Trivia

Hard

Who Was The Mascot For Nintendo’s Iconic Gaming Magazine Nintendo Power?

Yoshi
Mario
Link
Nester
An image of Nester from a 1989 issue of Nintendo Power magazine.
Nintendo

Answer: Nester

The mascot for Nintendo Power, Nintendo’s long-running and widely circulated gaming magazine, wasn’t an existing Nintendo character, but was a cartoon creation of the original Nintendo Power editor Howard Phillips.

The energetic teenager Nester (his name was a reference to the Nintendo Entertainment System, or, NES) debuted in the in-magazine comic strip, Howard & Nester. The strip revolved around the adventures of Howard Phillips and Nester, adventures that were typically used to showcase new games wherein Nester would take on the role of a character in the game. When Phillips left Nintendo in 1991, the strip was retitled Nester’s Adventures.

In 1993, the strip was phased out only for Nester to return briefly in issue #100 in a strip showing him headed off to college and then to return as an adult in issue #231 with a child of his own. From that point forward, the comic focused on Nester introducing video games to his video-game loving son, Max. The final issue of Nintendo Power featured a meta-reference wherein Nester is reading the last issue of Nintendo Power and lamenting the passage of the magazine and all the memories. His son Max cheers him up by saying, “None of this is really going away, is it? I mean, Nintendo Power had a great run, and you’ve got it all right here. It’s like when you finish a great game – you’re kind of sad to see it end, but really proud and happy, too. You know what I see when I look at this final issue? 100 percent completion.”

Nintendo Power was in circulation from 1988 to 2012—if you want a dose of pure nostalgia, you can browse the covers of all 285 issues here.

Trivia

Hard

The Heaviest Military Tank Ever Constructed Was Nicknamed The?

Trivia

Hard

Which Beloved Summer Time Toy Was Invented By A Rocket Scientist?

Trivia

Hard

Which Game Console Has the Most Titles?

Trivia

Very Hard

Netflix Was Created In Response To Late Fees Incurred From The Rental Of Which Movie?

Trivia

Very Hard

Which Of These Inventions Dates Back To The 19th Century?

Trivia

Hard

Video Gamers Contributed To Breakthrough Research For What Illness?

Trivia

Hard

The “Armstrong Limit” Is A Measurement Of The Maximum Amount Of What A Human Can Edure?

Trivia

Easy

What Is The Only Day Of The Week That Derives Its Name From Roman Mythology?

Trivia

Hard

The Fear Of Halloween Is Known As?