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Power Blade – Nintendo Power Volume 23 (Apr 1991)

Those pesky sentient mega computers are always trying to take over the world! In this episode of Power Time, we dive into the April 1991 issue of Nintendo Power featuring Power Blade, a underrated gem from the NES catalog. Learn more about the localization of Power Blade from its Japanese counterpart Power Blazer! Enjoy the music and memories from this classic pre-SNES era in Nintendo gaming.

Nintendo Power Issue 23 Power Blade

A few games mentioned…

  • Power Blade
  • Totally Rad
  • Sword Master
  • S.C.A.T.
  • Monopoly
  • Double Dragon III
  • The Simpsons: Bart Vs. The Space Mutants
  • Robocop 2
  • Base Wars
  • The Uninvited
  • Metal Mech
  • Zombie Nation
  • The Sword of Hope
  • Ultima: The Runes of Virtue
  • R-Type
  • Mickey’s Dangerous Chase
  • WWF Superstars
  • Pac-Man
  • Caesar’s Palace
  • Mega Man (Gameboy)
  • Vice: Project Doom
  • Battletoads
  • The Lone Ranger
  • Mike Tyson’s Power Punch
  • Treasure Master
  • Mega Man IV
  • Star Tropics

Top 10 Games (as ranked in the NES 30)…

  1. Super Mario Bros. 3
  2. Mega Man III
  3. TMNT II: The Arcade Game
  4. Final Fantasy
  5. Dr. Mario
  6. Dragon Warrior II
  7. Crystalis
  8. The Legend of Zelda
  9. Tetris
  10. NES Play Action Football

Top 10 Gameboy Games…

  1. Super Mario Land
  2. Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles
  3. Final Fantasy Legend
  4. Tetris
  5. Batman
  6. Paper Boy
  7. Gargoyle’s Quest
  8. Castlevania
  9. Dr. Mario
  10. Double Dragon

Songs featured in this episode…

The intro/outro music in this episode is by Azure Flux, and used with permission. 🙂

Blades of Power – DJ Cutman (Bandcamp)
Sector 7 (Power Blade) – RetroShred (Bandcamp)
Sector 6 Remix (Power Blade) – Hyde209 (Bandcamp)

Articles/Links referenced in this episode…

Power Blade on Wikipedia (Link)
Power Blade review on HardcoreGaming101.net (Link)
Power Blade review by Tony Ponce on Destructoid (Link)
RetroGameGeeks interview with Mike Winterbauer (Link)
Tony Ponce on Twitter (Link)
Power Time DLC – Q & A with Tony Ponce (Link)
Good Nintentions (Link)
NES/Famicom Visual Compendium (Link)
Unseen64 – Power Blazer vs. Power Blade (Link)

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In our next adventure…

Vice: Project Doom, Battletoads’ comic debut, and more!

Read this Nintendo Power issue…

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