You can now read all 285 issues of Nintendo Power Online

You can now read all 285 issues of Nintendo Power Online

A Nintendo Power ad shows several glitches and a Megaman charm hanging from a Christmas tree.

Photo: Nintendo / Kotaku

Few gaming magazines are as beloved as Nintendo Power. In the era of the NES, it gave many young Nintendo fans their first taste of upcoming games that fired their imaginations, and poring over the detailed maps and enticing information was a ritual almost as enjoyable as playing the games themselves. Abandoned in 2012 (although relaunched as a podcast five years later), the Official Magazine was a staple source for reviews, previews and strategy. Now, thanks to community projects and daring archivists, every issue of the legendary magazine is at your fingertips.

Downloaded today by Gumballthe 285 numbers of Nintendo Power are now unofficially available in .cbr format. At just over 40 gigabytes for the entire shebang, the vast majority of the collection comes from Retromags, a community project dedicated to archiving classic video game magazines. A few remaining issues have been resolved via Reddit by Gumball. Scanned in color, the collection is a wonderful way to explore the history of games and media.

Gumball is no stranger to collecting video game printing materials, as they state in a Reddit comment, “I collected manuals and stuff for the systems I grew up with.” “It’s a big piece of childhood history and a lot of children’s play, so I think it’s important that it’s available for everyone to read,” they say. .

The Reddit post escalation is gaining a lot of attention and appreciation from gamers who were looking to either complete their own collections or find the few missing issues that weren’t in the Retromags collection. “I just wanted every issue to be in one place,” Gumball says in another Reddit reply. “The ones I couldn’t find were numbers 208 and 285. Retromags didn’t have them. [but] some guy in the r/DHexchange turned out to have these two [and] allowed me to complete the set.

Unfortunately, Nintendo’s history with this kind of effort is not really comforting. But as a physical medium, in particular printed manuals and magazines like Nintendo Powerharder to find, having access to archives like this is an essential way to preserve that history.

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