Do you remember Nintendo Magazine System? Truth be told, I don't. Until this landed on my desk a few months ago, I thought that there was NOM and then there was ONM and that was that. Turns out there was an official Nintendo magazine before Nintendo Official Magazine and it was the brilliantly titled Nintendo Magazine System.
So you had your Nintendo Entertainment System or your Super Nintendo Entertainment System. What magazine should you buy to read about all the games on those consoles? Nintendo Magazine System, of course! Although, being an employee of Future Publishing, I should probably say Super Play!
So I became aware of this mag thanks to our Digital Designer Luc who plonked a load of them on my desk a few months back, including issue 1. He used to buy them when he was a kid, hence the doodles on Mel Gibson's face.
So why am I only writing about it now on the Official Nintendo Magazine website. Because it's the 20th anniversary of the release of Super Mario Kart in the UK. It would go on to be one of the biggest Nintendo series of all time and Nintendo Magazine System had the exclusive review for their first issue. But what did they put on the cover? Lethal Weapon SNES! Remember that? No, thought not...
Still, it's easy to laugh in hindsight. Remember that the idea of a plumber in a kart seemed odd to many people back in the early 1990s. Plus, I'm sure every magazine has at least one cover star that they regret.
Nintendo Magazine System's verdict on Mario Kart? "A superb piece of software which is let down by its lack of one-player lasting appeal. But for those with friends, this is an unmissable game."
They gave it 92 based on a 94 for Presentation, 96 for Graphics, 90 for Sound, 89 for Lastability and 94 for Playability. Remember when mags used to do give scores for graphics, sound and playability?
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