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Outside of the artwork looking straight from the 1990s, a short message at the back of the preview dates this booklet.  Look in the yellow pages?  I would say that is defunct advice in our internet-heavy world, except I still get one of those massive paper wastes dropped at my door once a year.

Back in January 1996, this preview comic was included with the latest issue of Nintendo Power.  While I never ended up seeking out the main comic series, I was certainly addicted to Killer Instinct at the time. 

When my brother and I weren’t playing the game, we were reading this preview, listening to the Killer Cuts CD, and trying to find an actual KI arcade machine (no such luck).

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An advert for Castlevania: Aria of Sorrow for the GBA!
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Fantastic game.

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An advert for Castlevania: Aria of Sorrow for the GBA!

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Fantastic game.

Even though the GBA was such a huge technological leap from the Game Boy Color, there were some very ambitious projects towards the end of the Color’s cycle. 

Adaptations of huge NES games like Blaster Master and Crystalis were an obvious choice for the GBC, but there were other games shrunk down to the Game Boy that didn’t seem feasible, like Street Fighter Alpha and Heroes of Might and Magic.

While not quite a brochure, this 2000-era Subscriber Bonus from Nintendo Power is still a treat.  It has some of the first hardware details on Project Dolphin (the code name for the GameCube), a preview of Majora’s Mask while it was still called “Zelda Gaiden,” and a nice little interview with Shigeru Miyamoto.

My favorite part: the zany idea that Eternal Darkness was supposed to release on the Nintendo 64.

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It’s time for some Spring Cleaning, and that means more of my collection of video game trinkets are up for sale on eBay.  Each of these fantastic items are like new and come with free shipping.  Please take a look, make a bid, and help me clear some space for even more stuff:

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Sega Saturn Magazine #16, February 1997 - Super Puzzle Fighter II Turbo! I love the chibi art.

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Yes, yes, a thousand times yes to Puzzle Fighter!

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Nintendo Power #64, September 1994 - Check out these Power Challenge trading cards!

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And still my lack of Power Challenge Cards vexes me!

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Nintendo Power #64, September 1994 - It’s cool to be Nintendo.

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Nintendo Power #64, September 1994 - It’s cool to be Nintendo.

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Wow, it looks like when Nintendo wasn’t porting older titles to the GBA, they were loading it up with licensed games.  There’s the usual cartoon cash-ins like SpongeBob and Spider-Man, but look at this other stuff!  The Scorpion King, Dinotopia, Sabrina the Teenage Witch?!

Oh well, even with tons of licensed crap on the system, Nintendo still made bank in the handheld market.  WarioWare, anyone?