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  • Breath of Fire (Super Nintendo, GBA)


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    Source: Nintendo Power Advance, Issue Number 3

    Breath of Fire is a role playing game that was developed by Capcom. The English translation and localization was handled by Square Soft and the game was released in North America in 1994. Breath of Fire is a typical example of a Japanese RPG from the 16-bit era.

    Like most RPGs, Breath of Fire is fantasy based. You play the role of a boy named Ryu who is one of the last of an ancient race of beings that can transform into dragons. He has misplaced his sister and is searching the world for her. Along the way you will fight many battles (thankfully turn based) and meet up with others with similar quests.

    While originally developed for the SNES, Breath of Fire was also released for the Game Boy Advance in 2001. This version was almost identical to the SNES original. It had some minor graphical improvements but the biggest practical change was that you could save anywhere instead of only at certain places.

    Breath of Fire received generally positive reviews and ultimately spawned numerous sequels on various systems. In addition to the Game Boy Advance port, Breath of Fire was also re-released via the Nintendo 3DS Virtual Console in 2016. If you want an original copy, you’ll probably have to pay a fairly high price…something close to original retail for a used copy anyway. Emulation, as always, is an option too.

    The image at the top is the intro to the strategy guide in issue number 3 of Nintendo Power Advance for the Game Boy Advance version of the game. Other images are screen shots from the Super Nintendo version.




  • Nintendo Power (February 1995)

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    Source: Nintendo Power – Issue Number 69 – February 1995

    Nintendo Power was in its prime in the early to mid 1990s. In February 1995, the Super Nintendo was also near its prime with the release of the Nintendo 64 still more than a year away. The February 1995 issue includes:

    Features

    • Mega Man X2
    • Kirby’s Dream Course
    • The Lion King Part 2
    • Sports Scene
    • Wolverine
    • seaQuest DSV
    • Desert Strike

    Take 2 Reviews

    • Pieces
    • Kirby’s Avalanche
    • C2 Judgement Clay
    • Tiny Toons Wacky Sports

    Special Features

    • Super Punch-Out!! Strategy Guide
    • FX News
    • Donkey Kong Land Preview

    Regular Features

    • Player’s Pulse
    • Classified Information
    • Counselor’s Corner
    • Power Players’ Arena
    • Player’s Poll Contest
    • Power Charts
    • Now Playing
    • Pak Watch
    • Next Issue

    …and more!





  • Nintendo Power (November 1992)

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    Source: Nintendo Power – Issue Number 42 – November 1992

    When I bought computer magazines, I always preferred ones that covered one system or brand (namely the Commodore 64). However, for video games I was the opposite. I always wanted a magazine that covered multiple systems so I didn’t read Nintendo Power too often. However, there can be no doubt that for a time, it was a very successful magazine and part of the video game memories of many. The November 1992 issue includes:

    NES

    • Joe & Mac
    • Crash’n The Boys
    • Mega Man

    Game Boy

    • The Flintstones
    • Super Mario Land 2
    • Track and Field
    • WWF Superstars 2

    Super NES

    • Final Fantasy
    • Super Star Wars
    • Space Megaforce
    • Axelay
    • Super Faceball 2000

    Tips from the Pros

    • Classified Information
    • Counselors’ Corner
    • Nester’s Adventures

    The Info Zone

    • Power Puzzlers
    • Next Issue

    Video Updates

    • Now Playing
    • Pak Watch

    Comics

    • The Legend of Zelda
    • Super Mario Bros.

    Player’s Forum

    • Player’s Pulse
    • Power Players
    • Player’s Poll Contest
    • Top 20

    …and more!