Issue #3 - Fall 1987
We start off with an article on Metroid and, well, while the cover gets color, the interior of the magazine is an odd mix of black-and-white, red (or another color) and white, and full color. I kind of get the impression that part-way through putting this issue together they got the green light for color. This article also features the first appearance in the magazine of screen shots. While this issue isn't nearly as screen shot heavy as Nintendo Power would eventually become, it's a start. I'm getting the impression that the staff is slowly figuring out how they can get screen shots to work in the magazine. We also get a look at Kid Icarus, including a discussion of the sacred treasures and weapons.
In the Pro's corner we get some more hints for Legend of Zelda, including a quick way to grind for cash, as well as a way to trigger a game over in case you need to quit in a hurry, because of dinner, or something else is on TV, or there's a thunderstorm and you don't want to lose your progress due to a power outage. In case you're wondering, the trick is to plug in controller two and hit Up and A. There's also some tips on grinding for energy in Metroid, as well as escaping the grasp of one of the titular Metroids, escaping lava, and also quickly getting yourself a game over (same trick as with Zelda). There are also continue codes for Super Mario Bros, Solomon's Key, Trojan, Ikari Warriors & Gradius. Oh, and if you want to know the last two - the Ikari Warriors code is enter ABBA (like the band) and then hit Start after you die, and the Gradius code is Down, Up, and then enter B A four times, before hitting Start. Frankly, I think the Ikari Warriors code is much less masochistic. There are also some user submitted tricks, but as they're not vetted, I don't trust them.
Continuing with the preview blurbs, there's info on Mike Tyson's Punch Out and Rad Racer, along with some more ads. After that, we get a nice map of the entire first quest of Legend of Zelda, and dungeons 3 through 6 of the underworld, which I've posted here for your consideration.