Nintendo Power V31 is the December 1991 issue of Nintendo Power magazine. It featured Metroid II: Return of Samus on its cover.


Batman: Return of the Joker

The first game featured in the magazine is Batman: Return of the Joker. It is a 10-page article that included information on Batman's weapons and items and also enemies. The article also revealed maps for Stages 1–7.

Nester's Adventures

As in previous issues, a 2-page Nester's Adventures comic is featured here. It portrays Nester in a Kid Icarus: Of Myths and Monsters setting.

Classified Information

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

Game Secrets
The Simpsons: Bart vs. the Space Mutants Hat room, Jump for items, Coin room, Tent warp
Battletoads Two toad tag, 1-Up roundup
Whomp 'Em Extra energy, Sound test
Laser Invasion Nine chances
The Last Ninja Triple take
Super Mario World Freeze and collect, Invincibility extension
Darius Twin Fifty ships


The next featured game is ActRaiser. The article gives information on items and maps for the different Acts.

Counselor's Corner

Counselor's Corner is a feature 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 in various games. The games featured in this issue are Crystalis, Super Mario World, Pilotwings, StarTropics, Faria, and The Goonies II.

The Addams Family

The next article takes a look at The Addams Family, a game based on the film of the same name. It has a brief look at some of the rooms, items, characters, and scenarios a player will face in the game.

Tiny Toon Adventures

Tiny Toon Adventures is the game featured in the next article. It contains information on the abilities of different characters and also has maps for many of the levels.

Game Boy


The first page of the Metroid II article

This section of the magazine includes reviews and tips specifically for Game Boy games.


The games reviewed here include the cover story Metroid II: Return of Samus, along with Ninja Gaiden Shadow and Hudson's Adventure Island.

Game Boy Classified

Similar to the "Classified Information" article, this section included tips and secrets specifically for Game Boy titles.

Game Secrets
Castlevania II: Belmont's Revenge Ten fighters, Hidden rooms, Sound test
Spanky's Quest Stage select and sound test

Game Boy Now Playing

Similar to the "Now Playing" section, this section of the Game Boy feature lists new game releases and ratings for those games. Some of the top-rated Game Boy games here include (in alphabetical order): Metroid II: Return of Samus and Ninja Gaiden Shadow.

Top 10

This section lists the Top 10 games for the Game Boy. The following is the first three from that list.

  1. Super Mario Land
  2. Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles: Fall of the Foot Clan
  3. Dr. Mario

Super NES Showcase

This next article gave readers a closer look at some of the upcoming games for the Super Nintendo Entertainment System. The only two games included here are Pilotwings and Populous.

Now Playing

This article listed new game releases and ratings for them. It also had a very brief overview of a few of the games. Some of the top-rated NES games here included (in alphabetical order): Batman: Return of the Joker and Tiny Toon Adventures. Some of the top-rated Super NES games here included (in alphabetical order): ActRaiser, Paperboy 2, Pilotwings, Populous, and True Golf Classics: Waialae Country Club.

Pak Watch

The Pak Watch section showcased games that were scheduled for release. It gave the reader a quick glance at future games. Some of the games seen in this section include The Simpsons: Bart vs. the World, Rampart and Mega Man 4.

Player's Forum

Top 30

The "Top 30" section of the magazine listed the top 30 NES games as ranked by the readers. In this issue, Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles II: The Arcade Game moves back up a few spots from the previous month. The following are the first 10 from this issue's list of 30.

  1. Super Mario Bros. 3
  2. Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles II: The Arcade Game
  3. Final Fantasy
  4. Battletoads
  5. Crystalis
  6. Dragon Warrior II
  7. Mega Man 3
  8. The Simpsons: Bart vs. the Space Mutants
  9. Tetris
  10. Super Mario Bros. 2
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