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Game Counselors

The Nintendo Power Line was a video game assistance service that Nintendo offered in the late 1980s through the early 2000s to gamers that needed help progressing in a video game. Nintendo of America hired and trained employees to act as “Game Counselors” to assist their customers with any questions they may have had on a game for one of their consoles.

Pac-Man Cereal

Pac-Man Cereal Pac-Man Cereal is a breakfast cereal that was based on the 1980 hit arcade game Pac-Man.  Produced by General Mills the cereal was promoted as “Chomp Chomp Delicious” and “Now Pac-Man isn’t just a game you play”.  The cereal shipped to stores in 1983, one year after the release of the Donkey Kong …

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SwordQuest Challenge

The SwordQuest Challenge was a video game contest held by Atari between 1982 and 1984. The contest was centered around a new video game series that Atari was releasing for their home video game console, the Atari VCS.

Nintendo Cereal System

Nintendo Cereal System is a breakfast cereal that featured two Nintendo franchise characters, Mario and Link. Produced in 1988 by Ralston Purina the cereal promoted the Super Mario Bros. and The Legend of Zelda video games for the Nintendo Entertainment System. Ralston named the cereal after the Nintendo Entertainment System as they were looking to capitalize on the massive success the system had in North America at the time.

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Video City

Video City is a set of trading cards based on several arcade video games that were produced by Topps. The set released in 1983 and consisted of 32 cards in total, 28 sticker cards and 4 scratch-off game cards. The cards centered around four popular arcade games of the time: Donkey Kong Jr., Frogger, Turbo and Zaxxon. Topps initially provided retailers with sales sheets to advertise the trading card set that mentioned Q-Bert and Centipede as being included in the set however neither were featured in the final release.

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1982 Topps Donkey Kong Cards

In 1982 Topps released a trading card set based on Nintendo’s hit arcade game Donkey Kong. The set consisted of 32 cards containing stickers that could be peeled off and 4 different scratch-off game cards. On the opposite side of the 32 sticker cards contained a portion of a picture that can be used to create a large Donkey Kong picture by collecting and combining cards.

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The Legend of Zelda – A Comic Book Adventure

The Legend of Zelda: A Comic Book Adventure is a promotional comic that was included in an issue of Nintendo Magazine System (NMS) in 1994. Unlike a standard comic strip the promotion is written as a choose your own adventure style interactive comic. Instead of reading through the comic from front to back readers must make decisions and skip forward and backwards to individual panels depending on the choices made.


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