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.
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.