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November 1999 cover featuring Jet Force Gemini
|Categories||Computer and video game magazines|
|First issue||April 1993|
Nintendo Magazine System was the official Nintendo magazine of Australia. In publication for seven years until 2000, the magazine was a branch of Official Nintendo Magazine, the UK's official Nintendo magazine, which was also called Nintendo Magazine System at the time. On 12 November 2008 a new official Australian Nintendo magazine was announced.
The Australian version of NMS was originally published by Trielle Corporation as a 68-page magazine. The first issue appeared in April 1993, and featured Super Mario Land 2 on the cover. It was Australia's official Nintendo magazine, and was very critical to poorly made video game software, with scores for such games often in the low thirties. The magazine often included news and articles not relating to Nintendo products, from information on the idea of virtual reality, to the highest selling coin-operated arcade games at the time.
In the November 1993 edition of the magazine, a competition was announced called the Super Nintendo International Challenge.[clarification needed] The winner, Benjamin Smith of Craigmore SA, was announced in the February 1994 edition.
Starting with Issue 34 in January 1996, Catalyst Publishing took control of the magazine, but retained the issue numbering. The last issue of Nintendo Magazine System was Issue 89, the August 2000 issue.