Nintendo Power issue 4

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Nintendo Power issue 4
Nintendo Power - Issue 4.jpg
Publisher Nintendo of America
Release date January/February, 1989

Nintendo Power issue 4 is the fourth volume of Nintendo Power, released in January/February, 1989.

Page 93 contains an advertisement for How to Win at Super Mario Bros. (misspelled as How To Win At Super Mario Bros.). Super Mario Bros. 2 appears in a list of games released for Nintendo PlayChoice-10, as well as Super Mario Bros. 3 for the spring of 1989.

On the 95th page, Karch Kiraly says that he's good in Super Mario Bros. He also says that "everybody on the team would get together and challenge each other" in Golf, among other games. It is also stated that he has recently added Super Mario Bros. 2 in his Nintendo library. The next section on this page advertises "citrus fruit flavored Super Mario Bros." Nintendo Cereal System.

In the section Video Spotlight, Brett Borders writes that he's going to get Super Mario Bros. 2 on page 100. On the next page, James McKenna mentions Super Mario Bros. in the list of completed games. Daniel "Megatron" Lillie is said to have also completed Super Mario Bros. Jose Carlos Quinones writes that he's completed Super Mario Bros. with a score of 9,999,950 in four days, Super Mario Bros. 2 in one day, as well as "finding two different Warp Zones".

Page 108 shows a copy of Super Mario Bros. 3.


Counselors' Corner[edit]

Two Super Mario Bros. 2 questions

Counselors's Corner on page 66 explains how to get to the other side of the water in World 4-3 in Super Mario Bros. 2 using flying eggs launched by Birdo. It also explains the locations of Warp Zones and how to get to them.

“How do I get to the other side of the water in World 4-3?”
A question
“Where are the warp zones?”
A question
Super Mario Bros. 2 question

The next page describes a glitch with Fryguy in World 4-3 and how to avoid encountering it.

“Sometimes when I beat the Fryguy in World 4-3, there’s no door. What do I do?”
A question

Video Shorts[edit]

“Ahem. Looks like Mario is having a wee bit of trouble with the projector, so while he’s rethreading the film, let us take this opportunity to say that we think “Video Shorts” is going to take your breath away.”
Video Shorts, page 78
Video Shorts

Mario makes an appearance having trouble with a projector on page 78. An ending of an explanation for this section reads "O.K., Mario. Hit it!"

Player's Poll[edit]

Player's Poll section on pages 90 to 91 asked readers to participate in the poll about the games. The list for questions C, D, and E had the following Super Mario games:

Mail Box[edit]

This section on pages 96 and 97 have the following Super Mario letters:

“I would like to compliment you on a very exciting game. Super Mario Bros. 2 is the best game We played yet. I love it. It’s got the best graphics and it's plain fun the whole time you play. I suggest that all the kids that love Nintendo should get this game. I like the way Luigi runs in the air when he jumps and I also like the story. I thought that it was very original. My favorite good guy is Mario and my favorite bad guy is Mouser.”
David Belsito

October 11th, Mario's birthday, is mentioned in Carol Fish's letter. It is Carol's son's (Sam) birthday. His high score in Super Mario Bros. is said to be 328,950, and he has also defeated Bowser "with and without fireballs" in World 8-4. Carol also writes that they played Mario Bros. together as a team for 112 rounds. They also say that they'll be purchasing Super Mario Bros. 2.

NES Achievers[edit]

Super Mario Bros. 2 completions

Only the top scores are listed:

  • Golf
    Phil Macsisak (Portland) / -25, 47 (strokes)
  • Pinball
    Dan Oppenherm (Pawtucket) / 959,440 (score)
  • Super Mario Bros. 2
    Multiple people / Finished

Top 30[edit]

“We hear you loud and clear, and your message seems to be that there's a new king at the top of the pile—Super Mario Bros. 2! This proves that nothing lasts forever. That doesn’t mean that your old favorites are forgotten, though. To see how all the games, old and new, fared this time, check out the table below.”
Top 30, page 102
Super Mario Bros. 2
  • 1st: Super Mario Bros. 2 (22790 points)
    "You've waited a long time for the triumphant return of Mario, Luigi, and friends, and it was worth the wait!"
    Players' picks: 3059 points
    Pros' picks: 3668 points
    Dealers' picks: 16063 points
  • 16th: Super Mario Bros. (1935 points)
    Players' picks: 1935
    Pros' picks: N/A
    Dealers' picks: N/A
  • Donkey Kong Classics
    Players' picks: N/A
    Pros' picks: N/A
    Dealers' picks: 507 points
  • Golf
    Players' picks: N/A
    Pros' picks: N/A
    Dealers' picks: 305 points