Nintendo Power V89 is the October 1996 issue of Nintendo Power magazine. It features Mortal Kombat Trilogy on its cover.

Power Charts

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 Nintendo 64 games as ranked by the readers. (This is the first issue to feature N64 in the Power Charts, replacing Virtual Boy.) The following are the first 5 for each game system from this issue.

Nintendo 64

Mortal Kombat Trilogy

Mortal Kombat Trilogy box art

The first game article in the magazine is about Mortal Kombat Trilogy, the cover story. This 8-page article talks about the characters and different aspects of the gameplay.

Pilotwings 64

Pilotwings 64 is the next featured game. It shows a few maps that extend to the back of the pull-out poster.

Spot The Dot Contest

The two-page section details a contest Nintendo was conducting with Nickelodeon.


This "Previews" section gave readers brief 2-4 page looks at some popular upcoming games. This month, the previewed games were Wave Race 64 (N64), Ultimate Mortal Kombat 3 (SNES), Pinocchio (SNES), and NBA Hang Time (SNES).

Star Wars: Shadows of the Empire comic

This section republished a 7-page excerpt from the Dark Horse Comics Star Wars: Shadows of the Empire comic book mini-series.

Super NES

Donkey Kong Country 3: Dixie Kong's Double Trouble!

The first Super NES article in the magazine features Donkey Kong Country 3: Dixie Kong's Double Trouble!. It provides descriptions of the enemies and brief explanations of different levels.

Street Fighter Alpha 2

The next article features Street Fighter Alpha 2. It lists every characters' stats and moves.

Ms. Pac-Man

This featured game is Ms. Pac-Man. It talks about the gameplay options and also gives a few strategies for different puzzle styles.

Prince of Persia 2: The Shadow and the Flame

The next article is about Prince of Persia 2: The Shadow and the Flame. It provided maps for Stages 1-8.

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 New Horizons (SNES), Ogre Battle: The March of the Black Queen (SNES), Final Fantasy III (SNES), and Donkey Kong Land (GB).

Epic Center

This article would give strategies for certain role-playing games. Some of the games listed here included SimCity 2000 (SNES) and Super Mario RPG: Legend of the Seven Stars (SNES).

Miyamoto Speaks

Shigeru Miyamoto

This is 4-pages of Shigeru Miyamoto being interviewed about Super Mario 64 and other N64 games.

Classified Information

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

Game Secrets
Mega Man X3 (SNES) Chip enhancer
Jack Bros. (VB) Stage passwords
SimCity (SNES) Extra landforms and clear data
Phantom 2040 (SNES) Chapter passwords
Panic Bomber (VB) Stage passwords
Romance of the Three Kingdoms IV: Wall of Fire (SNES) Free soldiers
Jungle Strike (SNES) Max lives and best co-pilot
Stunt Race FX (SNES) A new perspective
NBA Live 96 (SNES) Legends, rookies and more
War 2410 (SNES) All passwords
Mega Man: Dr. Wily's Revenge (GB) Passwords galore
Super Star Wars (SNES) Debug menu and invincibility, Extra continues and lightsaber, Sound test

Game Boy

Tetris Attack

The first Game Boy article features Tetris Attack. It discusses the different gameplay options.

Arcade Classics: Super Breakout / Battlezone

Arcade Classics: Super Breakout / Battlezone was the next featured Game Boy game. The 2-page article only gave a quick overview.

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), Killer Instinct Gold (N64) and NHL 97 (SNES).