Nintendo Power Issue 1 was the very first issue in the long-running Nintendo Power magazine. It features the NES video game Super Mario Bros. 2 on the cover, with clay models of Mario and Wart. Other features include a look at The Legend of Zelda's Second Quest, a rather large feature looking at NES baseball video games, the first Howard and Nester comic, and more.


The following are the articles that were featured in the first volume of Nintendo Power. Brief descriptions and images are provided.

Super Mario Bros. 2


A massive article on the American version of Super Mario Bros. 2 (known as Super Mario USA in Japan) was the highlight of the issue. It began by summarizing the four playable characters (Mario, Luigi, Toad, and Princess Toadstool) and highlighting their strengths and weaknesses. The article acts as a guide to the game, providing the readers with the basics of the game and tips on how to successfully complete the game. Page 11 showcases some of the enemies present in the game, though doesn't give any tactics on how to defeat them until later on in the issue. A two page spread showing the four characters in an Olympic-type setting can be found on Pages 12 and 13.

The bulk of the article includes maps of the game's worlds and tips on how to complete some of the levels. Not all stages are represented, and the article only goes up to World 2-3.

Zelda: The Second Quest Begins

An example of the article.

This article focuses on the Second Quest of The Legend of Zelda. It begins by describing how to start the Second Quest, explaining that if the player accidentally deleted their file after they beat the game they can begin the Second Quest simply by entering ZELDA as their name. Even though Zelda wasn't new upon this issue's release, the editors included the article likely due to the popularity of the game and the mysterious nature of the Second Quest.

Maps and strategies for each dungeon can be found throughout the article.

The maps display several points of interest including item locations, weak walls that can be destroyed using a Bomb (indicated by a silhouette of an explosion), the room in which the boss resides, and the room where the player can find a piece of the Triforce. Items and boss locations are also accompanied on the side with descriptions. For example, under the image of the Wooden Boomerang, the description says "This shows up when you defeat all the red Goriyas. It's the first item you should get in Level 1."

Baseball Round Up

Featured articles on three different baseball video games for the NES: Bases Loaded, Major League Baseball, and R.B.I. The writer of the article commends the developers of Bases Loaded for the "awesome graphics" and the sound of the fans cheering in the audience. Major League Baseball, which carried a logo proclaiming that it was officially licensed, featured 26 unique, real-life teams. The article featured several humorous cartoon baseball players. A foldout poster by Kaz Aizawa featuring the three games was featured in this issue.

Counselor's Corner

A regular feature in the early issues of Nintendo Power in which the writers of the magazine would respond to game-related questions in the hope of getting the player out of a tough spot. The following are the games that were featured in this issue (in order of appearance):

  • Ghosts'n Goblins
    In Ghosts'n Goblins, is there a Stage Select? Also, how do I beat the Red Devil?
  • Ring King
    While I'm playing Ring King, sometimes the letter P appears in the ring. What does it mean?
  • Metroid
    In Metroid, I have a hard time finding the Power-up items. I usually get wiped out before I find them. Can you help?
  • Super Mario Bros.
    Are there really unlimited 1-UPs? Plus, can you tell me how to get the fireworks and what they mean?
  • Kid Icarus
    No matter what I do, I cannot beat Hewdraw. Please give me some advice.
  • Rygar
    I figured out how to get Pegasus' flute, but now I don't know what to do with it!
  • Castlevania
    No matter how many times I try, I can't seem to beat the five boss characters. Can you give me some pointers?
  • Ikari Warriors
    Is there a secret built-in Continue or Stage Select for this game?
  • Mike Tyson's Punch-Out!!
    I've had several bouts with Tyson, however, I have never beaten him. Please help, I want to win the Dream Bout!

Howard & Nester

The first volume of H&N.

Howard and Nester was among the most popular features of Nintendo Power in the early issues. Nintendo Power V1 obviously featured the first volume of Howard and Nester. This feature was a comic, in this instance on one page, that focused on Howard, based on Howard Phillips, and Nester, a unique character created by Phillips.

The comic typically is meant to reveal gameplay hints in an enjoyable way. For example, in this issue Howard asks Nester if he knows the location of Levels 8 and 9 in The Legend of Zelda. Nester, who secretly can't remember, says that he bets Howard has forgotten the location of the stages. Howard replies to this by revealing the locations of the levels, saying "Are you kidding? Level 8 is hidden in the 2nd screen up, 3rd from the right, under the tree in the path. Level 9 is under a rock in the 6th screen from the left on the top. Use the map on page 35-6 of this magazine."

Classified Information

The Classified Information section revealed codes and hidden secrets in certain games. Games featured in this section included:

Game Secret
Ice Hockey Pull the goalie, Super speed puck
Rad Racer Get on the fast track
Athena Mushroom magic means maximum strength
Contra Build up your forces fast!
Gun.Smoke Heavy hitting hardware
Mike Tyson's Punch-Out!! Another world circuit
Arkanoid Stage select, Continue mode
Ring King Endless energy
Ninja Kid Flame and fortune
Zanac Turn an enemy into an advantage

Double Dragon

Pages 62–69 featured Double Dragon, which included maps and strategies, as well as discussing the difference between player modes.

Now Playing

The Now Playing section of the magazine gave brief looks at games that had already been released. The games included Gauntlet, Contra, Wheel of Fortune, and the 1987 version of Jeopardy!.

Video Shorts and Pak Watch

Both the Video Shorts and Pak Watch sections showcased games that were scheduled for release. It gave the reader a quick glance at future games. Some of the games seen in these sections included Gun.Smoke, Rambo, Metal Gear, Bionic Commando, Indiana Jones and the Temple of Doom, 1943: The Battle of Midway, Zelda II: The Adventure of Link, Castlevania II: Simon's Quest, RoboCop, Blaster Master, and Marble Madness.

Player Poll Top 30

1. The Legend of Zelda
2. Mike Tyson's Punch-Out!!
3. Metroid
4. Super Mario Bros.
5. Kid Icarus
6. R.C. Pro-Am
7. Ice Hockey
8. Rad Racer
9. Top Gun
10. Double Dribble

11. Pro Wrestling
12. Castlevania
13. Goonies II
14. Kung Fu
15. Wizards & Warriors
16. Rush 'n Attack
17. Mega Man
18. Excitebike
19. Ikari Warriors
20. Spy Hunter

21. Baseball
22. Contra
23. Ghosts'n Goblins
24. Side Pocket
25. Mario Bros.
26. Renegade
27. Section Z
28. Gradius
29. Ring King
30. Rygar


The following are the people involved in the creation of Nintendo Power V1.

US Staff


Japan Staff

  • Publisher: Tatsumi Yamashita
  • Producer: Tsutomu Otsuka
  • Concept: Work House, Tokyo
  • Editor in Chief: Yukio Yamashita
  • Senior Editor: Ichiro Koike

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