On January 31st, The Video Game History Foundation hosted a charity event with four power players straight from the pages of Nintendo Power. Hosted by Frank Cifaldi, Howard Phillps, Gail Tilden, Leslie Swan, and Jeff Bafus reminisced about many behind-the-scenes details about the development of Nintendo Power. Old School Gamer was present during the charity event and submitted several questions on portions of the magazine that had not been discussed before.

Under the guidance of Nintendo of America Present Minoru Arakawa, Howard Phillps and Gail Tilden worked in conjunction with Tokuma Shoten Publishing Co. to design a magazine for the United States that echoed the design and information of Famitsu Magazine, among others, in Japan. While many made Nintendo Power Magazine out to be just a propaganda tool to sell more Nintendo games, the Nintendo Power team felt differently about it. “It’s difficult for players to finish games, so we wanted to give them a lot of support,” said Gail Tilden, first editor-in-chief of Nintendo Power. “There was this huge emphasis of wanting kids to have a pleasant experience with games,” replied Leslie Swan, second editor in chief and Localization Director. Howard Phillips, the original Nintendo Game Master,

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From the moment he touched an Intellivision controller in 1985, Mike knew that he had experienced something incredible in the world of video games that would shape him for the rest of his life. From that point forward, he would make it his mission to experience video games from every console generation going forward. Eventually, he would become obsessed with magazines that wrote about the games he loved, and it would inspire him to start writing about games himself in 1998 for various local media outlets. Always looking for an opportunity to branch out, Mike eventually coded the foundation of a website that would ultimately morph into Gamer Logic Dot Net, an independent video game site that continues to cover modern and classic video game today. Additional, Mike composes music for indie games under his other alias "Unleaded Logic"