Vintage NES Memorabilia

The Nintendo Entertainment System (NES) was released in the United States in 1985. Games series such as, Super Mario Bros., Legend of Zelda, Castlevania, and Megaman helped the system maintain popularity into the early 90s. One of the things that I loved about the NES was the various figures, comics, and other merchandise related to popular NES titles.

In 1989 a company called Applause made Nintendo Super Mario PVC (Polyvinyl chloride) figures.

Applause Super Mario PVC figures. The one on the left I've had for 25 years or so. The others I got off of eBay.

Applause Super Mario PVC figures. The one on the left I’ve had for 25 years or so. The others I got off of eBay.

Here's a cardback of all the figures released. Some of the figures are rare, and gather impressive prices on eBay.  (Image Source unknown)

Here’s a cardback of all the figures released. Some of the figures are rare, and gather impressive prices on eBay. (Image Source unknown)

McDonald’s also included these Super Mario 3 Figures in Happy Meals in 1990.

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Mcdonalds Super Mario Bros 3 Happy Meal figures. I love the Raccoon Mario.

In addition to figures, Nintendo also joined with card companies to release other related memorabilia.

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Topps released these scratch-off trading cards. Each pack came with 3 cards and two stickers.

Here are examples of some of the Topps Nintendo trading cards I have.

And here are some examples of the stickers.

SurfingPizza.com, has a great article about these trading cards and stickers.

Nintendo also teamed up with Imperial and released these puffy stickers. I had several of these, but lost most of them.

Nintendo puffy stickers. (Image source unknown)

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More puffy stickers. (Image source unknown)

There were also comics released by Valiant in 1990 and 1991. These are some of my favorites of my entire comic collection. I’ve had these (except issue #1 of Legend of Zelda) since they were first published.

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Captain N: The Game Master #2 and #3 from Valiant Comics. Remember the cartoon?

Legend of Zelda from Valiant. I am missing issue #4

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Legend Of Zelda #1 and #2.

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Legend of Zelda #3 and #5.

My collection of vintage Nintendo memorabilia is limited, but I hope to obtain more. I especially want to complete the Applause figure collection, and collect as many Nintendo Valiant comics as I can.

All photos by me, unless noted

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