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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 15, 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.
Several issues of Nintendo Power have comics within them, several of which make references to the Mario series of games or related media. These comics revolve mostly around the character Nester, who plays various Nintendo games along with other characters. Originally titled "Howard & Nester" (stylized as "Howard &
Below is a gallery of almost all of the Nintendo Power covers that Mario and others have appeared on. Notably, the Mario franchise 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 was canceled after only four issues. Mario, however, was featured on three of the four covers (with the remaining featuring Golden Sun).
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: