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Here are links to full size scans or source pics for these titles:

NEShttps://drive.google.com/drive/folders/1yWR-uA1lw7cl9syYUJisX78Z8f-AV7l8?usp=sharing

Multi Game Books (will cover other systems too) - https://drive.google.com/drive/folders/1WutRhihOVW65YoyKWNq0EwHLD-gEYacP?usp=sharing

 

 

Game Specific Guides
Name Publisher Comments Cover Alt. Cover
Adventures of Lolo 1 HAL   image.png  
Adventures of Lolo 2 Brian   image.png  
Adventures of Lolo 3 HAL   image.png  
Adventures in Tetris NP Magazine Extra   image.png  
All of Wizardry Hint Book Nexoft   image.png  
All of Wizardry II: Knight of Diamonds Asciiware   image.png  
Captain Planet and the Planeteers Hint Book Mindscape   ayG8pvC.jpg  
Carmen Sandiego Companion, Ultimate Unofficial Bantam   image.png  
Crystalis Clue Book: Get a Clue SNK   image.png  
Déjà vu Hint Book Kemco-Seika   image.png  
Dragon Warrior NP Magazine Extra   image.png  
Dragon Warrior II, Unveiled Secrets of Enix   image.png  
Dragon Warrior IV Tokuma   image.png  
Dungeon Magic: Sword of Elements Taito   image.png  
Fester's Quest: Sunsoft's Perfect Guide Book Sunsoft   image.png  
Final Fantasy Nintendo Nintendo Power - Issue 17 image.png  
King's Quest V Sierra Likely technically a PC guide, but still cool image.png  
Maniac Mansion Hint Book Jaleco Color edition is NES
B&W edition is PC
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Might & Magic: Secret of the Inner Sanctum Cluebook Sammy   image.png  
Milon's Secret Castle Secrets, Hints and Clues Hudson Soft Originally came with map image.png  
Ninja Gaiden II Nintendo Nintendo Power - Issue 15 image.png  
Robowarrior Official Hint Sheet Jaleco Color and B&W variants confirmed image.png image.png
Shadowgate Hint Book Kemco-Seika   image.png  
Star Wars Hint Book Lucasarts   image.png  
Super Mario Bros 2 - Inside Out v1 / v2 NP Magazine Extra   image.png image.png
Super Mario Bros 3 Nintendo Nintendo Power - Issue 13 image.png  
Tetris Masters, Tricks of the Classic NES Createspace   image.png  
Ultima Exodus Hint Book FCI   image.png  
Uninvited Hint Book Kemco-Seika   image.png  
Wall Street Kid Tip Sheet Sofel   image.png  
Zelda: Tips and Tactics Nintendo   image.png  
Multi Game Guides
Name Publisher Comments Cover Alt Cover
4 Player Extra Nintendo Nintendo Power - Issue 19 image.png  
Battletoads Battlebook Prima   image.png  
Beyond the Nintendo Masters Hayden Books   image.png  
Big Book of Nintendo Games Compute Books   image.png  
Castlevania Hint Book Compute Books   image.png  
Compute's Conquering Super Mario Bros (1st Ed.) Compute Books   image.png  
Compute's Conquering Super Mario Bros (2nd Ed.) Compute Books   image.png  
Compute's Conquering Zelda (1st Ed.) Compute Books   image.png  
Compute's Conquering Zelda (2nd Ed.) Compute Books   image.png  
Compute's Guide to Nintendo Adventure Games Compute Books   image.png  
Compute's Guide to Nintendo Games Compute Books   image.png  
Compute's Nintendo Secrets Compute Books   image.png  
Compute's Nintendo Tips and Tricks Compute Books   image.png  
Consumer's Guide: Hot Tips for the Coolest Nintendo Games Consumer Reports   image.png image.png
Consumer's Guide: More Hot Tips for Nintendo Consumer Reports   image.png  
Consumer's Guide: Nintendo Fun, Book for Beginners Consumer Reports   image.png  
Consumer's Guide: More Nintendo Fun, Book for Beginners Consumer Reports   image.png  
Consumer's Guide: Nintendo Strategies (white cover) Consumer Reports   image.png  
Consumer's Guide: Nintendo Strategies (red cover) Consumer Reports   image.png  
Consumer's Guide: Nintendo Strategies (yellow cover) Consumer Reports   image.png  
Consumer's Guide: More Nintendo Strategies Consumer Reports   image.png  
Consumer's Guide: Super Strategies (blue cover) Consumer Reports   image.png  
Consumer's Guide: Super Strategies (white cover) Consumer Reports   image.png  
Consumer's Guide: Super Strategies (1st print / grey cover) Consumer Reports   image.png  
Consumer's Guide: Winning Tips for Nintendo Consumer Reports   image.png  
Consumer's Guide: Winning Tips for Nintendo (mini book variant) Consumer Reports   image.png  
Consumer's Guide: Winner's Guide to Nintendo Consumer Reports   image.png  
Game Atlas Nintendo   image.png  
Game Counsellor's Answerbook Microsoft Press   image.png  
Game Player's Encyclopedia of Nintendo Games Volume 1 Signal Research   image.png image.png
Game Player's Encyclopedia of Nintendo Games Volume 2 Signal Research   image.png  
Game Player's Encyclopedia of Nintendo Games Volume 3 Signal Research   image.png  
Game Player's Encyclopedia of Nintendo Games Volume 4 Signal Research   image.png  
Game Player's Encyclopedia of Nintendo Games Volume 5 Signal Research   image.png  
Game Player's Encyclopedia of Nintendo Games Volume 6 Signal Research   image.png  
Game Player's Encyclopedia of Nintendo Games Volume 7 Signal Research   image.png  
Game Player's Encyclopedia of Nintendo Games Volume 8 Signal Research   image.png  
Hot Tips: Adventure Games GamePro   image.png  
Hot Tips: Sports Games GamePro   image.png  
How to Beat Nintendo Gamebook [IMPORT] Boxtree Limited   image.png  
How to Win at Super Mario Bros Takuma Shoten   image.png  
How to Win at Super Mario Games St. Martin's Press   image.png  
How to Win at Super Mario Games Special Edition (includes Dr. Mario) St. Martin's Press   image.png  
How to Win at Nintendo Games (boxed set) St. Martin's Press   image.png  
How to Win at Nintendo Games (black cover / first edition) St. Martin's Press   image.png  
How to Win at Nintendo Games (red w/ yellow starburst cover) St. Martin's Press   image.png  
How to Win at Nintendo Games (red w/ white starburst cover) St. Martin's Press   image.png  
How to Win at Nintendo Games #2 St. Martin's Press   image.png  
How to Win at Nintendo Games #3 St. Martin's Press   image.png  
How to Win at Nintendo Games #4 St. Martin's Press   image.png  
How to Win at Nintendo Sports Games St. Martin's Press   image.png  
How to Win at Nintendo Games, Best of St. Martin's Press   image.png  
Mega Man, Official Guide to Compute Books   image.png  
Mastering Nintendo Video Games (1st pressing) Hayden Books   image.png  
Mastering Nintendo Video Games (2nd pressing) Hayden Books   image.png  
Mastering Nintendo Video Games II Hayden Books   image.png  
Nintendo Game Strategies Volume 1 Prima - PSOTG   r57O5Cdl.jpg  
Nintendo Game Strategies Volume 2 Prima - PSOTG   image.png  
Nintendo Game Strategies Volume 3 Prima - PSOTG   image.png  
Nintendo Game Secrets Volume 4 Prima - PSOTG   image.png  
Nintendo Game Secrets Greatest Tips GamePro   image.png  
Nintendo Action Games Millbook Press   image.png  
Nintendo Role Playing Games Millbook Press   image.png  
Ocean's Guide to Jurassic Park Supplemental Magazine   image.png image.png
Official Nintendo Player's Guide Nintendo   image.png  
Top Secret Passwords Nintendo   image.png  
Tips of the Classic NES Tetris Masters Createspace   image.png  
Tricks of the Nintendo Masters Hayden Books   image.png  
Ultima, Official Book of Compute Books   image.png  
Ultimate Hint Book Ultimate Game Club   image.png  
Ultimate Strategy Guide to Super Mario Bros Random House   image.png  
Ultimate Unauthorized Nintendo Classic Game Strategies Random House   image.png  
Ultimate Unauthorized Nintendo Classic Game Strategies (2nd Edition) Random House   image.png  
Ultimate Unauthorized Nintendo Game Strategies Volume 1 Random House   image.png  
Ultimate Unauthorized Nintendo Game Strategies Volume 2 Random House   image.png  
Ultimate Unauthorized Nintendo Game Strategies Volume 3 Random House   image.png  
Video Game Secrets ---   image.png  
Vidiot Boy's Guide to Zelda Vidiot Boy   image.png  
Zelda Collector's Edition Nintendo   image.png  

 

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33 minutes ago, acidjaguar said:

Updated with pictures now!  Please send me a message if you see anything weird as you browse this thread with different devices.... I will eventually be linking to full size images once I get all the lists laid out. 

 

Enjoy!

Nice work I’m glad you’re rebuilding these threads as I use them as a reference all the time. Is it possible to have larger images open when you click the thumbnails?

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5 hours ago, daillest said:

Nice work I’m glad you’re rebuilding these threads as I use them as a reference all the time. Is it possible to have larger images open when you click the thumbnails?

I'm working on the high res images.  I may, in the end, just link to my google drive folders that are currently storing the high resolution scans of them for simplicity reasons and plus it is cheap (free) full size image storage for my purposes of making these right now.

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13 hours ago, mideast said:

Any update getting a link to google drive for the hi-res covers? I’d love to have those! Also I think you have the wrong thumbnail for Prima’s Nintendo Game Secrets Vol. 1 @acidjaguar

Thanks for catching that one.  I went ahead and updated it and now added links to my googe drive folder for the NES and Multi Game books for full size scans of what I have available for everyone that is interested. 

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54 minutes ago, acidjaguar said:

Thanks for catching that one.  I went ahead and updated it and now added links to my googe drive folder for the NES and Multi Game books for full size scans of what I have available for everyone that is interested. 

@daillest

Very nice!! I'm totally gonna make a database on my computer and check off the few I already have. Did you ever notice the UPC numbers on the two 1st Edition Game Players Nintendo Encyclopedia scans you have with the same cover are different? I knew there was an alternate cover but I didn't know the first cover got two printings

Game Players Encyclopedia vol 01 v0 copy.JPG

Game Players Encyclopedia vol 01 v0.jpg

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14 minutes ago, mideast said:

Very nice!! I'm totally gonna make a database on my computer and check off the few I already have. Did you ever notice the UPC numbers on the two 1st Edition Game Players Nintendo Encyclopedia scans you have with the same cover are different? I knew there was an alternate cover but I didn't know the first cover got two printings

There are multiple examples on stuff like this that I did not cover in the list.  Many of the consumer report books have a variety of different UPCs / print iterations but I didn't want to get too far down the rabbit hole and just give the basic information of a book cover for people who wanted to search it out and maybe work on a set.  You will find that there are a lot of minor variants out there, but we made the list just covering major variants here.... so be careful and don't follow the white rabbit!  

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33 minutes ago, acidjaguar said:

There are multiple examples on stuff like this that I did not cover in the list.  Many of the consumer report books have a variety of different UPCs / print iterations but I didn't want to get too far down the rabbit hole and just give the basic information of a book cover for people who wanted to search it out and maybe work on a set.  You will find that there are a lot of minor variants out there, but we made the list just covering major variants here.... so be careful and don't follow the white rabbit!  

Lol very true. It's just funny, Game Player's is such an enigma. Their numbering system on the first few magazines is all out of whack and they have two Vol. 1 Number 1 issues. And they called it "Nintendo Buyer's Guide" and "Nintendo Strategy Guide". Then they also had MS-DOS Guide, PC Guide, Sega Genesis Guide, Game Boy Guide. They actually had 53876 and 71486 as prefixes on the UPC of some of their magazines too. It's like they had two different UPC companies registered?

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1 hour ago, mideast said:

Lol very true. It's just funny, Game Player's is such an enigma. Their numbering system on the first few magazines is all out of whack and they have two Vol. 1 Number 1 issues. And they called it "Nintendo Buyer's Guide" and "Nintendo Strategy Guide". Then they also had MS-DOS Guide, PC Guide, Sega Genesis Guide, Game Boy Guide. They actually had 53876 and 71486 as prefixes on the UPC of some of their magazines too. It's like they had two different UPC companies registered?

Yeah, I'm with you there.  Game Player's certainly tried to cover all the grounds .....  

Game Player's: Leading Magazine of Video and Computer Entertainment (generic magazine for Nintendo / PC / Sega / NEC / Amiga / Atari / other systems later too)

This is the sequence I believe for Nintendo, effectively changing their title four times:

  • a. Game Player's Guide to Nintendo (premier issue only)
  • b. Game Player's Nintendo Strategy Guide (vol 1 no 2 and vol 1 no 3 same as Strategy guide to Nintendo Games)
  • c. Game Player's Strategy Guide to Nintendo Games
  • d. Game Player's Nintendo Guide 

Game Player's Nintendo Buyer's Guide -> Game Player's Buyer's Guide to Nintendo Games

Game Player's Sega Genesis Strategy Guide -> Game Player's Sega Guide!

Game Player's Encyclopedias: 

  • Sega Genesis - 5 volumes
  • Nintendo Games - 8 volumes
  • Game Boy - 3 volumes

Game Player's VHS Tapes - maybe around 16 tapes? 

Game Player's Nintendo / Sega (or also seen:  Sega / Nintendo)

Game Player's - CES Special Issues  (3 or so issues)

Game Player's MS-DOS Strategy Guide

Game Player's PC Strategy Guide

Game Player's PC Buyer's Guide

Game Player's PC Entertainment

Game Player's Sports for Kids

Game Player's Strategy Guide to Game Boy

Ultra Game Player's (I think this is another part)

 

 

This is probably a thread in itself honestly..... 

 

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On 1/6/2021 at 2:43 PM, acidjaguar said:

Yeah, I'm with you there.  Game Player's certainly tried to cover all the grounds .....  

Game Player's: Leading Magazine of Video and Computer Entertainment (generic magazine for Nintendo / PC / Sega / NEC / Amiga / Atari / other systems later too)

This is the sequence I believe for Nintendo, effectively changing their title four times:

  • a. Game Player's Guide to Nintendo (premier issue only)
  • b. Game Player's Nintendo Strategy Guide (vol 1 no 2 and vol 1 no 3 same as Strategy guide to Nintendo Games)
  • c. Game Player's Strategy Guide to Nintendo Games
  • d. Game Player's Nintendo Guide 

Game Player's Nintendo Buyer's Guide -> Game Player's Buyer's Guide to Nintendo Games

Game Player's Sega Genesis Strategy Guide -> Game Player's Sega Guide!

Game Player's Encyclopedias: 

  • Sega Genesis - 5 volumes
  • Nintendo Games - 8 volumes
  • Game Boy - 3 volumes

Game Player's VHS Tapes - maybe around 16 tapes? 

Game Player's Nintendo / Sega (or also seen:  Sega / Nintendo)

Game Player's - CES Special Issues  (3 or so issues)

Game Player's MS-DOS Strategy Guide

Game Player's PC Strategy Guide

Game Player's PC Buyer's Guide

Game Player's PC Entertainment

Game Player's Sports for Kids

Game Player's Strategy Guide to Game Boy

Ultra Game Player's (I think this is another part)

 

 

This is probably a thread in itself honestly..... 

 

Yeah I love Game Players! I'm not sure if I had any issues as a kid but I definitely borrowed Consumer Reports (maybe red one?) from my cousin's friend and thought the cheats/tips were so cool. Did Game Players really have 16 videos? I have ads for 9 of them. And the Super Mario Bros 2 one is marked Vol. 1 No. 1 next to the Double Dragon one that also says Vol. 1 No. 1 literally in the same ad!! I see they have ads for Game Players Sports for Kids in the magazines, but I've searched for it online and came up with nothing, they really printed it? It's always the Magic Johnson cover in the ads.

I've never heard of Game Players CES Specials can you elaborate? This really is a separate thread lol

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38 minutes ago, mideast said:

Yeah I love Game Players! I'm not sure if I had any issues as a kid but I definitely borrowed Consumer Reports (maybe red one?) from my cousin's friend and thought the cheats/tips were so cool. Did Game Players really have 16 videos? I have ads for 9 of them. And the Super Mario Bros 2 one is marked Vol. 1 No. 1 next to the Double Dragon one that also says Vol. 1 No. 1 literally in the same ad!! I see they have ads for Game Players Sports for Kids in the magazines, but I've searched for it online and came up with nothing, they really printed it? It's always the Magic Johnson cover in the ads.

I've never heard of Game Players CES Specials can you elaborate? This really is a separate thread lol

Here's the premiere of the Sports for Kids issue.  Don't think it made it past it though .... 

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And then here is an example of the CES issues.  They did around 3 or 4 ... waiting for confirmation from a friend who has the known set.  They made guides to CES in fashion to their magazines .... 

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And I will have to verify with another guy about how many Game Player's tapes there are.  I had thought there were 16, but he can confirm and hopefully give me a pic for reference as I seem to not have it on hand.  

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17 minutes ago, acidjaguar said:

Here's the premiere of the Sports for Kids issue.  Don't think it made it past it though .... 

nHu8TyD.jpg

 

And then here is an example of the CES issues.  They did around 3 or 4 ... waiting for confirmation from a friend who has the known set.  They made guides to CES in fashion to their magazines .... 

tSt4kRi.jpeg

 

And I will have to verify with another guy about how many Game Player's tapes there are.  I had thought there were 16, but he can confirm and hopefully give me a pic for reference as I seem to not have it on hand.  

Wow that CES Guide is news to me! I'd like to see more issues if you can get pics, and definitely pics of the Game Tapes. I know My Life in Gaming has 8 of the tapes up on YouTube. The highest number up is No. 12 Acclaim.

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@mideast - right exactly.  They essentially changed up their covers usually by color, but at times added stuff like this to the top where it is a later iteration.  They got pretty crazy on their variants, especially with coloring, UPCs, spiral vs no spiral, and "By the Editors of Consumer Guides" .... all same content though I am fairly certain.  

 

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20 minutes ago, acidjaguar said:

@mideast - right exactly.  They essentially changed up their covers usually by color, but at times added stuff like this to the top where it is a later iteration.  They got pretty crazy on their variants, especially with coloring, UPCs, spiral vs no spiral, and "By the Editors of Consumer Guides" .... all same content though I am fairly certain.  

 

Have you ever heard of this tell all book from 2015 where Jeff Rovin's son says he wrote all those books by just sitting with a notepad in front of the TV while his two sons blasted through NES games and beat them Lol. I didn't know that series was so great selling.

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