Read the First 145 Issues of 'Nintendo Power' Online


Nintendo is partying like it's 1988: The game maker has dumped the first 13 years of Nintendo Power magazine online.

Digital copies of the discontinued news and strategy publication are available free via the Internet Archive. Starting with the July/August 1988 Super Mario Bros. 2 issue, 145 editions can be downloaded to read on your smartphone, tablet, e-reader, computer, or TV.

The bi-monthly magazine—created by video game experts for video game enthusiasts—promised to "put more power in the hands of video game players … than ever before."

That included in-depth tips, tricks, and game reviews, as well as the latest on just-released titles, hit arcade games, and one-of-a-kind moves. The real draw, however, was the "great big colorful" poster readers could rip out of each issue and hang on their wall.

Colorful covers highlight everything from Castlevania, Final Fantasy, and Lemmings to Dr. Mario, Secret of Mana, and Mortal Kombat. The final copy available on the site features Nintendo Gamecube at E3, Tony Hawk's Pro Skater 2, and a spread on Super Mario Advance.

The archive ends in June 2001, though Nintendo Power ran for another 11 years. According to Mashable, the curators intend to add more issues.

This trip down memory lane is Nintendo's latest retro detour: People are still playing augmented-reality hit Pokemon Go, which launched last month to overcrowded servers and international acclaim. And the company is gearing up to launch the NES Classic Edition—a miniature version of its iconic 1980s console, which plugs directly into your HDTV.

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