January 25th, 2016 by Benj Edwards
Tags: Retro Scan, Nintendo, Nintendo.com, websites, promos, Nintendo Power, AOL, online history, 1995
Crap. I spilled toxic waste on my keyboard again.
I've always wondered who made these in-house Nintendo promos/ads for Nintendo Power magazine. Most of them were fairly well done over the years. This vivid promo, featuring Nintendo's early website in 1995, is probably one of my favorites. It also mentions AOL (keyword "NOA"), of course, which was still a big online player at the time.
By the way, anyone who can convincingly explain (with in-world fiction, not marketing) the presence of a poison/toxic waste barrel on this kid's desk wins 10 cocoa points. Even Diddy Kong sitting there makes more sense.
[Update: 02/01/2016 - It turns out that the toxic waste barrel is actually a boss character named Dumb Drum from Donkey Kong Country. Special thanks to etranist for pointing that out in the comments. ]
[ From Nintendo Power, August 1995, back cover ]
Discussion Topic of the Week: What's the first video game website you ever looked at online?
January 4th, 2016 by Benj Edwards
Tags: Retro Scan, AOL, disk, GamePro, online services, online games, Neverwinter Nights, MMOs, packaging, 1996
click on the image above to see front and back
I've previously featured a scan of an AOL CD, but so far I have not ventured into the world of America Online floppy disk packaging…until now. Here is a gaming-centric AOL giveaway disk package — still unopened — which I believe came with an issue of GamePro magazine I received as part of a subscription in 1996.
I love the AOL screenshot printed on the package here (possibly mocked up for marketing purposes) because it offers a rare glimpse into the mid-1990s AOL interface (with a Windows 3.1 window motif), centered on "The Games Channel." If anybody has a collection of AOL screenshots from the 1990s, I'd love to see them.
[ From AOL disk package, circa 1996, front and back ]
Discussion Topic of the Week: Did you ever play games on America Online back in the day? Tell us about it.