Nintendo Power #1 – July / August 1988

Nintendo Power #1 – July / August 1988
Volume:  1  volume 1
Date:  July / August 1988
Cover:  Super Mario 2
Poster:  The Legend of Zelda

This is the iconic first issue of the Nintendo Power Magazine.  The cover features great clay art of Mario and Wart from Super Mario Bros. 2.  Depending on how the issue was obtained, the cover either listed “Free Poster Inside” or “Free Sample Copy.”  Subscribers to the free Nintendo Fun Club News publication recieved this premiere issue for free.  Also, this issue noteably includes the first Nester & Howard Comic.


  • Super Mario Bros. 2
  • Legend of Zelda, The
  • R.B.I. Baseball
  • Bases Loaded
  • Double Dragon

Counselors Corner:

  • Ghosts N Goblins
  • Ring King
  • Metroid
  • Super Mario Bros.
  • Kid Icarus
  • Rygar
  • Castlevania
  • Ikari Warriors
  • Mike Tyson’s Punch Out


  • Nester & Howard

Classified Information:

  • Ice Hockey
  • Contra
  • Gun Smoke
  • Rad Racer
  • Athena
  • Mike Tyson’s Punch Out
  • Arkanoid
  • Ring King
  • Ninja Kid
  • Zanac

Pak Watch:

  • Gauntlet
  • Contra
  • Wheel of Fortune/Jeopardy

Video Shorts:

  • Legendary Wings
  • Iron Tank
  • Gun Smoke
  • Rambo
  • Dragon Power
  • Metal Gear
  • Bionic Commando
  • City Connection
  • Ikari Warriors II: Victory Road
  • Star Force
  • Freedom Force
Variants: “Free Sample Copy” on Cover instead of “Free Poster Inside”  volume 1 V

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