This year, Nintendo has proven itself to be the company that just keeps on giving, as it has put the first 13 years of Nintendo Power up for free online — aside from the other gifts, of course.
Before getting started, it's worth mentioning that this might not be that appealing to the younger generation, but the folks who didn't have access to the internet during their glory days of gaming back then, this series is one of the go-to sources for info, walkthroughs, tips and tricks at the time. In a word, it's one heck of a huge nostalgia bomb.
Starting from the first issue of Nintendo Power, the array of uploaded magazines kicks things off with Super Mario 2 and eventually covers numerous games, including Ninja Gaiden 2, Final Fantasy, Mega Man 3, Metroid, Castlevania and many other familiar titles. There's also an issue for the Game Boy Advance and even one for the Virtual Boy.
On a side note, it should be pointed out that the early VR platform now has its games available on the Google Cardboard, so anyone who was into it can relive and enjoy their favorite games, not to mention that those who haven't tried it out can get a close look at how the technology was before the likes of the Samsung Gear VR, Oculus Rift and HTC Vive surfaced.
Now, the catalog isn't exactly useful nowadays, but at any rate, it's a good way to take a trip down the memory lane — well, for the older gamers, at least. Needless to say, the cover arts are already a prize of their own. The young'uns aren't left out, though, as it's a big look at the past, and it can really satisfy their curiosity of how the gaming world was before.
As mentioned earlier, Nintendo is just one of those companies that gives the people what they want, and as another blast from the past, it's releasing a mini version of the NES called the NES Classic Edition on Nov. 11 with a $59.99 price tag. Also, no cartridges are needed to enjoy it, as it's coming preinstalled with 30 games, from Super Mario Bros. 1, 2 and 3 to The Legend of Zelda and Donkey Kong, to name a few.
With all said and done, don't forget to hit up Archive.org to browse through the first 13 years of Nintendo Power. Just to be clear, they're all free to read.
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