video game magazine, as long as I was reading something.
 
2012-11-30 01:56:13 PM  
Anyone else remember back in the day Nintendo ran a free tips line? Since there was no Internet, if you got stuck and couldn't figure out how to solve a problem in a game, you were either stuck until you ran across someone in real life who knew the solution, or you could call Nintendo and they'd help you through. I remember at the time it was free to call, and considered revolutionary.
 
2012-11-30 01:57:10 PM  
You needed Luigi in Super Mario 2 to do one of the warps, if you used the potion with one of the vases. It was one of the worlds with the ostriches but I can't remember the number anymore. That was the only time I used him. Other than that, Princess was the best, which seemed funny as a young boy, because who wanted to be a girl. A lot of the time, if jumping wasn't important, I chose Toad. I did take pride in using each character at least once on a playthru before beating the game. I'm still waiting for them to do a follow-up on SMB2, bring back Wart or something. It's nice to see they finally brought back some of the characters like Shyguy and Bob-omb, so the game isn't totally erased from the mythos.
 
2012-11-30 01:57:25 PM  
Apparently you can't fill up a whole magazine with "Protip: Waggle the Controller!"
 
2012-11-30 01:57:42 PM  
I STILL subscribe to Nintendo Power.
I was a subscriber with the first issue, and I'm here for the last.

...Of course, I was NOT a subscriber between about 1993 and 2001.
 
2012-11-30 02:00:17 PM  
www.classicville.co.uk

images.mentalfloss.com
 
2012-11-30 02:00:32 PM  

ShawnDoc: Anyone else remember back in the day Nintendo ran a free tips line? Since there was no Internet, if you got stuck and couldn't figure out how to solve a problem in a game, you were either stuck until you ran across someone in real life who knew the solution, or you could call Nintendo and they'd help you through. I remember at the time it was free to call, and considered revolutionary.



Yes!  I don't think it was free though.
 
2012-11-30 02:03:22 PM  
Mario 2 is a fantastic game despite it's differences. Only a true expert such as myself has the skills to beat the game from beginning to end, no warps, using only Toad.

/stupid worthless Toad
 
2012-11-30 02:04:31 PM  

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


Watch AL West baseball. His best friend Howard runs the Mariners.
 
2012-11-30 02:05:05 PM  

downstairs: ShawnDoc: Anyone else remember back in the day Nintendo ran a free tips line? Since there was no Internet, if you got stuck and couldn't figure out how to solve a problem in a game, you were either stuck until you ran across someone in real life who knew the solution, or you could call Nintendo and they'd help you through. I remember at the time it was free to call, and considered revolutionary.


Yes!  I don't think it was free though.


It was free for like the first couple of years, I'm thinking like '88 - '91, then they switched it to a pre-recorded 900 number around the time the SNES launched.
 
2012-11-30 02:06:29 PM  

sprawl15: Apparently you can't fill up a whole magazine with "Protip: Waggle the Controller!"


I believe you're thinking of GamePro.
i21.photobucket.com
 
2012-11-30 02:06:33 PM  
I actually only got into Nintendo Power in the last few years, after Future Media bought it. The magazine has gotten REALLY good, and it's the first magazine I've ever subscribed to. I'm really sad to see it go.

I was, to be honest, curious how they would handle going into the future, though. With the Wii U and the 3DS seeing more M-rated games, and more "adult" oriented/violent games, I really couldn't see Nintendo Power continuing to straddle the line of being for kids and for adults at the same time. And to be fair, reading about Zombie U and seeing more and more huge guys with guns in the magazine it just seems.....wrong.

Here's hoping Nintendo themselves can hang on to their souls. God knows we have enough zombie space marine war games.

//EGM was good for about five minutes, then it went on a crusade against EB Games.
///PSM is only 5 pages long.
////OXM is written for illiterates.
//I miss magazines.
//Even the websites I read are going off the deep end. IGN covers more TV shows than games now.
 
2012-11-30 02:06:53 PM  
 
2012-11-30 02:09:36 PM  
I plan on picking this up and want to find a first edition to frame them next to each other
 
2012-11-30 02:10:16 PM  

downstairs: Yes! I don't think it was free though.


It was at first. They started charging later on when the call volume started to get crazy.
 
2012-11-30 02:10:30 PM  

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


It's still on my shelf.
 
2012-11-30 02:10:55 PM  

ShawnDoc: Anyone else remember back in the day Nintendo ran a free tips line? Since there was no Internet, if you got stuck and couldn't figure out how to solve a problem in a game, you were either stuck until you ran across someone in real life who knew the solution, or you could call Nintendo and they'd help you through. I remember at the time it was free to call, and considered revolutionary.


1-800-255-3700

/still Nintendo's CS number to this day almost 30 years later
 
2012-11-30 02:12:24 PM  

spman: /stupid worthless Toad


..just biding his time til Mario Kart
 
2012-11-30 02:15:25 PM  
I have Issue 2 of the newsletter. It had big news- they were announcing a brand new game, which was pulling out all the stops: a gold cartridge, an actual save function... weird name, though.

I need to frame that.
 
2012-11-30 02:25:48 PM  

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.

/thought Nintendo Power folded in the 1990s...
 
2012-11-30 02:27:03 PM  
I was subscribed from issue 1, but because of some sort of screwup didn't get issues 2 or 3 (including the headless Castlevania cover). I've got a 3 foot stack of old NPs back at my parents house including the indispensible Final Fantasy strategy guide. I even had a question answered in one of the Q&As (how to beat the Wily Stage 4 boss in Mega Man 2, though by the time it was published I had already figured it out).

RIP Nintendo Power.
 
2012-11-30 02:29:05 PM  

downstairs: 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.


True dat.  I think I only ever played the princess because she could float over everything for a few seconds.  I think there was one point where you had to be Luigi to do something or another, but beyond that... always the princess.


I do not limit myself to a single character. When I play the game, I play it in its entirety without warps and I use every character five times so that the final "Contributor" cycles between all four characters.

I am a dork.
 
2012-11-30 02:30:40 PM  

Superjoe: You needed Luigi in Super Mario 2 to do one of the warps, if you used the potion with one of the vases. It was one of the worlds with the ostriches but I can't remember the number anymore.


World 5-3.

I recall that from memory.

I really am a dork.
 
2012-11-30 02:31:43 PM  
Read it from the first issue through the late 80's....so much so that I remember Howard "Gamemaster" Phillips having a column in it.

/old
 
2012-11-30 02:32:37 PM  
Oblig:

www.gonintendo.com
 
2012-11-30 02:33:46 PM  
Add me to the list of people who was an original subscriber. While I was able to salvage the old grey box and all its accoutrements (including Rob the Robot) from my mother's house before one of her big purges, the large stack of NP's were lost.
 
2012-11-30 02:33:51 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.
 
2012-11-30 02:35:11 PM  
www.atariage.com
 
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.
 
2012-11-30 03:57:05 PM  

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

Is this really the Final Fantasy?


Oh yes. I read that until it fell apart, then taped it up, then read it until the pages were sticking together, then hounded my mom until she bought me a new one at the bookstore..
 
2012-11-30 03:57:55 PM  

Dimensio: 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.


Bought one myself. I recommend Zombi U, Nano Assault Neo, NSMB U, and Nintendoland. Yes, Nintendoland is actually good, especially if you multi. Zombi U is like Dark Souls meets Resident Evil 0/1/2/3. Nano Assault Neo is a good shooter at a good price. NSMB U has stepped up the platforming with challenges and stuffs.

Miiverse is great also. Check it out. It's a message board type thing with drawing. It's very well done.
 
2012-11-30 04:01:56 PM  

Vaneshi: 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.


Doki Doki Panic was created by Shigeru Miyamoto and Nintendo's EAD group, so the reason they pulled a lot of design cues features from it into SMB3 and onward is because all the same people were involved in its creation; it wasn't some random game off the street that they decided to turn into SMB2.
 
2012-11-30 04:04:45 PM  
I remember writing to Nintendo Power once as a kid. I'd bee inputting random passwords into some game, and it finally produced a level that I'd never witnessed before. I thought I was a wizard.

They did send me a little form letter reply that humored my lame letter with pretend consideration, though, which was nice.
 
2012-11-30 04:05:47 PM  

Dimensio: Superjoe: You needed Luigi in Super Mario 2 to do one of the warps, if you used the potion with one of the vases. It was one of the worlds with the ostriches but I can't remember the number anymore.

World 5-3.

I recall that from memory.

I really am a dork.


Actually, you can get up there as Toad. Later on there are flying birds that drop bom-ombs and you can take one all the way back to the start.
 
2012-11-30 04:06:38 PM  

natmar_76: Bought one myself. I recommend Zombi U, Nano Assault Neo, NSMB U, and Nintendoland. Yes, Nintendoland is actually good, especially if you multi. Zombi U is like Dark Souls meets Resident Evil 0/1/2/3. Nano Assault Neo is a good shooter at a good price. NSMB U has stepped up the platforming with challenges and stuffs.


Nintendoland was included in my "Deluxe" package. Unfortunately, as I stated previously, I am an adult male with a ponytail who purchased a Wii U: I therefore have no friends and thus cannot "multi".

Your recommendation of Nano Assault Neo is the second that I have seen. I will investigate the product.

Your comparison of ZombiU with Dark Souls is interesting. I have regarded Dark Souls as an intentionally overly difficult game designed to appease video game "purist" snobs on par with hipsters who lambast popular current games as being too "easy" merely because the titles are marketed toward a large audience and they insist that a game cannot be "good" unless it induces fits of rage sufficient to significantly increase the risk of a heart attack. It therefore appeals greatly to me, and I would enjoy games comparable to it.

/I liked the Kings Field series before Demons Souls was released.
 
2012-11-30 04:09:09 PM  
Checked Ebay for old NP issues and found a listing for this:

Link

$3800?! Are you kidding me?
 
2012-11-30 04:10:06 PM  

Relatively Obscure: I remember writing to Nintendo Power once as a kid. I'd bee inputting random passwords into some game, and it finally produced a level that I'd never witnessed before. I thought I was a wizard.

They did send me a little form letter reply that humored my lame letter with pretend consideration, though, which was nice.


Do you remember the hotline you could call for in game tips? Only, they were too cheap for a 1-800 number, so you had to pay for the long distance call? Back in the 80's, when companies were trying to sell long distance for 'only' $.10/minute?
 
2012-11-30 04:12:45 PM  

Dimensio: I have regarded Dark Souls as an intentionally overly difficult game


It doesn't seem to be particularly difficult. Sen's Fortress is hair-pullingly obnoxious because of how buggy the PC port is, but other than that it's been pretty straightforward. I suppose it's overly difficult if you went out of your way to make it overly difficult via non-optimal play, like playing a dedicated rogue type (low % block shield, relying on parries/backstabs), but I don't consider that kind of difficulty to be inherent.
 
2012-11-30 04:13:18 PM  

whistleridge: Do you remember the hotline you could call for in game tips? Only, they were too cheap for a 1-800 number, so you had to pay for the long distance call? Back in the 80's, when companies were trying to sell long distance for 'only' $.10/minute?


My mom: "WHY ARE YOU CALLING REDMOND, WASHINGTON?! FOR FIFTEEN MINUTES?!"
 
2012-11-30 04:13:37 PM  

SpiderQueenDemon: I wonder if it'd be appropriate to test a prospective sitter with 'Battletoads.'


Yes. For anger management capability, if nothing else.
 
2012-11-30 04:20:42 PM  

funk_soul_bubby: whistleridge: Do you remember the hotline you could call for in game tips? Only, they were too cheap for a 1-800 number, so you had to pay for the long distance call? Back in the 80's, when companies were trying to sell long distance for 'only' $.10/minute?

My mom: "WHY ARE YOU CALLING REDMOND, WASHINGTON?! FOR FIFTEEN MINUTES?!"


For real. And I lived in eastern NC. I recall a serious ass-thumping that may or may not be deserved after somebody may or may not have run up a $60 phone bill after having been previously warned on multiple occasions.

/ oh, gamefaqs.com...where were you all my childhood?
 
2012-11-30 04:24:20 PM  
sydlexia.com

i joined the club before mt's punch-out told me it was cool
 
2012-11-30 04:26:40 PM  

Relatively Obscure: I remember writing to Nintendo Power once as a kid. I'd bee inputting random passwords into some game, and it finally produced a level that I'd never witnessed before. I thought I was a wizard.

They did send me a little form letter reply that humored my lame letter with pretend consideration, though, which was nice.


I remember figuring out the code to skip to the end of Ghostbusters on C64... I too was a wizard
 
2012-11-30 04:26:55 PM  
I called the power line once for final fantasy mystic quest as a kid. There was a dungeon puzzle that you had to move this pillar to move across a gap and walk across, leave the map and move back to the other exit and cross. You just have no way of knowing that it doesn't reset like the other zones in the game. It was a 900 number at that point and we was poor as fark but my parents were really cool about it and let me call.
 
2012-11-30 04:26:58 PM  

whistleridge: Relatively Obscure: I remember writing to Nintendo Power once as a kid. I'd bee inputting random passwords into some game, and it finally produced a level that I'd never witnessed before. I thought I was a wizard.

They did send me a little form letter reply that humored my lame letter with pretend consideration, though, which was nice.

Do you remember the hotline you could call for in game tips? Only, they were too cheap for a 1-800 number, so you had to pay for the long distance call? Back in the 80's, when companies were trying to sell long distance for 'only' $.10/minute?


I remember something like that, but I believe I only used it once before I learned to never do that again.
 
2012-11-30 04:29:57 PM  

Bippal: I called the power line once for final fantasy mystic quest as a kid. There was a dungeon puzzle that you had to move this pillar to move across a gap and walk across, leave the map and move back to the other exit and cross. You just have no way of knowing that it doesn't reset like the other zones in the game. It was a 900 number at that point and we was poor as fark but my parents were really cool about it and let me call.


...
Thanks for the flashback to that lame assed excuse for a Final Fantasy. Rented it once because, hey, Final Fantasy. I was suckered
 
2012-11-30 04:30:46 PM  

funk_soul_bubby: whistleridge: Do you remember the hotline you could call for in game tips? Only, they were too cheap for a 1-800 number, so you had to pay for the long distance call? Back in the 80's, when companies were trying to sell long distance for 'only' $.10/minute?

My mom: "WHY ARE YOU CALLING REDMOND, WASHINGTON?! FOR FIFTEEN MINUTES?!"


I remember calling the LucasArts tipline for The Dig a couple times. One of the puzzles was this goddamn prize-claw type thing... except you didn't get to see where the claw was going or what it was you were trying to pick up, and the only controls were these unlabeled colored gems. So you had to just keep pushing buttons and watching this excruciatingly long scene of your claw thing going down this vast chasm, doing nothing but just spin and go the wrong way, and then figure out what went wrong from there.

It was just maddening. I worked on that thing for an hour and finally just called in.
 
2012-11-30 04:31:15 PM  
If I look around hard enough, I can probably find that issue somewhere (but it's beat all to hell because I was friggin 11).
 
2012-11-30 04:31:25 PM  
I wish I'd actually gone to the effort of tearing the Zelda:LTTP comic out of the collection I had (I only kept the comics issues, in order, for a dozen years). The comic was pretty damn awesome.
 
2012-11-30 04:34:08 PM  

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


We would have been best friends growing up.
 
2012-11-30 04:37:02 PM  
upload.wikimedia.org
 
2012-11-30 04:38:01 PM  

Zafler: Bippal: I called the power line once for final fantasy mystic quest as a kid. There was a dungeon puzzle that you had to move this pillar to move across a gap and walk across, leave the map and move back to the other exit and cross. You just have no way of knowing that it doesn't reset like the other zones in the game. It was a 900 number at that point and we was poor as fark but my parents were really cool about it and let me call.

...
Thanks for the flashback to that lame assed excuse for a Final Fantasy. Rented it once because, hey, Final Fantasy. I was suckered


Yea my dad bought a snes with FF2 aka 4 from a guy he worked with dirt cheap because the guys kids had awful grades and I've been hooked on RPGs ever since. My dad always credited that with my excellent reading skills growing up. Four and six are still all time favorites. Had a dog named interceptor, and a cat name shadow.
 
2012-11-30 04:39:16 PM  

Zafler: Bippal: I called the power line once for final fantasy mystic quest as a kid. There was a dungeon puzzle that you had to move this pillar to move across a gap and walk across, leave the map and move back to the other exit and cross. You just have no way of knowing that it doesn't reset like the other zones in the game. It was a 900 number at that point and we was poor as fark but my parents were really cool about it and let me call.

...
Thanks for the flashback to that lame assed excuse for a Final Fantasy. Rented it once because, hey, Final Fantasy. I was suckered


It was an average RPG game that had the MISfortune of getting the Final Fantasy name stuck on it. If it was called "generic SNES RPG" it would be remembered as such and not so hated.

/R.I.P. nintendo Power.
//had the first issue
///and I just read the Final Fantasy guide again last month.
 
2012-11-30 04:41:13 PM  

Gonz: newsl


Weird name indeed...

The high-scores list, towards the back, had this guy by the name of Cliff Bleszinski getting the top score in SMB.
 
2012-11-30 04:45:59 PM  
Dimensio

Your recommendation of Nano Assault Neo is the second that I have seen. I will investigate the product.

Your comparison of ZombiU with Dark Souls is interesting. I have regarded Dark Souls as an intentionally overly difficult game designed to appease video game "purist" snobs on par with hipsters who lambast popular current games as being too "easy" merely because the titles are marketed toward a large audience and they insist that a game cannot be "good" unless it induces fits of rage sufficient to significantly increase the risk of a heart attack. It therefore appeals greatly to me, and I would enjoy games comparable to it.

/I liked the Kings Field series before Demons Souls was released.



I'll add to the Nano Assault recommendation crowd. It's a great shooter with a decent amount of levels and nice 2-player mode. Darksiders II is another good one if you like Zelda-type puzzles/dungeons combined with a deeper combat system.
 
2012-11-30 04:48:20 PM  
I still have this one sitting on my shelf at home - proudly.

www.gamingmagz.com

I had no idea you could wall jump in the game until the magazine told me, it seemed to open up a whole new verticality in a video game that i never realized or played in any other game before - IT WAS AWESOME. I even learned how to save the little animals on your way out as the planet is exploding from Nintendo Power. Seeing their ship barely escape the explosion was a rewarding easter egg to me as a little kid who really liked animals.

Oh and the Purple Haired Samus and Mario / Wario comics inside didn't hurt either! I read those comics more than anything by DC / Marvel when i was growing up.

images4.wikia.nocookie.net

farm7.staticflickr.com

RIP Nintendo Power - Goodnight sweet prince.
 
2012-11-30 04:51:03 PM  

tricycleracer: Oblig:

[www.gonintendo.com image 387x1500]


That is the saddest thing I've ever seen. That Grandma was trying so hard and put a ton of effort into making that magazine and that basement dwelling mouth breather can't appreciate it?
 
2012-11-30 04:52:23 PM  
I like hard games, when I was off work, dark souls never left the ps3 disc tray. Except the few times it almost got broken in half. Screw the dlc stone knights hard
 
2012-11-30 04:53:20 PM  
Greatest issue ever, even though it wasn't really a full issue of the magazine:
www.classicgamingoutlet.com
 
2012-11-30 05:00:20 PM  
From the first issue...

www.gogaminggiant.com

My how they grow up fast.

findyourinnergeek.ca
 
2012-11-30 05:01:18 PM  

Expolaris: I had no idea you could wall jump in the game until the magazine told me


Had you not played Super Metroid for very long? There is an area to find that has 3 of those guys wall jumping up to the top and the sliding back down. Also, another area you drop into shows the charge flight.
 
2012-11-30 05:03:01 PM  

lemurs: it wasn't some random game off the street that they decided to turn into SMB2.


Nor was it SMB2 in Japan.
 
2012-11-30 05:03:38 PM  
Dimensio: Your comparison of ZombiU with Dark Souls is interesting. I have regarded Dark Souls as an intentionally overly difficult game designed to appease video game "purist" snobs on par with hipsters who lambast popular current games as being too "easy" merely because the titles are marketed toward a large audience and they insist that a game cannot be "good" unless it induces fits of rage sufficient to significantly increase the risk of a heart attack. It therefore appeals greatly to me, and I would enjoy games comparable to it.

/I liked the Kings Field series before Demons Souls was released.

Nintendoland has some good single player games. Donkey Kong Crash is an example, as is the Balloon Fight thing. Donkey Kong Crash is sort of a brilliant little puzzle game.

I'm not sure I consider Dark Souls to be overly difficult. I'd prefer to call it unforgiving, imo. Once you learn the game, it can be very easy.

However, Zombi U is a lot like Dark Souls. You have very scant resources. You die easily. You have to proceed with caution. Messages can be written and read in the environment. Combat has to be approached tactically. When you die, you have to recover your equipment (from your the zombified corpse of your previous incarnation). Aside from the Soulsesque vibe, you have a lot of survival horror stuff, limited resources, scavenging the environment, using environmental features to escape or defeat enemies.

I can't recommend it enough. I think any Souls or original Resident Evil fan will find enjoyment there. It got some bad reviews, however most such reviews were slanted from the start, blasting it for not being a more actiony shootery type game (e.g. Gamespot's review), which it is not meant to be. Every Souls fan I've talked to has enjoyed it.
 
2012-11-30 05:05:05 PM  

Zafler: Expolaris: I had no idea you could wall jump in the game until the magazine told me

Had you not played Super Metroid for very long? There is an area to find that has 3 of those guys wall jumping up to the top and the sliding back down. Also, another area you drop into shows the charge flight.


bulk.destructoid.com

My brother and I shared the game, as we did most games. I believe i was watching him play through that beginning section with the little guys showing you what to do and picked up where he left off later on. I have no real excuse so I'm just going to blame my lack of attention span as a youth.
 
2012-11-30 05:09:53 PM  

Expolaris: My brother and I shared the game, as we did most games. I believe i was watching him play through that beginning section with the little guys showing you what to do and picked up where he left off later on. I have no real excuse so I'm just going to blame my lack of attention span as a youth.


LOL, wasn't trying to be insulting, it's just that that is one of the most basic tricks to that game. There are a number of other ones you don't find without fiddling with the basic stuff they show you.
 
2012-11-30 05:12:51 PM  

Zafler: Expolaris: My brother and I shared the game, as we did most games. I believe i was watching him play through that beginning section with the little guys showing you what to do and picked up where he left off later on. I have no real excuse so I'm just going to blame my lack of attention span as a youth.

LOL, wasn't trying to be insulting, it's just that that is one of the most basic tricks to that game. There are a number of other ones you don't find without fiddling with the basic stuff they show you.


Oh i didn't take it as an offense! lol no worries man, it was one of those "HOLY CRAP YOU CAN DO THAT!!!?" moments as a kid when i read it in the magazine. I ran to go try it out as fast as i could when i did.
 
2012-11-30 05:22:18 PM  
And just because:
Fark please forgive me
 
2012-11-30 05:37:57 PM  

Relatively Obscure: I remember writing to Nintendo Power once as a kid. I'd bee inputting random passwords into some game, and it finally produced a level that I'd never witnessed before. I thought I was a wizard.



Awesome... you did that too?
 
I remember taking legit codes from Metroid, and trying to change 1-2 characters.  Strange things would happen.
 
2012-11-30 05:44:17 PM  
Never subscribed to NP, never even owned an issue, and I'm saddened by this news. Another icon of gaming history recedes into the mists of time.

R.I.P. propaganda rag.

Zafler: Also, another area you drop into shows the charge flight.


It's called the Shinespark, dammit.
 
2012-11-30 05:46:03 PM  
That's too bad. I used to love coming home from school and seeing a new issue of Nintendo Power in the day's mail.

It's great to see them going full circle with the front cover art. That's a nice touch.

If they wanted to be totally trolltastic, they could've done something in the same vein as the Castlevania II cover that gave everyone nightmares, but... ah, they made the right choice.

karmaceutical: 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.

One of my best Christman morning memories is opening SMB2, that year when it was new... whatever year that was. It will always be my favorite SMB, not just for that memory, but for all the weirdness and gameplay.


I'm not gonna apologize for SMB2. I loved that jazz.


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 could only beat Battletoads by skipping to the last boss with a Game Genie code.

Cripes, Punch-Out was a cakewalk compared to Battletoads.

Elemental79: ecx.images-amazon.com
Favorite issue


My favorite issue was the Ninja Gaiden II Strategy Guide, incidentally.

It had some pretty good art.
 
2012-11-30 05:47:37 PM  
AEIOU
 
2012-11-30 05:47:52 PM  
Fuk. I could have sold that for a hundo?
 
2012-11-30 05:52:51 PM  

whistleridge: 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.


I never finished Betrayal at Krondor. Part of it was that I couldn't use magic at all for some reason (I think my PC was too slow or something.) I tried it again years later, but it was too long/slow moving and I kind of got bored with it... but at least that time it worked.
 
2012-11-30 05:54:25 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.


I know people have different tastes and opinions and that's ok, but your comment sparked an immediate rage once I read it. Then I ate a chocolate bar, took a nap, and pooped. Now that I feel better, I can simply state that in my opinion, Dragon Warrior is the greatest game ever made. I know that not everyone will agree, and some may hate it, but that is fine. I love the music, the art (crude as it is), the sense of adventure and dread on reaching a new area, and the happy little smile I get when I finish it.

There are only about 10 games that I have ever played start to finish. I have beaten Shining Force 1 twice (and just started a new game last week after buying a Sega collection for Xbox) and Dragon Warrior 4 times.

I have finished the SMB 1 and 3 a multitude of times, but that is not exactly an accomplishment after the second time as it can be done in an hour without even trying hard.
 
2012-11-30 05:59:33 PM  

Bippal: I called the power line once for final fantasy mystic quest as a kid. There was a dungeon puzzle that you had to move this pillar to move across a gap and walk across, leave the map and move back to the other exit and cross. You just have no way of knowing that it doesn't reset like the other zones in the game. It was a 900 number at that point and we was poor as fark but my parents were really cool about it and let me call.


The only time I called was when I had finished Matroid 2 on Game Boy. Climb out of the caverns and there is... nothing. There was a big wall to the left and, after some running, a big wall to the right. I knew there had to be something, and I couldn't risk turning off the system. I finally was able to convince my Mom to let me call and the solution was to space jump over the right wall. There wasn't really any clues that would make you think to try that

.

RsquaredW: I wish I'd actually gone to the effort of tearing the Zelda:LTTP comic out of the collection I had (I only kept the comics issues, in order, for a dozen years). The comic was pretty damn awesome.


Enjoy! A LINK TO THE PAST COMICS (pops)
 
2012-11-30 06:00:22 PM  

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

/Loved that game
//Dragon Warrior > FF


I was so excited when my parents agreed to get me a subscription for christmas so I could get a copy of Dragon Warrior. I decided to go after the dragon holding the princess at a really low level (7 I think) and somehow got 2 criticals in the fight and won. My friends didn't believe me. I beat it several times. I remember on the second to last boss of Dragon Warrior 2 I was about to die and cast the spell "chance" which casts a random spell. It cast the silly one that scares your enemy and the, the second-to-last boss ran away. Think his name was Hargon. Good times.

I played Dragon Quest 8 all the way through and then went to the bonus dungeon. My party came across 2 undead preists who got double turns and only cast "kill everyone." Nostalgia lost out to extreme tedium and I doubt I'll play one of those games again. Also, palette swapping was acceptable on carts with not much memory, you can do more now.
 
2012-11-30 06:18:38 PM  

whistleridge: Without that magazine 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.


that farking game....first game that ever made me want to break a controller
 
2012-11-30 06:20:07 PM  

roc6783: in my opinion, Dragon Warrior is the greatest game ever made.


I think one of the best things about the original DW is that, except for the final dungeon, the whole world is open to you from the start. The only thing stopping you from making a mad dash to the end is the fact that you will be horribly murdered in the attempt. It adds to the sense of immersion when you don't have those arbitrary "Stage 3 Locked" barriers. The original Zelda did the same thing for the most part. Yeah, there were parts of the dungeons that required key items, but you could wander the overworld to your heart's content as long as you could survive.

DaJesus: There wasn't really any clues that would make you think to try that


How do you figure? Can't go left. Can't go right. Can only go up, and the Space Jump lets you go as far up as you want.
 
2012-11-30 06:24:57 PM  

Olympic Trolling Judge: How do you figure? Can't go left. Can't go right. Can only go up, and the Space Jump lets you go as far up as you want.


Yea, I guess I had just forgotten about the space jump. I think I would have picked up on it if the right wall had very high steps. Then you could see that there is a step to get up to and that lets you know to go up. A sheer cliff is usually game code for "Dead End" even with Space Jump.
 
2012-11-30 06:29:37 PM  

Vaneshi: lemurs: it wasn't some random game off the street that they decided to turn into SMB2.

Nor was it SMB2 in Japan.


But it was brought back to Japan as Super Mario Bros. USA.
 
2012-11-30 06:36:43 PM  
A chemical analysis proves nothing of hypothesis that I thought up in the shower while I read nintendo power.
 
2012-11-30 06:42:23 PM  

tweek46420: that farking game....first game that ever made me want to break a controller


I came super-close to destroying one of my controllers over Battletoads.

I hate, hate, hate, hate, HATE that game.
 
2012-11-30 07:19:44 PM  

Toshiro Mifune's Letter Opener: tweek46420: that farking game....first game that ever made me want to break a controller

I came super-close to destroying one of my controllers over Battletoads.

I hate, hate, hate, hate, HATE that game.


But apparently love FF6.

Despite me being a video game nerd worthy of a neckbeard of kings, I was too poor growing up to buy Nintendo power, and hooked up to the internet since 1996. Thus, aside from a piece of gaming history, it's finale means little to me.

It's pretty interesting that aside from the babysitter story, I can relate to pretty much every other one in the thread though. Or terrifying. But was fun reading.
 
2012-11-30 07:21:12 PM  
I found a bunch of old issues clearing the garage out for a yard sale a few months back, they made my insides hurt a little. Heres a nostalgia smack along those lines.

media.gdgt.com


sexedmusic.files.wordpress.com


/Nintendo had me on a mouse waaay before MS did!
 
2012-11-30 07:28:06 PM  
Seeing all the Dragon Warrior love here just makes me so happy. I talk to others about my love for the game series and I just get blank stares.

My absolute favorite Christmas was when I got my copy of Dragon Warrior 2. I think it's my favorite of the whole series.

/Second the Dragon Warrior > Final Fantasy comment
 
2012-11-30 07:33:11 PM  

Fuzzmosis: Despite me being a video game nerd worthy of a neckbeard of kings, I was too poor growing up to buy Nintendo power, and hooked up to the internet since 1996. Thus, aside from a piece of gaming history, it's finale means little to me.


I dig, I follow.

I'll say this, as biased as its reviews may/may not have been, I enjoyed it more than GamePro.

Electronic Gaming Monthly, now... I dug THAT.
 
2012-11-30 07:36:24 PM  

D_Evans45: I found a bunch of old issues clearing the garage out for a yard sale a few months back, they made my insides hurt a little. Heres a nostalgia smack along those lines.

[media.gdgt.com image 460x345]


[sexedmusic.files.wordpress.com image 550x413]


/Nintendo had me on a mouse waaay before MS did!


I still can't believe how short the cable on that mouse was. I had to sit on the floor a couple feet from the TV just to use it.
 
2012-11-30 07:40:51 PM  

The_EliteOne: tricycleracer: Oblig:

[www.gonintendo.com image 387x1500]

That is the saddest thing I've ever seen. That Grandma was trying so hard and put a ton of effort into making that magazine and that basement dwelling mouth breather can't appreciate it?


Did you not see the last panel or do you really not understand body language?
 
2012-11-30 07:44:16 PM  

JavaMoon: Seeing all the Dragon Warrior love here just makes me so happy. I talk to others about my love for the game series and I just get blank stares.

My absolute favorite Christmas was when I got my copy of Dragon Warrior 2. I think it's my favorite of the whole series.

/Second the Dragon Warrior > Final Fantasy comment


It wasn't fair to ask me to kill these right out of the gate:

upload.wikimedia.org
 
2012-11-30 07:51:15 PM  

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


Same here. I got the first issue for free in the mail shortly after my 10th birthday. I didn't even have a NES yet, but I played it all summer at my cousin Jimmy's house. I read that damn issue front to back everyday on the bus ride to and from school until it was barely hanging together at the staples. I miss those days.
 
2012-11-30 08:00:32 PM  

ShawnDoc: Anyone else remember back in the day Nintendo ran a free tips line? Since there was no Internet, if you got stuck and couldn't figure out how to solve a problem in a game, you were either stuck until you ran across someone in real life who knew the solution, or you could call Nintendo and they'd help you through. I remember at the time it was free to call, and considered revolutionary.


There were 2 lines: one for game play tips, which was billed by the minute. and a toll-free number which you called for general questions (like release dates of upcoming games or locations of places that repair Nintendos) and customer service.
 
2012-11-30 08:01:54 PM  
I know somewhere I have the first issue hiding ... somewhere. Too funny.
 
2012-11-30 08:04:06 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


Those games are f*cking classics. If they made a StarTropics 3 for the Wii U or 3DS, I would buy it IMMEDIATELY.
 
2012-11-30 08:08:04 PM  

Vaneshi: 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.


The American SMB2 was the "real" one. It sold more copies than the Japanese version (aka The Lost Levels), and it contributed far more to the Mario series. The idea that Mario and Luigi are different, with different abilities. Peach and Luigi as playable characters. A bunch of recurring enemies first appeared there: Pokeys, Bob-ombs, Shy-guys, and others.

The Japanese SMB2 was just a re-hash of SMB with the difficulty cranked--up to 11. It didn't really contribute any new ideas to the series going forward.

The US SMB2 game is a great game in its own right, and a great Mario game as well. It was created by Miyamoto, and then re-created by Miyamoto as a Mario game, and that's good enough for me. The "purists" who slag SMB2 as being somehow illegitimate don't know what they are talking about.
 
2012-11-30 08:33:02 PM  
Damn, I thought I was the only weirdo out there who loved SMB2. I remember everyone I knew hated it back in the day.
 
2012-11-30 09:12:09 PM  

spman: Mario 2 is a fantastic game despite it's differences. Only a true expert such as myself has the skills to beat the game from beginning to end, no warps, using only Toad.

/stupid worthless Toad


I use Toad too. Quick pulling is underrated.
 
2012-11-30 09:57:33 PM  

Doc Daneeka: Vaneshi: 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.

The American SMB2 was the "real" one. It sold more copies than the Japanese version (aka The Lost Levels), and it contributed far more to the Mario series. The idea that Mario and Luigi are different, with different abilities. Peach and Luigi as playable characters. A bunch of recurring enemies first appeared there: Pokeys, Bob-ombs, Shy-guys, and others.

The Japanese SMB2 was just a re-hash of SMB with the difficulty cranked--up to 11. It didn't really contribute any new ideas to the series going forward.

The US SMB2 game is a great game in its own right, and a great Mario game as well. It was created by Miyamoto, and then re-created by Miyamoto as a Mario game, and that's good enough for me. The "purists" who slag SMB2 as being somehow illegitimate don't know what they are talking about.


It was a hack that anyone could have done.
 
2012-11-30 10:21:41 PM  
FuryOfFirestormThere were 2 lines: one for game play tips, which was billed by the minute. and a toll-free number which you called for general questions (like release dates of upcoming games or locations of places that repair Nintendos) and customer service. 

For a long time the Nintendo tip hotline, staffed by actual game counselors was free of charge except long distance. The number was 206-885-7529. At some point they switched to a shiatty pre recorded pay-by-minute thing. Not the same.
 
2012-11-30 10:29:11 PM  

APE992: Doc Daneeka: Vaneshi: Rev.K: ***snip***

It was a hack that anyone could have done.


It is still fun. Lost Levels on the other hand is ragefuel.
 
2012-11-30 10:30:42 PM  
I remember calling the Nintendo customer service line like every week to ask when the 64DD was going to come out, so I could play some sweet sweet Earthbound 2.

It never came out in the US.

Oh, and I was like 16 at the time. Yeah, I was an awkward teen.
 
2012-11-30 11:39:09 PM  

DaJesus:
The only time I called was when I had finished Matroid 2 on Game Boy. Climb out of the caverns and there is... nothing. There was a big wall to the left and, after some running, a big wall to the right. I knew there had to be something, and I couldn't risk turning off the system. I finally was able to convince my Mom to let me call and the solution was to space jump over the right wall. There wasn't really any clues that would make you think to try that


Actually, trying to jump or climb the walls would be the very first thing I'd try upon entering a room like that. Were you new to gaming or something? :P
 
2012-11-30 11:40:38 PM  

elchip: I remember calling the Nintendo customer service line like every week to ask when the 64DD was going to come out, so I could play some sweet sweet Earthbound 2.

It never came out in the US.

Oh, and I was like 16 at the time. Yeah, I was an awkward teen.


Called them once to ask about the release date for Cruisin USA (N64). Pretty helpful folks overall!
 
2012-11-30 11:41:14 PM  
Question: Did anyone ever win anything by sending in the contest cards that were included each month?
 
2012-11-30 11:44:06 PM  

JavaMoon: Seeing all the Dragon Warrior love here just makes me so happy. I talk to others about my love for the game series and I just get blank stares.

My absolute favorite Christmas was when I got my copy of Dragon Warrior 2. I think it's my favorite of the whole series.


Nah, 3 is way better. 4 would probably be my favorite if they didn't make it AI control for the non-hero characters in the main game. I really enjoyed all the opening scenarios for the different characters though...
 
2012-12-01 12:36:26 AM  

Telos: JavaMoon: Seeing all the Dragon Warrior love here just makes me so happy. I talk to others about my love for the game series and I just get blank stares.

My absolute favorite Christmas was when I got my copy of Dragon Warrior 2. I think it's my favorite of the whole series.


Nah, 3 is way better. 4 would probably be my favorite if they didn't make it AI control for the non-hero characters in the main game. I really enjoyed all the opening scenarios for the different characters though...


Sure, 3 and 4 are great games. I'm not knocking them. 2 has a special place in my heart, though, because of that Christmas. It was my first real RPG (used to rent Dragon Warrior 1 a lot but never owned it, oddly enough).
 
2012-12-01 12:58:14 AM  
Huh, somehow I think I missed the first part of that... I get it. :)

/I stand by my rankings though
//I had an amazing amount of Nostalgia returning to Tantagel in DW3
///DW3 also had the best opening by far
 
2012-12-01 01:36:29 AM  
I liked Dragon Warriors 3, 5, and 6 best. The newer ones weren't bad, either, though I get most of my old school turn-based RPG gaming from the Shin Megami Tensei series these days. I can understand why Atlus didn't bring SMT or SMT2 to America, but American kids still missed out.


Now I sort of want to play some Dragon Warrior and some Mario 2.

/subscribed to Nintendo Power up until the N64 era
 
2012-12-01 03:13:42 AM  

Grand_Moff_Joseph: Question: Did anyone ever win anything by sending in the contest cards that were included each month?


Not a damn thing. Where did you get that Goldeneye watch?

The only remains of Nintendo Power that I have left are the tear-out series of original Pokemon strategy guides and the poster of all 151 pokemon. I figured that if anything might be worth something in the future it would be that.
 
2012-12-01 04:22:16 AM  
Mad Tea Party: Damn, I thought I was the only weirdo out there who loved SMB2. I remember everyone I knew hated it back in the day.

I also like Zelda 2 (the side scroller).

Somehow, the side scrolling added something extra (like the whole jump + duck trick to scrape damage off of the Ironknuckles. Or doing the multi down stab to do more damage to soft enemies.

// and don't forget the fight with Dark Link
 
2012-12-01 04:49:22 AM  

ShawnDoc: Anyone else remember back in the day Nintendo ran a free tips line? Since there was no Internet, if you got stuck and couldn't figure out how to solve a problem in a game, you were either stuck until you ran across someone in real life who knew the solution, or you could call Nintendo and they'd help you through. I remember at the time it was free to call, and considered revolutionary.


Holy crap that brings back memories! I called it once because I was totally stuck on some level in Willow for NES. I still remember some chick answering the phone and then either telling me what to do or giving me a hint or something. Good times.
 
2012-12-01 05:16:09 AM  

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.


Oh, and that feeling when you get an excellent hit. That sound created such a visceral feeling...
 
2012-12-01 05:31:45 AM  

Telos: JavaMoon: Seeing all the Dragon Warrior love here just makes me so happy. I talk to others about my love for the game series and I just get blank stares.

My absolute favorite Christmas was when I got my copy of Dragon Warrior 2. I think it's my favorite of the whole series.


Nah, 3 is way better. 4 would probably be my favorite if they didn't make it AI control for the non-hero characters in the main game. I really enjoyed all the opening scenarios for the different characters though...


Agreed, DW-III was by far my favorite, followed by I and IV, and then II. I love the side quests in III, like getting the king some black pepper, and then needing to get a ship. DW-II was darker for me, like literally the color scheme was odd, while III captured that original palette from the first one. Things like that make a difference to me when I play, for some reason...
 
2012-12-01 06:40:57 AM  

Doc Daneeka: The US SMB2 game is a great game in its own right, and a great Mario game as well. It was created by Miyamoto, and then re-created by Miyamoto as a Mario game, and that's good enough for me. The "purists" who slag SMB2 as being somehow illegitimate don't know what they are talking about.



TIL; There are people buthurt over Doki Doki Panic's reskin.
TIL: You're one of them.

Go away.
 
2012-12-01 09:56:59 AM  

Doc Daneeka: The American SMB2 was the "real" one. It sold more copies than the Japanese version (aka The Lost Levels), and it contributed far more to the Mario series. The idea that Mario and Luigi are different, with different abilities. Peach and Luigi as playable characters. A bunch of recurring enemies first appeared there: Pokeys, Bob-ombs, Shy-guys, and others.


Not that I don't agree with your general premise, but the Japanese SMB2 had the same difference between Mario and Luigi; Luigi jumped higher, but didn't have as much traction.

Oh, and it also had poison mushrooms. Which haven't been back in the series since.
 
2012-12-01 11:07:18 AM  

Grand_Moff_Joseph: Question: Did anyone ever win anything by sending in the contest cards that were included each month?


Yes - I got a "Demo" SNES game - it was marked as a Demo cartridge, ie. for the consoles in KBToys that you could play.

Unfortunately, it was NCAA Basketball :(
 
2012-12-01 11:43:34 AM  

roc6783: APE992: Doc Daneeka: Vaneshi: Rev.K: ***snip***

It was a hack that anyone could have done.

It is still fun. Lost Levels on the other hand is ragefuel.


And the Lost levels version in All Stars was still toned DOWN in difficulty from the original. Japan SMB2 is difficult to an evil definition. Poison mushrooms were just a tiny shade different in their palette color compared to the Super Mushroom. Invincible blocks in the exact spot where you would jump. Warp zones that sent you BACK to 1-1. Those jumps that needed the green spring and wind (and the original had bugs where the springs may not even show up, making the jump impossible).

In Allstars, SMB1 had a save at the start of every world. Lost levels had a save after every STAGE.

I prefer Doki Doki Mario instead.
 
2012-12-01 10:35:19 PM  

NeverDrunk23: roc6783: APE992: Doc Daneeka: Vaneshi: Rev.K: ***snip***

It was a hack that anyone could have done.

It is still fun. Lost Levels on the other hand is ragefuel.

And the Lost levels version in All Stars was still toned DOWN in difficulty from the original. Japan SMB2 is difficult to an evil definition. Poison mushrooms were just a tiny shade different in their palette color compared to the Super Mushroom. Invincible blocks in the exact spot where you would jump. Warp zones that sent you BACK to 1-1. Those jumps that needed the green spring and wind (and the original had bugs where the springs may not even show up, making the jump impossible).

In Allstars, SMB1 had a save at the start of every world. Lost levels had a save after every STAGE.

I prefer Doki Doki Mario instead.


During college, my friends and I played SMB 1-3 and Lost Levels on the SNES All Stars without using warps. It took us 17 hours to finish all of them. Lost Levels took over 12 hours itself. Of course we were epically wasted the entire time, so that may have had something to do with it.
 
2012-12-02 06:24:46 AM  

ManateeGag: Rev.K: Had a subscription to Nintendo Power.

Nothing beat getting home from school and seeing a new issue on the dining room table.

at that age, any mail for you is awesome. as adults, most mail is either bills or junk requesting you to refinance.



So true. Even getting junk mail was fun for me to get, as a kid. I purposefully mailed away to put myself on the mailing lists of a bunch of software and electronics catalogs. It said my name on the mail, just like an adult! Heh.

Anyone else here fondly remember eagerly flipping through stuff like "The Software Labs" shareware catalog?
 
2012-12-02 06:43:49 AM  
I finally got rid of most of my old PC Gamer magazines a while back, but I still have my NPs (SNES era). I really used to look forward to both, each month in the mid-to-late '90s
 
2012-12-02 09:03:08 PM  
Damn
My younger brother and I used $50 and a NP subscription to buy out our older brothers stake in our 8B Nintendo system, keeping the Dragon Warrior game that came with said subscription. Not only did I end up with the games and the system, which I still have, I later found all the NP's boxed up in storage.

HAHA I WIN!!!

Hypnozombie
/just took 20+ years
 
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