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Nintendo Comics System Featuring Game Boy
#2 (March 1991)



Legal Stuff: Nintendo Comics System, Vol. 1, No. 2, March 1991 (ISSN: 1049-149X) Published by VALIANT, a division of Voyager Communications Inc., James Shooter, President; Steven J. Massarsky, Secretary. Office of publication: 132 West 21st Street, New York, NY 10011. (1990 Nintendo of America Inc. and (1990 Voyager Communications Inc. All characters herein, and the distinctive likenesses thereof, are trademarks of Nintendo of America Inc. All Rights Reserved. Printed in the U.S.A.

Availability: Extremely rare

Worth: $1.50 (at time of publication)

Story 1: "It's A Small World After All"
By Mark McClella n and Bill Vallely, Dennis Francis, Art Nichols, Jade, The Gradations

Summary: The story begins with a girl named Tannis getti ng on a plane to Florida saying her farewells to her mother and her sister who is too busy playing Super Mario Land on her Game Boy to care. Meanwhile, Herman Smirtch is walking down the street in New Jersey when suddenly a strange force comes over him. He picks up a brick and throws it at an electronics store window, which is holding Game Boys. He takes one and once again releases Tatanga and his armies from the game screen. His armies cause chaos and Smirtch realizes what he has done. Daisy complains to Tatanga that she wants to take a vacation. Tatanga asks Smirtch where the best place would be for a vacation and his reply is Disney World. Tatanga orders Herman to drive anearby abandoned semi to the airport.

When there, they push their way into the plane where Tannis also happens to be. The armies order the pilot to take them to Disney World. When Tannis starts to talk about the Space Shuttle at NASA, Tatanga thinks that that will be a much faster travel so they are ordered there. They board the sh uttle and continue on to Disney World (at least Tatanga thinks so).

Rating: See below, I rated the two-part story as one.

Story 2: "It's A Small World After All Part II"

The shuttle soars off into space at the beginning of part two. Inside, Herman Smirtch has to comfort a scared Tannis. Then he is ordered to come to Tatanga. He leaves his coat on a cold Tannis and leaves. Tannis finds the Game Boy in a pocket and decides to try to free Mario. She uses the radio on the shuttle to get help from her sister. Tannis soon releases Mario, who is thrown out in space in a spacesuit, but her manages to crawl through the cord on it.

Mario beats up on Tatanga's army and then the shuttle crashes back down on Earth. Daisy fakes an injury to make Tatanga and his armies retreat back into the Game Boy. Mario thanks Tannis and follows them. Then she and Herman Smirtch exit the crashed shuttle to singers singing "It's A Small World".

Rating: I thought that this was MUCH better than the first NCS featuring Game Boy comic was. It had a lot better story, and it made more sense. Still, I don't think they should have mixed Mario and the real world. On a scale of 1 to 10, I think that I would give it a 5.2.
Nintendo Comics System Featuring Game Boy Vol. 1, No. 2, March 1991


Shorts: "International Enquisitor": A tabloid describing the long stories, plus other pretty exaggerated stuff.

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