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Nintendo Power

Pokémon-related content in Nintendo Power

Cover Volume Date Content Notes
104 January 1998 Nintendo Space World '97 Report A look at the Japanese Nintendo expo which features the announcement of "Pocket Monsters" arrival in North America in 1998. Also featured were the Japanese announcements of the Gold and Silver and early looks at Pokémon Stadium, Pokémon Snap and Hey You, Pikachu! for the Nintendo 64DD.
105 February 1998 Giant Game Boy is the Little System That Could News article about the resurgence of the Game Boy's popularity, mentioning the arrival of Pocket Monsters—now rechristened "Pokémon"—in North America.
108 May 1998 special feature An introduction to the Pokémon franchise covering the games, TCG, anime and the Japanese obsession with Pokémon in general.
109 June 1998 E3 1998 report Covers Pokémon Red and Blue Versions, Pokémon Pikachu and Game Boy Color.
111 August 1998 Nintendo Power Online Update Covers official Nintendo websites, including Poké Also included the first Pokémon Power mini-magazine.
112 September 1998 Mini-magazine Included the second Pokémon Power mini-magazine.
113 October 1998 review Pokémon Red and Blue receive an overall rating of 7.2 out of 10. Also included the third Pokémon Power mini-magazine.
114 November 1998 Mini-magazine Included the fourth Pokémon Power mini-magazine.
115 August 1998 Mini-magazine Included the fifth Pokémon Power mini-magazine.
116 January 1999 Mini-magazine Included the sixth and final Pokémon Power mini-magazine.
117 February 1999 Classified Information; Pokémon Game Link Special Safari Zone glitch
118 March 1999 subscription bonus; 1998 Nintendo Power Award Nominations; Pokémon Snap and Pokémon Pinball news; TCG feature
  • With a subscription, readers could choose a Pokémon Player's Guide as a free gift
  • Pokémon Red and Blue are nominated for Best Story, Most Innovative, Best Adventure Game, and Best Game Boy Game
  • Pokémon Pikachu is nominated for Best Accessory/Development and is also included in the grand prize for the Player's Poll Contest
  • The TCG feature came with a Charmeleon card.
119 April 1999 subscription bonus; Super Smash Bros. article and Player's Poll Contest; PokéCenter section debuts
  • Subscribers can now also choose a TCG Two Player Starter Set
  • PokéCenter, a monthly feature, is introduced. The first edition focuses on the touring schedule, PokéChat FAQ, All Nippon Airways planes and reader art.
120 May 1999 Pokémon Snap article; E3 1999 guide; 1998 Nintendo Power Awards; PokéCenter
NP121.jpg 121 June 1999 Pokémon Snap cover story; Player's Poll Contest; PokéCenter; review
  • Player's Poll Contest prizes included a trip to Disney's Animal Kingdom, Pokémon Snap game and Pikachu camera
  • PokéCenter covers Pokémon Yellow and Hasbro bean bag Pokémon
  • Pokémon Snap receives an overall rating of 8.7 out of 10.
122 July 1999 subscription bonus; Classified Information; Pokémon Pinball strategy; Player's Poll Contest; Counselors' Corner; PokéCenter; review
  • Subscribers can now choose a Pokémon Snap Player's Guide or Pokémon T-shirt, plus a Pikachu card
  • Super Smash Bros. Smashing Bonuses and "Stealing Lives" trick
  • Player's Poll Contest prizes include copies of Pokémon Snap, Pokémon Stadium, Super Smash Bros., Pokémon Pinball and Pokémon Yellow, among other games.
  • Counselors' Corner answers Super Smash Bros. questions
  • PokéCenter features interview with Creatures, Inc.'s Tsunekazu Ishihara and Pokémon Snap Scrapbook
  • Pokémon Pinball receives overall rating of 7.4 out of 10.
123 August 1999 Counselors' Corner; PokéCenter
124 September 1999 Counselors' Corner; PokéCenter; Arena; Player's Poll Contest
  • Counselors' Corner answers Super Smash Bros. questions
  • PokéCenter covers Pokémon League Summer Training Tour '99, a fan-made Pikachu Beetle Matchbox (toy), Jungle expansion set and Pokémon 2.B.A. Master CD
  • Subscribers received an E3 Pikachu card
  • Arena presents challenges in Pokémon Snap and Pokémon Pinball and two Pokémon-related quizzes
  • Player's Poll Contest prizes include a trip to Los Angeles for a special screening of Pokémon: The First Movie, screening passes for runners up and a copy of Pokémon Yellow.
NP125.jpg 125 October 1999 Pokémon Yellow cover story; PokéCenter; Arena
  • PokéCenter covers Pokémon Snap high scores, Pokémon at the White House and counterfeit products
  • Cover story includes a Surfing Pikachu giveaway
  • Arena offers Pokémon Snap challenge
  • Pokémon Yellow receives an overall rating of 8.0 out of 10.
  • Pokémon Gold and Silver are among the highlights of Nintendo Spaceworld '99.
NP126.jpg 126 November 1999 Pokécenter; Arena
  • Pokécenter covers Pokémon Snap "Take Your Best Shot" contest, Spaceworld, Mew giveaways and Pokémon: The First Movie
  • Arena features Pokémon challenges and rebus puzzle
NP127.jpg 127 December 1999 Pokécenter; Arena; Pak Peeks
128 January 2000 Millennium predictions/1999 in review; Pokécenter; Player's Poll Contest; Arena
  • Pokécenter covers Pokémon Trading Card Game, The Learning Company products and the release of Pokémon Gold and Silver in Japan
  • Player's Poll Contest prizes include TCG merchandise and Pokémon Trading Card Game for Game Boy Color
  • Arena features Pokémon scoreboard and quizzes
129 February 2000 Pokémon Stadium preview, Pokécenter, Arena
  • Pokécenter covers advanced Pokémon training, Toy Biz Pokémon marbles and reveals some Generation II Pokémon
  • Arena features Pokémon scoreboard and quizzes
NP130.jpg 130 March 2000 Pokémon Stadium cover story; subscription bonus; Pokécenter; 1999 Nintendo Power Awards Nominations, Arena; review
  • Subscribers could now choose a Pokémon Stadium or Pokémon Trading Card Game Game Boy Player's Guide or a Pokémon TV Animation Comic
  • Pokécenter covers Pokémon Stadium Tour, Pokémon Stadium Nintendo 64 bundle set and the departure of Brock from the anime
  • Pokémon Pinball is nominated for Best Game Boy Game
  • Pokémon Snap is nominated for Best Graphics, Most Innovative, Best Sound, Toughest Level/Task (Photographing Mew) and Best N64 Game
  • Pokémon Yellow is nominated for Best Role-Playing/Strategy Game and Best Game Boy Game
  • Super Smash Bros. is nominated for Most Innovative, Best Action Game, Best Multiplayer Game; Coolest Weapon or Move (Kirby's Swallow Attack), Toughest Level/Task (Yoshi's Bonus Practice 1) and Best N64 Game
  • Arena features a Pokémon Stadium puzzle
  • Pokémon Stadium receives an overall rating of 8.8 out of 10
131 April 2000 Arena; Pokécenter; Goomba Gazette; Pokémon Trading Card Game strategy; review
  • Arena features Pokémon Stadium and Super Smash Bros. challenges and a Pokémon "Hidden Words" story game
  • Pokécenter covers the upcoming Pokémon games, including "Pokémon Attack" (Pokémon Puzzle League and Pokémon Puzzle Challenge), toys at Toy Fair 2000
  • April Fool's joke Goomba Gazette includes a small blurb revealing Lapras as the Loch Ness Monster
  • Pokémon Trading Card Game receives and overall rating of 8.2 out of 10
  • Issue included Pokémon Trading Card Game "flapper card"; Mewtwo TCG card and Pokémon Stadium sticker cards
132 May 2000 subscription bonus; E3 2000 coverage; Pokécenter; 1999 Nintendo Power Awards; Arena
  • Subscribers could now choose a Pokémon Stadium T-shirt
  • E3 guide covers Pokémon Gold and Silver, Pokémon the Movie 2000 and Pokémon Pikachu 2 GS
  • Pokécenter covers status conditions and the Team Rocket expansion
  • Pokémon Yellow wins Best Game Based on a Movie/TV Series, Best Role-Playing/Strategy Game and Best Game Boy Game Awards
  • Super Smash Bros. wins Most Innovative, Best Game Featuring Pokémon, Guiltiest Pleasure (Pummeling Pikachu), Best Action Game, Best Multiplayer Game and Coolest Weapon or Move Awards
  • Arena features Super Smash Bros. a challenge and a Pokémon/E3 quiz
133 June 2000 Power Online; Pokécenter; E3 2000 coverage; Arena
  • Power Online covers official Nintendo websites
  • Pokécenter covers Pokémon the Movie 2000 and Pokémon Trading Card Game Tour
  • E3 guide covers Pokémon Gold and Silver and provides English names, Johto Pokédex and National Pokédex numbers for some Generation II species
  • Arena features a Super Smash Bros. Challenge and a Pokémon game
134 July 2000 Pokécenter; Player's Poll Contest; Arena
135 August 2000 Pokécenter; Arena; Pak Watch
  • Pokécenter features official Pokémon Gold and Silver news and Pokémon the Movie 2000 preview special
  • Arena features a Super Smash Bros. challenge and a Pokémon counting game
  • Pak Watch previews the newly renamed Pokémon Puzzle League and Pikachu Nintendo 64
  • Subscribers received a Dark Persian TCG card