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Top 5 NES Game Power-Ups

Life in the NES’ glory days was hard, but these 5 power-ups kept legions of gamers going against all odds

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Throughout the history of video games, billions of lives have been lost for a limitless amount of reasons. But thankfully, some games are a bit more lenient in granting players a bit of a boost to help them complete their quest. Just a little bit of help can go a long way – especially when it comes to the “old-school” challenge of NES games. Here I want to focus on power-ups that I believe help the player most when completing games from the NES’ library. For this, the term “power-ups” can be either an item that grants the player an enhanced ability or an item the player can use to increase their attack power.

Mike Vito has been a slave to gaming ever since playing his grandfather's Atari 2600. A collector of all things retro, his main focus is obtaining a full NES collection. Being a father has rekindled his spirit for Nintendo and he now spends most of his time teaching his daughter about the games of yesteryear. Check out his other work in Pat Contri’s Ultimate Nintendo: Guide to the SNES Library. Current favorite games: Air Zonk, NHL Hitz 2003, Castlevania Symphony of the Night, & Super Dodgeball.
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