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Revision as of 15:36, 7 November 2009

Nintendo Power is the official magazine of Nintendo games and platforms in the United States. It was published by Nintendo of America from 1988 until 2007. Currently, the magazine is published by Future US, a San Francisco-based company which incidentally also publishes the official magazines of Nintendo's rival brands, Microsoft and Sony.

Many features and promotions associated with Pokémon have ran through the magazine during the franchise's history including previews and reviews, strategies, covers, comics, contests, mini-magazines, trading cards and promotional VHS cassettes.

Pokémon-related content in Nintendo Power

Generation I

Main article: Nintendo Power/Generation I

From the January 1998 through August 2000 volumes, Nintendo Power covered Pokémon's success in Japan leading up the the eventual North American releases of Pokémon Red and Blue and other Generation I games on Game Boy and Nintendo 64. When Pokémon was released for the Game Boy, Nintendo Power included 6 mini-issues titled "Pokémon Power" which featured tips and strategies for the for Pokémon Red and Blue versions.

Generation II

Main article: Nintendo Power/Generation II

From September 200 through January 2003, the magazine covers the Generation II starting with Pokémon Gold and Silver and continues coverage of other Pokémon games on Nintendo 64, Game Boy Color and Nintendo GameCube.

Generation III

Main article: Nintendo Power/Generation III

The third generation, covered from February 2003 until February 2007, begins with Pokémon Ruby and Sapphire on Game Boy Advance and includes other games on GameCube and Nintendo DS.

Generation IV

The current generation of Pokémon games on Nintendo DS and Wii (including Pokémon games on Virtual Console and WiiWare) beginning with Pokémon Diamond and Pearl.

Cover Volume - Date Content Article (if availible) Notes
213 - March 2007 Smash Files; Priceless Pokémon; 2007 Super Smash Bros. Brawl calendar; 2006 Nintendo Power Awards Nominations; Community
  • Smash Files profiles Link
  • Priceless Pokémon previews Pokémon Diamond & Pearl
  • Pokémon Mystery Dungeon is nominted for Game Boy Advance Game of the Year (Red Rescue Team only), Best RPG/Strategy Game, Best Story/Writing and Overall Game of the Year
  • Community covers custom-painted Pokémon parking spaces and a custom-made Pokémon cake
214 - April 2007 Smash Files; Creature Features
  • Smash Files profiles Fox McCloud
  • Creature Features lists seven major features in Pokémon Diamond & Pearl
215 - May 2007 A New Revolution; Smash Files; Pearls of Wisdom (Pokémon Diamond and Pearl cover story); Community NP215 Pokemon.jpg
216 - June 2007 Smash Files; A New Wii Revolution; Sinnoh Surprises; review; Community
  • Smash Files profiles Zero Suit Samus
  • A New Wii Revolution previews Pokémon Battle Revolution
  • Sinnoh Surprises covers the introduction to Pokémon Diamond and Pearl
  • Pokémon Diamond and Pokémon Pearl receive a score of 9.0 out of 10
  • Community features the Pokémon Diamond and Pokémon Pearl art contest winner and nintendo.com's art forum
217 - July 2007 Player's Poll Sweepstakes; Pokémon Triple Feature
  • Super Smash Bros. Brawl director Masahiro Sakurai's blog is highlighted on the Don't-Miss Calendar
  • Player's Poll Sweepstakes prizes include a Pokémon-themed DS Lite, Pokémon Diamond and/or Pearl, player's guide and Pokédex books and Pokémon stylus
  • Pokémon Triple Feature covers Pokémon Battle Revolution, the North American launch of Pokémon Diamond and Pearl and a look back at the previous generation of Pokémon games
218 - August 2007 Behold the Brawl!; review
  • Behold the Brawl! covers the relaunch of Smash Bros. Dojo
  • Pokémon Battle Revolution receives a score of 6.5 out of 10
219 - September 2007 Brawl Evolves; Player's Poll Sweepstakes
  • Brawl Evolves details the latest news on Super Smash Bros. Brawl
  • Player's Poll Sweepstakes prizes include Pokémon Battle Revolution and Pokémon Diamond or Pearl games and Pokédex and player's guides
220 - October 2007 Smash Files; Community
  • Smash Files profiles Yoshi
  • Super Smash Bros. Melee is highlighted in the reviews archive
  • Community covers the Manaphy promotional event and Pokémon Battle Revolution art contest winners
221 - November 2007 Smash Files; Summer of Smash; Community
  • Smash Files profiles Diddy Kong
  • Summer of Smash details the latest news on Super Smash Bros. Brawl, including the revelation of Pokémon Trainer
  • Community covers fan art and Pokémon month at Nintendo World
100px 222 - December 2007 Get Ready to Smash! (Super Smash Bros. Brawl cover story)
223 - Holiday 2007 Simply Smashing; Holiday Buyers' Guide 2007
  • Simply Smashing previews Super Smash Bros. Brawl
  • Holiday Buyers' Guide 2007 includes Pokémon Diamond & Pearl among the DS recommendations
224 - January 2008 Smash Hits; 2007 Nintendo Power Awards Nominations
  • Smash Hits previews Super Smash Bros. Brawl
  • Pokémon Diamond and Pokémon Pearl are nominated for DS Game of the Year, Best RPG/Strategy Game, Best Wi-Fi Multiplayer and Overall Game of the Year
225 - February 2008 Wii Channels; Web of Intrigue
  • Wii Channels covers the release of Pokémon Snap on Virtual Console, including a staff recommendation
  • Web of Intrigue previews Super Smash Bros. Brawl
226 - March 2008 Get Smashed at GDC; 2007 Nintendo Power Awards; review; Community
  • Get Smashed at GDC covers Masahiro Sakurai's discussion of Super Smash Bros. Brawl at Game Developers Conference
  • Pokémon Diamond and Pokémon Pearl win Best Online Game
  • Super Smash Bros. Brawl receives a rating of 10 out of 10
  • Community covers the University of California Marching Band's video game-themed performance, featuring a Pokémon-themed formation
227 - April 2008 New Mysteries; Building Better Brawls; sweepstakes
228 - May 2008 Call Me Pokémon; Way of the Sakurai
  • Call Me Pokémon covers Pokémon Mystery Dungeon: Explorers of Time and Pokémon Mystery Dungeon: Explorers of Darkness
  • Way of the Sakurai interviews Smash Bros. creator Masahiro Sakurai
  • Super Smash Bros. Brawl is highlighted in the reviews archive
229 - June 2008 20 Years of Nintendo Power; sweepstakes; review; Community
  • 20 Years of Nintendo Power looks back at the various comics which appeared in the magazine, including Pokémon comics/manga
  • Sweepstakes prizes include copies of Pokémon Mystery Dungeon: Explorers of Time and Pokémon Mystery Dungeon: Explorers of Darkness
  • Pokémon Mystery Dungeon: Explorers of Time and Pokémon Mystery Dungeon: Explorers of Darkness earn a rating of 7.5 out of 10
  • Community covers the DVD release of The Rise of Darkrai, Darkrai distribution and a Super Smash Bros. Brawl screen shot caption contest
230 - July 2008 Wii Channels Wii Channels covers the Virtual Console release of Pokémon Puzzle League, including a staff recommendation
231 - August 2008 Best of the Best; Power Profiles; Community
  • Best of the Best lists the top 20 games on Nintendo systems
  • On Game Boy and Game Boy Color Pokémon Red and Blue are ranked at #3, Pokémon Gold and Silver at #6 and Pokémon Puzzle Challenge at #13
  • On Nintendo 64 Super Smash Bros. is ranked at #15 and Pokémon Snap at #19
  • On Game Boy Advance Pokémon Ruby and Sapphire are ranked at #11
  • On Nintendo GameCube Super Smash Bros. Melee is ranked at #3
  • On Nintendo DS Pokémon Diamond & Pearl are ranked at #15
  • On Wii Super Smash Bros. Brawl is ranked at #3
  • Power Profiles, a department which profiles the careers of well-known game creators, highlights Masahiro Sakurai
  • Community features the Super Smash Bros. Brawl caption contest winners
232 - September 2008 Wii Channels Wii Channels covers the release of My Pokémon Ranch on WiiWare, including a staff recommendation
233 - October 2008 Only Pokémon Can Prevent Forest Fires! Only Pokémon Can Prevent Forest Fires! announces Pokémon Ranger: Shadows of Almia
234 - November 2008 Ranger Redux; Community
235 - December 2008 Ranger in a Strange Land Ranger in a Strange Land features Pokémon Ranger: Shadows of Almia as well as the Dragonite promotional event
236 - Holiday 2008 Nintendo Power Sweepstakes; review
  • Sweepstakes prizes include copies of Pokémon Ranger: Shadows of Almia
  • Pokémon Ranger: Shadows of Almia receives a rating of 8.0 out of 10
237 - January 2009 2008 Nintendo Power Awards nominations Super Smash Bros. Brawl is nominated for Overall Game of the Year, Wii Game of the Year, Best Wii Graphics, Best Original Score, Best Multiplayer and Best Fighting Game
NP238.png 238 - February 2009 Going Platinum; Power Profiles
NP239.png 239 - March 2009 Catch 'Em While You Can; Pokémon Springs Eternal; 2008 Nintendo Power Awards
  • Catch 'Em While You Can announces Shaymin distributions
  • Pokémon Springs Eternal previews Pokémon Platinum
  • Super Smash Bros. Brawl wins Wii Game of the Year, Best Wii Graphics, Best Original Score, Best Multiplayer, Best Fighting Game and Overall Game of the Year
NP240.png 240 - April 2009 Pokémon goes Platinum; Nintendo DSi Detailed; Platinum cover; Power Profiles sweepstakes NP240 Pokemon.jpg
  • Pokémon goes Platinum highlights top 10 reasons to get Pokémon Platinum, announces Regigigas distribution and interviews Junichi Masuda and Takeshi Kawachimaru
  • Nintendo DSi Detailed reveals some English DSi information
  • Power Profiles highlights Super Smash Bros. Brawl music contributor Yasunori Mitsuda
  • Nintendo Power sweepstakes include Pokémon Platinum
NP241.png 241 - May 2009 review; Community
NP242.png 242 - June 2009 Community
  • Community covers the Pokémon Platinum launch party at the Nintendo World store.
NP243.png 243 - July 2009 N/A
  • Came with a Giratina Papercraft
NP244.png 244 - August 2009 Game Watch Forecast; Community
  • Pokémon Mystery Dungeon: Explorers of Sky by Nintendo set for release in Fall of 2009 announced in Game Watch Forecast.
  • Community covers the Pokémon Platinum Fremont tournament.
    • 19-year-old Huy from Fremont, CA announced as the winner of the Senior-division battle. The GTS battle video code for the winning match was included: 71-58349-74950.
NP245.png 245- September 2009 N/A
NP246.png 246- October 2009 N/A
NP247.png 247- November 2009 A Visitor's Guide to Pokémon Mystery Dungeon: Explorers of Sky

Cover Count

# Character # of appearances
025 Pikachu 7
245 Suicune 3
243 Raikou 2
244 Entei 2
249 Lugia/Shadow Lugia 2
382 Kyogre 2
383 Groudon 2
Ash/Red 2
003 Venusaur 1
004 Charmander 1
006 Charizard 1
007 Squirtle 1
052 Meowth 1
084 Doduo 1
133 Eevee 1
150 Mewtwo 1
201 Unown 1
250 Ho-Oh 1
251 Celebi 1
252 Treecko 1
384 Rayquaza 1
483 Dialga 1
484 Palkia 1
487 Giratina 1
Wes 1
Kellyn 1
Kate 1



See also

External links