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From 1988 through to 2012, Nintendo Power was a mainstay of magazine stands across the United States, and it’s likely many of the fans who got their start flicking through its pages vividly remember its cover art. Instead of recycling pre-supplied renders, for many of its covers, Nintendo Power instead created its own artwork, especially in the early years. Whether it be a Mario made of clay or a lavish portrayal of Castlevania, there’s plenty to be nostalgic about.

If you’ve ever wondered how those iconic covers came to be, you might want to check out the Art of Nintendo Power Twitter account, run by Stephan Reese, an amateur historian who has amassed a collection of original sketches, lineart, and more. Check out a selection of posts below:

Be sure to click through for even more images of these iconic pieces of artwork from yesteryear!

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Written by Tom Brown

Whether it’s an exciting new entry in a series long established or a weird experiment meant only for the dedicated, Tom is eager to report on it. Rest assured, if Nintendo ever announces Elite Beat Agents 2, he’ll be there.