Nintendo Power V87 is the August 1996 issue of Nintendo Power magazine. It features Tetris Attack on it's cover.

Power Charts

Super Mario RPG (NA)

Super Mario RPG: Legend of the Seven Stars box art

The "Power Charts" section of the magazine lists the top 20 Super NES games and only the top 10 Game Boy games and top 5 Virtual Boy games as ranked by the readers. The following are the first 5 for each game system from this issue.

Super NES

Tetris Attack

The first article in the magazine features the cover story, Tetris Attack. It provides explanations on the rules of the game as well as a few strategies.


The next article is about Oscar. It gives information on the points and props as well as brief descriptions about a few of the levels.

Kirby Super Star

Kirby Super Star is the subject of the next featured article. It provides maps for 7 different stages.

Nintendo 64

Wayne Gretzky's 3D Hockey

Wayne Gretzkys 3D Hockey (NA)

Wayne Gretzky's 3D Hockey box art

The first Nintendo 64 article is about Wayne Gretzky's 3D Hockey. It talks about the gameplay as well as production of the game. And it also discusses how hockey legend Wayne Gretzky himself was involved in the production.

Super Mario 64

The next featured Nintendo 64 game is Super Mario 64. It gives an overview of different aspects of the then-upcoming game.

Classified Information

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

Game Secrets
Killer Instinct 2 (arcade game) Gargos lives!
AAAHH!! Real Monsters (SNES) Silly sounds
Boogerman: A Pick and Flick Adventure (SNES) Boss passwords
Bass Masters Classic: Pro Edition (SNES) Pro circuit password
Madden NFL 96 (SNES) Even more special teams
Star Trek: Starfleet Academy Starship Bridge Simulator (SNES) Secret Federation prototype
Nosferatu (SNES) Stage select and green crystal refill
Mega Man 7 (SNES) Hidden music
The Adventures of Batman & Robin (SNES) Unlimited lives and continues
Red Alarm (VB) More hidden icons
International Superstar Soccer Deluxe (SNES) All-star teams and extra skill points
Disney's Pocahontas (GB) All the colors of the wind


This "Previews" section gave readers brief 1-2 page looks at some popular upcoming games. This month, the previewed games were Saban's Power Rangers Zeo: Battle Racers (SNES), Zero Racers (VB), Donkey Kong Land 2 (GB), Marvel Super Heroes in War of the Gems (SNES), and Mole Mania (GB).

Epic Center

Fire Emblem Seisen no Keifu

Fire Emblem: Genealogy of the Holy War box art

This article would give strategies for certain role-playing games. Some of the games listed here included Fire Emblem: Genealogy of the Holy War (Super Famicom) and Ogre Battle: The March of the Black Queen (SNES).

The Future is Now

This article discusses the release of the Nintendo 64 in Japan.

Game Boy

FIFA Soccer 97

The first Game Boy article features FIFA Soccer 97. It discusses the gameplay and a few strategies on the field.

Urban Strike

The second Game Boy article is about Urban Strike. It lists the co-pilots and has details for the first 4 missions.

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 Donkey Kong Country 2: Diddy's Kong Quest (SNES), Chrono Trigger (SNES), Advanced Dungeons & Dragons: Eye of the Beholder (SNES), and Kirby's Dream Land 2 (GB).

The Incredible Shrinking Game Boy

This article talks about the then-upcoming Game Boy Pocket.

Beat the Boss

This article gives tips on defeating the "boss" enemy in various games, including Donkey Kong Country 2: Diddy's Kong Quest (SNES), Super Mario World 2: Yoshi's Island (SNES), Super Punch-Out!! (SNES), Super Adventure Island II (SNES), Nosferatu (SNES), Mortal Kombat 3 (SNES), and Castlevania: Dracula X (SNES).

Now Playing

This article lists new game releases and ratings for those games. It also has a very brief overview of a few of them. Some of the top-rated games in this section include (in alphabetical order):

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 Blast Corps (N64), Top Gear Rally (N64) and Donkey Kong Country 3: Dixie Kong's Double Trouble! (SNES).

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