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Game Players Nintendo Guides - 1988-89 issues

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I've been trying to collect this magazine, and it's pretty frustrating with the separate "Buyers Guide" and "Strategy Guide" issues, as well as the confusing numbering system. Even the list of issues here on Retromags doesn't really help. I'd like to know exactly which issues are needed. Everything from 1990 onward seems pretty straightforward, since they did away with the Buyers Guides.

1-1 1988 - yellow issue
1-1 1988 - flying guy
1-2 1988 - knight/dragon
1-3 1988 - Friday the 13th
2-3 June/July 1989 - B.Commando
2-4 August/September 1989 - sports
2-5 October/November 1989 - stone statue
2-6 December/January 1989 - double dragon 2

There are two issues with the volume 1-1. The first is the "yellow issue," which seems to have come first. It's listed here on Retromags as both Winter 1988 and March 1989 (almost certainly wrong).

The second 1-1 is the "flying guy" issue, which has a later "display until" date on the cover. It's followed by 1-2 and 1-3, which have been uploaded as issues 2 & 3 here on Retromags. That doesn't seem correct - someone was probably confused by the two 1-1s.

Here's a list of the display dates for some of the early mags:

1-1 - January 17, 1989

1-1 - March 14, 1989

1-2 - May 16, 1989

1-3 - March 14, 1989

2-3 - August 15, 1989

I don't know why the 1-2 date is later than 1-3. It does seem like there are variants of each mag, with and without those dates (maybe subscriber vs newstand copies?). The issue of 1-2 uploaded here doesn't have the date, but mine does.

Anyway, the main question I want to know is how many issues exist in between 1-3 and 2-3? Retromags has 1-3 as issue 3, and 2-5 as issue 11. That would suggest 5 issues between 1-3 and 2-3, although there's only a few months in-between those dates listed above. That also doesn't take into account the two 1-1s listed above, so maybe only 4. Also, Retromags is missing a listing for the Winter 1992 issue, so that's another strike against that list.

Clearly, at least 2-1 and 2-2 are out there, right? Any other 1-x issues as well? I'd really appreciate it if someone who has a full set could chime in.

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2-1 and 2-2 might not be out there.

Whenever I need to find out issue numbering for magazines, I refer to a spreadsheet that I found that was created by Kevin Gifford to keep track of his collection. You have probably seen his name in magazines over the years, as well as his site magweasel before it went away. He is pretty thorough with keeping track of things.

In his spreadsheet for these Game Players guides, the first 1-1 he has is the Buyer's Guide with the yellow cover, the kids, and the game Karnov, which is the character that is holding up the one kids picture. I labeled this as Winter 1988 because of the display until date. I also deleted the second uploaded cover that was labeled as march 1989.

1-2 is the Strategy Guide with the knight on the dragon. Then there is another 1-1 for the Buyer's Guide with the kid flying on the glider with a knight. He then has the Strategy Guide with Jason on the cover as 1-3. He then has a fifth issue listed with no info apart from marking it as Winter 1988. This is the only issue in the first 28 that he does not have (if it exists).

After that, the numbering starts at 2-3 on his list, which means that they either skipped 2-1 ans 2-2, retroactively changed the numbering, lumped the buyer's and strategy guide numbering together, or just didn't keep track of what they were doing. The last one makes sense because of the display until date thing you mentioned. But that second 1-1 issue could have a later display until date that 1-2 and 1-3 because it's a Buyer's Guide and 1-2 and 1-3 are strategy guides.

Also keep in mind that this is a magazine that didn't publish their regular magazine between October 1991 and June 1993, but they kept counting those months as issues printed. So when that June 1993 issue hit the stands, it had an issue number that included the year and a half there was no magazine. May 1993 is when they stopped with their Strategy Guides and Encyclopedias, so they counted those issues as part of the issue count when Game Players Nintendo~Sega arrived in June 1993.

As far as I can tell, 2-1 and 2-2 do not exist. And the Download section should have two entries for Game Players Nintendo Guide Issue 1: one for the yellow Karnov cover and one for the one with the boy on the glider with the knight.

EDIT: Doing more research, I found magweasel's site through archive.org, and he has a buyers guide listed as volume 1 issue 1A coming out in June 1988, and volume 1 issue 1B coming out in August. I guess each were meant to be on the shelf for 6 months. I have had 1A scanned for three years. I am uploading it the the site's FTP, so hopefully it will be on here soon. I also added an entry to the Download section for issue 1B, which is the kid on the glider issue.

https://web.archive.org/web/20080724214556/http://magweasel.com/wiki/Game_Players_Nintendo_Guide

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Thanks for the info. So it looks like the 8 issues I mentioned make up the complete pre-1990 list of GamePro">GP Nintendo Guides. I definitely haven't seen any others, and I've been watching eBay auctions on a regular basis for the last year.

Here's what I believe is the full list of issues, along with what's on the cover of each:

1	1-1	               	1988	yellow issue
2	1-1	               	1988	flying guy
3	1-2	               	1988	knight/dragon
4	1-3                   		Friday the 13th
5	2-3	Jun/Jul     	1989	bionic commando
6	2-4	Aug/Sep  	1989	sports
7	2-5	Oct/Nov   	1989	stone statue
8	2-6	Dec/Jan    	1989	double dragon 2
9	3-1	Feb/Mar   	1990	godzilla
10	3-2	Apr/May   	1990	maniac mansion
11	3-3	Jun/Jul     	1990	rad racer 2
12	3-4	Aug/Sep  	1990	rescue rangers
13	3-5	October    	1990	castlevania 3
14	3-6	November 	1990	smb 3
15	3-7	December 	1990	bttf 2-3
16	4-1	January    	1991	dragon warrior 2
17	4-2	February   	1991	bart vs space mutants
18	4-3	March      	1991	ultima 4
19	4-4	April         	1991	gauntlet 2
20	4-5	May          	1991	tmnt
21	4-6	June         	1991	sports
22	4-7	July          	1991	black belt bonanza
23	4-8	August     	1991	dragon warrior 3
24	4-9	September	1991	ninja gaiden 3
25	4-10	October   	1991	bill & ted
26	4-11	November	1991	home alone
27	4-12	December	1991	super mario world
28	4-13	Winter      	1991	castlevania 4
29	5-1	January   	1992	mega man 4
30	5-2	February  	1992	bart vs world
31	5-3	March      	1992	contra 3
32	5-4	April         	1992	zelda 3
33	5-5	May          	1992	street fighter 2
34	5-6	June         	1992	tmnt 4
35	5-7	July          	1992	super battletank
36	5-8	August     	1992	robocop 3
37	5-9	September	1992	young indiana jones
38	5-10	October   	1992	bart's nightmare
39	5-11	November	1992	toon time
40	5-12	December	1992	wing commander
41	5-13	Winter      	1992	home alone 2
42	6-1	January   	1993	magical quest
43	6-2	February  	1993	battlemaniacs
44	6-3	March      	1993	mega man mania
45	6-4	April         	1993	star fox
46	6-5	May          	1993	alien vs predator

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I was going to paste the Excel info from Kevin Gifford/magweasel' spreadsheet, but the editor here doesn't like making tables. If you save the below code in notepad ans save it with a .html extension, you can view it in a browser:

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    <td>Game Player's Nintendo Strategy Guide</td>
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    <td align="right">1</td>
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    <td align="right">1988</td>
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    <td align="right">5</td>
    <td></td>
    <td></td>
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  <tr>
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    <td></td>
    <td></td>
    <td></td>
    <td></td>
    <td></td>
    <td></td>
    <td></td>
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  <tr>
    <td>Game Player's Strategy Guide to Nintendo    Games</td>
    <td></td>
    <td align="right">1989</td>
    <td align="right">2</td>
    <td align="right">3</td>
    <td></td>
    <td></td>
    <td></td>
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  <tr>
    <td>Game Player's Strategy Guide to Nintendo    Games</td>
    <td></td>
    <td align="right">1989</td>
    <td align="right">2</td>
    <td align="right">4</td>
    <td></td>
    <td></td>
    <td></td>
  </tr>
  <tr>
    <td>Game Player's Strategy Guide to Nintendo    Games</td>
    <td></td>
    <td align="right">1989</td>
    <td align="right">2</td>
    <td align="right">5</td>
    <td></td>
    <td></td>
    <td></td>
  </tr>
  <tr>
    <td>Game Player's Strategy Guide to Nintendo    Games</td>
    <td></td>
    <td align="right">1989</td>
    <td align="right">2</td>
    <td align="right">6</td>
    <td></td>
    <td></td>
    <td></td>
  </tr>
  <tr>
    <td>Game Player's Strategy Guide to Nintendo    Games</td>
    <td>February / March</td>
    <td align="right">1990</td>
    <td align="right">3</td>
    <td align="right">1</td>
    <td align="right">10</td>
    <td></td>
    <td></td>
  </tr>
  <tr>
    <td>Game Player's Strategy Guide to Nintendo    Games</td>
    <td>April / May</td>
    <td align="right">1990</td>
    <td align="right">3</td>
    <td align="right">2</td>
    <td></td>
    <td></td>
    <td></td>
  </tr>
  <tr>
    <td>Game Player's Strategy Guide to Nintendo    Games</td>
    <td>June / July</td>
    <td align="right">1990</td>
    <td align="right">3</td>
    <td align="right">3</td>
    <td></td>
    <td></td>
    <td></td>
  </tr>
  <tr>
    <td>Game Player's Strategy Guide to Nintendo    Games</td>
    <td>August / September</td>
    <td align="right">1990</td>
    <td align="right">3</td>
    <td align="right">4</td>
    <td></td>
    <td></td>
    <td></td>
  </tr>
  <tr>
    <td>Game Player's Strategy Guide to Nintendo    Games</td>
    <td>October</td>
    <td align="right">1990</td>
    <td align="right">3</td>
    <td align="right">5</td>
    <td></td>
    <td></td>
    <td></td>
  </tr>
  <tr>
    <td>Game Player's Strategy Guide to Nintendo    Games</td>
    <td>November</td>
    <td align="right">1990</td>
    <td align="right">3</td>
    <td align="right">6</td>
    <td></td>
    <td></td>
    <td></td>
  </tr>
  <tr>
    <td>Game Player's Strategy Guide to Nintendo    Games</td>
    <td>December</td>
    <td align="right">1990</td>
    <td align="right">3</td>
    <td align="right">7</td>
    <td></td>
    <td></td>
    <td></td>
  </tr>
  <tr>
    <td>Game Player's Strategy Guide to Nintendo    Games</td>
    <td>January</td>
    <td align="right">1991</td>
    <td align="right">4</td>
    <td align="right">1</td>
    <td></td>
    <td></td>
    <td></td>
  </tr>
  <tr>
    <td>Game Player's Strategy Guide to Nintendo    Games</td>
    <td>February </td>
    <td align="right">1991</td>
    <td align="right">4</td>
    <td align="right">2</td>
    <td></td>
    <td></td>
    <td></td>
  </tr>
  <tr>
    <td>Game Player's Strategy Guide to Nintendo    Games</td>
    <td>March</td>
    <td align="right">1991</td>
    <td align="right">4</td>
    <td align="right">3</td>
    <td></td>
    <td></td>
    <td></td>
  </tr>
  <tr>
    <td>Game Player's Strategy Guide to Nintendo    Games</td>
    <td>April  </td>
    <td align="right">1991</td>
    <td align="right">4</td>
    <td align="right">4</td>
    <td align="right">20</td>
    <td></td>
    <td></td>
  </tr>
  <tr>
    <td>Game Player's Strategy Guide to Nintendo    Games</td>
    <td>May</td>
    <td align="right">1991</td>
    <td align="right">4</td>
    <td align="right">5</td>
    <td></td>
    <td></td>
    <td></td>
  </tr>
  <tr>
    <td>Game Player's Strategy Guide to Nintendo    Games</td>
    <td>June  </td>
    <td align="right">1991</td>
    <td align="right">4</td>
    <td align="right">6</td>
    <td></td>
    <td></td>
    <td></td>
  </tr>
  <tr>
    <td>Game Player's Strategy Guide to Nintendo    Games</td>
    <td>July</td>
    <td align="right">1991</td>
    <td align="right">4</td>
    <td align="right">7</td>
    <td></td>
    <td></td>
    <td></td>
  </tr>
  <tr>
    <td>Game Player's Strategy Guide to Nintendo    Games</td>
    <td>August  </td>
    <td align="right">1991</td>
    <td align="right">4</td>
    <td align="right">8</td>
    <td></td>
    <td></td>
    <td></td>
  </tr>
  <tr>
    <td>Game Player's Strategy Guide to Nintendo    Games</td>
    <td>September</td>
    <td align="right">1991</td>
    <td align="right">4</td>
    <td align="right">9</td>
    <td></td>
    <td></td>
    <td></td>
  </tr>
  <tr>
    <td>Game Player's Strategy Guide to Nintendo    Games</td>
    <td>October</td>
    <td align="right">1991</td>
    <td align="right">4</td>
    <td align="right">10</td>
    <td></td>
    <td></td>
    <td></td>
  </tr>
  <tr>
    <td>Game Player's Strategy Guide to Nintendo    Games</td>
    <td>November</td>
    <td align="right">1991</td>
    <td align="right">4</td>
    <td align="right">11</td>
    <td></td>
    <td></td>
    <td></td>
  </tr>
  <tr>
    <td>Game Players Nintendo Guide</td>
    <td>December</td>
    <td align="right">1991</td>
    <td align="right">4</td>
    <td align="right">12</td>
    <td></td>
    <td></td>
    <td>Redesign</td>
  </tr>
  <tr>
    <td>Game Players Nintendo Guide</td>
    <td>Winter Special</td>
    <td align="right">1991</td>
    <td align="right">4</td>
    <td align="right">13</td>
    <td></td>
    <td></td>
    <td></td>
  </tr>
  <tr>
    <td>Game Players Nintendo Guide</td>
    <td>January</td>
    <td align="right">1992</td>
    <td align="right">5</td>
    <td align="right">1</td>
    <td align="right">30</td>
    <td></td>
    <td>Bad shape, replace</td>
  </tr>
  <tr>
    <td>Game Players Nintendo Guide</td>
    <td>February </td>
    <td align="right">1992</td>
    <td align="right">5</td>
    <td align="right">2</td>
    <td></td>
    <td></td>
    <td></td>
  </tr>
  <tr>
    <td>Game Players Nintendo Guide</td>
    <td>March</td>
    <td align="right">1992</td>
    <td align="right">5</td>
    <td align="right">3</td>
    <td></td>
    <td></td>
    <td></td>
  </tr>
  <tr>
    <td>Game Players Nintendo Guide</td>
    <td>April  </td>
    <td align="right">1992</td>
    <td align="right">5</td>
    <td align="right">4</td>
    <td></td>
    <td></td>
    <td></td>
  </tr>
  <tr>
    <td>Game Players Nintendo Guide</td>
    <td>May</td>
    <td align="right">1992</td>
    <td align="right">5</td>
    <td align="right">5</td>
    <td></td>
    <td></td>
    <td>Bad shape, replace</td>
  </tr>
  <tr>
    <td>Game Players Nintendo Guide</td>
    <td>June  </td>
    <td align="right">1992</td>
    <td align="right">5</td>
    <td align="right">6</td>
    <td></td>
    <td></td>
    <td></td>
  </tr>
  <tr>
    <td>Game Players Nintendo Guide</td>
    <td>July</td>
    <td align="right">1992</td>
    <td align="right">5</td>
    <td align="right">7</td>
    <td></td>
    <td></td>
    <td></td>
  </tr>
  <tr>
    <td>Game Players Nintendo Guide</td>
    <td>August  </td>
    <td align="right">1992</td>
    <td align="right">5</td>
    <td align="right">8</td>
    <td></td>
    <td></td>
    <td></td>
  </tr>
  <tr>
    <td>Game Players Nintendo Guide</td>
    <td>September</td>
    <td align="right">1992</td>
    <td align="right">5</td>
    <td align="right">9</td>
    <td></td>
    <td></td>
    <td></td>
  </tr>
  <tr>
    <td>Game Players Nintendo Guide</td>
    <td>October</td>
    <td align="right">1992</td>
    <td align="right">5</td>
    <td align="right">10</td>
    <td></td>
    <td></td>
    <td></td>
  </tr>
  <tr>
    <td>Game Players Nintendo Guide</td>
    <td>November</td>
    <td align="right">1992</td>
    <td align="right">5</td>
    <td align="right">11</td>
    <td align="right">40</td>
    <td></td>
    <td>No cover, replace</td>
  </tr>
  <tr>
    <td>Game Players Nintendo Guide</td>
    <td>December</td>
    <td align="right">1992</td>
    <td align="right">5</td>
    <td align="right">12</td>
    <td></td>
    <td></td>
    <td></td>
  </tr>
  <tr>
    <td>Game Players Nintendo Guide</td>
    <td>January</td>
    <td align="right">1993</td>
    <td align="right">6</td>
    <td align="right">1</td>
    <td></td>
    <td></td>
    <td></td>
  </tr>
  <tr>
    <td>Game Players Nintendo Guide</td>
    <td>February </td>
    <td align="right">1993</td>
    <td align="right">6</td>
    <td align="right">2</td>
    <td align="right">43</td>
    <td></td>
    <td></td>
  </tr>
  <tr>
    <td>Game Players Nintendo Guide</td>
    <td>March</td>
    <td align="right">1993</td>
    <td align="right">6</td>
    <td align="right">3</td>
    <td align="right">44</td>
    <td></td>
    <td></td>
  </tr>
  <tr>
    <td>Game Players Nintendo Guide</td>
    <td>April  </td>
    <td align="right">1993</td>
    <td align="right">6</td>
    <td align="right">4</td>
    <td></td>
    <td></td>
    <td></td>
  </tr>
  <tr>
    <td>Game Players Nintendo Guide</td>
    <td>May</td>
    <td align="right">1993</td>
    <td align="right">6</td>
    <td align="right">5</td>
    <td></td>
    <td></td>
    <td>Last issue</td>
  </tr>
  <tr>
    <td></td>
    <td></td>
    <td></td>
    <td></td>
    <td></td>
    <td></td>
    <td></td>
    <td></td>
  </tr>
  <tr>
    <td></td>
    <td>SEGA GUIDE</td>
    <td></td>
    <td></td>
    <td></td>
    <td></td>
    <td></td>
    <td></td>
  </tr>
  <tr>
    <td>Game Player's Sega Genesis Strategy Guide</td>
    <td>Fall</td>
    <td align="right">1990</td>
    <td align="right">1</td>
    <td align="right">1</td>
    <td></td>
    <td></td>
    <td></td>
  </tr>
  <tr>
    <td>Game Player's Sega Genesis Strategy    Guide</td>
    <td>February/March</td>
    <td align="right">1991</td>
    <td align="right">2</td>
    <td align="right">1</td>
    <td></td>
    <td></td>
    <td></td>
  </tr>
  <tr>
    <td>Game Player's Sega Genesis Strategy    Guide</td>
    <td>April/May</td>
    <td align="right">1991</td>
    <td align="right">2</td>
    <td align="right">2</td>
    <td></td>
    <td></td>
    <td></td>
  </tr>
  <tr>
    <td>Game Player's Sega Genesis Strategy    Guide</td>
    <td>June/July</td>
    <td align="right">1991</td>
    <td align="right">2</td>
    <td align="right">3</td>
    <td></td>
    <td></td>
    <td></td>
  </tr>
  <tr>
    <td>Game Player's Sega Genesis Strategy    Guide</td>
    <td>August/September</td>
    <td align="right">1991</td>
    <td align="right">2</td>
    <td align="right">4</td>
    <td></td>
    <td></td>
    <td></td>
  </tr>
  <tr>
    <td>Game Player's Sega Genesis Strategy    Guide</td>
    <td>November/December</td>
    <td align="right">1991</td>
    <td align="right">2</td>
    <td align="right">5</td>
    <td></td>
    <td></td>
    <td></td>
  </tr>
  <tr>
    <td>Game Player's Sega Genesis Strategy    Guide</td>
    <td>December/January</td>
    <td align="right">1992</td>
    <td align="right">2</td>
    <td align="right">6</td>
    <td></td>
    <td></td>
    <td></td>
  </tr>
  <tr>
    <td>Game Player's Sega Genesis Strategy    Guide</td>
    <td>February/March</td>
    <td align="right">1992</td>
    <td align="right">3</td>
    <td align="right">1</td>
    <td></td>
    <td></td>
    <td></td>
  </tr>
  <tr>
    <td>Game Player's Sega Genesis Strategy    Guide</td>
    <td>April/May</td>
    <td align="right">1992</td>
    <td align="right">3</td>
    <td align="right">2</td>
    <td></td>
    <td></td>
    <td></td>
  </tr>
  <tr>
    <td>Game Player's Sega Genesis Strategy    Guide</td>
    <td></td>
    <td align="right">1992</td>
    <td align="right">3</td>
    <td align="right">3</td>
    <td></td>
    <td></td>
    <td></td>
  </tr>
  <tr>
    <td>Game Players Sega Guide!</td>
    <td></td>
    <td align="right">1992</td>
    <td align="right">3</td>
    <td align="right">4</td>
    <td></td>
    <td></td>
    <td></td>
  </tr>
  <tr>
    <td>Game Players Sega Guide!</td>
    <td></td>
    <td align="right">1992</td>
    <td align="right">3</td>
    <td align="right">5</td>
    <td></td>
    <td></td>
    <td></td>
  </tr>
  <tr>
    <td>Game Players Sega Guide!</td>
    <td>December/January</td>
    <td align="right">1993</td>
    <td align="right">3</td>
    <td align="right">6</td>
    <td></td>
    <td></td>
    <td></td>
  </tr>
  <tr>
    <td>Game Players Sega Guide!</td>
    <td></td>
    <td align="right">1993</td>
    <td align="right">4</td>
    <td align="right">1</td>
    <td></td>
    <td></td>
    <td></td>
  </tr>
  <tr>
    <td>Game Players Sega Guide!</td>
    <td>April/May</td>
    <td align="right">1993</td>
    <td align="right">4</td>
    <td align="right">2</td>
    <td></td>
    <td></td>
    <td>Last issue</td>
  </tr>
  <tr>
    <td></td>
    <td></td>
    <td></td>
    <td></td>
    <td></td>
    <td></td>
    <td></td>
    <td></td>
  </tr>
  <tr>
    <td></td>
    <td>GAME BOY</td>
    <td></td>
    <td></td>
    <td></td>
    <td></td>
    <td></td>
    <td></td>
  </tr>
  <tr>
    <td>Game Player's Strategy Guide to Game Boy    Games</td>
    <td>Summer</td>
    <td align="right">1990</td>
    <td align="right">1</td>
    <td align="right">1</td>
    <td></td>
    <td></td>
    <td></td>
  </tr>
  <tr>
    <td>Game Player's Strategy Guide to Game Boy    Games</td>
    <td>September/October</td>
    <td align="right">1990</td>
    <td align="right">1</td>
    <td align="right">2</td>
    <td></td>
    <td></td>
    <td></td>
  </tr>
  <tr>
    <td>Game Player's Strategy Guide to Game Boy    Games</td>
    <td>November/December</td>
    <td align="right">1990</td>
    <td align="right">1</td>
    <td align="right">3</td>
    <td></td>
    <td></td>
    <td></td>
  </tr>
  <tr>
    <td>Game Player's Strategy Guide to Game Boy    Games</td>
    <td>January/February</td>
    <td align="right">1991</td>
    <td align="right">2</td>
    <td align="right">1</td>
    <td></td>
    <td></td>
    <td></td>
  </tr>
  <tr>
    <td>Game Player's Strategy Guide to Game Boy    Games</td>
    <td>March/April</td>
    <td align="right">1991</td>
    <td align="right">2</td>
    <td align="right">2</td>
    <td></td>
    <td></td>
    <td></td>
  </tr>
  <tr>
    <td>Game Player's Strategy Guide to Game Boy    Games</td>
    <td>May/June</td>
    <td align="right">1991</td>
    <td align="right">2</td>
    <td align="right">3</td>
    <td></td>
    <td></td>
    <td>Last issue (?)</td>
  </tr>
  <tr>
    <td></td>
    <td></td>
    <td></td>
    <td></td>
    <td></td>
    <td></td>
    <td></td>
    <td></td>
  </tr>
  <tr>
    <td>Game Player's Sports for Kids</td>
    <td>?</td>
    <td>?</td>
    <td>?</td>
    <td>?</td>
    <td></td>
    <td></td>
    <td>Any and all...</td>
  </tr>
  <tr>
    <td></td>
    <td></td>
    <td></td>
    <td></td>
    <td></td>
    <td></td>
    <td></td>
    <td></td>
  </tr>
  <tr>
    <td>Game Player's Encyclopedia of Nintendo    Games</td>
    <td></td>
    <td align="right">1990</td>
    <td></td>
    <td></td>
    <td></td>
    <td></td>
    <td></td>
  </tr>
  <tr>
    <td>Game Player's Encyclopedia of Nintendo    Games Vol. 2</td>
    <td></td>
    <td></td>
    <td></td>
    <td></td>
    <td></td>
    <td></td>
    <td></td>
  </tr>
  <tr>
    <td>Game Player's Encyclopedia of Nintendo    Games Vol. 3</td>
    <td></td>
    <td></td>
    <td></td>
    <td></td>
    <td></td>
    <td></td>
    <td></td>
  </tr>
  <tr>
    <td>Game Player's Encyclopedia of Nintendo    Games Vol. 4</td>
    <td></td>
    <td></td>
    <td></td>
    <td></td>
    <td></td>
    <td></td>
    <td></td>
  </tr>
  <tr>
    <td>Game Player's Encyclopedia of Nintendo    Games Vol. 5</td>
    <td></td>
    <td></td>
    <td></td>
    <td></td>
    <td></td>
    <td></td>
    <td></td>
  </tr>
  <tr>
    <td>Game Player's Encyclopedia of Nintendo    Games Vol. 6</td>
    <td></td>
    <td></td>
    <td></td>
    <td></td>
    <td></td>
    <td></td>
    <td></td>
  </tr>
  <tr>
    <td>Game Players Encyclopedia of Nintendo    Games Vol. 7</td>
    <td></td>
    <td></td>
    <td></td>
    <td></td>
    <td></td>
    <td></td>
    <td></td>
  </tr>
  <tr>
    <td></td>
    <td></td>
    <td></td>
    <td></td>
    <td></td>
    <td></td>
    <td></td>
    <td></td>
  </tr>
  <tr>
    <td>Game Player's Encyclopedia of Sega Games</td>
    <td></td>
    <td></td>
    <td></td>
    <td></td>
    <td></td>
    <td></td>
    <td></td>
  </tr>
  <tr>
    <td>Game Player's Encyclopedia of Sega Games    Vol. 2</td>
    <td></td>
    <td></td>
    <td></td>
    <td></td>
    <td></td>
    <td></td>
    <td></td>
  </tr>
  <tr>
    <td>Game Player's Encyclopedia of Sega Games    Vol. 3</td>
    <td></td>
    <td></td>
    <td></td>
    <td></td>
    <td></td>
    <td></td>
    <td></td>
  </tr>
  <tr>
    <td>Game Player's Encyclopedia of Sega Games    Vol. 4</td>
    <td></td>
    <td></td>
    <td></td>
    <td></td>
    <td></td>
    <td></td>
    <td></td>
  </tr>
  <tr>
    <td>Game Players Encyclopedia of Sega Games    Vol. 5</td>
    <td></td>
    <td align="right">1993</td>
    <td></td>
    <td></td>
    <td></td>
    <td></td>
    <td></td>
  </tr>
  <tr>
    <td></td>
    <td></td>
    <td></td>
    <td></td>
    <td></td>
    <td></td>
    <td></td>
    <td></td>
  </tr>
  <tr>
    <td>Game Player's Encyclopedia of Game Boy    Games</td>
    <td></td>
    <td></td>
    <td></td>
    <td></td>
    <td></td>
    <td></td>
    <td></td>
  </tr>
  <tr>
    <td>Game Player's Encyclopedia of PC Games</td>
    <td></td>
    <td></td>
    <td></td>
    <td></td>
    <td></td>
    <td></td>
    <td></td>
  </tr>
  <tr>
    <td></td>
    <td></td>
    <td></td>
    <td></td>
    <td></td>
    <td></td>
    <td></td>
    <td></td>
  </tr>
  <tr>
    <td>(any more encyclopedias?)</td>
    <td></td>
    <td></td>
    <td></td>
    <td></td>
    <td></td>
    <td></td>
    <td></td>
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Thanks for the info. So it looks like the 8 issues I mentioned make up the complete pre-1990 list of GamePro">GP Nintendo Guides. I definitely haven't seen any others, and I've been watching eBay auctions on a regular basis for the last year.

Here's what I believe is the full list of issues, along with what's on the cover of each:

1	1-1	               	1988	yellow issue
2	1-1	               	1988	flying guy
3	1-2	               	1988	knight/dragon
4	1-3                   		Friday the 13th
5	2-3	Jun/Jul     	1989	bionic commando
6	2-4	Aug/Sep  	1989	sports

I believe this is accurate, yes, although my dates are a little different . I can basically guarantee at this point that there is nothing between 1-3 and 2-3, I would have seen them by now.

For sanity's sake I always consider that yellow 1-1 as its own one-off, and the "flying guy" 1-1 as the first actual issue of the Game Player's Nintendo Guide series.

There are at least two variant covers EACH for the first four, FYI.

Sorry for the weird formatting but these are the actual dates for the first few issues, where they exist (either on the cover or on the inside).

1988 1-1

1988 1-2

1988 1-3

1989-08 2-3

1989-10 2-4

1989 2-5

1989 2-6

1990 3-1

1990 3-2

1990 3-3

1990 3-4

1990-10 3-5

1990-11 3-6

1990-12 3-7

1991-01 4-1

1991-02 4-2

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Sorry for the weird formatting but these are the actual dates for the first few issues, where they exist (either on the cover or on the inside).

1989-08 2-3

1989-10 2-4

I think you're referring to the display dates for these two. They're called June/July and August/September on the editor's note page, next to the list of staff.

I'm only missing the yellow 1-1 and 1-3 in my collection. I do have quite a few doubles of the GamePro">GP Guides as well as normal GamePro">GP, if anybody wants to trade.

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