These are what we call the 'YMMV items.' Things that some people find in this work. We call them 'your mileage might vary' because not everyone sees these things in the same way. This starts discussions in the trope lists, a thing we don't want. Please use the discussion page if you'd like to discuss any of these items.
Critical Research Failure: One Mario joke said that Mario can see into the future by using a Luigi board. Apparently the fan that submitted it wasn't aware that Ouija boards are used to contact spirits, not see into the future!
Ensemble Darkhorse: Alan Averill. He was still referenced by writers and readers alike years after he had left the writing staff.
Nester, who got his own video game at one point.
"Funny Aneurysm" Moment: Some of the games the magazine previewed never made it to release or North America. 40 Winks is a prime example. It got a multi-page feature in a 2000 issue, but depending on who you ask, the N64 port was either cancelled, or released in very limited quantities.
The final issue also pointed out that one of their contest prizes was a role as an extra in The Mask II, which never got made.
In the March 2012 issue, Chris Slate said something among the lines of "The world hasn't ended yet, but until it does, we'll be covering the hottest games throughout the year." Especially painful, as the magazine ended that exact year.note Future US had hoped to continue the magazine in an electronic format, but Nintendo wouldn't allow it.
Another one that really hurts is Chris Slate saying "Let's plan another big celebration in the next 20 years!" for the 2008 20th Anniversary issue. Four years later, the magazine ceased publication.
As noted in Not So Different, the writers have joked about the Nintendo-Sega partnership of the Wii era has been turning the magazine into their old rival mag Sega Visions.
A mock debate was held about whether Solid Snake or Pit would be a better fighter in Super Smash Bros. Brawl after the trailer was released. One of the pro-Pit arguments was that Snake can't fly. Then Nintendo revealed Snake's moveset, specifically his Up+B attack.
Magazine Decay: Although the magazine initially began as giving strategies and reviews for the most recent video games, it now focuses mostly on news, with very little, if any, video game hints and strategies. Justified with the advent of the Internet and free, in-depth, fanmade guides, while Nintendo Power is able to put out exclusive news before any site can.
The "toenail clipping" subscription ad. It was so disgusting, The Angry Video Game Nerd stapled the pages shut so he would never see it again.
Nightmare Fuel: The infamous Castlevania II cover, which had a graphic picture of Simon Belmont holding Dracula's severed head◊, his heart and eyes cut out in the background. Many angry parents called and wrote letters saying that it gave their children nightmares. NP, on the other hand, considers it one of their crowning achievements. Note that this was only their second issue.
Earlier in the magazine's run, their stance on Big the Cat was that they just didn't like him. After the switch to Future Publishing, they dissed him in reviews for Sonic games where he doesn't even show up and expressed a desire for him to die in a fire...until a reader wrote in reminding them that Big's voice actor was the same that voices Duke Nukem. Then they just wanted him in a coma.
They Changed It, Now It Sucks: The "Classified" cheat code section originally was printed to look like a manila folder, as though one were being given dangerous secrets. After the redesign of the magazine in issue 195, Classified was changed to a black background, which displeased many fans. Luckily, the manila background returned when the Virtual Console debuted on the Wii, to give readers a bit of nostalgia.
Vindicated by History: Pokemon Red And Blue, the first games in one of Nintendo's flagship franchises and considered a classic, received the humble (but by no means terrible) rating of 7.2, which is surprising looking back 14+ years later when Pokémon games presently are rated extremely high and Generation I is often considered a Sacred Cow.