Yeah I'm kind of a nerd. I actually enjoy looking at old video game magazines and assume there must be others who do also. For no other good reason, I've decided to start scanning and posting a few highlights from ones I find for 25¢ at garage sales or wherever. I'll start with magazines that are defunct because it's unlikely I'll receive a takedown notice for them. The Game Player's series seems like a safe one as there's another site posting scans from them already.
In their early days, the folks at Game Player's published a couple of Nintendo strategy guides. In general they're a bit on the light side. The focus was more on quantity than depth. They offer a few decent tips but obviously an entire game can't be covered in 2-5 pages. In a sign of how times have changed, the screenshots all look like they were taken by camera. I have no way to prove this statement other than they just look that way.
These are not full magazine scans. I don't enjoy this enough to scan 200+ pages so I only did a few favorites. Look, if someone really wants to see the Amagon guide I guess I'll post it. Otherwise, just enjoy what's here.
Like a couple previous ones, this guide jumps directly to the end of the game.. although it doesn't tell you anything particularly useful about winning.. unlike another Shadowgate guide.
Zelda II: The Adventure of Link is at least partly responsible for most video game sequels being totally uninspired. Nintendo made a sequel that wasn't like the original and people complained. Zelda II is actually a good game and in many ways superior to the original (although I do prefer the original overall). Yeah it's different but get over it. Do you honestly prefer publishers being too afraid to take a chance and keep producing the same games over and over again?