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  1. 445 downloads

    Final Fantasy III / Final Fantasy VI is, hands down, my favorite Final Fantasy title. And this right here just might be my favorite strategy guide of all time. Presented in full colour, flush with screenshots, along with copious artwork by artist Yoshitaka Amano, and a section at the end featuring some gorgeous full-size in-game maps, Olafson's guide is written more like a story as opposed to a walkthrough. At $12.95, this was an absolute showstopper of a book. It may be less complete overall than Nintendo's own game guide, as it doesn't contain things like monster stats, weapon and item lists, Gau's Rage tables, or other in-depth information one might expect to see in an RPG guide. But the sheer quality of Olafson's prose guides the reader through the story so well it feels like playing the game. It's one of the few guides I've read from cover to cover multiple times. It's just that good. This book is generally very expensive on the second-hand market. Copies on eBay routinely sell for $50 or more, and copies in excellent condition can fetch upwards of $100. For Final Fantasy III fans, it's a highly-sought collector's item. If you've ever looked at a listing and wondered why, I hope a flip through this book explains everything. If every guide followed Olafson's example, strategy guides would be regarded as works of art instead of simple cash grabs. Enjoy!
    14 points
  2. 296 downloads

    GamePro Issue 158 (November 2001)
    13 points
  3. 334 downloads

    GamePro Issue 156 (September 2001)
    13 points
  4. 272 downloads

    GamePro Issue 167 (August 2002)
    12 points
  5. 238 downloads

    Gamepro Issue 176 (May 2003)
    12 points
  6. 623 downloads

    Electronic Gaming Monthly Issue 148 (November 2001)
    12 points
  7. 206 downloads

    Game Players Vol. 7, No. 9 (September 1994)
    12 points
  8. 392 downloads

    EGM 1995 Video Game Buyer's Guide
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  9. 372 downloads

    Nintendo Power Issue 271 (September 2011)
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  10. 203 downloads

    Wow! So ultimate! Such strategy! Many unauthorized! Much Nintendo! Oh no! So, yes, this is the third volume in Sandler and Badgett's series devoted to NES games. I don't know if this was just my copy or what, but the printing on this was some of the worst I've ever seen, with some pages printed at an angle, and some margins running straight to the bleed with seemingly little rhyme or reason. But, you know, back in the day, you paid your money and took your chances. If you like these books, and their bizarre cover artwork, then you'll want this one in your collection, no doubt. If you don't? Then don't download it, I guess... You do you, Retromags peeps. My final complaint? They rate the difficulty of Castlequest at "Apprentice", when it's one of the most punishingly brutal NES cartridges ever made. Seriously, the game comes with its own map showing you exactly where you need to go to rescue the princess, and also gives you fifty lives. Then it sits and laughs at you as you lose them all, one by one, and have to restart the game. What the hell were you smoking, Corey Sandler? Explain yourself! Enjoy!
    12 points
  11. 235 downloads

    Nintendo Power Issue 215 (May 2007)
    11 points
  12. 218 downloads

    Nintendo Power Issue 214 (April 2007)
    11 points
  13. 220 downloads

    Nintendo Power Issue 257 (August 2010)
    11 points
  14. 214 downloads

    VideoGames & Computer Entertainment Issue 24 (January 1991) Initially scanned in October 2020, this issue was missing the two table of contents pages, so it sat in a folder called "On Hold" until the pages could be provided. In a stroke of luck @TheRedEye from the Video Game History Foundation provided me a sample scan of this issue in PDF. Hence the two pages were able to be used in this scan o fine able to release this issue.
    11 points
  15. 405 downloads

    Electronic Gaming Monthly Issue 139 (February 2001)
    11 points
  16. 233 downloads

    Gamepro Issue 169 (October 2002)
    11 points
  17. 252 downloads

    Gamepro Issue 175 (April 2003)
    11 points
  18. 243 downloads

    Gamepro Issue 178 (July 2003)
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    Gamepro Issue 179 (August 2003)
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  20. 252 downloads

    Gamepro Issue 190 (July 2004)
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  21. 457 downloads

    Nintendo Power Issue 260 (November 260)
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  22. 291 downloads

    GamePro Issue 155 (August 2001)
    11 points
  23. 384 downloads

    Nintendo Power Issue 273 (November 2011)
    11 points
  24. 318 downloads

    GamePro Issue 157 (October 2001)
    11 points
  25. 403 downloads

    Nintendo Power Issue 277 (April 2012)
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    PSM Issue 035 (July 2000) 1st Annual Swimsuit Special
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  27. 213 downloads

    Promising to be a complete walkthrough for ten games set in or around the world of Ultima, this is slightly misleading. After all, the book is only 320 pages, and surely there's a Hellsteed of a lot more going on, especially in the later games, than could be encapsulated by even the best team of editors and writers in so small an area. Your suspicions are correct. There's a lot going on in the first few titles, and the guide devotes a mere few pages at best to the first two Ultima games (five pages for Ultima I, seven for Ultima II), along with Akalabeth, the precursor to the Ultima series. Ultima III is where the guide ramps up, with 21 pages worth of maps, gameplay tips, and charts. Fully half the book is given to Ultima VII and Ultima VIII content. This book also comes with a double-sided, fold-out color poster which shows the overworld maps for all the games. This poster is bound in between pages 145 and 146, but sadly my copy of this is missing, so I wasn't able to include it (and I'm not sure I have the skills necessary to stitch together a giant poster from multiple image files in any case). All apologies. Update: user @Xuio has graciously provided a high resolution scan of both sides of this poster map for us. You can download it here: https://www.mediafire.com/file/2dksw4m9upihhtt/UCmaps.7z/file Enjoy!
    11 points
  28. 573 downloads

    Nintendo Power Issue 151 (December 2001) Issue donated by Benjamin Alldritt.
    11 points
  29. 232 downloads

    Official US Playstation Magazine Issue 80 (May 2004)
    10 points
  30. 230 downloads

    Official U.S. Playstation Magazine Issue 15 (December 1998)
    10 points
  31. 250 downloads

    Electronic Gaming Monthly Issue 238 (Spring 2010)
    10 points
  32. 400 downloads

    Electronic Gaming Monthly Issue 147 (October 2001)
    10 points
  33. 190 downloads

    PSM Issue 083 (April 2004)
    10 points
  34. 241 downloads

    GamePro Issue 164 (May 2002)
    10 points
  35. 153 downloads

    Official Xbox Magazine Issue 039 (Holiday 2004)
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  36. 200 downloads

    Official US Playstation Magazine Issue 77 (February 2004)
    10 points
  37. 264 downloads

    Official US Playstation Magazine Issue 51 (December 2001)
    10 points
  38. 368 downloads

    Nintendo Power Issue 236 (Holiday 2008)
    10 points
  39. 369 downloads

    Nintendo Power Issue 269 (July 2011)
    10 points
  40. 404 downloads

    Nintendo Power Issue 282 (September 2012)
    10 points
  41. 215 downloads

    The second installment of the Divine Pony-tail's adventure takes her globetrotting polygons to the mountains of Nepal, the depths of the ocean, the Great Wall of China, and the mine-infested canals of Venice in search of the Dagger of Xian, which turns you into a dragon if you stab it directly into your heart. That sounds painful. Don't do that, boys and girls. This Prima guide is in full-colour, featuring a walkthrough by Kip Ward filled with copious screenshots and illustrations of Lara Croft adorning every single page! What more could a love-struck woman such as I, Areala fans of Tomb Raider II ask? So, while it pained me to put my beloved TR2 guide beneath the cruel guillotine for debinding, the ability to spread the Gospel of the Divine Pony-tail will hopefully more than make up for the sacrifice. Enjoy, my beloved disciples! Enjoy!
    10 points
  42. 384 downloads

    Nintendo Power Issue 261 (December 2010)
    10 points
  43. 160 downloads

    Jeff's a bit late to jump on the Super Nintendo train, since it had been out in the US for a year by the time this edition of his best-selling series was published. But if you thought the man had earned enough bank with eight prior game book releases, you had another thing coming. Still unofficial, still unendorsed by Nintendo, and still written by watching his kids and their neighborhood cronies play the game while he took copious notes. Why waste a perfectly good system? Some of the games in here benefit little from Rovin's advice; the short write-up on Final Fight may as well be condensed to read, "Walk right and punch people." The Pilotwings strategy is literally just some passwords and a few tips on how to tackle the game's bonus stages (although the cheeky entry under "Enemies" made me giggle). On the other hand, games like Super Mario World, Link to the Past, and Wanderers From Ys get quite a bit more attention. Methinks Jeff's son Michael had a girlfriend at this time in his life. The name used for all the passwords in Super Castlevania IV is MEGNMIKE. Awwwwww... Enjoy!
    10 points
  44. 327 downloads

    Electronic Gaming Monthly Issue 156 (July 2002)
    10 points
  45. 290 downloads

    PSM Issue 024 (August 1999)
    10 points
  46. 278 downloads

    PSM Issue 034 (June 2000)
    10 points
  47. 507 downloads

    Nintendo Power Issue 202 (April 2006) Issue donated by Benjamin Alldritt.
    10 points
  48. 192 downloads

    Jeff Rovin and his sons branch into the portable gaming market with this book. Like the others in this series, this is an all-text, all-the-time format. My copy of this book had a few pages where the print seeped dangerously close to the margins. I don't know if this was a problem solely with my copy, or if every book looks like this, but if it looks like the margins jump around at some point, it wasn't anything I did on my end while creating the file, I promise. There was also a corner gouged from one corner on the second-to-last page in my copy which shall remain immortalized in this scan. I try to take good care of my books, but accidents happen, alas. Enjoy!
    10 points
  49. 578 downloads

    Nintendo Power Issue 147 (August 2001) Issue donated by Benjamin Alldritt.
    10 points
  50. 345 downloads

    PSM Issue 041 (January 2001)
    10 points
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