"I've read that Howard Phillips has close to 300 games for the NES. I would like to know if it is possible for you to send me some of the names of the games he has? Also, are they ever going to be made available for the public? Oh, I almost forgot - could you tell me the exact name of the theme song of Spy Hunter? - P. Durr, Brooklyn, NY
Be patient, there are already over 100 games available for the NES. The best of what Howard reviews will surely make it to the stores. By the way, the music from Spy Hunter is the theme from 'Peter Gunn.'"
Sort of weird to think about there only being 100 games for the NES...that's just a few more than I have!
"If you're like I am, that is, crazy about martial arts, The Legend of Kage is the game for you. I don't see how they get all this fun and adventure on one Game Pak. In the game you are Kage, a young Ninja warrior with one dangerous task: to save the Shogun's daughter, Princess Kiri, from the clutches of the evil warlord, Yuki. On your journey you will encounter evil Ninjas, fire-breathing monks, and even Yuki's right hand man, Yoshi. You are armed with two weapons: your Ninja sword and a limitless supply of star knives that can be hurled at your opponent like stones. If you wish to be reunited with your beloved Kiri, you must prevail. Sound fun? Think you have what it takes? Purchase The Legend of Kage, a game which you will treasure."
You just don't get letters like this one in today's Nintendo Power.
"Our grandson, Chad McElroy (7 yrs.), received a Nintendo System and games from Santa this year. They were visiting our farm and therefore we got a good preview of this game. He decided to leave his NES at the farm for the time being and so each Friday he and I have been playing. We have played Super Mario Bros., 1942, Commando, Kung Fu...
BUT - while Chad is home, I am left with the NES. I have been practicing and I think that he will be suprised (sp.) that I am getting very close to at least seeing the hostages before I bite the dust in Commando.
Chad decided to take the NES home so that he and his friends could play. I told my husband that we must get another system for Chad when he comes to the farm on Fridays. After searching the Dallas area, I finally found one. I have it installed and now we have one at teh farm and one in the City.
This story must be somewhat boring to you, but considering that Chad is 7 and I am 55, it shows your market potential. - June Mayfield, Dallas, TX
Thanks for writing. We think you're right - the NES is fun for kids of all ages. We wish we heard from more players in your age group. (We know you're out there.)"
NP was a much more homey magazine back in the day. No way this letter would have made it nowadays. And notice the capitalization of the word "city." Ah...Texas.
"My friends and I have a club called the Videoizers...Here are a few suggestions for some other clubs. Try saving up weekly for a new tape every month. So far our club has 13 tapes. In our club we save a few dollars a week for extra money to call the Nintendo Hotline. A friendly game counselor kindly helps us out when we have trouble on something. - The Videoizers, Maiden, MA
Great idea! Thanks for sharing it with us."
Behind their nice answer, the NP staff is laughing at the name "The Videoizers" and them calling the carts "tapes."
"The game Rygar has some of the best graphics Nintendo has ever used. Besides this, the music and character interaction in this game are superb. The music is very appealing to the player and does not make he/she bored after lengthy play. To give a better sense of action in the game, the characters are animalized and have special, unique ways of moving around. There is also a wide variety of creatures so you don't get tired of the same ones over and over again. Another very good point to mention are the different views in which Rygar, the main character, is shown. The two views used are the horizontal view, and the view of looking down from the helicopter. Usually a game has only one view on the character, but Rygar shows the intensity of combination. In conclusion, Rygar, to me, is one of the better graphic games put out for the NES and I would recommend it to anyone longing for action and adventure." - Bill Harrington, Milford, OH
Yeah. I don't know about you, but I almost had a heartattack the first time I saw the intensity of Rygar's view combination.
"Metroid has to be one of the best games ever made, at least the most challenging. Anyone who plays this game cannot say it's easy. You really have to use your mind for this game.
The things that make this game so popular are the graphics, sound, the challenge, and the enemies.
Sooner or later you will figure out the secret passageways. There are a lot. You must go back and read the instructions to get more clues. If you don't want to get lost in this planet, you must make maps.
Another great thing is that you do not get many free weapons, you hae to earn them. It is not easy to find them all, there are a lot of secrets. If you have this game or are going to get it, you will enjoy it for a long, long time. Keep making more games like this! - Jason Nute, Beaverton, OR
A lot of players share your sentiments about Metroid. There are many secrets yet to be discovered. So, if you find any new ones, be sure to let us know about them."
As if you don't already know the secrets, Nintendo...
"Double Dribble is super awesome. Just set the time per quarter, skill, level, and even team and the game is at your fingertips. Every move is crucial. This game is hot! It's got everything as in real basketball; free throws, block shots, switching defenses, rebounds, rim rockin' slam dunks, and my favorite, three-point shots. If the three-pointer goes in, it makes a big blast and the fans cheer in excitement. Shoot a desperation shot and wiht the right touch, it will go in. The background cheer makes you hang from your seat.
I would not trade this game for anything. It's my Number One game. If this game was more realistic, you would be playing in the NBA. This game has improved my basketball skills, honest! If you have the means, I recommend picking this one up." - Rodolfo Robles, San Ysidro, CA
Personally, I can't imagine basketball without rebounds...
"My friend has recently bought your basic set. In doing so, he acquired 'The Official Nintendo Player's Guide.' If it is possible, may I request one?
You can buy it at many of your favorite NES retailers. Or, order by credit card for $11.95 by calling 1-800-422-2602."
Quick! All NES fans get on the lines and request The Official Nintendo Player's Guide! If all else fails, it's toll-free!