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Comics - Club Nintendo Classic

As well as games, Club Nintendo Classic also included some promotions for the various accessories available for their consoles. Instead of the usual articles, however, they created some rather cheesy comics.

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Amusingly, the Game Boy comic would get an unofficial 'update' years later. In 1998, issue 62 of Nintendo Magazine featured in its letters pages a reader-sent art piece that looked rather familiar.

The image was a panel-by-panel trace of the 'Game Boy Hardware' comic, only this time Mario and Luigi were fighting over the Nintendo 64 and its accessories. While the editors of Nintendo Magazine were unaware of the plagiarism, some of the magazine's readers were quick to write in and point out the comic's origins, with one of them receiving the 'Letter of the Month' prize in issue 64.

(I apologise that the 'copycat' comic is very hard to read. It was originally published quite small to start with, and the scan is full-size.)

Nintendo Hotline - Club Nintendo Classic

A recurring detail throughout most of the magazine's life was that the whole thing was run by Mario himself! Each issue would start with an introduction from the Italian plumber, and sections such as the letters page would refer to the playing habits and interests of both Mario and Luigi. With this in mind, here's an advert for the Nintendo Hotline service and for contacting Club Nintendo.

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It's jolly nice of them to let Morton Koopa Jr. and some of Bowser's minions help out at the office, although what Bowser would have to say about them making his kid work all night is another matter.

Warning: Please don't try to call those numbers now. I do not know what business they now connect to, and you may still be charged for it, no matter where you end up calling.

Starwing Challenge Day - Volume 5 Issue 3

As the first Super FX-powered game, Starwing was heavily marketed as a landmark in console gaming, and one major part of its promotion was the Starwing Challenge, which is featured in the article below.

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Note the use of US Star Fox screenshots in the article, as evidenced by the purple controller buttons in one of the screenshots.

The article also briefly mentions the Teletext information service, which was widely used on TV sets until the change from analogue TV signals to digital during the 2000s. While it was common for broadcasters to feature video game news and reviews on their teletext pages, having its own dedicated page on ITV's Teletext was a real coup for Starwing and Nintendo.