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  • Nintendo Power (July 1994)


    Source: Nintendo Power – Issue Number 62 – July 1994

    While I personally always preferred multi-format magazines like EGM, there’s no doubt that Nintendo Power was the go-to magazine for a great many Nintendo owners. In 1994, the Super Nintendo was near its height and we were still stuck with the black and white Game Boy. The July 1994 issue includes:

    Game Reviews

    • Super Street Fighter II
    • Breath of Fire
    • Disney’s Jungle Book
    • Sports Scene
    • Liberty or Death
    • Tetris 2
    • Double Dragon V: The Shadow Falls
    • Tarzan
    • Disney’s The Jungle Book
    • Space Invaders
    • Jeopardy Sports!

    Special Features

    • Play It Loud
    • Williams Profile
    • Secret of Mana Special
    • Super Game Boy: Make for the Border

    Regular Features

    • Tips
      • Classified Information
      • Counselors’ Corner
    • Updates
      • Now Playing
      • Pak Watch
      • Next Issue
    • Feedback
      • Player’s Pulse
      • Power Player’s Challenge
      • Top 20

    …and more!




  • Nintendo Power (November 1997)


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    Source: Nintendo Power – Issue Number 102 – November 1997

    Nintendo Power was always a great resource for Nintendo system owners. In 1997, coverage was primarily for the Nintendo 64 though there was still a little Super Nintendo coverage as the last commercial games for the SNES trickled out that year. Contents of the November 1997 issue include:

    Strategy

    • NFL QB Club/Madden 64
    • San Francisco Rush
    • Clayfighter 63 1/3 Claytalities
    • Top Gear Rally
    • Duke Nukem
    • Kirby’s Dream Land
    • Donkey Kong Land III

    Special Features

    • Konami Close-Up

    Previews

    • Diddy Kong Racing
    • Dual Heroes

    Every Issue

    • Player’s Pulse
    • Power Charts
    • Classified Information
    • Counselors’ Corner
    • Player’s Poll Contest
    • Arena
    • Now Playing
    • Pak Watch
    • Next Issue
    • Game List

    …and more!




  • Shrek Swamp Kart Speedway (Game Boy Advance)


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    Source: Nintendo Power Advance – Issue Number 4

    Mario Kart has just about perfected the kart racing genre of video games. So much so that you rarely see competitors these days. Which is a shame really because as good as the Mario Kart series is, it would seem to me that there is plenty of room for some unique variations and even improvements. There have been a number of competitors in the past and while some are better than others, few come close to Mario Kart.

    Shrek Swamp Kart Speedway is one of those games that doesn’t come close. This game was released on the Game Boy Advance in 2002. It’s based on a movie license (Shrek) so that’s a clue right away that it probably won’t be all that great. It tries to stick very close to the Mario Kart formula being a virtual rip-off of Mario Kart: Super Circuit which was also released for the Game Boy Advance and was the first handheld Mario Kart. However, it just doesn’t execute very well. The graphics are not as good, the controls are not as good, the music is not as good and the sound effects are not as good. The tracks aren’t as well designed either for that matter and there are fewer of them. I suppose that if you are looking for a bad rip-off of Mario Kart with a Shrek license slapped on then this is the game for you.

    This game has never been re-released and given the Shrek license and being a mediocre game at best I’m sure it never will be. You’ll have to track down an original on eBay or elsewhere (which is pretty easy to do) or resort to emulation. Those looking for a good alternative to Mario Kart should probably look elsewhere though. Mario Kart: Super Circuit is a much better choice for the Game Boy Advance, even if you really, really love Shrek.

    The ad above is from issue number four of Nintendo Power Advance.