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Nintendo Power #9: November/December 1989 - Tetris
By Cyril Lachel   |   Posted on October 23, 2012   |   Episode 9 (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.

You might think that something as simple as Tetris wouldn't be able to inspire Nintendo Power to create one of its strangest, yet most endearing covers yet. After all, we're talking about a game starring falling blocks that can't wait to disappear. Well throw your skepticism out the window, because this is yet another example of you being wrong (that's really starting to become a trend with you). This Tetris-themed cover is wacky and weird in the best ways possible.

I don't know if this cover is the product of one man or a full team of artists. I don't know if it's supposed to have some deeper meaning about the world crumbling. Hell, I don't even know if this originally started out as an ode to Tetris. What I do know is that whoever worked on this decided to get very, very stoned first. I'm not talking about one or two brownies here. This is the kind of thing you need a party bowl for. Trust me, "Get Tetrisized" sounded way better after the gravity hit.

Drug allegations aside, this is a devastatingly creative cover. There's a line of clones walking down a golden bridge, slowly turning into Tetris pieces. The houses and city streets are also made out of blocks, though only in the distance. Up close things only get stranger. There's a mustachioed building with a Mario hat. Nester is hanging out of a window in one house. Also, people drive shoes around like cars. It's very strange.

It's odd that the most comforting part of the cover isn't Nester or the army of game playing clones, but rather the falling Tetris pieces. Sure it's potentially violent and could really screw up those impeccably designed houses, but the one thing I know about Tetris pieces is that they fall. Part of me is really curious what this cover would look like a few seconds later, after everybody has scattered and mass chaos has broken out in the streets. This cover art gets bonus points for using the NES Max controller.

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