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Nintendo Power #8: September/October 1989 - Duck Tales
By Cyril Lachel     |   Posted on October 18, 2012   |   Episode 8 (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.

Out of the first eight issues, this is only the second cover based on a licensed cartoon or movie. The first time around it was the Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles, which made way for our first failing grade. After suffering through the laziness of that issue, I braced for the worst with this Duck Tales issue. If Nintendo was going to rely on somebody else's art assets to make due, it would surely be a popular Disney Afternoon star.

As it turns out, Nintendo Power did end up using art assets from the famed animation studio. But don't let that be a knock against the cover, because everything else comes to us from the props department. This is a magical cornucopia of odds and ends, from a big pile of gold coins to an angry gorilla inside a computer screen. There's a bee trying to escape the vines from a deadly Venus fly trap. It's wild and messy, looking more like an episode of Hoarders than a video game.

For fans of Duck Tales, this is quite literally a scene from the game come brought to life. Forget what I said about the costume department not knowing that Simon Belmont uses a whip or Mario wearing the wrong clothes, this is an example of Nintendo Power really getting it right. They even included the mini-map and money bags. I'm not sure if this will make you want to spend your piles of cash on Duck Tales or not, but I appreciate the effort of recreating a beloved moment from a cherished 8-bit game. Now get that gorilla out of the computer screen before he hurts somebody!

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