->''"Get the power!\\
Nintendo Power!\\
Get the clues\\
That you can use!\\
Nintendo Power!\\
Higher and higher,\\
Fighting your way\\
Through enemy fire!"''
-->-- [[http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=6GbaFAF7iME Classic Nintendo Power commercial]]

Starting in 1988, one of the longest-running video game magazines there was, ''Nintendo Power'' was a magazine that focused solely on games for Creator/{{Nintendo}} consoles. Starting as a replacement for the Nintendo Fun Club News, the magazine initially contained game strategies for most of its run until its reboot during the late UsefulNotes/NintendoGameCube era. It also contained news, previews, reviews, fan letters, and "community" sections related to Nintendo games. Originally published by Nintendo of America themselves, it was later outsourced to Future US and edited by Chris Slate starting in December 2007, and was one of the most popular in North America.

After almost 25 years in publication, the magazine was canceled when Nintendo lost interest in publishing it and the contract with Future US was not renewed. The final issue was Volume 285, December 2012.

The magazine was also known for its semi-regular comics and manga advertising new games. These included:

* ''Howard & Nester'' (Volume 1-25)
** ''Nester's Adventures'' (Volume 26-55, a {{retool}} of the strip following Howard's departure, with a brief return on [[MilestoneCelebration Volume 100]])
** ''Nester & Max'' (Volumes 232 and 285)
* ''VideoGame/{{Battletoads}}'' (Volume 24-25)
* ''ComicBook/SuperMarioAdventures'' (Volume 32-43)
** ''Mario VS Wario'' (Volumes 44 and 56)
* ''ComicBook/TheLegendOfZeldaALinkToThePast'' (Volume 32-43)
* ''ComicStrip/StarFox'' (Volume 45-55)
* ''ComicBook/SuperMetroid'' (Volume 57-61)
* ''VideoGame/BlastCorps'' (Volume 97-99)

The magazine also featured a series of promo videos sent to many of its subscribers. For details, see [[Film/NintendoPowerPromoVideos this article.]]

Shortly after it ended, a spiritual followup of sorts was printed in the form of ''Magazine/NintendoForce Magazine'', made from {{Ascended Fanboy}}s of ''Nintendo Power'' who have chosen to organize their own magazine, featuring talent coming everywhere from 1UP to ''Webcomic/BrawlInTheFamily''. Former NP editor and senior writers Chris Slate and Chris Hoffman have also kept the magazine's spirit alive through their own podcast, ''[[http://powerpros.podbean.com/ Power Pros]]''. Slate was "launched into space" in early 2016, leaving Hoffman to host with a rotating group of guest co-hosts.

In December 2017, Nintendo revived Nintendo Power [[https://soundcloud.com/nintendopowerpodcast as a podcast]], featuring former editor Chris Slate.

!!This magazine contained examples of...
* AlienAutopsy: The walkthrough guide for ''VideoGame/BodyHarvest'' for the UsefulNotes/Nintendo64 includes one level where the PlayerCharacter has to rescue a captured [[TheGreys Grey]] from Roswell. One picture caption for the level humorously tries to guilt trip readers into sympathizing with the alien and make them feel bad "for having laughed at that alien autopsy video."
* AmericanKirbyIsHardcore: Their [[http://video-games.wikia.com/wiki/Nintendo_Power_54:_Secret_of_Mana coverage]] of ''VideoGame/SecretOfMana''. More giant dragons, less of the cutesy sprites in the actual game.
** Long before that, the illustrations for ''VideoGame/DragonQuestI'' -- then known as ''[[MarketBasedTitle Dragon Warrior]]'' -- were darker than Creator/AkiraToriyama's designs.
* AprilFoolsDay: On April issues, they have printed articles on [[Franchise/SuperMarioBros Warp Pipe]] technology, [[{{Franchise/Pokemon}} Pikachu]] as an [[TheUnintelligible unintelligible]] [=Y2K=] expert, the Headless Snowman from ''VideoGame/SuperMario64'' [[ADayInTheLimelight getting his own game]] over Luigi, an interview with Franchise/DonkeyKong that a sensationalist tabloid puts out of context, a series of letters complaining about their contest prizes, etc...
** In regards to the Warp Pipe technology one, at least two readers actually thought it was for real, and when their letters were printed asking how it turned out, the magazine made no mention of the fact that it was just a joke.
* ArcNumber: The [[MilestoneCelebration 100th volume]] featured articles revolving around the number "100". In order: "VideoGame/{{GoldenEye|007}}: 100 Best Ambushes", "100 Things That Equal 100", "100 Best Codes Ever", "100 Best Games of All Time", and "First 100 Games for the UsefulNotes/Nintendo64".
* TheArtifact: For a long time, the mail section listed what state a reader sent his letter from, or read "via TheInternet" if they sent it through email. Eventually the letters all redundantly read "via the Internet", but this tidbit was never taken out until the Future US takeover.
* ArtifactTitle: Based on the NES tagline "Now you're playing with power!"
** According to a retrospective in the 50th issue, they were originally going to name the magazine Power Play, but it was already taken.
* AuthorAvatar: Writer Alan Averill has been represented in photos as a Slime from ''VideoGame/DragonQuest''. The magazine has jokingly stated that he is, in fact, a slime; the joke was even taken to the point where pictures were published of a Slime plushie wearing a knit cap in front of a GBA SP claiming that the slime was in fact writer Alan Averill. Near the end of its run, writers were represented by Miis, and Chris Hoffman's part of the letters section was headed by an 8-bit sprite of himself.
** The final issue featured goodbyes from current and former staff, represented by their Miis - except for Alan, who was once again a Slime. In that same article:
--->'''Jenni Villarreal:''' I was the person who suggested to Alan Averill that he use the blue slime from Dragon Warrior as his avatar in the magazine, then later did a little feature about him in Player's Pulse. Frankly, I created a monster.
* BackForTheFinale: In Issue 285, a lot of former writers from the 1990s and 2000s contributed to a farewell column, reminiscing about the magazine.
* BackhandedApology: After a self-described "die-hard Anime/DragonBallZ fan" wrote to the magazine demanding an apology for their constant mocking of the series, they responded with this:
-->''"We're truly sorry that you're a die-hard Dragon Ball Z fan."''
* BookEnds[=/=]CallBack[=/=]HomageShot: The first issue's cover, shown above, features ''VideoGame/SuperMarioBros2''. [[http://static.tvtropes.org/pmwiki/pub/images/NintendoPower_GrandFinale_988.JPG The final issue's cover]] is an updated version of that same image, now featuring ''VideoGame/NewSuperMarioBrosU''.
* BrickJoke: In an early nineties issue, Nintendo Power held a contest to allow the winner to appear as an extra in the eventually aborted sequel to Film/TheMask (unrelated to Film/SonOfTheMask). The final issue inexplicably brings up the matter, openly apologizing to whoever won the contest!
* BrokeTheRatingScale: {{Defied|Trope}}. Editor Chris Slate responded once that he had been tempted to give some games a 10.5 out 10, but wouldn't because it would permanently taint the scale by making 10.5 the new standard. (At the time, only ''VideoGame/ResidentEvil4'', ''VideoGame/SuperSmashBros Brawl'', and ''VideoGame/MetroidPrime3Corruption'' had received a 10.)
* ButtMonkey: Chris Shepperd. To a lesser extent, Steve Thomason, and to an even lesser extent, Justin Cheng. Shepperd's role was lampshaded during the final issue's staff goodbyes:
-->'''Chris Shepperd:''' I'm supposed to write a mea culpa here, but given that for about two years I was blamed for virtually everything that went wrong with the magazine, that would take a while. And of course it was really all Chris Hoffman's fault.
* ChuckCunninghamSyndrome: Some writers, and even entire ''sections'', can disappear without explanation.
* CoolAndUnusualPunishment: Readers who send letters without their names get the name "[[VideoGame/StarFox Slippy Toad]]" or "[[VideoGame/SonicTheHedgehog Big the Cat]]" affixed to it, both them [[TheScrappy Scrappies]] in the eyes of ''NP''.
* ColorCodedForYourConvenience: During the '90s, NES items were marked with red, Game Boy was purple, and SNES had teal green.
* DisproportionateRetribution: After one reader writes in noting a minor error (NP printed that holding B in Super Mario Bros. 3 let you float, while it's instead tapping B) the response was this:
--> ''"We apologize for the error and will be launching the article's author into space at the nearest opportunity."''
* EightPointEight: [[{{In-universe}} Lampshaded]] in their review of ''Dragon Ball Z: Budokai Tenkaichi 2''. The review had two scores: "10: Dragon Ball Z fans. 5.5: Everyone else."
** Among their own staff, it was reported that they'd often argue about whether ''VideoGame/SuperMarioGalaxy'' deserved a 10 instead of its '''9.5'''.
** The review system in TheNineties actually went through some pains to avert this. At the beginning of the review section was a breakdown of how much each aspect of a game -- graphics, gameplay, sound, etc. -- was weighted, and each reviewer gave a list of which genres they preferred most to least. Each game was given a a score from 0.0 to 10.0 in terms of separate categories, and an overall score from each reviewer, which was then averaged to give the final rating. With such a detailed system, one could understand how a game like ''VideoGame/PokemonRedAndBlue'' could get a score of 7.3 and still be hailed by reviewers as a great game.
* TheFellowshipHasEnded: After the magazine's cancellation, its staff was distributed to other Future US publications.
* FromACertainPointOfView: Might not be intentional, but in his ''Nintendo Power'' review [[WebVideo/TheAngryVideoGameNerd AVGN]] pointed out some interesting wording in reviews of bad games.
-->'''Nerd:''' This one says, "In-depth playing tips on the [[VideoGame/CastlevaniaIISimonsQuest horrifying sequel]] to ''VideoGame/{{Castlevania|I}}''." This one says, "''[[VideoGame/BackToTheFuture1989 Back to the Future]]'' has that distinctive Creator/{{LJN|Toys}} style and an interesting timer." Wow, they ''knew'' it was bad.
* FourPointScale: In the early days, the magazine was more blatantly a sales pamphlet, often giving good "reviews" to games that were being trashed in other video game magazines. They gradually got away from this in later years, although no "official" magazine for a company can ever escape it completely.
* GrandFinale: Unlike a majority of magazines, this one made sure to ensure that the last issue actually felt like one. From a list of 285 of their favorite games, to a look back on their ([[LongRunner more than 24 year]]) history, interviews with then-current and former NP writers, and even a final Nester comic, this showed that, yes, it is the end.
* InsistentTerminology: In its early days, gamers were called Power Players and game cartridges were known as Game Paks.
* InsultToRocks: When a comparison chart was made about the attributes of Wario, ''NP'' compared his nasty smell to, among other things, that of a compost heap, then decided that was too harsh... to the compost heap.
* LoonyFan: Somebody once sent in a collage consisting entirely of Chris Shepperd pictures. After that, he swore he'd try and cut down on the number of times his face appears in the magazine.
** Another claimed to be attracted to writer Andy Myers after seeing a photo of him the previous issue. The photo was of him [[{{Squick}} holding a (fake) severed ear]].
* LongRunner: Ran for more than 24 years, 12[[note]]six until 1990[[/note]] issues a year, with bonus holiday issues starting in 2007. This even extends to former writer Scott Pelland, who was a writer starting in 1988, and stayed on the writing staff until 2008.
* {{Mascot}}: Nester. Issues released after the UsefulNotes/Nintendo3DS even contain a giant QR code for a Nester Mii at the end of the Pulse section, and this was pointed out in a fan letter in the August 2011 issue.
* MoralGuardians: Despite being developed by Rare (a Nintendo second party and, at that point, industry darling), the magazine did not cover the M-rated BlackComedy platformer ''VideoGame/ConkersBadFurDay'' at all (though they did give it a Player's Guide). They did an article on it in their Playback section later, though.
** Infamously, their second issue had the MoralGuardians crying foul over the cover: a NightmareFuel laden representation of ''VideoGame/CastlevaniaIISimonsQuest'', featuring Simon Belmont [[DecapitationPresentation holding Dracula's severed head]], his cut out heart in the background.
* NotSoDifferent: Initially they had a rivalry with the now-canceled magazine ''Sega Visions'' thanks to the UsefulNotes/ConsoleWars. But then the UsefulNotes/{{Wii}} era came and Sega began partnering with Nintendo and rereleasing their old games on its Virtual Console, with many lampshades from the staff about how the magazine was now covering more Sega games than Nintendo games!
* OneSteveLimit: Subverted. They have had plenty of Chrises (Slate, Shepperd, Hoffman...), but only one Steve.
* PerverseSexualLust: Some of the writers seem to have crushes on Ada from ''Franchise/ResidentEvil''.
* PhonyArticle: The SNES vs Genesis comparison articles filled with fake stats and testimonials, which started running towards the endpoint in the SNES's life.
** [[http://gonintendo.com/viewstory.php?id=129182 Here it is.]] "Blast (processing) from the past", indeed.
* [[PigeonHoledVoiceActor Pigeon-Holed Writer]]: For example, Chris Slate tends to review major releases, Steve Thomason reviews Sega games, Chris Hoffman reviews Capcom games, and Casey Loe reviews [=RPG=]s. There are several exceptions, however.
* PlanetOfSteves: While there is indeed only one "Steve" (presently), there are lots of Chrises. There's even a [[DistaffCounterpart Christine]] in there.
* PreOrderBonus: Notable subscription bonuses include a copy of ''[[VideoGame/DragonQuestI Dragon Warrior]]'', a ''VideoGame/{{S|uperSmashBros}}mashing Live!'' orchestral soundtrack CD, and ''Franchise/TheLegendOfZelda: Collector's Edition'' for Gamecube.
* ProductPlacement
* QualityOverQuantity: ''Nintendo Power'' once had a debate on which was the better series, ''Franchise/SuperMarioBros'' or ''Franchise/TheLegendOfZelda''. ''Zelda'' essentially won with the rebuttal of quality over quantity, arguing one ''[[VideoGame/TheLegendOfZeldaALinkToThePast Link to the Past]]'' was worth far more than multiple ''VideoGame/{{Mario Party}}s'', despite the long time between ''Zelda'' games.
* RunningGag: Quite a few.
* SceneryCensor: The ''VideoGame/CodeOfPrincess'' article in the August 2012 issue has a large banner covering pretty much all of [[{{Stripperific}} Solange]]'s torso.
* SelfDeprecation: In Volume 100, one page is a list of things that equal 100. Among them is the running time of ''Film/SuperMarioBros'', followed immediately by the approximate number of people who went out to watch it. In a follow-up issue, one editor responded to a reader's letter about the movie jokingly stating that 100 was also the number of speed bumps they installed in order to keep people from leaving the movie early.
* ShoutOut: In the article where Chris Hoffman uses his ''VideoGame/CookingMama'' skills to create delicious meals for the staff, he mentions accidentally cutting his finger off. His reaction? "Just call me Mister Butterfingers. Wow, is my face red." This is almost the exact same as a line from ''Film/{{UHF}}'', in a scene where ''another'' character accidentally cuts his finger off.
* SpinOff: The short-lived ''Nintendo Power Advance'', concentrating on strategies for UsefulNotes/GameBoyAdvance games. Also, one might consider ''Franchise/{{Pokemon}} Power'' (a series of mini-magazines detailing ''Red and Blue'' versions and including a comic version of the first few episodes of the anime series) to be one.
* SpiritualSuccessor: After the end of ''Nintendo Power'', IGN editor Lucas M. Thomas [[http://www.nintendoforcemagazine.com/ announced]] ''Nintendo Force Magazine'', staffed by Nintendo fans from the journalism scene. Lucas explained the reason he started his own magazine was that he was upset that ''Nintendo Power'' was being canceled -- not only was it part of his childhood, but he couldn't be able to share it with his son.
* StrategyGuide: A few of the NES-era issues were actually written to promote and detail single games -- namely volumes 13 (''VideoGame/SuperMarioBros3''), 15 (''VideoGame/NinjaGaiden II: The Dark Sword of Chaos''), and 17 (''VideoGame/FinalFantasyI'').
* SuspiciouslySimilarSubstitute: The magazine is actually a replacement for the Nintendo Fun Club News, a newsletter which focused mainly on first party NES releases (with some rare exceptions, like the Goonies II article in issue 5).
* TakeThat: To other gaming magazines.
** Also to fans of ''Anime/DragonBallZ''. As an example, one reader wrote in believing that some rumors of the cancellation of ''VideoGame/SuperSmashBros Brawl'' were true. The reader also said something along the lines of "I'm also a [=DragonBall=] Z fan, but that's not important right now!" to which Scott (the editor-in-chief at the time) replied, "I was going to ask you where you heard something so ridiculous, but then I realized it: you're one of... them!"
** One issue had a preview of ''Rayman Raving Rabbids: TV Party'', and featured suggestions of TV shows the NP crew would love to see "Rabbid-ised". One was the PBS Newshour with Jim Lehrer. NP's justification? "Because even rabid bunnies know better than to trust Fox News."
* TemptingFate: In their 100th issue, when listing the 10 Worst Games of All Time, ''VideoGame/ShaqFu'' was listed at #3.
-->Shaq, transported into another dimension, must battle weird fighters. It is not humanly possible to come up with a worse idea than this.\\
''(''VideoGame/BarbieSuperModel'' comes in at second place)''\\
Actually, this is a worse idea than Shaq Fu.
* UpToEleven: In the September 2012 issue, at the very back of the magazine they say that the October 2012 issue will be "turning the Wii U hype dial to 11."
* VariantCover: Vol. 92, which was an issue that highlighted VideoGame/ShadowsOfTheEmpire, had four different covers made for it. 40% of them had a Stormtrooper, 25% of them had Dash Rendar and another 25% had Boba Fett, with the rarest of them being the cover with IG-88, making up a mere 10% of the shipped covers.
* YouJustToldMe: The Star Fox 64 promotional video has this.
-->'''Bob:''' You didn't tell them about the Rumble Pak, did you!?
-->'''Sony Exec:''' No, Bob. ''You'' did.

!!The comics that ran in the magazine contained examples of:

'''''Howard & Nester'' / ''Nester's Adventures'''''
* BrattyHalfPint: Nester was based on kids Howard met that insisted they knew how to play, and didn't want any help.
* TheBusCameBack: Nester returned for {{Milestone Celebration}}s: Issue #100, the 20th anniversary (#231)...
** BackForTheFinale: ...and the final issue (#285).
* BumblingDad: Nester when he grew up twenty years later. He's terrible at modern games, makes up obviously false boasts about his NES days, and for Christmas gives his kid copies of ''Nester's Funky Bowling'' for the Virtual Boy... ''every'' Christmas.
* ButNowIMustGo: Howard's departure from the comic has him making such a speech to Nester, leaving him with his bowtie as a memento. In the first ''Nester's Adventures'' comic, Nester reveals that the bowtie was a clip-on.
* ButtMonkey: Bad things tend to happen to Nester due to his ego, and inexperience.
* CaptainErsatz: One installment has Howard accompanying a duck to the moon. The duck's name is never given, but from the fact that the episode in question was based on the ''VideoGame/DuckTales'' UsefulNotes/{{NES}} game, it can be assumed that he is supposed to be Scrooge [=McDuck=].
* GenerationXerox: Nester's son, Maxwell (or "Max" as he prefers to call himself), looks and acts like he did.
* [[SheIsAllGrownUp He's All Grown Up]]: Never thought you'd see Nester as an adult eh, and with his own son to boot.
* LawyerFriendlyCameo: The Franchise/TeenageMutantNinjaTurtles and the [[WesternAnimation/LooneyTunes Tasmanian Devil's]] guest appearances.
* LostEpisode: There's an alternate version of the final Howard & Nester strip that was never published on Nintendo Power, but was instead given personally to Howard Phillips as a going away present. It was posted on [[https://www.facebook.com/photo.php?fbid=282164238555759&set=a.278466528925530.52299.270274519744731&type=1&theater Howard Phillips' actual Facebook page]] years after the fact.
* PrecociousCrush: Nester seems secretly interested in impressing Razor in the ''VideoGame/ManiacMansion'' story.
* PutOnABus: Howard after his real-life counterpart (Howard Phillips) left the magazine.
* {{Retool}}: Into ''Nester's Adventures'' following Howard's departure.
* SmallNameBigEgo: Nester ''thinks'' he's the ultimate gaming badass. Unfortunately, he's anything but.
* StockSitcomGrandFinale: The final ''Nester'' comic (and the last ''Nintendo Power'' comic overall) ends with Nester and Max leaving Nester's memorabilia room to play games, with the former turning off the lights and shutting the door before leaving.