Nintendo Power V4 is the fourth issue of Nintendo Power. It featured Zelda II: The Adventure of Link on it's cover and a 17 page article detailing the game within it's pages.



The first game featured in the magazine was Wrestlemania. It gave stats and a description of the major wrestlers featured in the game: Hulk Hogan, Andre the Giant, Ted DiBiase, Bam Bam Bigelow, Honky Tonk Man, and "Macho Man" Randy Savage.

Captain Nintendo

This article was actually the second half of a fictional story starring "Captain Nintendo", who would eventually be redesigned as Captain N: The Game Master in an animated series a year later. This is where Captain Nintendo fights Mother Brain and Ganon. The first part of the story was published in the previous volume of Nintendo Power.

Sesame Street 1-2-3

The next featured game was Sesame Street 1-2-3. It was an educational game for younger children to learn about letters, numbers, colors, and shapes by playing mini-games such as "Ernie's Magic Shapes" and "Astro Grover"

Zelda II: The Adventure of Link


The first page of the Zelda II article.

This is the cover story which gave an in-depth look at the highly anticipated Zelda II: The Adventure of Link. It talked about the story, gave information on Items, Magic, and baddies as well as world and dungeon maps.

Skate or Die

This article, reviewing Skate or Die, talked about how to pull off skateboard stunts and rack up lots of points. It also had a couple maps.

Howard & Nester

As in previous issues, a Howard & Nester comic is featured here. It was a two-page comic that showed the characters competing in track and field games (because of the recent release of Track & Field II).

Counselor's Corner

Counselor's Corner was 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. The games featured in this issue are Super Mario Bros. 2, Golgo 13, Wizards and Warriors, The Legend of Zelda, and Castlevania II: Simon's Quest.

Classified Information

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

Game Secrets
Double Dragon Mission One magic, Out wait Chintai, Invisible Williams, Avoid conflict
Mega Man Special strategy, One at a time
Life Force Build a fleet
Gauntlet Double agent
Blaster Master Key play
Bionic Commando Alternate weaponry, Indestructable
Track & Field II Hammer throw, Fast flying fingers, Swimmer selection

Now Playing

The Now Playing section of the magazine gave brief looks at games that had already been released. The games included in this issue were Marble Madness, Operation Wolf, football games Tecmo Bowl, John Elway's Quarterback, and NFL Football, and Metal Gear.

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 Friday the 13th, World Games, Rampage, Spy vs Spy, Q*Bert, Ninja Gaiden, and Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles.

Player's Forum

Top 30

The "Top 30" section of the magazine listed the top 30 games as ranked by the readers. This issue showed Super Mario Bros. 2 blowing every other game away in the polls. And Milon's Secret Castle popped up as a brand new addition to the "Top 30" list. The following are the first 10 from that list of 30.

  1. Super Mario Bros. 2
  2. The Legend of Zelda
  3. Zelda II: The Adventure of Link
  4. Double Dragon
  5. Metroid
  6. Mike Tyson's Punch-Out!!
  7. Milon's Secret Castle
  8. Metal Gear
  9. Contra
  10. Bases Loaded


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