Compute!'s Guide to Nintendo Games|
Length: 258 pages
From: Steven Schwartz/COMPUTE! Books, 1989
Ad copy: "At last, a book for serious players. Make the most of your Nintendo time with insider tips and secret information... Schwartz provides money-saving ideas, rates violence levels, and shows how to make Nintendo a real learning experience."
The truth: I really wasn't excited about this book when I first found it (I actually found two copies in one week), but I was pleasantly surprised by the extras on it. I imagine that Compute! was losing money right and left on its computer-magazine business and turned to Nintendo (much to their magazine readers' chagrin, I'm sure) to get some quick cash.
Schwartz does pretty much the usual tip-book business for the first bunch of pages, showing each game's story, giving some number-based ratings and offering a bunch of hints. After this are some previews, then some "super secret" hints printed in mirror-image text so you don't needlessly spoil the game.
My personal favorite section comes up next - Schwartz reviews about 20 or so game controllers, giving pictures and ratings for them all. The reviews are hugely in-depth and are a great resource for anyone interested in that sort of hardware thing. At the end of the book there's the requisite parent's guide to video-game violence
The funniest thing in the entire book is Schwartz's "review" of Nintendo Cereal System, the cereal inspired by the console. Here it is in its entirety:
Nintendo Cereal System
The current version of the NCS includes an innovative and appropriate prize: a miniature Zelda or Mario pinball game. For safety's sake (and in case you crave more sugar), you can eat the balls it uses. They're made out of candy.
Sound and Graphics
I don't get it. No snap, crackle, or pop. In fact, unless you whack them with your spoon, the NCS just floats there. Unlike the inferior Brand X cereals, however, the NCS does stay crunchy in milk. You'll have to make the sound effects yourself. (And I was so hoping for a cereal with a theme song.)
As a parent, one of my biggest challenges was to get the kids to brush their teeth afterwards. Since sugar is second on the list of ingredients and the manufacturer neglects to mention the number of grams in an average serving, I'd consider this one of your challenges, too.
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