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      14.01.2010 17:05
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      Should be a bit thicker with less adverts, but the rest of the content is great.

      PLEASE NOTE: THIS REVIEW IS ALSO FEATURED ON CIAO, UNDER MY USERNAME "MONSOONBABY88".

      The Official Nintendo Magazine is a Nintendo gamers port of call for all relevant Nintendo news.

      It is priced at £3.99 per issue, which seems like a lot to pay out on quite a thin magazine each month, but there is an option to subscribe to the magazine, by paying £10.37 by quarterly direct debit. This means that you are getting a few issues for basically nothing, and for a regular reader, this is a great option. Nintendo magazine offers a free gift when you sign up for a subscription, I gained the brilliant Wii game "No More Heroes" when I subscribed. This free gift changes every month, so make sure you get in there quick when a gift you like the look of comes along! Each issue is 132 pages long, and to be honest, that isn't really a lot of pages for the money you are paying. It is quite easy to read Nintendo Magazine rather quickly, especially if you are like me and skip through pages you are not overly interested in, rather than reading every single page.

      Nintendo Official Magazine always starts off with a word from the editor on the first page. In this, the editor talks about what the reader will be able to find in this current issue. After this, the magazine is broken down into sections, and the content page is useful for finding these sections, incase you do not want to read the full magazine back to back.

      The sections normally are:
      -"Select Section"-The latest news, which is not just limited to game news, but is expanded to films, products, etc.
      -Features, including up-coming game summaries and screenshots. A special feature such as "10 things you never knew about..." a certain game are sometimes included.
      -Game Guides
      -Feedback-Letters, Artwork and Forum Section.
      -In depth game reviews for the Wii, Wii Ware and Nintendo DS

      For the most part, I buy Nintendo Official Magazine for it's game reviews. The reviews are thorough and lay out both the pros and cons of the game. I find that the reasons for buying, or not buying, a particular game are very helpful, and I do take the opinions into account when I go to purchase a new Nintendo game. Nintendo Official Magazine rates a magazine out of 100%, and contains a small summary box at the end of the review, which is actually very useful when you do not feel like reading the full review, or when you would like a recap. These summary boxes include four pros or cons of the game, and a short sentence or two explaining why it got this rating.

      The magazine is also heavily filled out by previews of upcoming games. I find these sections can be very interesting, as Nintendo Official Magazine writes about the game in depth, as well as including screenshots that you probably would not have seen before. They then re-write about the game in a later issue when they are able to review it.

      The features vary per issue, but generally include an interview with a games designer, or someone else involved in a game in a particular way. Other features include looking back over a series of games, or comparing and contrasting particular features of games.

      The rest of the magazine is made up of letters, snippets of news from all over the world, and rumours that they feel fit to share. The end of the magazine includes a directory of top rated Wii, Wii Ware and Nintendo DS games. These include the top 20 from every platform, and a short summary as to why you should buy this game. Also at the end is a game guide, where the magazine journalists will help you through specific sections of games. Although I have never needed the help they offer in these pages, they do look very detailed, with screenshots to back up the explanation, so I can see why they are popular in the magazine even now.

      The magazine often includes a free gift, which are always small little items which occasionally I want to keep. They can range from game posters, calendars, costers, keyrings, pin badges and mini figures.

      A lot of people seem to share the opinion that the writing of Nintendo Official Magazine's journalists is pretty dire and does not compare to other gaming magazines, but I beg to differ. Whilst Nintendo is generally aimed at more of a family market than say, the Xbox 360 is, the writing has to cater for those of a younger audience as well. Complex writing is not going to get the kids wanting to read the material.

      Two criticisms I have of Nintendo Official Magazine is that firstly, the screenshots and illustrations tend to be a lot bigger than the articles are. When I am really anticipating a game and want to find out some more news on it, screenshots that almost take up for the full page is not something I am always looking for. However, that aside, the illustrations are well chosen, and do help to break up large amount of text, which would look pretty dull without any pictures. Secondly, there is only 135 pages per issue, and unfortunately there are a lot of adverts littered throughout the magazine. Whilst I understand this is how they get their funding, it also means that there is less content for the reader. I doubt anyone picks up the magazine to have a flick through adverts. Paying £3.99 for quite a thin magazine seems quite a rip-off to be honest, but if you are a dedicated Nintendo fan, then the content inside it should tempt you to buy it anyway.

      Nintendo Magazine is quite community based. Their website, www.officialnintendomagazine.co.uk allows readers to use the forums to voice their opinions, upload their own Nintendo artwork and check out the latest gaming news. Nintendo Magazine often chooses to include some of the submissions on their website to their magazine. As well as their official website, the magazine is also heavily involved on social networking sites Twitter and Facebook. Readers are able to get in touch with the magazines writers via these websites, and once again, selected contributions make it into the magazine each month. Readers can also choose to text the editor their thoughts, questions and opinions which once again, could make it into the magazine. The letters page offers a prize for the star letter, with the prize changing every so often. Upon writing this, the current prize for the star letter is a DSi and a game.

      So overall, Nintendo Official Magazine is a great magazine for Nintendo fans. It outlines the latest news in gaming, and contains many previews of upcoming games. The reviews section is what makes up the majority of the magazine, and these reviews are handy for some advice on buying a new Nintendo game. The features are often very interesting, and range from interviews to features about particular aspects of games, e.g. "The Worst Game Characters." The letters pages allow a great amount of space for reader input, and changes are always being made, depending on readers opinions. I reccomend giving this magazine a read, it is very informative and fun, and occasionally you'll get a nifty little free gift thrown along with it if thats your thing.

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        20.10.2009 13:40
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        A good read and worth a look at once in a while

        Nintendo Official Magazine sees the latest news, information, interviews and games reviews on offer in a monthly dosage but is it as good as the company it represents?
        Nintendo over recent years has gone from an also ran in the gaming market to being the leader of the pack with its development of the Wii console and the DS making many people never interested in gaming sit up and take notice and become more interested.
        The company has been most successful with its bright, colourful and fun games and so what you hope for when you pick up this magazine is for the same to be on offer and you are not disappointed with the offerings each month always having bright pictures, excellent photos and funky articles on offer that makes this magazine a really entertaining read for those who are casual gamers or seriously into it.
        The magazine is somewhat expensive at about a fiver for each issue (for normal purchase but subscriptions are available) but is only out once a month and does offer useful and honest information on new releases due out so you could save yourself the disappointment of picking up a game and it not living upto expectations.
        The magazine regularly has information on what the development teams of Nintendo are working on or looking into which gives a glimpse of what the future of gaming may hold which is something that offers excitement for those seriously into this passtime.

        Positives:

        - Bright and entertaining magazine
        - Well written articles
        - Great information and detail
        - Good value for money
        - An excellent read for serious or casual gamers

        Negatives:

        - Expensive for some peoples way of looking

        This is an excellent magazine worth picking up even if just when a game is coming out you maybe interested in.

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        28.11.2008 20:24
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        An excellent good value magazine

        Official Nintnedo Magazine is a great supplement for any Nintendo fan. The magazine is the best one on the market for the latest Nintendo news and reviews and as a Nintendo Wii and DS owner is a valuable resource for deciding what games to get.

        The magazine provides information from all around the world and keeps you informed of what games you should be looking out for. THe magazine also features a rather humourous letters page and various articles and interviews on different areas of the gaming industury.

        Another plus for this magazine are the wide variety of free gifts that are given away. Unlike most magazines ONM provides a wide variety of unusual gifts from coasters to magnetic bookmarks!

        Another plus for this magazine is the fairly low price at £3.99. Unlike many other official magazines which can cost as much as 6 pound and don't include as much content but have a free pointless demo disc!

        So overall if you're looking for a nintendo magazine I'd highly recommend this one above all the rest and for any of you new Wii or DS owners they're also published special guides (a separate slightly dearer magazine) that provides reviews and info on everything you need to get started filled with the same ONM humour!

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          01.09.2008 20:39
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          An excellent magazine for Nintendo fans

          I have been subscribed to this magazine for a long time now. When I subscribed, I was unfortunate. TYou normally get a gift for subscribing which changes each month. They had no more gifts left when I subscribed as it was at the end of the month. Some months they had some great gifts on offer such as the wireless 'Wavebird' Gamecube controller but nowadays I have seen more Nintendo merchandise such as bags, which isn't as great.

          However, the magazine itself is informative and enjoyable to read. Each month, there is an original cover, which is designed by a reader! The magazine contains all the latest news, reviews and previews on upcoming and current games on the Nintendo DS, Wii and Game Boy Advance.

          There are many pictures in the magazine so it is fun to read for those younger Nintendo fans too. It has useful information all in one place such as release dates. The reviews are very useful as accurate and entertaining firsthand reviews are given on every game - giving you an idea of the good and bad. There is also a page with all the games for each console and their score (percentage) so you can spot the best games from the rest.

          The language isn't brilliant but it is great to read and there is quite a bit of humour in there too making it such a great read - which is important for any magazine of this genre. I enjoy reading this every month to fuel my passion for Nintendo (on top of my passion for the Xbox 360). You can buy them in the shops for around £2.99 usually so pick one up and see if you like it. They always come with some kind of free gift, whether it be a small model, stickers, posters or something like a case.

          Thanks for reading

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            05.05.2008 22:17
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            Buy one and see if it helps you!

            I am a big Nintendo fan and have been for much of my life. The problem with Nintendo is recent years has been third party games. It used to be the case on the N64 that games by developers such as RARE were great titles. In today's gaming world however there are many more game developers bringing out games such as movie tie-ins or completely new characters. It is therefore hard to judge if these games are any good. It seems you can no longer rely on developers as they release many rushed poor games onto the shelves to make money from the success of the Wii and DS. This is where the official magazine comes into play and helps gamers to make important gaming decisions!

            The layout of the magazine is the same every week. There is always a big picture related to the main news on the cover. Then we have news and previews of games on early pages followed by actual reviews of recently released games! The magazine ends with helpful hints on games and the traditional letters section where e-mails sent to the writers by readers are published and commented on. There are also competitions and quiz's throughout the magazine.

            The writing is very good. The reviewers know what they are talking about. Most have worked in magazines before and have had some input in the making of games. They usually are game programmers from English publishers such as Travellers Tales! I find them very witty at times and they write as if an adult is reading rather than a child. That's not to say a child wouldn't understand it, the writers simply do not dumb it down. Another plus is that you have many styles of writing from different reviewers. This helps me to keep interest throughout as in a sense it is like having a conversation with a group of people rather than just one. The reviews are in no way biased. Even though this is an official Nintendo magazine they are brutal if a Nintendo game is rubbish. They want to bring you a review that will give you a fair view on what you should buy!

            The magazine always includes great screenshots of games. Sometimes if they have had to take a picture of a game at an event the quality suffers. This doesn't matter though as it least they are bringing you new pictures of eagerly awaited games.

            I do have a serious problem with the magazine, all of the content in there can be found on the internet in one form or another. You obviously don't get the reviews by the same people but with the internet you have access to many reviews of the same game by different people. Also on the internet you get the information a month quicker. This is due to the magazine needed time to be compiled, edited and released. If a new game is announced it isn't new news by the time the magazine comes out.

            The magazine is friendly however. I always get the feeling that people connected with Nintendo are much nicer than those connected with the other consoles. This may be due to the more family orientated direction Nintendo has taken. This family audience is perhaps not accommodated for in the magazine as well as it could be but I think more hardcore gamers are more likely to buy the mag so they would be silly not to aim the writing at them.

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              03.02.2008 23:30
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              This is the official magazine with the most reliable information and reviews.

              I am quite a gamer, so I love to write about games, read about games and of course play games! My favourite magazine is actually the Official Xbox 360 Magazine, but at around £5-6 every month, it wasn't worth it for what it is. This magazine is £3.99 a month, and subscribing to it will get you a decent gift as well as the magazine delivered to your door every month on release date. It isn't the greatest magazine, but can sometimes be interesting to read. I am much more of a Microsoft Gamer, but I do own a few consoles made by Nintendo.

              The magazine's look changes every month. They actually get readers to design front covers, which sometimes make it onto the actual cover of one of the magazines. The logo 'Nintendo' is always at the top on the front with the words 'The Official Magazine' just below. Above the Nintendo logo, they notify you that the magazine includes information on: Wii, Game Boy, DS and Gamecube. The design is published by Future Publishing.

              The opening page always has an A-Z of the games featured in the magazine with according page numbers. It has a 'Meet The Team' section too, which is pretty much the same each month. At the bottom of the page, there is a section titled 'Our Promise To You', which reads: 'Official Nintendo Magazine is written by experienced Nintendo fans. While out official status gives unlimited access to the newest Nintendo games and the people who make them, our reviews are 100% honest and impartial'.

              The magazine normally features a section that changes month to month. Standard sections are: Features, Reviews, Game Guides, Directory and News. Features are normally the highlights of the magazine with articles about new games or news in general. The Reviews section is the bit where you will find reviews on all the latest games, even the bad ones. In the Game Guides section, you can read through guides with tips and help for newer games. Directory consists of Letters and emails from readers as well as information on the website (www.officialnintendomagazine.co.uk), a download section for wii downloads, a retro section, a challenge section where you can take part in competitions to beat records on games as well as the Rated part where you can view every game and see what percentage they scored.

              The magazine is very colloquial and informal obviously. It isn't very well-written either. It does contain some good information and facts however, like on upcoming releases and the reviews are normally accurate to read. The Directory section is always interesting, and every month they have a few competitions, which you can enter to win games and other prizes.

              You are normally given a 'free' gift with each magazine every month. These gifts are in inverted commas as I just wrote, because the price of them is obviously included in the price you pay for the magazine, but they are always called 'free gifts'. Some of these gifts I have kept, others I have chucked. Some have been key rings, calendars and mini characters and accessories. Others have been stickers and posters, which I am not too fond of, so will just tuck away in the magazine.

              The magazine has adverts all the way through for Nintendo-related magazines as well as games and other bits and bobs. The magazine always includes a voucher for a game every month for use with the electrical store Currys. These vouchers are normally £5 off vouchers, and are quite useful. They also always have an Official Sales chart section, where you can see what games for different consoles have been selling, and what score they were given from the magazine reviewers. As mentioned before, the Official Release Dates section is handy as it shows you when all the games are to be released, even featuring those due to be released next year! Not always will they have release dates as they would be lies, but as soon as they hear something, it will be shown.

              One page always features the 'Next Month' review. It will give you a brief introduction to next month's magazine, including a clue for what your free gift may be, along with clues on reviews for any big upcoming games that are being released. It will also issue you with a date for the release.

              Overall, I would say this is the best Nintendo Magazine, but if you like lots of games, not just Nintendo's, then there are other magazines out there that are much better. However, this is one of the cheaper magazines, and the pages smell really nice! They do have a lot of information, mostly useful and reliable and it is a jolly read with the added extras of competitions and more!

              Thanks for reading,

              - Recon -

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                29.11.2006 22:41
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                Has the informarion but no fun.

                At the start of the year this magazine, which shown by previous reviews, has received a lot of slate over the years, and generally not being a Nintendo fan, preferring the mighty Playstation 2 over the Gamecube which had a lack of third party support. However, with my anticipation growing for the new Legend of Zelda game, Twilight Princess, and the new console which has motion sensors making games interactive, I had to get news somewhere. Gladly though, my first issue was issue 8 of this monthly magazine-the post count restarted when the new publisher ‘Future Publishing’ started publishing the magazine, who also publish the superb Official Playstation 2 magazine.

                ~Information~

                Name: Nintendo Official Magazine
                Consoles: Gameboy Advance, Nintendo DS, Gamecube, Wii.
                Pages: 132
                Price: £3.99
                Subscription: £8.43 every 3 months
                Website (including forum): http://www.officialnintendomagazine.co.uk/
                Availability: Most newsagents and supermarkets.

                ~Magazine~

                It has a lot of information in-between these tiny pages and one of the things I noticed with my first issue a few months back (when the Wii information wasn’t pouring in so fast) I noticed with-in five minutes that the magazine wasn’t exactly cramped and was filled with pictures and random information that you wouldn’t find in the OPS2 magazine. It could be argued that this may be to cater for the younger audience that Nintendo seems to attract, but I am pretty sure that this was because of the lack of Gamecube titles, being a console that never attracted too much third party support. Recently though it has been pouring with information about the upcoming games for the upcoming console, which covers a large portion of the magazine itself, then. However, there are many DS games due to the success of this great handheld. Here is what is included though:

                News: Not much to say really, but it keeps you up to date with the information on the console and games. A lot of the information is new, though I have found that if you are scouring the web for information that is up-to-date, some of this information may already be known. However, most of the information I have found out to be new.

                Coming Soon: Basically the previews section. The magazine I have in front of me has no Gamecube games, just DS games and Wii games with new information. It has a decent amount of information though over a 2 page spread but with no screenshots it could be done in 2/3rds of a page. Many magazines do this, and again, it could be done for Nintendo’s younger fan base, but it happens throughout most of the magazine in most of the major information. What is written though is extremely good and to the point with a bit of humour though it is a bit ‘mellow’.

                Features: My magazine has information on probably the best launch title ever, Twilight Princess, and articles on the Wii. Not news, just articles and it makes a decent read. Especially for me since both of the ‘features’ I was interested in. Once again, it is to the point yet ‘mellow’.

                Reviews: The main reason for buying games magazines, reading reviews of games they have got before launch and write about them just to taunt the readers. A ‘ten page review’ On Twilight Princess consisted of a double page picture, a map covering a page, and on another page screenshots covered 2/3rds of it leaving a third of a page of writing. Over the next two pages there was about 1/3rd writing, and 2/3rd pictures, as were the next 2 double spreads. Again, it is done in other magazines but it shows how the magazine is spaced out. The pretty little pictures though are very interesting and just tease you more, making you want the game. The reviews are also pretty detailed. They don’t give out spoilers (obviously) and just go on about gameplay and controls etc.-everything that is important in a game that you need to know. The screenshots may contain a sarcastic comment or two but other than that the humour is sparse and ‘mellow’. The information is there but it lacks the humour and innuendo that the OPS2 magazine has which makes it so funny. And the sarcastic comments for the screenshots are far less funny and the magazine seems innocent compared to 0PS2 which makes it more informative and less humorous.

                Then there is the bias. When reading the Playstation magazine it is obvious I will disagree with results. Just like this magazine. And I have noticed that OPS2 does rate games higher that are made by SONY. For example, Killzone which got 7’s and 8’s but got a 9 in that magazine. It is just opinions though, and I would give a 9 to Killzone personally.
                However, Red Steel, a ‘Wii’ launch game got a 90% in this magazine, though on IGN, a trusted game site it got 6, and an 8 off someone else. Gamespot gave it 5.5/10 and EDGE magazine gave it a 5/10.

                Obviously it is down to opinion and many review sites may class Graphics as a bit more important, but that is a huge gap and I have found that they highly rate many Nintendo games which is far above my opinions and many other peoples and a quick scan at the Top 50 shows how many 90%+ and even 95%+ games there are.

                Game guides: To be honest I find this to be a space filler because of the lack of games that come out on all consoles. Although I have had a quick read through and they would be useful.

                There is obviously more though-the A-Z on Nintendo, competitions (absolutely loads of them)-all which add more pages and which is a decent read. Then there are the challenges in which you post best times etc. on certain games. What I always look forward to though-the letters I don’t find particularly that interesting. Once again, it may be because of the younger audience meaning fewer letter filled with humour and rude jokes, but it seems to be Nintendo fan-boys who go on about the DS and the Wii, and games and nothing that is so disturbing that you’ll laugh, or cringe.

                The layout of the magazine is pretty decent too. The reviews in one section, previews in another etc. and it doesn’t change much from issue to issue. My only gripe is that the letters aren’t at the start of the magazine where they are easily accessible, but are stuck in the middle.

                Then of course, the freebies. It will range from Nintendo extras like stylus’ ad cases which are pretty good, to a pack of MnM’s which you see sticking out of the cover, feel, it seems interesting, so you buy the magazine and it is revealed the really weird feeling freebie is sweets. I thought it was a mini Link statue or something….


                ~Overall~

                For Nintendo information it is a really decent magazine. It has all the news and updates a Nintendo fan could dream of and all the information any Nintendo fan will want. The reviews have loads of screenshots and information wanting you to play the game and it does all seem to be excellent. However, there are flaws in the magazine which really mark it down.
                The bias in the magazine which I noticed straight at the start in my first issue and have seen in subsequent issues. This really defeats the point of a magazine which is to review games fairly so all fans will know the game and what it is like. There will always be people with conflicting opinions but there is too much that can be considered biased to be a coincidence.
                Plus-the lack of humour. Sure, it is a good magazine for information, excellent in fact. But since this magazine is aimed a bit more towards kids, it doesn’t have the innuendo or humour which would make the magazine a lot more fun to read and which would make it more enticing to older Nintendo fans (teens and above), since there are a lot of them.

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                  03.06.2002 22:31

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                  Since the last opinion, much has changed in Nintendo Magazine. It is still official, but since the GameCubes launch it is now being published by the people who did the dreamcast magazine. The improvements are too long to list, content, style, depth. Everything has been improved. The articals seem less bias, and it has stoped refering to the competition systems as "Dreampants" and "Greystation Poo". There seems to be not just better quality content, but also more of it. Whether this will last or not, I don't know. It might have just been due to the insainely large luanch line up the Gamecube had in europe. The magazine has also got more adverts in it, and seems to be sponsered by a few other companys (HMV being one). This increase seems only to be proportional to the increase in scale of the whole magazine, so it dosn't detract from anything. - Overall the magazine is trying to act more "grown up", which is a good thing. Allthough they seem to think that Nintendo has also changed there attitude. Nintendo (based on interviews) hasn't changed a bit. They still don't target there games at anyone. They are not going to stop making colourfull games just because people missinterpret this as childish.

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                  04.04.2002 11:25
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                  • "Too many pictures"

                  Nintendo Official Magazine, with an official license to one of the best games company in the world, you expect some sort of quality? Right? RIGHT? Compared to the success of the official Playstation magazine, quality is definitely needed in this media industry, but no, the people at Nintendo Official Magazine have failed to produce the quality needed in journalism… DECENT writing. But hey, before I give the worst opinion I’ve ever given anything, lets skip back in my life to a week ago. It was a nice hot spring day in the west of London, and all was fine in the world, the birds were chirping, the kids were out at the park playing football, and I wandered over to the newsagent. Inside that newsagent there stood the magazine. It was in a nice cover, boasting a cardboard Gamecube, and for all that have read my first opinion on here, I want a Gamecube. So I just couldn’t resist. Handed over my £2.99 to the nice person at the counter, and walked home merrily in prospect of reading some good material. Come home, rip open the packet, stare at the cardboard Gamecube for about an hour, and then I look at the magazine. Here’s where we cut back to the review. The very first page, it’s the magazine’s 6 promises. But for purposes of stating how rubbish this magazine is, they’ll be saved until the end. But alongside these images is a picture of the team of writers and editors and people who bring cups of coffee. And they’re all gawking at you, like idiots. This can’t be good; they’re looking like idiots, could they actually be idiots though? Certainly not, no one in the media industry is an idiot… But lets turn over the page again. So we have finally managed to get to the content. Everything looks normal, nice Gamecube coverage, nice Gameboy coverage. All looks normal, and hey, Tony Hawk’s Pro Skater 3 is the first thing to read. I sure did love that game on the Playstation 2. But then it hits yo
                  u. The people really are idiots. Instead of telling the reader about the actual game, they just show lots of meaningless screen shots, and focus more on the levels than the game play, who cares about the levels when you assume they haven’t even played the game? And that most of the levels look similar to each other. But that isn’t all, turn the next page, you have screen shots of Darth Maul on a skateboard, who really wants to see that? And it’s telling the reader how to grind on a game that isn’t out for another two months. Is there any logic in this? But then, the writer has the audacity to say, and I quote “Tony Hawk’s Pro Skater 3 is as close to gaming perfection as you’ll get” WHERE DO YOU ELABORATE ON THIS? Ok, I’m calm. So far though, in the first 10 pages of the magazine, I am extremely disappointed. So next on the line up of games. ISS2. Now they must give this great football game some decent coverage. And they do. In fact, they some how manage to fit in 41 pictures into the report, covering a huge 7 pages. I’m infuriated; this is supposed to be a respected medium, yet it’s filled up with more pictures than a wedding issue of OK magazine. But at least, we reach the reviews, this is where the real writing comes into play, maybe the magazine can save itself. And look! It’s a review of Super Mario Advance 2, a great game to come out for the Gameboy Advance. No no no… This can’t be right. It’s all pictures again. And what? They don’t even think it’s important enough to actually talk about the game play? I’m trying to restrain myself here, but how can you neglect such information in such a big review? And it just carries on like this. For twenty nine pages. Could it get any worse? Fortunately no! There’s a great section that has been running throughout the life of the magazine in the collection of games reviews. It only includes N
                  intendo 64 games though, but its still great. Really brings an old gamer a tear in his eye, looking at all these great games. Then we move onto the tips section. And just like the rest of the magazine, screen shots are told for tips, and because of that are uninformative and rather short in length. And following this is the question and answers section. If you look at the Q&A sections of other magazines though, you’ll find extensive informative answers, which last at least 100 words each, what do Nintendo Official Magazine writers give? I’ll just go count… 30 words. Then to save time and effort they have a yes and no section for short questions. Now this makes sense, after all the reviews, the games, the tips, they have the news. What kind of person sticks the news last? It would be like looking at the cover of the times and finding a 2 page peanuts cartoon. Then turning onto page 59 to find out that the global economy has plummeted into global recession. Fortunately though, that is the end of the magazine, and my tortured session is over. But at the beginning I said that they have 6 promises on the front of their cover. So here are those 6 promises: “You’ll read about new Gamecube or GB Advance games and products here first” Gameboy advance games, maybe, but unfortunately for them, I have seen all this Gamecube information in other magazines about a month ago. Looks like you’ve failed that one. “We have the most screenshots from new games” They actually keep this promise, yay for them. Want to know how many they have though? 773 screen shots of games. Not total pictures, just the screen shots alone. It’s only 114 pages long. That’s almost 7 photos per page. That has to beat OK magazine, surely. “Our mag’s easy to understand and easy to use” That’s very true, since it’s all pictures, there’s no wa
                  y the reader is going to get confused. Just sit and stare. It’s like junior school all over again. “All our tips, moves and cheats work and help you get more from your games” Of course they work, does that mean they’re helpful though? I doubt it. I don’t see how anyone could fail though explaining to someone how to get further 20 seconds into a game. “You can trust what our writers say” Yes, assuming they say anything. “It isn’t worth buying any other magazines” Unless you actually want to find out about the games. So you definitely haven’t fulfilled this promise. But that’s the end of my opinion, now to get to the structured part, the review. Content: In case you haven’t guessed already, the content is thin. Very thin. Nintendo often complain that their machines are portrayed as a child’s toy. Well with magazines like this bearing the Nintendo name, I’m not surprised Nintendo get mauled so much by these allegations. This is very poor journalism, and I don’t know how much the writers are being paid, but if it’s anything above £25K per year, they have the easiest job in the world. But what this magazine does do to the reader is make them feel like a complete idiot by following this childish magazine to the very end. Presentation: This is where the magazine starts to shine. Due to the simplicity of the layout, this is very easy to follow, the text is nice and big, the pictures, all 773 of them, are very nicely laid out, and the reader never feels lost. The pages are nice and colourful, the pictures and text are clear and of a good quality. Everything is easy to see, even in the dark you can make out where the text and pictures are. The paper quality is very good, and it does look and feel like a quality magazine. Value for money: For £2.99, what could y
                  ou get? A couple of packets of haribo, a train ticket to central London, three pints, a McDonalds meal, or an even better magazine. For all the extras the magazine gives, this magazine is simply not worth the money. It is by far the worst piece of journalism I have ever seen, and you can only look at pictures for so long, it’s just not fun. There are much better magazines out that easily beat this. And it would be much better spending your hard earned (Or haggled from your parents) money on one of those. So there you go, it might not be the most balanced opinion in the world, but unfortunately there just weren’t enough good points about this magazine that I could say to make it balanced. The only thing I hate though, the moment the Gamecube comes out this magazine will start producing demo discs, and then I will start buying it again, so it looks like it’s just going to turn into another poor magazine that people only buy for the demo disc. It’s a shame that a quality brand like Nintendo has to be associated with this drivel. It is therefore my pleasure to give this piece of rubbish 1 star.

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                    01.01.2002 00:15
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                    I have been reading this magazine since August 2001 and have not yet been disappointed. It is by far the best Nintendo magazine as it is easy to read and has all the information I need on the forthcoming ‘GameCube’ and ‘Game Boy Advance.’ There are a number of regular features such as ‘The Main Review,’ ‘Game Guides’ and every issue there is a free Game Boy official magazine. However, my favourite is ‘Club Mario.’ This is simply the letters page. I particularly enjoy this part of the magazine as I can find discover rumours and other people’s opinions. The freebie that comes with the magazine is a welcome bonus. There is a wide range of free items that come with the magazine, it is not like there are just stickers or posters in each issue as which is the case in some magazines. I cannot actually comment on improvements, as personally I can find no aspects that need improving. I give this magazine therefore huge thumbs up.

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                      • "Obviously aimed at kids"

                      I'll open this opinion with a quote from the magazine "Is there any point in making Game Boy Color games now the Game Boy Active is released? What do you think of the current price of Game Boy Active games?" From a magazine officially endorsed by Nintendo, to not even be able to get the name of the handheld correct is totally inexcusable! That was from a boxout on the letters page of the September 2001 issue - a letters page mainly obsessed with namecalling at the Playstation and Dreamcast. To be honest, I know that Nintendo seem to see their main consumerbase as little kids, but sadly the magazine gives the feel of something written by kids. I only purchased the magazine in the first place as I had recently purchased my Gameboy Advance (which I am very pleased with), and was curious to see what the quality of the Official Nintendo magazine was. A bonus was that there was a free soft case for the gameboy, but this also meant that the magazine was in a polythene bag, so couldn't be browsed in the shop (a habit which I know annoys shopkeepers, but I rarely buy anything simply because it has a pretty picture on the front) Luckily for Nintendo, the magazine bears a "Nintendo Licensed Product" badge rather than their usual "Nintendo Seal of Quality", so they can't be caught on Trade descriptions :o)

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                        This magazine is the offical Nintendo 64 mag. IT uses it's tag as the official magazine and because of that they think they can take the mic out of everything but the console. NO question that the N64 is a great machine but they think it is gods gift! They constantly put down things in there opinion and there news isn't that good anyway. As everything is official it doesn't really rate much else than the top titles and doesn't think the reader should know anything about games that arent up to THEIR standards. Sure the pics are wicked and anyone will lap em up but I stopped reading this mag after two issues because if me, a Loyal ninty fan got sick of it straight away. An average magazine with not much to offer other than an official badge. I give it 60%. cheers T_W (:)

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                        NOM is my favorite magasine! Why do people bother saying they are biased towards Nintendo! Of course they are biased towards Nintendo! They are called the Nintendo Official Magasine! Why should they be nice to Sony or Microsoft? I trust NOM. All the games i own are games they recomended. I am very pleased with all my games. They are, in my opinion the best mag for Nintendo fans. I am a devoted Nintendo fan and have many issues of Nom. They always do good reviews and have loads of stuff to read as well as things that come with the mag! I always enjoy reading readers letters and looking at new tips for games. They have put in less about the N64 due to the Gamecube whic annoys me slightly. Otherwise i think you should at least give them a try. My opinion may change in the futre but for now i pefer Nom.

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                        • "not enough pokémon stuff."

                        an excellent magazine. - Advantages: pokemon, mario, zelda - Disadvantages: gameboy magazine, too much gameboy advance and gamecube news, not enough pokémon stuff.

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                        Nintendo Official Magazine I think is the best N64 magazine that is being published for a lot of reasons. For start Nintendo publishes it, so it has first any news about new products such as consoles and new game titles. In NOM you can find the latest news along with a lot of pictures, tips & cheats for the games, ratings for all the games that have being published so far, special part for Pokemon and something that other magazines don’t have; a separate magazine inside for the Gameboy Colour and a booklet for different topic every time. Also it has very cool editors that beside plain informing you they add some fun to their writing. In my opinion is the best so I buy it regurarly…

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