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Nintendo Power/Volume 1

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first issue out Volume 2 ->

Volume 1 of Nintendo Power was the July/August 1988 volume of the magazine. The cover game for this issue was Super Mario Bros. 2.

Nintendo Fun Club members received a copy of this issue for free.


Super Mario Bros. 2[edit]

A full, 20-page feature on Super Mario Bros. 2.

  • 6-7: A general overview of the game
  • 8-9: How to Play (A basic overview on how to play the game)
  • 10: A list of items
  • 11: A list of enemies
  • 12-13: An art page showcasing the characters' abilities
  • 14-25: An extensive walkthrough of the first two worlds of the game.

Second Quest of Zelda[edit]

A full walkthrough of the dungeons in the Second Quest of The Legend of Zelda. Also features a preview for Zelda II: The Adventure of Link and a full map of the game's overworld.

Baseball Round-Up[edit]

A feature covering three baseball games for the NES: R.B.I. Baseball, Bases Loaded, and Major League Baseball. This section also includes a fold-out baseball-themed poster promoting the three games.

Counselor's Corner[edit]

A section featuring tips based on letters from players who are having trouble clearing certain parts of games.

  • Ghosts 'n Goblins - Shows the stage select and gives a strategy for passing by the Red Devil.
  • Ring King - Describes the function of the "p" item.
  • Metroid - Shows the locations of all power-ups and items in the Brinstar area.
  • Super Mario Bros. - Describes the "unlimited 1-Up" trick and how to make the fireworks appear at the end of a level.
  • Kid Icarus - Describes how to defeat Hewdraw.
  • Rygar - Describes the function of the Pegasus' flute.
  • Castlevania - Gives advice on how to defeat the bosses.
  • Ikari Warriors - Describes how to access the Continue and Stage Select modes.
  • Mike Tyson's Punch-Out!! - Gives advice on how to beat Mike Tyson.

Finally, the end of the section advises players to either send a request for advice to Nintendo through mail, or to call the Nintendo Game Counselors hotline.

Howard & Nester[edit]

The first Howard & Nester strip, which tells players how to find Levels 8 and 9 in The Legend of Zelda.

Classified Information[edit]

Gives cheat codes for various games, including:

  • Ice Hockey - Codes to disable the goalies and enable "Super Speed Puck".
  • Contra - A code that lets the player start with 30 lives.
  • Gun.Smoke - A code that lets the player start the game with a machine gun with unlimited ammo.
  • Rad Racer - A trick that lets the player start from any stage, as well as view the ending.
  • Athena - A trick that lets the player receive powerful weapons at the beginning of the game.
  • Mike Tyson's Punch-Out!! - A code that allows the player to play "Another World Circuit", a more difficult version of the original game.
  • Arkanoid - Describes how to start from a different stage.
  • Ring King - Gives an invincibility code, in which the player's energy does not decrease.
  • Ninja Kid - Describes how to find the hidden characters Ninja Girl and the Princess.
  • Zanac - Describes how to get certain hidden items and powers.

Double Dragon[edit]

A feature on Double Dragon, describing how to play and giving a walkthrough of the game's four missions.

Now Playing[edit]


A basic description of Gauntlet, including character descriptions and a rundown of the first four stages.


A rundown of Contra, including a basic walkthrough of Zones 1 and 3.

Wheel of Fortune & Jeopardy[edit]

Gives tips and advice for playing Wheel of Fortune and Jeopardy.

Video Shorts[edit]

A brief look at various recommended games, including:

Pak Watch[edit]

A look at upcoming NES games:

Player's Contest[edit]

By filling out the included Player's Poll (a survey on reader satisfaction and asking what they would like to be featured in future issues) and mailing it to Nintendo, one could enter the Nintendo Power Player's Poll Contest. Prizes include:

  • Grand Prize (1): Any 10 NES games.
  • 1 in 10: A copy of Super Mario Bros. 2
  • 1 in 50: An exclusive Nintendo Power jersey.

Player's Forum[edit]

NES Journal[edit]

Covers various other topics, including:

Mail Box[edit]

A section including letters from fans and responses from Nintendo.

NES Archivers[edit]

A section showing off fans who have obtained high scores in certain games. Players can mail in their scores to Nintendo Power to possibly appear in the next issue.

Video Spotlight[edit]

A section showcasing particularly-skilled fans.

Top 30[edit]

A section which shows the top 30 best NES games as voted by fans:

  1. The Legend of Zelda
  2. Mike Tyson's Punch-Out!!
  3. Metroid
  4. Super Mario Bros.
  5. Kid Icarus
  6. R.C. Pro-Am
  7. Ice Hockey
  8. Rad Racer
  9. Top Gun
  10. Double Dribble
  11. Pro Wrestling
  12. Castlevania
  13. The Goonies II
  14. Kung-Fu Master
  15. Wizards & Warriors
  16. Rush'n Attack
  17. Mega Man
  18. Excitebike
  19. Ikari Warriors
  20. Spy Hunter
  21. Baseball
  22. Contra
  23. Ghosts 'n Goblins
  24. Side Pocket
  25. Mario Bros.
  26. Renegade
  27. Section Z
  28. Gradius
  29. Ring King
  30. Rygar

The general results are based upon the results of three other polls: Player's Picks, Pro's Picks, and Dealer's Picks.

Next Issue[edit]

Among the features that will be included in the next issue are:

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