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Nintendo Power Uncovered
Nintendo Power #23: April 1991 - Power Blade
By Cyril Lachel     |   Posted on February 26, 2013   |   Episode 23 (Show Archive)  

            
After nearly three hundred issues, Nintendo Power is finally coming to an end. To send this long-running periodical off in style, the Cover Critic has decided to review every single issue. Join him as he experiences every aspect of Nintendo's journey through their magazine covers.

When Nintendo Power closes its eyes, it dreams about a futuristic hellscape where 32-bit robots roam large neon grids floating high above a world gone mad with explosions. All communication has been cut and the only person that can help the common man is a boomerang-wielding psychopath. It's amazing how accurately these artists were able to recreate present day Detroit.

That shiny metallic man is none other than NOVA, the Chief Security Officer of a supercomputer named Master Computer. On the game's box, NOVA is a human being that looks like Arnold Schwarzenegger in Total Recall. Yet here he is with a spiffy new armored suit that makes him look like Peter Weller in Robocop. I guess boring old white guy isn't as big of a draw as generic looking silver robot dude.

Weird metal suit or not, NOVA seems to be stuck in a life or death struggle to keep his balance on a colorful grid. Instead of looking for safety or dealing with those nasty explosions, he's decided to send his red-hot boomerang our way. As if killing the reader of Nintendo Power is going to do anything. Buddy, you have bigger things to focus on. Like why are you wearing the heaviest suit possible when standing on a grid that appears to be precariously floating in the air? And if you're really going to make an impact, aren't you going to need more than a lousy boomerang? At least pack a handgun or something. Seriously, NOVA, I worry about your safety.

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