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The title panel for the first Nester's Adventures strip following Howard's departure.

Howard & Nester, later retitled Nester's Adventures, was a comic strip that appeared in every regular issue of Nintendo Power from its 1988 launch up through the end of 1993. The strip chronicles the adventures of the bow-tie wearing Howard Phillips (based on the real-life person who was President of the Nintendo Fun Club at the time) and a stubborn red-headed teen named Nester. The two ventured into the worlds of various NES games, often providing tips for the game in question to the readers.

In the June 1991 issue (Volume 25), Howard was written out of the strip after his real-life counterpart left Nintendo to work for Lucasarts. The strip was retitled Nester's Adventures the following issue and continued publication until Volume 55 (December 1993).

An inside joke in Volume 51 was where Nester was playing Link's Adventure and is outnumbered by enemies, then the owl recommends "We must take cover". Nester says "You had a cover last month!" and instead recommend the owl not become conceited and overexposed. The owl of the game had been featured on a gold leaf cover for Volume 50.

List of games featured in the strip

Howard & Nester

Issue Featured game
Volume 1 The Legend of Zelda
Volume 2 Super Mario Bros. 2
Volume 3 Castlevania II: Simon's Quest
Volume 4 Track & Field II
Volume 5 Zelda II: The Adventure of Link
Volume 6 Ninja Gaiden
Volume 7 Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles
Volume 8 Mega Man 2
Volume 9 DuckTales
Volume 10 Dragon Warrior
Volume 11 Super Spike V'Ball
Volume 12 Super Mario Bros. 3
Volume 14 Super C
Volume 16 Golgo 13: The Mafat Conspiracy
Volume 18 Maniac Mansion
Volume 20 Solar Jetman
Volume 21 Mega Man 3
Volume 22 StarTropics
Volume 23 Deja Vu
Volume 24 Monopoly
Volume 25 The Lone Ranger

Nester's Adventures

Issue Featured game
Volume 26 The Hunt for Red October
Volume 27 Robin Hood: Prince of Thieves
Volume 28 Bill & Ted's Excellent Video Game Adventure
Volume 29 Star Wars
Volume 30 F-Zero
Volume 31 Kid Icarus: Of Myths and Monsters
Volume 32 ActRaiser
Volume 33 Super Castlevania IV
Volume 34 Rampart
Volume 35 The Addams Family
Volume 36 The Legend of Zelda: A Link to the Past
Volume 37 Robocop 3
Volume 38 Dragonstrike
Volume 39 Street Fighter II: The World Warrior
Volume 40 Wings II
Volume 41 Prince of Persia
Volume 42 Out of This World
Volume 43 Super Star Wars
Volume 44 Desert Strike
Volume 45 Sonic Blastman
Volume 46 Wing Commander
Volume 47 Star Fox
Volume 48 Mech Warrior
Volume 49 Batman Returns
Volume 50 Taz-Mania
Volume 51 The Legend of Zelda: Link's Awakening
Volume 52 Zombies Are My Neighbors
Volume 53 Rock 'n Roll Racing
Volume 54 Super Star Wars: Return of the Jedi
Volume 55 Jurassic Park

After Volume 55, the comic strip was retired, with the Nester character being dropped from the magazine altogether a year later. In the remainder of the magazine's run, however, three more strips featuring Nester were produced for later milestones. The final strip showed an aged Nester with a child, commenting how the magazine has come to an end and compared it to game design; you are glad when all the hard work is over, but still feel sad at losing a labor of love. One panel showed a framed bowtie on the wall of Nester's office, a likely reference to his early days paired with Howard.

Issue Featured game
Volume 100 Star Fox 64
Volume 231 Mario Kart Wii
Volume 285

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