The bold ones are the ones I consider the key titles. The red ones are the ones that were in the wrong order. (That may not be true of Super Mario Bros. Special, but seeing as all the other SMB spinoffs had stages from SMB:TLL in them, they definitely come after SMB:TLL. It's fairly safe to assume That SMBSpecial also surfaces after SMB:TLL, even though it has all-new levels).
Post by Nester the Lark on Apr 8, 2009 12:28:17 GMT -5
Here's a funny letter from a lonely parent from August 1992, volume 39.
I am writing with a suggestion. After my son Ryan's gift list added the Super NES to our lives and brother-in-law renewed our subscription to Nintendo Power, I became a very lonely mother. When I ask my son what's new I get "I don't know what you call it: a green amphibian with warts .. I got it!" Dinner is done, dad and son ore in front of the tube, the Nintendo's on, the yelling's begun and mom's asking "How are you??!!" If you could come out with a game "Mom on the Loose" or "See Mom Burn Dinner" or "Have You Hugged Your Mom Today?" it might put some ideas in their heads. If not, would you please tell Richard, Uncle Steve and Ryan Bahney "Hi, from Mom" in your letter column? Thank you!
Bonnie Bahney Huntsville, AL
Nintendo Power's response: Yo! Ryan, Richard and Steve! Mom says "Hi!"
Post by Nester the Lark on Sept 26, 2009 11:04:15 GMT -5
This thread has been reawakened from its cryogenic sleep. (Read: thread revival.)
Here's a letter from February 1994, volume 57:
I must tell you this, although my case might be a rare and isolated instance, your game systems have truly saved my life. You see, I am a 34-year-old and for almost 20 years I was addicted to drugs and alcohol. Three years ago, I went to a treatment center for help. A counselor told me I needed something to occupy my time with so on a whim I bought an NES because my brother had an old Atari 5200 that I used to like to play. The NES seemed superior. Well, that's all it took. I was instantly addicted again, but this time to video games. After a year, I bought the Super NES. Every spare penny and every free moment goes to my video games. I would advise anyone, young or old, if you even thought about trying drugs, forget it! All of my game systems and Game Paks are a whole lot cheaper and bring much more pleasure than any drug. Also with drugs, when you die, that's it -- the end. With my Nintendo systems, I can die a hundred times a day, but I can always just hit reset.
Floyd J. Turner, Jr. Whiting, IN
I was reminded of this letter after seeing this story posted at GoNintendo, and thinking things have come full circle.
Post by Nester the Lark on Sept 27, 2009 11:08:33 GMT -5
Here's another entertaining letter from Player's Pulse. This is from August 1993, volume 51:
I've been reading your Player's Pulse section since the very first issue. I finally found time to sit down and write about what a 47-year-old truck driver (18-wheeler) would like to see in a future issue. A few years ago, I received a game called Blaster Master. I haven't been able to complete it. I understand that there's another Blaster Master coming soon for Super NES, which I also have. I'd liek to see the original Blaster Master reviewed in a future issue.
A funny thing happened to me one cold night out in the middle of nowhere. I was playing Game Boy at about 2 a.m. when I reached a point in Final Fantasy Legend that got my goat. After hours of not getting anywhere, I said "That's it!" I was never going to play again. I took the Game Boy, jumped out of the truck and placed it under the front tire. As I got back in to put my truck into gear and run over it, someone yelled "Stop! Wait a minute!" I opened my door and this guy came running up. He said he saw what I was about to do, and being a long-time player, he wanted to know what game I was playing. When I explained it was Final Fantasy Legend, and where I was in the game, he got in and explained what I had to do. Following his instruction, I came right out of the problem. I looked up as he was getting out to say "Thanks" when he smiled and said, "Don't thank me, mister. If it wasn't for my kids, I'd have done the same thing." So kids, don't give up the ship. If a 47-year-old truck driver can do it -- so can you.
Post by Nester the Lark on Sept 28, 2009 21:59:54 GMT -5
Is anyone reading these?
Here's a couple more I found amusing. Take note of the dates and volume numbers for these.
July-August 1988, volume 1
In your 1988 Feb-Mar edition you asked for some Power Players. I think I am a very good player. My best game is Super Mario Bros. On my best game I had 160 extra men with over 1,100,000 points without time warp. My fastest game without warping and saving the Princess was 10 minutes and 23 seconds. I believe I have found every single hidden surprise in the game. I have saved the Princess four times in one game without losing more than 2 men. I also have never been beaten. I don't think (I'm not sure) that there is a better player at Super Mario Bros. than I am. I just hope that someday I find a better player because I always like a good challenge.
Trey Sullivan Raymore, MO
September 1992, volume 40
Way back in your first issue (on page 100) you printed a letter from 15-year-old Trey Sullivan of Raymore, MO. He stated that he didn't think there was a player better than him at Super Mario Bros. He hoped to someday find a better player because he always liked a good challenge. Well, he's found what he was looking for!
He's now 19 years old and living here in Pacific Grove, CA. He's in the Air Force and studying Arabic in my class. We both live in the same apartment complex and play the NES, Super NES and Game Boy together. The only game he gives me a real run for my money in (and we've played 65 different games) is John Madden Football for the Super NES. I really tripped out when I was going through my back issues and saw his name! I thought "No Way!" but I asked him and sure enough, it was him. Now he doesn't wish he'd found a better player! The moral of this story: Be careful what you wish for, you just might get it!
Eh, I got into drawing mainly through drawing Nintendo characters (which, of course, I still do)... but I also design other things. Besides, she's clearly a good artist. I was expecting some really screwy goth balls, but it's just some tame, kinda artsy stuff.
I presume an art college was involved somewhere. And it's all thanks to Nintendo
Nester the Lark: Also, I know YL isn't into speedruns, but he might be interested to know that RPG Limit Break is having a Gust marathon all weekend, including several Atelier games.
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nocturnal YL: Ah… Bad timing. I didn't read this until now, when it's almost over.
Sept 27, 2020 12:59:22 GMT -5
Nester the Lark: Well, if you're still interested, they'll be uploading the replays to their YouTube channel later this week.
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Shrikeswind: I like that Mayles put her back in her kneepads. What's the last game they were in? One of the Kongas? It was a good look for her, albeit very 90's.
Oct 4, 2020 19:37:15 GMT -5
Shrikeswind: The jokes call to me, their siren song a temptation I can hardly bear, yet I must stay my tongue. Confound my dirty sense of humor.
Oct 16, 2020 13:05:51 GMT -5
Nester the Lark: The replies I see to anything Nintendo posts on Twitter are probably an indication as to why they abandoned Miiverse and decided that social media should be someone else's responsibility.
Oct 20, 2020 16:48:02 GMT -5
nocturnal YL: As mentioned in Twitter, I'm currently playing Atelier Meruru DX. I'm thinking about writing reviews for the Arland series afterwards, as well as making a second Nintendo Switch review video after I finish either this or my next game.
Nov 7, 2020 8:46:05 GMT -5
Nester the Lark: ^ I would be interested in seeing your reviews of the Arland games.
Nov 7, 2020 10:56:31 GMT -5
Nester the Lark: So, there's been Hyrule Warriors and Fire Emblem Warriors. But guys, how about this: Punch-out Warriors! It's like Punch-out, but you fight all of your opponents at once!
Nov 12, 2020 12:12:00 GMT -5
Shrikeswind: Sounds punchy, but unless it's a real knock-out I don't think it'd be a hit.
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