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Here’s one last Nester comic to close out Nintendo Power, which is shipping its last issue this month. Artist Bill Mudron killed it here (the comic, not the actual magazine).
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“NES Anniversary” by Nintendo History System author Bill Mudron (click for a larger image). Mudron posted this dandy doodle of a DS playing Nester, his bow-tied partner Howard Phillips, the Notorious R.O.B., and Nintendo of America founder Minoru Arakawa to celebrate the 25th anniversary of the NES’s stateside release.
Did you know the NES’s initial 1985 test launch in New York was considered a failure? Shortly after its debut, the Philadelphia Inquirer reported, “Nintendo, a Japanese company that attempted to introduce a new video-game machine over Christmas, failed miserably, retailers say.”
It’s a good thing Nintendo went ahead with a wider NES release despite that problematic test launch!
“New Compact Video Game System!”
Perhaps Nintendo Power felt guilty with its inconspicuous announcement for the Game Boy, as it followed up the reveal with a much bigger, full-page preview in the following issue (#7, July/August 1989). Click the above image for a larger version of the scan!
It’s strange to think that there was a time when Tetris was “unfamiliar” to the general public. Other highlights in this issue include an excellent 12-page feature on Dragon Warrior and a celebrity profile of Michael Dorn, who is best known for his role as Starfleet officer Worf from the Star Trek series.
[Thanks to Retromags for the scan!]
I’ve wanted to interview Chris Slate ever since I heard he was taking over Nintendo Power as Future acquired the magazine, but I’m not sure what I’d ask him or what purpose the interview would serve. Kyle Orland found some questions and a purpose, though!
Orland asked him about ex-mascot Nester’s return in the recent 20th anniversary issue, “We had a tremendous response from our readers about the comic, so I feel kind of bad to tell everyone that it was a one-time event.”
He continued: “As a Nintendo child of the ’80s, bringing Nester back was my one big wish for the 20th Anniversary issue and the artist (Ryan Kinnaird), the NP staff, and Nintendo really pulled together to make it happen. We don’t have plans to do any other comics either, but I suppose that I would never say never.”
What a shame! The interview has some other worthwhile bits, like the leak on their Mega Man 9 exclusive and the death of print (groan). The Girl Gamer has scans of the comic with Nester’s return, for those of you who don’t have the issue.