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GamePro Issue 1

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  • Welcome to GamePro! (Editor Don Ferrell introduces this now-legendary icon of gaming history to legions of slavering fans...or at least those few weirdos who picked up this premiere issue).
  • The Cutting Edge (Nintendo's Power Glove and Broderbund's U-Force controllers launch gaming into the 21st century. Riiiiight...)
  • Personality ProFile (Alan Fetzer, president of Taito Software)
  • Hot at the Arcades (Technos' Double Dragon II: The Revenge, Midway's N.A.R.C. and Sega's Power Drift will suck all the quarters out of your pocket)
  • ProNews Report (Headlines from the January Consumer Electronics Show)
  • ProArtist Series (Art-themed contest. This month's contest subject: "The Villains.")
  • ProChallenge Board (Think you can do better than these high scores, punk? Then prove it!)


  • Operation: Wolf (NES)
  • Adventures of Lolo (NES)
  • Bubble Bobble (NES)
  • Adventure Island (NES)
  • Shinobi (SMS)
  • R-Type (SMS)
  • Desert Falcon (7800)
  • Mario Bros. (7800)

Secret Weapons (cheats and hints from the editors):

  • Mike Tyson's Punch-Out!! (NES)
  • Contra (NES)
  • Legend of Zelda (NES)
  • Metroid (NES)
  • Shinobi (SMS)
  • After Burner (SMS)
  • Bubble Bobble (NES)
  • Fantasy Zone (SMS)
  • Black Belt (SMS)
  • Ice Hockey (NES)
  • Zanac (NES)
  • Adventure Island (NES)
  • Goonies II (NES)
  • Life Force (NES)
  • Mighty Bomb Jack (NES)
  • 1943 (NES)
  • Gradius (NES)
  • Iron Tank (NES)
  • Space Harrier (SMS)
  • Thunder Blade (SMS)

Overseas ProSpects:

  • Super Mario Bros. 3 (NES)

Short ProShots (aka Previews):

  • Knight Rider (NES)
  • Airwolf (NES)
  • Ironsword: Wizards & Warriors II (NES)
  • Three Stooges (NES)
  • Stealth Eagle (NES)
  • Predator (NES)
  • Dr. Jekyll and Mr. Hyde (NES)
  • Challenge Pebble Beach (NES)
  • The Guardian Legend (NES)
  • Mega Man II (NES)
  • Strider (NES)
  • Kung Fu Heroes (NES)
  • Bad Dudes (NES)
  • Hydlide (NES)
  • Rollerball (NES)
  • Vegas Dream (NES)
  • The Chessmaster (NES)
  • Hoops (NES)
  • Goal! (NES)
  • Shadowgate (NES)
  • Superman (NES)
  • The Adventures of Bayou Billy (NES)
  • Track & Field II (NES)
  • California Games (NES)
  • P.O.W. (NES)
  • Guerrilla War (NES)
  • The Terminator (NES)
  • Sky Shark (NES)
  • Mappy Land (NES)
  • Fist of the North Star (NES)
  • Mystery Quest (NES)
  • Super Sprint (NES)
  • Ninja Gaiden (NES)
  • Silk Worm (NES)
  • John Elway's Quarterback (NES)
  • Taboo: The Sixth Sense (NES)
  • Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles (NES)
  • Bump N' Jump (NES)
  • Galaxy Force (SMS)
  • After Burner (SMS)
  • Action Fighter (SMS)
  • Altered Beast (SMS)
  • Reggie Jackson Baseball (SMS)

Ads (in order of appearance):

  • Atarian magazine subscription
  • Bubble Bobble (NES)
  • Power Glove accessory (NES)
  • Atari gaming hardware (2600/7800)
  • GamePro magazine subscription
  • Super Dodge Ball (NES)
  • Adventures of Lolo (NES) / Rollerball (NES)
  • Air Fortress (NES) / Vegas Dream (NES)
  • Xevious (NES) / Galaga (NES) / Dr. Jekyll & Mr. Hyde (NES) / Mega Programmable Controller (NES) / Bandai Golf (NES)
  • Acclaim Wireless Remote Controller (NES)
  • GamePro-branded merchandise
  • Gauntlet (NES) / Pac-Mania (NES) / RBI Baseball (NES) / Tetris (NES)
  • Toys 'R' Us Nintendo products

Notable Stuff:

  • A subscription to GamePro costs $19 per year (six issues). Cover price is $3.50, or $21 a year, so you actually save ~9.53% off the cover price by subscribing, not 10% as advertised. (Yes, we're geeks. So sue us.)
  • If you convince a friend to sign up, you get a free poster (worth $4.95), but your friend gets zilch. So maybe you should convince your enemies to sign up instead, and give the extra posters to your friends?
  • "The secret to keeping the home market alive is clearly with quality products and a diverse selection," says Alan Fetzer in his interview. Which is why you won't catch companies like EA putting out new Madden and Call of Duty games every year.
  • The very first ProTip? "Never attack a group of enemies when there's a hostage among them...you might injure yourself!" Operation: Wolf summarized in sixteen words, y'all.
  • Before it became S.W.A.T., GamePro's cheat section was known as 'Secret Weapons'.
  • The screenshot for Wizards & Warriors II in the Short ProShots section is from the original Wizards & Warriors. What, you didn't think we'd notice?
  • The passwords given in Secret Weapons for Metroid and The Goonies II are incorrect and therefore don't work. Whoops!
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    Title: GamePro Issue 1
    Month: May
    Year: 1989
    Publisher: SuperPlay, Inc.
    Editor: Don Ferrell
    Pages: 60
    Country: United States
    Language: English
    Votes: 0

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