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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).

I love that Nester framed and hung his mentor’s bowtie in his Nintendo room. Make sure to go out and buy the last issue for more nostalgia from the publication’s 24-year run.

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The first and last Nintendo Power covers, the latter issue coming out next month. Perfect homage.

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See also: More Nintendo Power posts [Via @Mudron]
The final and never-before-published Howard & Nester comic, uploaded in full by Howard Phillips. It’s very different from the last comic that appeared in Nintendo Power— and it’s obvious why this was never printed!
Phillips, formerly a spokesperson for Nintendo, received this special comic from the Nintendo Power team as he was departing the company to work at Lucasfilm Games, hence the Star Wars allusion at the end.
The “Gail” referred to here is Gail Tilden, Nintendo Power's founder and Nintendo of America's former Brand Management VP. For more context on the comic, including explanations for the “junky” comment and the Japanese yelling, hit up Phillips’ Facebook page!
Buy: Game Over: How Nintendo Conquered The WorldSee also: More Howard Phillips posts

The final and never-before-published Howard & Nester comic, uploaded in full by Howard Phillips. It’s very different from the last comic that appeared in Nintendo Power— and it’s obvious why this was never printed!

Phillips, formerly a spokesperson for Nintendo, received this special comic from the Nintendo Power team as he was departing the company to work at Lucasfilm Games, hence the Star Wars allusion at the end.

The “Gail” referred to here is Gail Tilden, Nintendo Power's founder and Nintendo of America's former Brand Management VP. For more context on the comic, including explanations for the “junky” comment and the Japanese yelling, hit up Phillips’ Facebook page!

Buy: Game Over: How Nintendo Conquered The World
See also: More Howard Phillips posts
As you’ve likely heard, Nintendo Power will soon close up shop after serving fans of Nintendo platforms for nearly 25 years. There goes the last major print outlet that covered games for Nintendo systems, big and small, in the U.S.
I know that very few people who grew up on the magazine actually maintained their Nintendo Power subscriptions in recent years, but I think it was still putting out interesting features, informative interviews, and exclusive announcements that gamers cared about.
Some fun Nintendo Power links to remember:
Apple co-founder Steve Wozniak sneaking into NP
Touching story of a Dragon Quest fan’s letter in NP
Nester returns for NP's 20th anniversary issue
And an obligatory link to 2pac’s "Pour Out a Little Liquor".
See also: More Nintendo Power-related posts
[Image via Konstantin Boyko]

As you’ve likely heard, Nintendo Power will soon close up shop after serving fans of Nintendo platforms for nearly 25 years. There goes the last major print outlet that covered games for Nintendo systems, big and small, in the U.S.

I know that very few people who grew up on the magazine actually maintained their Nintendo Power subscriptions in recent years, but I think it was still putting out interesting features, informative interviews, and exclusive announcements that gamers cared about.

Some fun Nintendo Power links to remember:

And an obligatory link to 2pac’s "Pour Out a Little Liquor".

See also: More Nintendo Power-related posts
[Image via Konstantin Boyko]
Apple co-founder and tech luminary Steve Wozniak sneaking his name into the Tetris (Game Boy) high score list of a 1991 Nintendo Power issue.
You might have heard that Wozniak still packs multiple imported Game Boy Lights in his overstuffed backpack, which he explained in this Gizmodo Q&A:

"I only play the original Gameboy Tetris. I buy cartridges on eBay when needed. I have had some stolen and lost. My kids got too good at newer games so I only focus on a few puzzle-like games to be good at them.
I was always #1 in the Nintendo Power listings in 1988, and after they said my name had been in there too many times and wouldn’t print it again, I spelled my name backwards (Evets Kainzow) and sent in a photo of my score.
When I got the magazine, I’d forgotten doing this and was worried that a foreigner from the next city over (I used Saratoga instead of Los Gatos so they wouldn’t catch on) had a score up in my range. I got worried but then remembered my joke. Whew! It’s in some old issue of Nintendo Power magazine - Gameboy Tetris score, name Evets Kainzow).”

Polar0ids dug up one of his old issues to see if this was true, and there it is, Evets Kainzow!
Buy: Tetris: Axis
See also: More Tetris posts

Apple co-founder and tech luminary Steve Wozniak sneaking his name into the Tetris (Game Boy) high score list of a 1991 Nintendo Power issue.

You might have heard that Wozniak still packs multiple imported Game Boy Lights in his overstuffed backpack, which he explained in this Gizmodo Q&A:

"I only play the original Gameboy Tetris. I buy cartridges on eBay when needed. I have had some stolen and lost. My kids got too good at newer games so I only focus on a few puzzle-like games to be good at them.

I was always #1 in the Nintendo Power listings in 1988, and after they said my name had been in there too many times and wouldn’t print it again, I spelled my name backwards (Evets Kainzow) and sent in a photo of my score.

When I got the magazine, I’d forgotten doing this and was worried that a foreigner from the next city over (I used Saratoga instead of Los Gatos so they wouldn’t catch on) had a score up in my range. I got worried but then remembered my joke. Whew! It’s in some old issue of Nintendo Power magazine - Gameboy Tetris score, name Evets Kainzow).”

Polar0ids dug up one of his old issues to see if this was true, and there it is, Evets Kainzow!

Buy: Tetris: Axis
See also: More Tetris posts

Adventure Time for DS/3DS is inspired by Zelda II: The Adventure of Link, and oh my god here are the first screenshots and art. You done did it, WayForward. You done made a tie-in game for a cartoon sound like a must-buy (Batman: The Brave and the Bold was aight, too).

Nintendo Power's preview of Adventure Time: Hey Ice King! Why’d You Steal Our Garbage says the game features the same perspective switching as Zelda II, in that its “top-view areas focus on quests and exploration, and the side view combines combat and platforming.”

The game is expected to ship some time this year.

Buy: Adventure Time: Hey Ice King! Why'd You Steal Our Garbage
See also: More mathematical Adventure Time posts
[Via Nintendo Power

Comparing Nintendo Power’s Castlevania: Mirror of Fate and Simon’s Quest covers — Mirror of Fate's art is great, but the latter cover is unforgettable.

So the latest NP formally reveals Castlevania: Mirror of Fate, a new 3DS entry for Konami’s vampire vanquishing series, from Spanish developer Mercury Steam. As indicated by the full title on NP’s cover, the game is related to Mercury Steam’s Lords of Shadow games that came out in 2010.

Judging by the initial Mirror of Fate screenshots scanned and posted online, this looks like a 2.5D platformer, and not the sprite-based 2D affairs we’re used to.

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See also: More Castlevania posts
[Via FallingEdge]

Good People Will Die in North America

Extreme Escape Adventure: Good People Die — the sequel to Chunsoft’s adored 999: Nine Hours, Nine Persons, Nine Doors — is coming to North America some time before the end of the year, thanks to the awesome folks at Aksys.

The news comes by way of Nintendo Power, which as far as I know only discusses the 3DS version, so I’m unsure if the PS Vita edition will make it out to the States. It’s also uncertain whether Aksys will keep the Good People Die title, but it’s difficult to imagine the publisher coming up with another name as strong as that.

Regardless of all that, I’m thrilled to see another Chunsoft game getting an English localization. More, please!

Buy: Nine Hours, Nine Persons, Nine Doors
Find: Nintendo DS/3DS release dates, discounts, & more
See also: More Good People Die and 999 posts
[Via Go Nintendo]

Heroes of Ruin promises four-player co-op, impressive online features for 3DS

Though n-Space didn’t reveal much about Heroes of Ruin when it teased the 3DS project yesterday — in fact, the developer removed all mentions of the game from its Facebook page, presumably due to pressure from publisher Square Enix — we do have more info thanks to an article in the latest issue of Nintendo Power.

As the initial artwork suggests, this will be a four-player co-op game in which you take on the role of a mercenary, whose weapons, armor, and class abilities you can customize as you progress. From the initial details, Heroes of Ruin sounds like an action title?

It can be difficult getting four people with 3DSes and copies of the game together in one place, but you won’t have to worry about that because this will have drop-in/drop-out online multiplayer support with voice chat. Heroes of Ruin will also have downloadable content via SpotPass (e.g. daily challenges).

This already sounds off the heezy for sheezy, my reezies (readers). Now I just can’t wait to see some in-game screenshots and videos. And more hints that this will have an urban fantasy tone similar to Shadowrun.

Buy: Nintendo 3DS console (Cosmo Black, Aqua Blue)

Find: Nintendo DS/3DS release dates, discounts, & more

[Via Handheld Gaming Blog]

Dragon Quest VI’s English release a month too late for an exceptional Enix fan

Around 15 years ago, Enix America closed its doors, leaving many RPG fans to wonder what would become of SNES titles available in Japan but not yet in the U.S., like Dragon Quest VI and Tactics Ogre.

At the time Nintendo Power encouraged readers to send in their thoughts about the shuttering, and the magazine printed several letters, including this one:

"I’m now 76 years old. I may not live long enough to see Dragon Quest VI unless someone takes action soon.” - Edith Jeter, Puyallup, WA

Tactics Ogre eventually saw a North American release on the PS1, but Dragon Quest V and VI remained exclusive to Japan until their DS remakes. A year after Dragon Quest VI's DS remake shipped in Japan, it's finally coming to the States on February 14 (coincidentally, a Tactics Ogre PSP remake also releases the day after!).

While that will make for a fine Valentine’s Day gift for RPG enthusiasts, what of Edith? Racketboy forumer Urban Champion-e recently came across the NP article while flipping through an old issue he found at his parent’s house, saw the elderly gamer’s note, and wondered if she would finally get to play the game 15 years later.

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November 31st: Latest American Elf strip points out a funny flaw in the Nintendo Power 2010 calendar.
For those of you who actually use a Nintendo Power calendar to plan your schedule, I hope you didn’t have any important appointments marked for that day…
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[Via American Elf, Infendo, Busy Street]

November 31st: Latest American Elf strip points out a funny flaw in the Nintendo Power 2010 calendar.

For those of you who actually use a Nintendo Power calendar to plan your schedule, I hope you didn’t have any important appointments marked for that day…

Buy: American Elf comics

[Via American Elf, Infendo, Busy Street]

Cave Story revealed for DSiWare

The latest issue of Nintendo Power gave up the Cave Story secret that really wasn’t much of a secret: the revered indie PC/WiiWare game is coming to DSiWare!

There’s no details yet on what’s new in this downloadable version or when it will release, but I expect we’ll hear more about Cave Story for DSiWare from Nicalis very soon.

Buy: Nintendo DSi XL (Blue, Burgundy, & Bronze), Standard Nintendo DSi (White, Pink, Black, & Blue)

See also: More Cave Story!

[Via Nintendo Power #260 TOC, Image of Balrog’s face via RavenWorks]