A little background first. Nintendo started the Fun Club, as with most other fan clubs, as a marketing tool for Nintendo. Around the time of the NES's release, most of the video game magazines that would have provided publicity for NES games had either gone under, or had switched their focus from the more-or less deceased console market to home computers. Thus, if Nintendo wanted to get the word out on upcoming titles for the NES, they would have to do it on their own.
Issue #1 – Winter, 1987
We also get a quick look at their motorcycle racing game, Exitebike (another classic), and Hogan's Alley. Both game descriptions are relatively generic, with the descriptions basically consisting of ad copy. The one notable bit is related to Hogan's Alley. Nintendo held a competition between teenagers and NYPD cops in the game, to see who was best at the game. The winner was a cop from the NYPD's 28th precinct, named John Hunt.
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We also have several letters in our letters column, something that is rather impressive considering that this is the news letter's first issue. The most notable one is from Bob Gale, the producer of Back to the Future, and who has also written several issues of The Amazing Spider-Man magazine in 2008.
We also get a set of hints and tips for Super Mario Bros, hinting at the existence of the Warp Zones, along with the slide trick, and maximizing the point bonuses for fireworks. Thee are some also tips for recovering faster and sticking the landing in Excitebike.
We wrap up the issue with an article about members of the Fun Club getting a subscription to Top Score magazine, whose editor is another person video game fans should know – Steve Harris, future Editor-in-Chief & publisher of Electronic Gaming Monthly.
One last thing to mention from this issue – there are no screen shots of any kind here, which is significant considering later issues of Nintendo Power would be extremely screen shot heavy.