Nintendo Player's Guide

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Nintendo Player's Guide is a series of hint books published by Nintendo and Tokuma Shoten from 1991 to 2007. Each issue focused either on a specific game or topic and over 100 magazines were released. They were originally designed primarily by Work House, but, by mid-1990s, design was shifting to V-Design. Although the majority of guides were made for Nintendo's own games, dozens were made for the games of other companies.

The first book to bear the name "Nintendo Player's Guide" was The Official Nintendo Player's Guide released in 1987, which doesn't appear to have been intended as a series. Later, Nintendo Power began publishing strategy guides in between its regular bi-monthly schedule; a total of four Nintendo Power Strategy Guides were published from June 1990 to December 1990. Once Nintendo Power began its monthly cycle, Nintendo Player's Guide became an independent series, with the first issue being released in 1991. Issues initially sold for $15, and continued at that price well into the 2000s. The series lasted until 2007 when Nintendo discontinued their in-house guides and began officially outsourcing the hint books of their games to Prima.


In my youth, these guides were coveted by anyone who had the game on which the guide focused. I personally had only a couple, as I preferred to spend what little money I had on new games, but I loved looking through them; they were well-designed to captivate the gamers of the day.


Released Topic Own
1991-??-?? Mario Mania
1991-??-?? NES Game Atlas
1992-??-?? Super NES Yes
1992-??-?? Top Secret Passwords
1992-??-?? The Legend of Zelda: A Link to the Past
1993-??-?? The Legend of Zelda: Link's Awakening
1993-??-?? Mario Paint Yes
1993-??-?? Street Fighter II: Turbo - Hyper Fighting
1993-??-?? Super Mario All-Stars
1994-??-?? Donkey Kong Country
1994-??-?? Final Fantasy VI
1994-??-?? Super Game Boy x2
1994-??-?? Super Metroid
1995-??-?? Earthbound
1995-??-?? Chrono Trigger
1995-??-?? Donkey Kong Country 2: Diddy's Kong Quest Yes
1995-??-?? Super Mario World 2: Yoshi's Island
1996-??-?? Super Mario 64
1996-??-?? Super Mario RPG: Legend of the Seven Stars
1997-??-?? Diddy Kong Racing
1997-??-?? GoldenEye 007
1997-??-?? Mario Kart 64
1997-??-?? Star Fox 64
1998-??-?? The Legend of Zelda: Ocarina of Time
2000-??-?? The Legend of Zelda: Majora's Mask
2001-??-?? The Legend of Zelda: Oracle of Seasons and Oracle of Ages
2001-??-?? Luigi's Mansion
2001-??-?? Paper Mario
2001-??-?? Super Smash Bros. Melee
2002-??-?? Metroid Fusion
2004-??-?? The Legend of Zelda: The Minish Cap
2004-??-?? The Legend of Zelda: The Wind Waker
2004-??-?? Metroid: Zero Mission
2006-??-?? Final Fantasy V Advance
2006-??-?? New Super Mario Bros.

Additional issues: Animal Crossing Animal Crossing: Wild World Advance Wars: Dual Strike Advance Wars 2 Black Hole Rising Banjo-Kazooie Banjo-Tooie Battalion Wars Conker's Bad Fur Day Donkey Kong 64 Donkey Kong Country (Game Boy Advance version) Donkey Kong Country 3: Dixie Kong's Double Trouble! Eternal Darkness: Sanity's Requiem Final Fantasy I & II: Dawn of Souls Final Fantasy IV Advance Final Fantasy Crystal Chronicles Final Fantasy Tactics Advance Fire Emblem (Game Boy Advance version) Fire Emblem: Path of Radiance Fire Emblem: The Sacred Stones F-Zero GX Golden Sun: The Lost Age Jet Force Gemini Killer Instinct The Legend of Zelda: Collector's Edition The Legend of Zelda: Four Swords Adventures The Legend of Zelda: A Link to the Past/Four Swords The Legend of Zelda: Twilight Princess Mario & Luigi: Partners in Time Mario & Luigi: Superstar Saga Mario Kart: Double Dash!! Metroid Prime Metroid Prime 2: Echoes Metroid Prime Hunters Nintendogs Paper Mario: The Thousand-Year Door Perfect Dark Pikmin Pikmin 2 Pokémon Battle Revolution Pokémon Colosseum Pokémon Crystal Pokémon Diamond and Pearl Pokémon Emerald Pokémon FireRed and LeafGreen Pokémon Gold and Silver Pokémon Mystery Dungeon Pokémon Ranger Pokémon Red and Blue Pokémon Ruby and Sapphire Pokémon Snap Pokémon Stadium Pokémon Stadium 2 Pokémon Trading Card Game Pokémon Special Edition: Red, Blue & Yellow Pokémon XD: Gale of Darkness Star Fox Adventures Star Fox Assault Star Wars: Episode I Racer Star Wars: Rogue Squadron Star Wars: Rogue Squadron II: Rogue Leader Star Wars: Rogue Squadron III: Rebel Strike Super Mario Advance 4: Super Mario Bros. 3 Super Mario Sunshine Super Paper Mario Sword of Mana Wario World Wave Race: Blue Storm Yoshi's Island DS Yoshi's Island: Super Mario Advance 3 Yoshi's Story