Atari was on it's last leg as a company in the early 80's and a lot of people thought the video game industry was dead. Nintendo revived it and, for a time, was the only game, pun intended, in town as far as home video game systems.

Controlling those 8 bit sprites was a fun and often challenging task with little help as to how to play the game.

During that time, the best way to get the help with whichever game you were playing was Nintendo Power magazine.

Nintendo Power was the bi-monthly magazine created for Nintendo players featuring game maps, previews of upcoming games, game reviews and much more. I don't remember if I had a subscription but I do remember being able to buy them off the news stand.

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To add on to the information that was packed into every issue, there was a fun one page comic, ways to periodically enter contests to win games by filling out a form and mailing it in and the all important Top 20 list which you were always mad because your favorite game wasn't at number one.

For some of the biggest games, they would release a "Power Issue" that told you everything (level maps, cheats, secrets, etc.) about a particular game. I think Super Mario Bros. 3 was the first to get this treatment. It was great to finally know where all the whistles were and how to get 99 lives on level 3.

Well, our Digital Managing Editor, Stewart, passed along a link on his Facebook page where a website,, had put together just about every issue of Nintendo Power from 1988 through 1999. Nintendo Power actually lasted until 2012.

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They say a picture is worth a thousand words, these are worth a thousand memories. I still remember freaking out that Christmas morning when my mom and dad surprised me and my sister with our Nintendo.

If you want a sweet trip down memory lane, go to and check out the issues. Flip through some of the covers below, too.