The Official Nintendo Player's Guide
The Official Nintendo Player's Guide is a video game strategy guide created for Nintendo and published by Tokuma Shoten in 1987. The book's concept was made by Work House, the publisher was Tatsumi Yamashita and the producer was Tsutomu Otsuka. The chief editor is Yukio Yamashita, and senior editor is Ichiro Koike, with the American staff including Howard Phillips as chief editor and Pam Sather as the senior editor. The Official Nintendo Player's Guide predates the first Nintendo Power issue by several months and was written when the Nintendo Fun Club was still in production. Later, in 1991, Nintendo began a series of hint books with a similar style called the Nintendo Player's Guide. A later Basic Set bundle of the NES included a copy of The Official Nintendo Player's Guide instead of a game.
The book focuses on 24 select games where it describes the game, provides detailed maps, strategies, and cheat codes. Although the cover boasts a complete review of over 90 games, the book only gives a brief description with a single screenshot and the box art for the remaining games, which was pretty much every game that was available for the Nintendo Entertainment System at the time.
The in-depth reviews include the following games:
My brother acquired this book at the end of the 1980s, and it became a sacred relic to me. I used it extensively to help me beat those games I owned which were in the book, and I carefully studied all the games I didn't yet possess to determine which ones I should get in the future.
I still own our very badly worn copy and have read it cover-to-cover several times.
- The book has a nice easy-to-follow layout.
- In the bigger reviews, about the first half of the game was covered in great detail (and in some cases the entire game). For each of them, it's more than enough to get a player well-into the game.
- The maps are particularly useful.
- In some cases, the reviews are more helpful at describing the game than the original game's manual.
- The book came with a page of Nintendo-themed stickers as well.
- For a book meant primarily for kids, the binding isn't very rugged. The cover fell off our copy pretty early into its use, and slowly pages began to fall out as well.
- A lot of the maps are hand drawn rather than screenshots. Granted, they're very well drawn and match the game very well, but line art filled with water colors is not the same as actual screens.
- The cover says it includes a "complete review of over 90 games," which is false for two reasons. First, it covers only 90 games exactly, and second, 66 of those games are only briefly described.
Nintendo Fun Club, 1988-06 - Advertisement.