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Nintendo Power/Volume 100

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The three coins showing the front and back side. Not actual size.

Volume 100 of Nintendo Power was the September 1997 issue of the magazine. Rather than feature a game, the magazine instead commemorated 100 issues with three top 100 lists, and previews for upcoming Nintendo 64 games.

To celebrate the one hundredth issue of Nintendo Power, the magazine released a blue velvet protector case containing three collector coins, which consists of the Nintendo character heads of Mario on the gold coin, Donkey Kong on the silver coin, and Yoshi on the bronze coin.

Player's Pulse

Six pages of reader mail, fan art, and responses. Also includes a timeline of Nintendo's history in the video game market, a history of Nintendo Power, a special Nester comic featuring Nester (now in college) challenging a kid in Star Fox 64, the top 30 Power Chart picks of all time:

  1. The Legend of Zelda: A Link to the Past (SNES)
  2. Metroid II: Return of Samus (Game Boy)
  3. The Legend of Zelda: Link's Awakening (Game Boy)
  4. Super Mario Bros. 3 (NES)
  5. The Legend of Zelda (NES)
  6. Tetris (Game Boy)
  7. Super Mario Land 2: 6 Golden Coins (Game Boy)
  8. Super Mario Kart (SNES)
  9. Dr. Mario (Game Boy)
  10. Super Mario Land (Game Boy)
  11. Final Fantasy (NES)
  12. Tetris (NES)
  13. Final Fantasy II (SNES)
  14. Super Mario Bros. 2 (NES)
  15. Super Metroid (SNES)
  16. Dr. Mario (NES)
  17. Metroid (NES)
  18. Zelda II: The Adventure of Link (NES)
  19. Wario Land: Super Mario Land 3 (Game Boy)
  20. Final Fantasy III (SNES)
  21. Donkey Kong Country (SNES)
  22. Tecmo Super Bowl (NES)
  23. Battletoads (NES)
  24. Donkey Kong Land (Game Boy)
  25. Kirby's Dream Land (Game Boy)
  26. SimCity (SNES)
  27. Chrono Trigger (SNES)
  28. Faceball 2000 (Game Boy)
  29. Super Mario World (SNES)
  30. Mega Man 2 (NES)

Power Charts

The most popular games of the month as voted on by Nintendo Power readers:

Nintendo 64 Top 10

# Game Company Last Month Months on Chart
1 Star Fox 64 Nintendo align="center"|6 align="center"|4
2 Mario Kart 64 Nintendo align="center"|1 align="center"|9
3 Super Mario 64 Nintendo align="center"|2 align="center"|12
4 Star Wars: Shadows of the Empire Nintendo align="center"|4 align="center"|12
5 Turok: Dinosaur Hunter Acclaim align="center"|3 align="center"|12
6 GoldenEye 007 Nintendo align="center"|7 align="center"|9
7 Blast Corps Nintendo align="center"|5 align="center"|4
8 Cruis'n USA Nintendo align="center"|9 align="center"|9
9 Wave Race 64 Nintendo align="center"|10 align="center"|12
10 Killer Instinct Gold Nintendo align="center"|– align="center"|10

Super NES Top 10

# Game Company Last Month Months on Chart
1 The Legend of Zelda: A Link to the Past Nintendo align="center"|1 align="center"|67
2 Donkey Kong Country 3: Dixie Kong's Double Trouble! Nintendo align="center"|3 align="center"|11
3 Super Mario RPG: Legend of the Seven Stars Nintendo align="center"|2 align="center"|17
4 Donkey Kong Country 2: Diddy's Kong Quest Nintendo align="center"|6 align="center"|29
5 Final Fantasy III Square align="center"|4 align="center"|33
6 Super Mario Kart Nintendo align="center"|7 align="center"|53
7 Donkey Kong Country Nintendo align="center"|8 align="center"|35
8 Chrono Trigger Square align="center"|5 align="center"|26
9 Star Fox Nintendo align="center"|– align="center"|54
10 Super Mario World 2: Yoshi's Island Nintendo align="center"|9 align="center"|23

Game Boy Top 5

# Game Company Last Month Months on Chart
1 The Legend of Zelda: Link's Awakening Nintendo align="center"|1 align="center"|53
2 Donkey Kong Land II Nintendo align="center"|2 align="center"|13
3 Super Mario Land 2: 6 Golden Coins Nintendo align="center"|3 align="center"|58
4 Metroid II: Return of Samus Nintendo align="center"|– align="center"|69
5 Donkey Kong Land Nintendo align="center"|4 align="center"|32

Most Wanted

  1. Zelda 64 (N64)
  2. Star Fox 64 (N64)
  3. Nintendo 64 Disk Drive
  4. EarthBound 64 (N64)
  5. Turok 2 (N64)
  6. ClayFighter 63⅓ (N64)
  7. Yoshi's Story (N64)
  8. Nintendo 64
  9. Mario Kart 64 (N64)
  10. SimCity (N64)

New Game Previews

Exclusive previews of upcoming games for the Nintendo 64, which include:

Included in the middle of this section is the poster, which features almost every cover of Nintendo Power to date.


Included in this section is the top 100 ambush spots when playing the multiplayer mode of GoldenEye 007.

100 Other Things That Equal 100

A list of 100 various facts that involve the value 100 (i.e. number of legs a centipede has, the number of coins that earns a Star in Super Mario 64, etc.).

100 Best Codes Ever

The top 100 cheat codes in video games according to Nintendo Power

Counselor's Corner

  • Blast Corps - Describes how to get turbo boosts in timed stages and how to access stages after the Moon.
  • Harvest Moon - Describes how to find the Moon Flower, how to get the watch, and how to propose.
  • Star Fox 64 - Describes how to access Katina from Meteo, how to find the warp from Sector X to Sector Z, and how to unlock the Landmaster and Rocket Launcher in VS. Mode.
  • Donkey Kong Land II - Describes the 1-up trick in Pirate Panic and how to find the Bonus Barrel in Animal Antics.

Q&A Fast Facts:

  • Cruis'n USA - How to save Hot Times, and which car is the fastest.
  • Mario Kart 64 - Which character is the fastest, and if it is possible to race in first-person.
  • NBA Hangtime - If Jordan, Barkley, or Shaq are in the game, and the maximum number of Attribute Points one can earn.

Player's Poll Contest

By filling out the player's poll, 100 players each can win prizes:

Classified Information

Provides cheat codes for:

100 Best Games of All Time

Nintendo Power's list of the top 100 video games.

Also featured in this section is a list of the top 10 worst games of all-time:

10. The Adventures of Rocky and Bullwinkle and Friends (Game Boy, NES, SNES)
9. Color a Dinosaur (NES)
8. Beethoven (Game Boy)
7. Michael Jordan: Chaos in the Windy City (SNES)
6. Friday the 13th (NES)
5. Pit-Fighter (SNES, Game Boy)
4. Advanced Dungeons & Dragons: Heroes of the Lance (NES)
3. Shaq Fu (SNES, Game Boy)
2. Barbie: Super Model (SNES)
1. Bébé's Kids (SNES)


The best player high scores and times for 100 games to appear in past volumes of Nintendo Power.

Now Playing

Reviews of current games. As of this issue, the Now Playing review format was revamped to make it simpler for readers to understand.

Game Scores
Graphics Play Control Game Design Satisfaction Sound Overall
GoldenEye 007 8.9 8.4 8.8 9.5 9.0 9.0
Star Fox 64 8.7 8.8 8.3 8.2 8.0 8.4
Tetrisphere 7.9 7.5 7.3 8.1 8.1 7.8
Tetris Plus 6.4 7.5 7.1 6.7 5.2 6.7

Pak Watch

Previews for the following upcoming games:

This section also includes news and game updates:

Also featured in the insider update section is a list of the first 100 Nintendo 64 releases.

Next Issue

The features to be included in the October 1997 issue:

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