- If you were looking for the cartridge, see Nintendo Power (cartridge).
- NP redirects here. For the wiki that the prefix "NP" redirects to, see Nookipedia.
Nintendo Power was the official magazine of Nintendo games and platforms in the United States. It was published by Nintendo of America from 1988 until 2007. Between the end of 2007 and the end of 2012, the magazine was published by Future US, a San Francisco-based company which also publishes the official magazines of Nintendo's rival brands, Microsoft and Sony.
Many features and promotions associated with Pokémon ran through the magazine during the franchise's history including previews and reviews, strategies, covers, comics, contests, mini-magazines, trading cards, posters, and promotional VHS cassettes.
Nintendo Power ceased publication at the end of 2012.
- Main article: Nintendo Power/Generation I
Between the January 1998 and August 2000 volumes, Nintendo Power covered Pokémon's success in Japan leading up to the eventual North American releases of Pokémon Red and Blue and other Generation I games on the Game Boy and Nintendo 64. When Pokémon was first released for the Game Boy, Nintendo Power included 6 mini-issues titled "Pokémon Power" which featured tips and strategies for Pokémon Red and Blue.
- Main article: Nintendo Power/Generation II
Between September 2000 and January 2003, the magazine covered the Generation II games starting with Pokémon Gold and Silver and continued coverage of other Pokémon games on the Nintendo 64, Game Boy Color, and Nintendo GameCube.
- Main article: Nintendo Power/Generation III
From February 2003 until February 2007, the magazine covered the Generation III games, beginning with Pokémon Ruby and Sapphire on the Game Boy Advance and including other games on the GameCube and Nintendo DS.
- Main article: Nintendo Power/Generation IV
From March 2007 until January 2011, the magazine covered the Generation IV games, beginning with Pokémon Diamond and Pearl and including other games on the Nintendo DS and Wii (including Pokémon games on WiiWare and the Virtual Console).
From February 2011 until May 2012, the magazine covered the Generation V games on the Nintendo DS, beginning with Pokémon Black and White.
|Cover||Volume - Date||Content||Article (if available)||Notes|
|264 - February 2011||Back in Black (And White); Nintendo DS Essentials||
|265 - March 2011||Breeding the Fifth; First Catch; Readers' Choice; Reviews: Monochrome Masterpieces||
|269 - July 2011||eShop 'Til You Drop; Power Profiles|
|270 - August 2011||Warp Zone; Download; Freebies||
|271 - September 2011||Power Up; Download; The Nintendo 64 Age of Innovation; Community||
|272 - October 2011||PGL Halloween Hijinks; Wii Millionaire's Club; Download; Ready to Rumble||
|273 - November 2011||Battle and Boogie; Warp Zone; Download; Think Outside the Cube; review: Rumble Pack; Community||
|274 - December 2011||Deck the Halls; Warp Zone; Download; Nintendo Power Holiday 2011 Buyers' Guide||
|275 - January/February 2012||Wonders Never Cease; 2011 Nintendo Power Awards Nominees||
|276 - March 2012||2011 Nintendo Power Awards; review||
|277 - April 2012||Back in Black (and White); Community|
|278 - May 2012||The Warrior Within||
|#||Pokemon/Character||# of appearances|
Official Nintendo Player's Guides
Nintendo Power also published several strategy guides, branded as the "Official Nintendo Player's Guide". In 2007, Nintendo Power magazine announced that they were no longer publishing strategy guides, instead referring to Prima Games as a licensed alternative.
List of Player's Guides published by Nintendo Power
- Pokémon: Official Nintendo Player's Guide
- Pokémon: Special Edition for Yellow, Red and Blue: Official Nintendo Player's Guide
- Pokémon Gold and Silver: Official Nintendo Player's Guide
- Pokémon Gold and Silver: Complete Pokédex
- Pokémon Crystal: Official Nintendo Player's Guide
- Pokémon Ruby and Sapphire: Official Nintendo Player's Guide
- Pokémon FireRed and LeafGreen: Official Nintendo Player's Guide
- Pokémon Emerald: Official Nintendo Player's Guide
- Pokémon Diamond and Pearl: Official Nintendo Player's Guide
- Pokémon Diamond and Pearl: The Ultimate National Pokédex
- Pokémon Stadium: Official Nintendo Player's Guide
- Pokémon Stadium 2: Official Nintendo Player's Guide
- Pokémon Colosseum: Official Nintendo Player's Guide
- Pokémon XD: Gale of Darkness: Official Nintendo Player's Guide
- Pokémon Battle Revolution: Official Nintendo Player's Guide