Nintendo Gamer - Issue 2
Magazine: Nintendo Gamer
Published By: Next Publishing
Released: September 2001
Price: AUS $6.90 (NZ $8.90)
- Tony Hawks Pro Skater 2 (GBA)
- Zelda Oracle of Ages/Seasons(GBC)
This is the second issue of "Nintendo Gamer Magazine" released in Australia. At this point the Gamecube was not yet released locally, so the magazine had to rely on the Gameboy Color and Gameboy Advance to provide reviews. There was still some notable previews for the Gamecube such as cult classic "Eternal Darkness" and the hit "Smash Bros. Melee".
Tony Hawk Pro Skater 2 received a stellar review with a score of 96. Some may think this is generous, however it is worth noting that this game was by far the best portable version of a very successful franchise and still holds up today. (This game will be covered in the Games section of ThatNostalgia in the future.)
Another review worth mentioning is "The Legend of Zelda: Oracle of Ages/Seasons". This was a Gameboy Color game released towards the end of its consoles life. The review score of 99 is well deserved as this game proved to be a classic. However since it was released late in the GBC's life, it did not gather as much attention as it deserved. This review sits towards the back of this issue and although it was an almost perfect score, it still only took up one page. Nonetheless, it was clearly appreciated by Stephen Farrelly as he stated "These two game are the best games you'll find on the Gameboy Colour."
Another fantastic article hidden towards the end of this issue covers the topic "Pokemon: Is there a future?" written by Kelly Starr. She discusses the state of Pokemon four years into its life in Western Culture and asks if it will last. She makes some solid observations that show Pokemon at the time had no signs of stopping. 13 years since this article was published, Pokemon is still rolling on and making Nintendo a buttload of cash!
There's a blurb that asks "Will we see Pokemon on the GBA? It seems likely". It turns out that Kelly was correct, we did end up seeing Pokemon on the GBA, nine times to be exact.
Kelly ends the article with; "Will Pokemon grow to become like Star Wars, still appealing to fans generations after its initial release? Only time will tell, but if the past few years are anything to go by, we will be seeing much more of Pikachu and his Pokepals in the future." Go and speak with a few 13 year old's and your bound to find some who are Pokemon fans, just remember, these are kids who weren't even alive when Pokemon Red/Blue was released. Good call Kelly.