Nintendo Power has been out of print since December 2012, and a lot of the older issues aren’t easy to come by. However, it’s now easy to access the first 13 years of the publication, as many of the earliest issues are available now on Archive.org.
The archives include the first 145 issues of Nintendo Power. It starts with the first issue from July/August 1988, which featured a weirdly coloured clay Mario cover, all the way to June 2001’s issue that showcased Super Mario Advance. They’re easy to read too, as all you need to do is click on this link, select an issue, and click on it to flip through the pages. You can check out some of the classic covers below.
Nintendo Power was a magazine started by the video game publisher in 1988. It was focused on “playing with power” and provided strategies, tips and tricks, reviews, and previews. It was run by Nintendo until 2007 when the video game company handed over publishing rights to Future US, a publishing company behind other gaming magazines such as Official Xbox Magazine and PC Gamer. In 2012, Nintendo did not renew its licensing agreement with Future. The magazine’s last issue featured an homage to the original issue’s cover.