NES, SNES, N64, Gamecube, Wii


by retrogamer Wed Feb 28, 2007 10:57 pm

For all those who collect Nintendo Power magazines we can all agree how frustrating it is to have to thumb through each and every issue to find the particualr item we are looking for. One dedicated Nintendo Power fan has made a complete index covering issue number 1 to current gen mags with a complete table of contents covering every article, game review, and much much more all for the low price of $5.00. Here is the link to his Ebay auctions: ... dZViewItem

Anyone having any interest in Nintendo Power Magazines (NPMs) and Nintendo game collecting owes it to themselves to at least check this out! If you would like to get straight to buying or sampling this item and don’t want to "read all about it" just now, scroll down to near the end, under "IN SUMMARY".
Here is what I believe to be, the BEST NPM INDEX ever! You may know, Nintendo got out of their own broad index publishing business after the 3rd issue, covering Vol# 1 thru Vol# 70. It was too time consuming for them, and it got more complicated with each new NPMissued. I can certainly attest to that! This comprehensive Index covers info for every game written about in any NPM from Volume# 1 thru Volume# 210. This includes any game on any Nintendo platform: NES, SNES, Gboy, GBColor, GBAdv, N64, Vboy, GCN, DS and Wii! If it’s an article of substance, and it’s covered anywhere in NPMs, it’s in this Index! It’s a SUPER Index because it also covers many other articles in NPM that might be of interest to a Nintendo enthusiast. Articles like "How the NES and Gboy work", "How game memory works", interviews with Shigeru Miyamoto and other game designers, and much more. Time lines are illuminated like the last issue to cover NES, SNES, N64 games, magazines with collector covers, what volumes have game indexes or the longest feature article, and so on.Besides indicating where game info is in NPMs, the Index also includes game info found in the Nintendo Generalized Strategy Guides, like the Official Nintendo Player’s Guide, the NES Atlas, the Gameboy Player’s Guide, etc. This wealth of information in this huge "Library" is all tied together in this one Super Index!
This is an e-book, meaning it is delivered via internet file. Please stay with me! I love Player’s Guides, but I do not own a single e-guide! I think the reason they are unpopular is, they don’t have photos, screen shots or drawings. Also, we don’t know the home grown author. He may not cover enough info, or he may give away too much! So we tend to stay with the known third party publishers like Prima or Brady. The Super Index is not like that! Indexes don’t use photos. It’s just text anyway. There’s almost no judgement. If the info about a game is there in the NPM, it’s included in the Index. It’s all pretty black & white. Besides, I’m offering a free sample, so you can see for yourself how worthy it is. Though it will be delivered as an e-book, I encourage you to print it out. That way it’s handy, whether or not you’re on the computer. If your hardcopy gets trashed, you can print out another!
Please refer to the photo to see how the Index is structured. There are just two columns. The first one is for the game/article title in alphabetical order, and separated by a hyphen (-), the Nintendo platform that title is under (NES, N64, etc). Some titles are "column" redundant, because they appear in several platforms. Like Donkey Kong Country appears under SNES, GBColor and GBAdvance. Some less popular titles have only one or two write-ups, though they appear under two or more platforms, like Herbie:Fully Loaded appears under GBAdvance and GameCube. They are "row’ redundant, and share a row to help keep down the total size of the Index. The universal symbol for separation of row sharing info is the (|). It will be in the Game column, separing two different platforms, and again tracking in the Location column. It should be pretty obvious when actually looking at the Index.
As for the second column, the Location column, the idea was to get a lot of info in a relatively small space. It simply indicates where the game/article info is located in the NPM/Strategy Guide library. Dedicated symbols are used. The "#" symbol always indicates the NPM Volume number and a comma "," always separates one Volume’s info from anothers’. A comma always indicates the END of that volume’s info.
The Adventures of Bayou Billy – NES has the location as:#5p46@,#6p22F, The info about Bayou Billy is located in TWO Volumes: Vol# 5 and Vol# 6 of NPM. The "p" always indicates Page Number. So in Vol# 5, the info is on page 46 and in Vol# 6, it’s on page 22. Easy-peasy. The last symbol, after the page and before the end comma, tells what kind of article it is. In the example, a "@" indicates a "preview" article, and the "F" is a Feature article. The Feature is the biggie; the article that is several pages of specific coverage, like a mini-strategy guide for that game. Sometimes, there are 2 or 3 or more Feature articles for one game, as part one, part two, etc. Another terrific identifier of the Feature article is, in 99% of the cases, the month the feature article came out, is the same month that game was launched! It’s a great info tool, if you like to know about historical time-lines. For example, by tracking the Feature article placements, one can tell that the order in which Mega-Man X’s/SNES came out was: Mega-Man X, then Mega-Man X2, then Mega-Man 7, and lastly, Mega-Man X3. You can also tell how many months separate games’ release dates. This particular info may or may not float your boat, but all considered, there’s bound to be some time-lines you’ll find very interesting/useful. At the end of the Index is a section defining ALL the code symbols used for every type of article. You’ll want to keep a copy handy until you have all the codes memorized, though most are pretty obvious, like capital F for Feature. cc stands for Counselor’s Corner, ci for Classified Information, np for Now Playing, and so on.
To get your own copy, just hit the BIN, and for the incredibly inexpensive price of $5, you will get an email from me with an Index file attached. It is in the nearly universal format of MS Excel spreadsheet. You can immediately run/open the file under your MS Excel, print out and store the file on your computer. How simple is that? Because it is in a consumer format, you can make modifications such as continuing the Index past Vol# 210 yourself! If in spite of all you’ve read about this Index, you still are unsure whether this is a legitimate, indispensable tool for you, I’m offering a free sample.Just email me, stating you would like a sample of the Index. Be sure to include your email address. I will email you with a sample file attachment for your inspection. It will be a portion of the Index, and will include the Symbols code. Hopefully, you will see how extensive the coverage is, and how useful and fun a tool such as this is for you. And at $5, it’s almost a gift!
I did not produce this Index for the purpose of selling copies. It was initially just for my own use. It went through various stages of completeness until finally I realized, the only way to make the Index was to do it right, and have it be truly comprehensive. You could say it was a labor of love, since there is hardly a wage small enough to account for all the time it took. But once completed, it seemed to me this Index would be something many other Nintendo people would like to have the use of. It is no exaggeration that I spent MANY hundreds of hours compiling this Index. Sure, you could make your own by scouring every page of each volume of NPM and organizing all the info. But why would you want to do that when for the paltry sum of $5 you can get a completed Index, and spend your time enjoying all the information in over 200 NPMs now at your disposal. Unless you have a photographic memory, this Index is a must have item. You’ll not have to go nuts trying to find what NPM issue and page had that great piece of advice about Super Mario World, while flipping through page after page, volume by volume!
Perhaps you have a pretty decent collection of NPMs. But there are many issue "holes" and missing time frames. You’ve been meaning to complete your collection, but just can’t seem to get motivated. Owning a copy of this Index is just the inspiration you need to complete your collection. You won’t want to find out that the exact write-up you need is in a volume that’s missing! But this is the perfect time to acquire NPMs off of eBay! It is a buyer’s market! Lots of people are dumping their collections, making a glut of product. Buying singles or especially NPM "lots" has never been cheaper!
You absolutely must buy the Super Index! If you’re reading this, you’re a collector who could use it! At $5 per copy, it’s a deal of the century! To make it unbelievably easy, you can have a sample of it for free! Then you can see for yourself how much information location power you have at hand. All of those gems of info, spread all around in over 200 NPMs and Strategy Guides, will be accessible to you in moments. Your NPM collection will have untold value as an active Library!
To get your own copy, simply use the BIN or PayPal $5 direct to my account at bradroyer at cox dot net. and the comprehensive Super Index will be emailed to your address. For the "show me" types, email me at same address, be sure to include your email address, and request a free sample.
One last thing. If you appreciate the great value and extensive work that went into putting the Index together, buy it or not, but please don’t distribute copies to friends, etc. yourself. At only $5 per copy, it is virtually a "steal". But please, do not steal from me by circulating copies. If you use the index, please pay me the paltry $5, and encourage friends, co-workers, etc. to purchase their own copy. Thank you, and enjoy the Super Index!

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