"I can't help but notice something interesting about Mario. Over the past couple of years his nose has dramatically changed shape. It used to be sharp and droopy in Donkey Kong, but no in Super Mario Bros. 2 it is more rounded and somewhat elevated. Has Mario, like many other successful superstars, had his nose "fixed" to improve his appearnace? - Jim Jackman, St. Clair Shores, MI
As far as we know, Jim, Mario has not undergone cosmetic surgery. Many famous characters do undergo gradual changes as they get "older." For example, compare early drawings of Disney's Mikey Mouse with today's version!"
"Game Counseling has alwasy been interesting to me. I call the counselors for tips all the time and they seem like pretty cool guys. I was wondering, how do I become a Game Counselor? I'm a great player and I know lot sof tips! Do you guys have any branch offices? - Dru Jordan, Miami, FL
First of all Dru, Nintendo doesn't have any branch offices. All of our Game Counselors work here at our corporate headquarters in Redmond, Washington. When we have openings for Game Counselors or other positions, these are advertised in Seattle metropolitan area newspapers. In addition to having a high school diploma and excellent phone and writing skills, each Game Counselor must be a whiz at video games. You also need to live a little closer to our headquarters..."
"I recently read about Super Mario Bros. 3 and the Japanese Super Famicom in a competing magazine. I want to konw why these things haven't been in Nintendo Power yet? Were you scooped on your own stuff? - Scott Tripp, Kennewick, WA
The reason these products have not made an appearance in Nintendo Power yet is because we focus on games that are out now ro soon will be available for the American NES. Now that Super Mario Bros. 3 is closer to being released here in teh U.S., you can expect to see a lot more about it in Nintendo Power. As for the Super Famicom, that system is not yet out in Japan. Another reason we do not review products too far in advance is because ghages are sometimes made before the game is actulaly released. Our goal is to deliver informaiton that is both timely and accurate."
"I'd like to know how to become a Power Player. I've sent in several lists of my accomplishments, but I never get my name in the magazine. What can I do? - Chuck Booton, Loveland, CO
Well Chuck, being a Power Playerinvolves more than just finishing a lot fo games. We'd like interesting stories that illustrate your Power Playing qualities or that thell why you think your achievements are special. You should also know that we receive thousands of entries, and can only print a few of them. But we do read and respond to every letter we receive, so keep 'em coming!"
"I am a college student and a Power Player. Whenever I find myself swamped with research papers, tests, and labs needing to be completed, I quikcly call "time-out" and go for my NES. Playing my NES clears my mind so I can concentrate, it helps to get rid of stress and it keeps me from spending so much money at thte arcade on campus. I have found the NES to be the next best tihng to having an actual arcade game. My future goal is to become a Game Counselor, as is the goal of many Nintendo fans. I feel that I would make a good counselor because I enjoy helping people and I share the same feelings for video games as other Nintendo players. - Rodney Claw, Hephzibah, GA"
"I'm writing to inform you of a Nintendo standout here in norhtern California, my oldest son, Marty. Marty recently turned 11 and is the oldest of five brothers. Marty received Zelda II and worked on it only on the weekends, that's the rule around here. He needed one more item to move on to the final stages. Well, one day his younger brother pushed the wrong button and the rest is history. Marty was reluctant to start again, but within one day had zoomed back to where he was. After one phone call to your counselors, he won the game. Then he wanted to see how fast he could win it again. Forty two minutes later, he did it.
The amazing thing about Marty is he enjoys teaching the other kids on the block. Our house usually has at any given time a dozen or so neighbor boys in ti. They all take turns and encourage one another to reach new heights of winning their games.
Marty is even patient with the little ones and tells them to "keep going" and "good job." Everyone looks up to Marty. He helps cultivate good sportsmanship, boosts self-esteem and has gained a lot of self-confidence and self-worty from the NES. - Kathy Kraham, Lodi, CA"
Power Player Profile: Jeff Gilkey
City: Crocker, MO
The reason I feel I am a Power Player is I can usually solve any game that I get my hands on within five days. Some of my more outstanding accomplishments are: solving The Goonies 2 in one day, scoring over 3,000,000 in Mega Man and solving Super Mario Bros. 2 with 72 lives left over.
My friends at school call me Nintendoman because I can usually answer a question about a game whether I've played it or not, thanks to the time I spend reading Nintendo Power.
My favorite game has to be The Legend of Zelda. The variety of enemies and helpful items make it a great challenge. And, with the Second Quest, I don't get bored donig the exact same thing over and over gagain.
Some of my best tips are:
In Dragon Warrior, be patient and raise your levels before you go adventuring too far. There's no way to finish a game like this overnight; it takes time and thought.
In Stage Five of Blaster Master, when looking for the Monster Crab, don't leave your vehicle until you have to. Otherwise you may find that you have no way to get back into it."