Nintendo Power v244 details

Well, I got the new issue of Nintendo Power magazine in the mail today. The cover game this issue is Mario & Luigi: Bowser’s Inside Story, and I’m noticing that the store copy cover is quite different from the subscriber copy.

In this issue, the Nintendo Power staff reviews the big announcements from Nintendo at E3 in their “Best of Show” feature. This section recaps most of the games for either the Wii or DS that were shown at E3, including games from third-party developers.

The Preview section has details on some rather exciting upcoming games, beginning with Metroid Prime Trilogy. In case you’ve been living under a soundproof rock, this is a single-disc re-release of the Metroid Prime games, and the first two titles have been reworked to support 16:9 display, improved graphics, and, most importantly, Wii motion controls in the style of Metroid Prime III: Corruption. Besides that, you can collect tokens in all three games to unlock bonus content, much the same way you could in Corruption.

Another game featured in the Previews section is Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles: Smash-Up, which is a TMNT fighting game that is shaping up to be a must-have title. The game will feature online play.

Besides the “Best of Show” feature, there is a feature on the cover game, featuring screenshots and storyline for much of the beginning of the game’s story. The feature also includes an interview with Nate Bihldorff, the main guy at work localizing the Mario & Luigi RPGs. In the interview, he hints at two cameos we can expect in Bowser’s Inside Story, including what might be the Kuribo Shoe from Super Mario Bros. 3.

Other features in this issue include a look at No More Heroes 2 for Wii, Trauma Team for Wii, Wii Sports Resort, and Fragile: Farewell Ruins of the Moon for Wii. There are also interviews with Starfy series producer Hitoshi Yamagami, and Matt Bozon, known for directing Shantae and Contra 4.

Something I found cool was a blurb about the latest album from OverClocked ReMix, an album called Summoning of Spirits: An Arrangement of Music from Tales of Phantasia and Tales of Symphonia.

So yeah, something I mentioned at the start of this entry: the difference between the subscriber and store copy covers. For a while now, Nintendo Power has had different covers on subscriber copies. Usually this is just the artwork without text cluttering up the image. But this issue has noticeably different artwork on the subscriber edition.

That is the subscriber edition cover. As you can see, it’s noticeably different from the store copy. Not complaining at all, this is just the first time I think they’ve had such different covers since starting this subscriber edition cover routine.

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