Nintendo Power Magazine

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Nintendo Power Magazine launched July/August 1988 – 32 years ago. There is a Netflix series called High Score and in episode 2 they have some good historical info on the magazine, how it started, and more. I learned that Kirby was named after the lawyer that defended Nintendo against Universal City Studios (they objected to the use of Kong in Donkey Kong at the time) –

The new magazine was founded by Nintendo of America marketing manager Gail Tilden in 1988. The first issue, dated July/August 1988, spotlights the NES game Super Mario Bros. 2. Of this issue, 3.6 million copies were published, with every member of the Nintendo Fun Club receiving a free copy.

From the beginning, Nintendo Power focuses heavily on providing game strategy, reviews, and previews of upcoming games. In mid-1998, Nintendo Power first allowed outside advertising in the magazine, formerly reserved for Nintendo-based products only. In its early years, ads only appeared in the first and last few pages of the magazine, leaving no ads to break up the magazine’s editorial content.

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archive.org has some of the issues scanned and available to check out as well.


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