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Nintendo Power Official Player’s Guide Checklist

Here is a complete list of every magazine under the “Player’s Choice” or “Nintendo Power” publishing label. To be a part of this list, you have to be:

  • A strategy guide
  • Published by Nintendo or Nintendo Power
  • Not a part of Nintendo Power the “magazine” (i.e. Super Mario Bros 3, Ninja Gaiden, Final Fantasy, 4-Player Strategy)

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Note that the official Wikipedia page on this is missing, what I feel are, a few guides from the list below (maybe one day I’ll update it). I believe this list to be complete, but feel free to correct me by leaving a comment below or contacting me. The Wikipedia page says “Custom Robo” is a magazine, but I have never found it listed on any website, ever. Never! If someone ever finds definitive proof that this magazine exists, please contact me! I do not have it listed in the table below simply because I have never been able to confirm its existence.

The list below is sortable and includes columns for:

  • Name: The name of the guide; includes link to Amazon marketplace of the item (if exists)
  • Average Price: What I feel is fair “average” market value at auction
  • Extras: What bonus items / unique traits come with the guide
  • UPC: Universal Product Code of the guide
  • Price: What I paid for it (I can send a CSV file with blank values here if you want one to “checklist” on your own)
  • Obtained: Where I obtained the item

I would love to include more columns for:

  • Thumbnail: Small picture of the guide
  • Rarity: What I feel the “rarity” level of the guide
  • Price Stability: Certain magazines are highly unstable. Earthbound is the best example, as condition will greatly influence the price. Maybe of the more expensive guides vary greatly in price.
  • Review: Review of the content; some of these guides are amazing, and some of them are pathetic!

If I have the time and the will, I would love to append these items to the table below. One of the big technical hurdles is…fitting it into the table and keeping it sortable! I cannot get WordPress’ “Easy Table” app to properly set column width…gah. Whatever. I think what is below is sufficient for a collector’s benefit.

Last note: Some of the “my price” columns have “-” in front of it. That means I made money “buying” the guide. How? Well, I hope to attach pop-up blurbs to the text, but this generally means that I bought other items that included the guide. I then sold the rest and counted the proceeds toward the purchase price. For example: I bought a copy of “Animal Crossing” that came with the game. I sold the game and ended up netting $3.45 from the sale. Make sense?

One interesting note: If you sort by UPC, this will effectively tell you the order in which all of the guides were published. Save for Earthbound (bundled as part of the game; can’t confirm if it was sold as a standalone retail guide) and Dragon Warrior (no idea how this was distributed, no UPC, sold for $2.50).

So without further blabbering…enjoy! The only thing that may be missing with the below table are the “extras”. I may be missing some content or magazine variants. If you know of anything I’m missing, please contact me or mention it  in the comments below.

Nintendo Player's Guides
Name Avg Price Extras UPC Price Obtained
Advance Wars 2:
Black Hole Rising
$15.00 - 045496692537 $3.52 eBay
Advance Wars:
Dual Strike
$8.00 - 045496693169 $5.63 eBay
Animal Crossing $15.00 - 045496692261 -$3.45 eBay
Animal Crossing:
Wild World
$15.00 - 045496693213 $5.71 eBay
Banjo-Kazooie $12.00 - 045496691424 $7.52 eBay
Banjo-Tooie $10.00 - 045496691813 $8.59 eBay
Battalion Wars $6.00 - 045496693152 $6.50 eBay
Chrono Trigger $50.00 - 045496690953 -$0 eBay
Conker's Bad Fur Day $20.00 - 045496691981 $6.97 Amazon
Diddy Kong Racing $7.00 Unlocking
Secrets Insert
045496691318 $6.00 eBay
Donkey Kong 64 $8.00 - 045496691646 $7.00 eBay
Donkey Kong Country $10.00 - 045496690908 $9.61 eBay
Donkey Kong Country (GBA) $8.00 - 045496692544 $6.99 ebay
Donkey Kong Country 2 $15.00 - 045496690939 $9.61 eBay
Donkey Kong Country 3 $15.00 - 045496691127 $10.98 eBay
Dragon Warrior $13.00 - N/A $9.76 eBay
Earthbound $120.00 Scratch 'n Sniff
Cards
N/A $63.49 eBay
Eternal Darkness:
Sanity's Requiem
$13.00 - 045496692124 $11.43 eBay
F-Zero GX $12.00 Poster 045496692582 TODO eStarland
Final Fantasy I&II:
Dawn of Souls
$10.00 Foldout Map 045496692995 $8.99 eBay
Final Fantasy III (VI) $35.00 - 045496690779 $9.61 eBay
Final Fantasy IV (GBA) $13.00 - 045496693268 $11.99 eBay
Final Fantasy V (GBA) $15.00 - 045496693473 $19.99 eBay
Final Fantasy
Crystal Chronicles
$6.00 - 045496692636 Gift Friend
Final Fantasy
Tactics Advance
$9.00 - 045496692599 $7.94 eBay
Fire Emblem $20.00 - 045496692643 $15.90 eBay
Fire Emblem:
Path of Radiance
$20.00 - 045496693190 $16.00 eBay
Fire Emblem:
The Sacred Stones
$20.00 - 045496693015 $20.69 eBay
Game Boy $9.00 - 045496690274 $10.00 eBay
Goldeneye 007 $7.00 - 045496691301 Personal Subscription
Golden Sun:
The Lost Age
$12.00 - 045496692520 $7.25 eBay
Jet Force Gemini $9.00 - 045496691615 $7.99 eBay
Killer Instinct $20.00 - 045496690922 $16.50 eStarland
Legend of Zelda:
Collector's Edition
$35.00 - 045496692780 -$5.64 eBay
Legend of Zelda:
Four Swords Adventures
$9.00 Poster,
Player's Choice
Variant
"
045496692810 Gift Friend
Legend of Zelda:
Link's Awakening
$50.00 - 045496690717 $27.38 eBay
Legend of Zelda:
Link to the Past
$35.00 - 045496690427 -$8.60 eBay
Legend of Zelda:
Four Swords
$18.00 - 045496692438 $6.63 eBay
Legend of Zelda:
Majora's Mask
$17.00 - 045496691837 -$0.64 eBay
Legend of Zelda:
Minish Cap
$20.00 Poster 045496693008 $9.50 eBay
Legend of Zelda:
Ocarina of Time
$15.00 KB Toys Variant
with Poster
045496691455 Personal Subscription
Legend of Zelda:
Oracle of Seasons/Ages
$20.00 - 045496692001 $13.52 eBay
Legend of Zelda:
Twilight Princess
$7.00 Poster,
Foil Cover
Variant
045496693206 $5.08 eBay
Legend of Zelda:
Wind Waker
$12.00 - 045496692483 $7.50 eBay
Luigi's Mansion $15.00 Poster 045496692094 Gift Friend
Mario & Luigi:
Partners in Time
$8.00 - 045496693220 $2.99 eBay
Mario & Luigi:
Superstar Saga
$12.00 - 045496692667 $9.99 eBay
Mario Kart 64 $8.00 Bumper Sticker
Variant
045496691264 $7.95 eBay
Mario Kart Double Dash!! $8.00 - 045496692650 Gift Friend
Mario Mania $12.00 - 045496690281 $5.00 eBay
Mario Paint $10.00 - 045496690700 $1.00 Craigslist
Metroid Fusion $12.00 - 045496692421 $6.63 eBay
Metroid Prime $9.00 - 045496692407 $5.00 eBay
Metroid Prime:
Hunters
$7.00 - 045496693176 $6.63 eBay
Metroid Prime 2:
Echoes
$9.00 - 045496692841 $6.63 eBay
Metroid:
Zero Mission
$15.00 - 045496692803 $10.94 eBay
NES Game Atlas $15.00 - 045496690267 $13.50 eBay
New Super Mario Bros $10.00 - 045496693275 $6.92 eBay
Nintendo Player's Guide:
NES
$15.00 - 045496640040 -$8.60 eBay
Nintendogs $6.00 - 045496693251 $0 eBay
Official Super NES
Game Guide
$12.00 - 045496690748 $12.94 eBay
Paper Mario $20.00 - 045496691844 $22.49 eBay
Paper Mario:
Thousand Year Doo
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$17.00 Player's Choice
Variant
045496692834 $10.00 eBay
Perfect Dark $8.00 - 045496691653 $6.94 eBay
Pikmin $15.00 Poster 045496692117 $9.00 eBay
Pikmin 2 $20.00 - 045496692629 $7.25 eBay
Pokemon
Battle Revolution
$7.00 - 045496693527 $6.98 eBay
Pokemon
Colosseum
$7.00 - 045496692797 $4.95 eBay
Pokemon
Crystal
$10.00 - 045496692056 $10.48 eBay
Pokemon
Diamond/Pearl
$8.00 - 045496693480 $4.00 eBay
Pokemon
Diamond/Pearl Pokedex
$10.00 - 045496693497 $9.95 eBay
Pokemon
Emerald
$10.00 Poster 045496693022 $5.32 eBay
Pokemon
FireRed/LeafGreen
$10.00 - 045496692827 Gift Friend
Pokemon
Gold/Silver
$12.00 - 045496691820 $6.99 eBay
Pokemon
Gold/Silver Pokedex
$12.00 - 045496691974 $12.47 eBay
Pokemon
Mystery Dungeon
$9.00 - 045496693428 $8.49 eBay
Pokemon
Ranger
$8.00 Poster 045496693435 $7.97 eBay
Pokemon
Red/Blue
$12.00 150 Stickers 045496691448 $10.48 eBay
Pokemon
Ruby/Sapphire
$10.00 - 045496692490 $7.99 eBay
Pokemon
Snap
$8.00 - 045496691608 Personal Subscription
Pokemon Stadium $10.00 - 045496691639 $6.00 eBay
Pokemon Stadium 2 $10.00 - 045496691998 $7.00 eBay
Pokemon
Trading Card Game
$8.00 Venusaur
Card
045496691790 $6.50 eBay
Pokemon:
Special Edition
$13.00 151 Stickers 045496691622 Gift Friend
Pokemon XD:
Gale of Darkness
$9.00 Game Crazy
Poster Variant,
Target Bonus
Guide Variant
045496693237 $6.98 eBay
Star Fox 64 $8.00 - 045496691271 $6.94 eBay
Star Fox Adventures $10.00 - 045496692247 $7.89 eBay
Star Fox Assault $9.00 Poster 045496692858 $6.63 eBay
Star Wars:
Episode I Racer
$6.00 KB Toys Variant
w/ Poster
045496691592 $4.98 ebay
Star Wars:
Rogue Squadron
$7.00 - 045496691585 $6.96 eBay
Star Wars:
Rogue Squadron II:
Rogue Leader
$7.00 - 045496692148 Personal Subscription
Star Wars:
Rogue Squadron III:
Rebel Strike
$7.00 - 045496692773 $3.52 eBay
Street Fighter II Turbo $20.00 Fighter Profile
Trading Cards
045496690724 $19.98 eBay
Super Game Boy $9.00 - 045496690915 $2.00 eBay
Super Mario 64 $12.00 - 045496691110 Personal Subscription
Super Mario Advance 4:
Super Mario Bros 3
$9.00 - 045496692605 $7.75 eBay
Super Mario All-Stars $20.00 - 045496690731 $5.00 eBay
Super Mario RPG $37.00 - 045496691097 -$4.00 eBay
Super Mario Sunshine $8.00 - 045496692254 $8.00 eBay
Super Mario World 2:
Yoshi's Island
$20.00 - 045496690960 $11.94 eBay
Super Metroid $32.00 - 045496690755 $9.61 eBay
Super NES $12.00 - 045496690298 $12.98 eBay
Super Paper Mario $12.00 - 045496693459 $6.63 eBay
Super Smash Bros Melee $8.00 - 045496692131 $8.00 eBay
Sword of Mana $15.00 - 045496692766 $5.99 eBay
Top Secret Passwords $10.00 - 045496690434 $5.00 eBay
Wario World $10.00 - 045496692391 $8.03 eBay
Wave Race:
Blue Storm
$7.00 - 045496692100 $6.00 eBay
Yoshi's Island DS $10.00 - 045496693466 $3.99 eBay
Yoshi's Island:
Super Mario Advance 3
$9.00 - 045496692414 $7.00 eBay
Yoshi's Story $10.00 Pop-Up,
Collector's SE
Variant
045496691417 $6.49 eBay

2 Comments

  • On 06/30/2013 at 6:19 PM Trish Bradford said

    Great list! Thanks for sharing it with me. On the Player’s Choice guides, they have a different publishing date (May 23, 2006) from the original guide’s publishing date. I have found two Player’s Choice guides so far: Paper Mario: The Thousand Year Door and The Legend of Zelda: Four Swords Adventures. I am actively looking for more of these.

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  • On 06/30/2013 at 11:35 PM Ndolger said

    Yep, I have listed them as variant issues above. Those are the only two that I have found so far. If you find more, let me know and I’ll update as needed.

    Reply

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