Operation Every Game - Adventure Log Nintendo Power
With the news that Nintendo Power was shutting down we thought it would be a great side quest for operation everygame to add a log for Nintendo Power Magazine. The magazine has a long history under a number of distributors and began it's run with issue 1 in July 1988. The final issue, 285, of the most memorable video game magazine will be released in December 2012.
Many special editions, strategy guides, and other side issues were released under the Nintendo Power name. We'll post what we come across for these side issues, but the main goal is to find the full 285 numbered run.
Log Entry 6: Talize and Kitchener/Waterloo Game Swap - Apr 8, 2014
A new thrift shop opened in Peterborough named Talizes which had a couple Nintendo Powers for $1 each. I picked up issues: 216, 217, 218, and 231.
At the Waterloo/Kitchener Game Swap meet I picked up a ton of issues from a bunch of different traders. For a total of $120 I got 36 issues including: 67, 83, 89, 126, 135, 138, 145, 147, 148, 223-230, 232-250, 255-256
Log Entry 5: Pickering Flea Market - June 7, 2013
I've found a ton of games for Operation Everygame in the Pickering Market. One booth in particular, the one near the front, has always been great to me by giving me great deals and bringing in stuff I'm looking for.
The stall owner brought in a ton of Nintendo Power magazines for me to help with that collection. I picked up a bunch that I needed for the colletion. These include: 17, 19, 33, 34, 39, 41, 48, 50, 58, 91, 92, 93, 94, 95, 96, 97, 101, and 117.
That's 18 issues. I paid 200 for them.
I also picked up issue 14 from eBay which is the Super Mario Bros 3 strategy guide issue. It was $24.
Log Entry 4: Nintendo Power Flash - Oct 20, 2012
I met with a guy from Kijiji for some Nintendo Power Flash magazines he had. There were 5 of them which I got for $25. This was a newsletter like program similar to Nintendo Fun Club News which was released in the US. As far as I've read, only 9 issues were released. Not really part of the 285, but a neat add on for the collection. He also had the July/Aug 1989 issue which I picked up for $5.
Recently I've also found issue 18 at A&C games in Toronto for $10.
I also grabbed the October issues from newsstands.
Log Entry 3: Kijiji Deal 2 - Oct 5, 2012
Found someone on Kijiji offering a stack on Nintendo Powers from the early 100s for dirty cheap ($20), but by the time I contacted him he had gotten several responses. He had decided to take another look at the value and I made him an offer of $80. Managed to grab the lot. They are in amazing condition, completely mint and all with posters.
20 issues all together, he also threw in a Nintendo Power Diddy Kong Racing strategy guide.
Log Entry 2: Toyratt, Milton - Sept 15, 2012
While looking for NES games out in Milton at a store called Toyratt games, I thumbed through their Nintendo Power collection.
I picked up another 25 issues there at $4 each. These weren't in as good condition as the others I've gotten. Some have had their covers laminated for protection, and others were missing posters.
I'd also been picking up the new issues from newstands at $6 each, so far it's just been August and September.
Log Entry 1: Peterborough Kijiji Meet - Sept 1, 2012
As you might have read in the NES log, the hunt started in Peterborough. A Kiji ad for some strategy guides mentioned the seller would later put up some video game lots including Nintendo Power. Since I wasn't in town for long, I asked the seller if they could get me some information on the lot. The original ask was not as cheap as I expected. $5 for issues after 50, and $10 for issues prior to that.
Luckily, it turned out to be one of the situations where the seller just wanted to sell all his magazines as a lot, and quoted those prices in case I only wanted a couple. Since I'm just started out and have no issues, I asked for a price for the whole lot. I got the lot 56 issues (most still with posters) for only $90.