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Feb. 13 2010 - 5:10 pm | 3,433 views | 2 recommendations | 9 comments

Woah: Nintendo Power predicted Super Mario Galaxy in 1991

nintendopower_dec1991To many American males my age, childhood was a time of video bliss, lived at least partially in the worlds created by Atari, Nintendo and Sega, where everyone had numerous ‘lives’ and the day was only done when the last boss was felled.

Video game magazines from that time are an enormous source of nostalgia and comedy, especially viewed through adult eyes. In particular, the letters pages of Nintendo Power are a gold mine of absurd, youthful nerdry.

While exploring the Dec. 1991 issue of Nintendo’s official rag, pictured above, a friend of mine came across a letter that was shockingly prophetic, at least in one aspect. Take a look …


Though much of the above is merely a young geek’s fever dream and never came to be, it turns out this writer — one Jimmy Peterford from Glenn Cove, New York — accurately predicted Super Mario Galaxy, a game Nintendo wouldn’t release until 2007.

And it just happens to be one of the best games Nintendo has ever produced: a masterpiece by any standard.

Cue Keanu Reeves: “Woah.”

Shame about that ‘Raw Power System’ not coming true, though … I’m sure my 10-year-old self would have been really jazzed for 27.8 million colors and 512 bits, whatever the hell that’s supposed to mean.

Super Mario Galaxy 2 is expected to drop for the Wii sometime in 2010 — or, in Nintendo-speak, whenever it’s done. Here’s a trailer:


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