Worlds of Power
Worlds of Power is a series of young adult novelizations of popular Nintendo Entertainment Systems video games published by Scholastic through the early 1990s. The series was produced by Seth Godin who wanted to encourage children obsessed with video games to read more. It consists of ten books, two of which were targeted for younger children. All of the books are attributed to the pen name "F.X. Nine," but they are written by various authors. Each book included hints for the game between chapters, as well as a collectible card that could be torn out of the book.
Though Seth Godin claims to have played each of the games in detail and made a 40-page document for each author, the books usually bore only a passing resemblance to the source material. Either the authors were supplied too little information, incorrect information, or allowed to take great liberties with the game (probably a combination of all three). The books were greatly censored from the source material due to Scholastic. Despite having themes about military, ninjas, and monsters, people are rarely killed. Instead, the heroes stun their enemies or knock them unconscious.
My mother allowed me to order the Blaster Master novella through my elementary school's monthly book catalog. I had never played or even seen the game, but the fact that the book was about a Nintendo game was enough to entice me. As a child, I really liked the book and it encouraged me to seek out and play the game, which I discovered was very different than the book. Re-reading the book years later, I realized just how hokey the story was, but I still enjoyed it due to nostalgia. In my late 20s, I decided to try and find the other books and see how they were, and, sure enough, they were equally as hokey and took great liberties with the actual games.
|1||Blaster Master||Peter Lerangis||1990||Yes|
|2||Metal Gear||Alexander Frost||1990|
|3||Ninja Gaiden||Peter Lerangis||1990||Yes|
|4||Castlevania II: Simon's Quest||Christopher Howell||1990|
|5||Wizards and Warriors||Ellen Miles||1990||Yes|
|Mega Man 2||Ellen Miles||1990|
|6||Bionic Commando)||Judith Bauer Stamper||1991||Yes|
|8||Before Shadowgate||Ellen Miles||1991|
|Bases Loaded II: Second Season||A. L. Singer||1991|
- en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Worlds_of_Power - Wikipedia.