This article is about Nintendo's official magazine. For information about the comic recently released in a Nintendo Power
magazine, see Nintendo Power 20th Anniversary Comic
. For the Super Famicom RAM cartridge service with the same name, see here
. For an alternate name of a video-game competition, see here
||Steve Thomason (final, until December 2012)
Nintendo Power was Nintendo's official magazine in the United States and Canada from 1988 to 2012. It covered all of Nintendo's then-currently active systems (and some inactive ones, if there was any worthy news), along with new and upcoming games for those systems. Nintendo Power contained strategy guides, previews, reviews, and exclusive material not made available to other sources.
Nintendo Power (or NP) celebrated its 200th issue in February of 2006, and had a major design overhaul in late 2005.
On Monday October 15th 2007, Nintendo of America sold Nintendo Power to Future USA, a magazine company that produces videogame magazines. The magazine remained the same except for a few small changes. After Future USA had taken over, the Player's Guide series was dropped (leaving Prima Games to produce the guides), and gifts could no longer be chosen with subscriptions, as the staff would instead choose one.
On August 21, 2012, Nintendo announced that they had opted not to renew their licensing agreement with Future Publishing and that Nintendo Power would cease publication after 24 years. The magazine released its final issue on December 11, 2012.
A month later, on January 11th, 2012, a group of fans dedicated to keeping Nintendo Power alive created a spiritual successor, Nintendo Force.
|Volume - Date
|263 - January 2011
||Power Up; Warp Zone; Four-Sport Hero (Mario Sports Mix cover story); Resolution Revolution; 2010 Nintendo Power Awards Nominations; Playback; review, Community
- Power Up, Nintendo Power's news department features an alert on the limited edition Nintendo DSi bundled with Mario Party DS.
- Warp Zone, which looks back at classic issues of Nintendo Power, recalls the January 2006 coverage of Nintendo Wi-Fi Connection and Mario Kart DS.
- Four-Sport Hero covers the game Mario Sports Mix and its four sports.
- Resolution Revolution offers humorous New Year's resolution suggestions to various video game characters such as Mario, Yoshi and Bowser.
- Donkey Kong Country Returns. is nominated for Wii Game of the Year, Best Wii Graphics, Best Original Score, Best Platformer and Best Retro Revival.
- Super Mario Galaxy 2 is nominated for Wii Game of the Year, Best Wii Graphics, Best Original Score and Best Platformer.
- WarioWare D.I.Y. is nominated for Nintendo DS Game of the Year and Best New Idea.
- Playback, which looks back at classic games revisits Mario & Luigi: Superstar Saga.
- Super Mario All-Stars Limited Edition receives a rating of 9.0 out of 10.
- Community covers fan-made Lego sculptures, quilts and a pointillism mural featuring various Mario-series characters.
|264 - February 2011
||Jungle Jabber; Warp Zone; Collector's Corner; Gaming's Greatest Couples; Nintendo DS Essentials; reviews; Community
|265 - March 2011
||Star Power; Collector's Corner, Download; The 3D Revolution Begins; The 2010 Nintendo Power Awards; Playback, reviews; Community
- Star Power, "a closer look at the characters we love," profiles Waluigi
- Collector's Corner features Super Mario Galaxy desktop figures
- Download, the magazine's download-able content section covers the Virtual Console release of Mario Party 2, and gives a staff recommendation.
- The 3D Revolution Begins previews Paper Mario: Sticker Star
- Donkey Kong Country Returns wins Best Retro Revival and Best Retro Revival (Reader's Choice)
- Super Mario Galaxy 2 wins Wii Game of the Year, Best Original Score, Best Platformer, Best Bonus Content, Game of the Year, Wii Game of the Year (Reader's Choice), Best Wii Graphics (Reader's Choice), Best Original Score (Reader's Choice), Best Platformer (Reader's Choice) and Overall Game of the Year (Reader's Choice).
- WarioWare D.I.Y wins Best New Idea
- Playback revisits Donkey Kong Land
- Reviews Archive takes another look at Super Mario All-Stars.
- Community covers a fan-made Yoshi figure.
|266 - April 2011
||What About Mario; Warp Zone; reviews; Community
- What About Mario covers the revelation of Super Mario 3D Land (then known simply as Super Mario).
- Warp Zone recalls the 2001 coverage of Super Mario Advance.
- Reviews Archive takes another look at Super Mario 64 DS.
- Community covers a fan-made pixel block mural featuring some characters from the Mario series.
|267 - May 2011
||London Calling; Dimension Man; Warp Zone; Collector's Corner; Community
|268 - June 2011
||Warp Zone; Power Up; Previews; A Decade Advanced; Community
|269 - July 2011
||Power Up; Warp Zone; Collector's Corner; Power Profiles; Community
|270 - August 2011
||Power Up; Download; Nintendo's Next Wave; Still Super After All These Years, Playback; Community
- Power Up covers the E3 announcements of Mario Party 9 and Fortune Street.
- Download covers the N3DS Virtual Console releases of Alleyway, which receives mixed recommendations, and Super Mario Land and Donkey Kong, which both receive staff recommendations.
- Nintendo's Next Wave, which previews upcoming N3DS games higlights Super Mario 3D Land, Mario Kart 7, Luigi's Mansion: Dark Moon and Paper Mario.
- Still Super After All These Years celebrates the 20th anniversary of the Super NES including looks back at Super Mario World, Super Mario Kart, Super Mario All-Stars, Donkey Kong Country, Yoshi's Island: Super Mario World 2 and Super Mario RPG: Legend of the Seven Stars.
- Playback looks back at Super Mario Land 2: 6 Golden Coins.
- Community features a Nintendo-themed charity art show and a fan-made Peach costume.
|271 - September 2011
||Star Power; Warp Zone; Collector's Corner; Download; The Nintendo 64 Age of Innovation; Community
- Star Power profiles Donkey Kong
- Warp Zone recalls the 2001 coverage of Mario Kart: Super Circuit and the 1991 coverage of Super Mario World.
- Collector's Corner features the Mario Kart K'nex building sets.
- Download covers the N3DS Virtual Console release of Game & Watch Gallery, which receives a staff recommendation.
- The Nintendo 64 Age of Innovation celebrates the 15th anniversary of the Nintendo 64, including a look back at the many Mario-series games that appeared on the console.
- Community features a Mario mural and paper collage portraits of various Mario-series characters.
|272 - October 2011
||That was Awesome!; Collector’s Corner; Power Up; Download; previews; Keys to the Kingdom cover story; Community
- That was Awesome, which features a staff member’s favorite video game moments, highlights the use of Kuribo's Shoe in Super Mario Bros. 3.
- Collector’s Corner features Super Mario figurines from Banpresto.
- Power Up covers the 42 Wii games that have sold over a millions copies, a number of which are from the Mario-series.
- Download covers the N3DS Virtual Console release of Mario's Picross, which received a staff pick and recommended rating.
- The Wii version of Mario & Sonic at the London 2012 Olympic Games is previewed.
- Keys to the Kingdom previews Super Mario 3D Land.
- Community features fan-made Spiny Shell RC racers and fan sketches of monstrous interpretations of various enemies.
|273 - November 2011
||Next Wave; Warp Zone; Download; previews; Seventh Heaven cover story; Think Inside the Cube; Playback; reviews; Community
- Next Wave covers the 2012 Nintendo 3DS lineup which includes Paper Mario, Luigi's Mansion: Dark Moon and the newly revealed Mario Tennis Open.
- Warp Zone recalls the November 2001 cover story on Luigi's Mansion.
- Download covers the N3DS Virtual Console releases of Super Mario Land 2: 6 Golden Coins, which receives a staff recommendation, and Golf, which receives a mixed staff recommendation.
- Fortune Street is previewed.
- Seventh Heaven highlights seven key feaures of Mario Kart 7 and interviews producer Hideki Konno.
- Think Inside the Cube celebrates the 10th anniversary of the Nintendo GameCube and lists the console's top 25 games which include Donkey Kong Jungle Beat (19), Luigi's Mansion (15), Mario Kart: Double Dash (13), Paper Mario: The Thousand-Year Door (9), Super Mario Sunshine (7) and Super Smash Bros. Melee (4).
- Playback revisits Super Mario World 2: Yoshi's Island.
- Super Mario 3D Land receives a rating of 9.0 out of 10.
- Mario & Sonic at the London 2012 Olympic games (Wii) receives a rating of 7.0 out of 10.
- Community covers a fan-modified Wario bank/robot, a yarn Super Mario Bros. 3-style Treasure Chest and custom Smash Bros. figures.
|274 - December 2011
||Star Power; Warp Zone; previews; Nintendo Power Holiday 2011 Buyers' Guide; The Jungle V.I.P.; reviews; Community
- Star Power profiles Mario.
- Warp Zone looks back at the December 2001 Super Smash Bros. Melee cover story.
- The N3DS version of Mario & Sonic at the London 2012 Olympic Games is previewed.
- Nintendo Power Holiday 2011 Buyers' Guide suggests the various Mario games of the Nintendo Selects collection, Super Mario 3D Land for the platforming purist, Mario Kart 7, Mario Sports Mix, the Mario Wii and Nintendo DSi XL bundles, and the First 4 Figures Mario Nintendo DS Holder as gifts.
- The Jungle V.I.P. celebrates the 30th anniversary of Donkey Kong.
- Mario Kart 7 receives a rating of 9.0 out of 10.
- Fortune Street receives a rating of 7.5 out of 10.
- Community features homemade Mario character plushes, customized Mario crossover toys and a unit-origami Goomba.
|275 - January/February 2012
|| Warp Zone; Collector's Corner; Download, previews; 2011 Nintendo Power Award Nominees; review; Community
- Warp Zone looks back at the 1992 Super Mario comics.
- Collector's Corner features 9 inch Super Mario Galaxy 2 figures and Mario Kart Wii keychains.
- Download highlights Donkey Kong, Mario's Picross, Super Mario Land, Super Mario Land 2: 6 Golden Coins and Mario vs. Donkey Kong: Minis March Again! as among the best titles availabe on Nintendo eShop
- Luigi's Mansion: Dark Moon, Mario Tennis Open, Mario Party 9 and Paper Mario (Nintendo 3DS) are previewed.
- Mario Kart 7 is nominated for Game of the Year (Nintendo 3DS).
- Mario Sports Mix is nominated for Best Sports Game.
- Super Mario 3D Land is nominated for Game of the Year (Nintendo 3DS), Best Nintendo 3DS Graphics, Best Original Score and Best Platformer.
- Mario & Sonic and the London 2012 Olympic Games (Nintendo 3DS) receives a rating of 7.0 out of 10.
- Reviews Archive takes another look at Super Mario 3D Land.
- Community features fanmade Bowser and Koopa Paratroopa figures and a painting of Luigi.
|276 - March 2012
||Iwata Reveals New Plans; Star Power; Collector's Corner; 2011 Nintendo Power Awards; review; Community
- Iwata Reveals New Plans covers a presentation by Satoru Iwata that announced a new 2D Mario game for Nintendo 3DS.
- Star Power profiles Daisy.
- Collector's Corner covers the K'nex Mario Kart track-creating sets.
- Mario Kart 7 wins Best Racing Game, Best Multiplayer, Best Racing Game (Readers' Choice) and Best Multiplayer (Readers' Choice).
- Mario Sports Mix wins Best Sports Game (Readers' choice).
- Super Mario 3D Land wins Nintendo 3DS Game of the Year, Best Platformer, Best Stereoscopic 3D, Finish-Strong Award, Nintendo 3DS Game of the Year (Readers' Choice), Best Nintendo 3DS Graphics (Readers' Choice), Best Platformer (Readers' Choice) and Best Stereoscopic 3D (Readers' Choice).
- Mario Party 9 receives a rating of 8.0 out of 10.
- Community features Mario-themed painted tables.
|277 - April 2012
||Warp Zone; Collector's Corner; Download; Making a Racket; Community
- Warp Zone looks back at the first look at Wii version of Super Paper Mario.
- Collector's Corner shows five keychains relating to Super Mario Galaxy.
- Download reviews Wario Land: Super Mario Land 3 for Nintendo 3DS Virtual Console as well as recommends Super Mario Bros. for Nintendo 3DS Virtual Console, which was made available to the public at this time.
- Making a Racket gives a full preview of Mario Tennis Open, including an interview with Hiroyuki Takahashi of Camelot and Toshiharu Izuno of Nintendo, the game's producer and lead designer, respectively.
- The Community section features a painting of the sprite of Cape Mario on Yoshi as well as a cross-stitch of the first Super Mario World map screen. Also shown is two food items from the Paper Mario series as they would look as real-life foods.
|278 - May 2012
||Games are Art; Making Mario; Collector's Corner;Ultimate Super Mario; review; Community
- Games are Art covers Mario appearances at the Smithsonian American Art Museum and The Art of Video Games: From Pac-Man to Mass Effect book.
- Making Mario interviews Super Mario 3D Land director Koichi Hayashida.
- Collector's Corner covers Banpresto's Super Mario Mini Figure Collection Series 3.
- Ultimate Super Mario ranks the mainline Super Mario series games.
- Mario Tennis Open receives a rating of 7.0 out of 10.0.
- Community covers a Mario-themed wedding, skateboard deck, cake and LEGO sculptures.
Below is a gallery of almost all of the Nintendo Power covers that Mario and others have appeared on. Notably, the Mario series has been stated to be the most popular subject of the magazine's covers, having appeared on 57 throughout the magazine's run.
Nintendo Power Advance
In 2001, to promote the launch of the Game Boy Advance, Nintendo published a quarterly spinoff magazine of Nintendo Power entitled Nintendo Power Advance, which featured news, tips and complete walkthroughs for various Game Boy Advance games. It did not last very long, and was canceled after only four issues. Mario, however, was featured on three of the four covers.
From 1991 through 2007, Nintendo Power also published official strategy guides for big Nintendo games. Among the games in the Mario series that were given Player's Guides are the following: