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Darknyht

In going through some old boxes of mine at my parents house, I stumbled across an old issue of Nintendo Power (vol. 51). I was a little surprised when I flipped to the back of the magazine and found Power Challenge Trading Cards in them. I really don't remember them, but I am curious now what the challenges were.

From what I can find, there were 172 cards containing NES, Gameboy, and SNES games on them. Each had a description of the game on the back with a three level challenge. From looking around online, all I seem to find is the list and the cover image but no one seems to have documented the challenges.

So for the six I did find, here are the games with the challenge. (Sorry that there are quite a few duds in the list, seems advertising dollars may have influenced the selection):

#31 - Dinocity (SNES) - How far can you go in the first level using only your jump and pounce attack? Novice - The second section, Intermediate - The Fourth Section, Pro - Crasher, the boss.

#37 - Gargoyle's Quest II (NES) - Try getting the Night Drop from the Hidden Woods without - Novice - Losing a Life, Intermediate - Getting hit twice, Pro - Getting hit at all.

#55 - Black Bass Lure Fishing (GB) - On the first lake, how many fish can you catch in one day? Novice - Ten, Intermediate - Fifteen, Pro - Twenty

#61 - Bubsy: Claws Encounters of the Furried Kind (SNES) - How far can you go on the 1st level while constantly running? Novice - The 1st Exclamation Point, Intermediate - The 2nd Exclamation Point, Pro - The End

#64 - Maniac Mansion (NES) - From the start of the game, how quickly can you get the Safe combination? Novice - 40 minutes, Intermediate - 30 minutes, Pro - 20 minutes.

#67 - Final Fantasy Adventure (GB) - How far can you travel without ever getting hit? Novice - Topple, Intermediate - Bogard's House, Pro - Kett's House.

Darknyht

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Darknyht

Looking around online I found some additional information:

#1 - Kirby's Dream Land (GB) - How good are you at Kirby? Can you finish the game without: Novice - Losing a Life?, Intermediate - Getting Hit?, Pro - Losing a life on the hard level?

#3 - Tetris (GB) - How many Tetrises can you make without scoring any single, double, or triple lines? Novice - Five, Intermediate - Seven, Pro - Ten

#4 - Yoshi (GB) - How long will it take you to score 30,000 points? Novice - 25 minutes, Intermediate - 20 minutes, Pro - 15 minutes

#6 - Super Mario Brothers 3 (NES) - Use the three Warp Whistles to get to World Eight. Then, try to make it all the way through to Bowser without: Novice - Using any special items or suits, Intermediate - Losing any lives, Pro - Losing any lives as small Mario.

#7 - The Legend of Zelda: A Link to the Past (SNES) - Try beating Ganon with the following armor, sword, # of bottles, magic, and # of hearts: Novice - Red Armor, lvl 4 Sword, 2 Bottles, ½ Magic, 17 hearts, Intermediate - Blue Armor, lvl 3 Sword, 1 Bottle, ½ Magic, 15 hearts. Pro - Green Armor, lvl 4 Sword, 0 Bottles, Regular Magic, 13 hearts.

#8 - Super Play Action Football (SNES) - Try to finish the game without letting the opposing team gain any yardage on: Novice - High School Level, Intermediate - College Level, Pro - Professional Level

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KingMike

I have a binder with maybe half the cards (just an estimate).
I've been thinking about it but wow that would take some time to type up.

KingMike

KingMike

Well, here's the cards I have from the first 20% (up to 36).
I really doubt that Pac-Man challenge is physically possible, and I know the Wario Land card (#129, I think) is also impossible. But I wonder how many others will turn up.

#1 Kirby's Dream Land
How good are you at Kirby? Can you finish the game without-
Losing a life?
Getting hit?
Losing a life on the hard level
#4 Yoshi (GB)
How long will it take you to score 30,000 points?
25 minutes
20 minutes
15 minutes
#6 Super Mario Bros. 3
Use the three Warp Whistles to get to World Eight. Then, try making it
all the way through to Bowser without-
Using any special items or suits
Losing any lives
Losing any lives as small Mario
#7 The Legend of Zelda - A Link to the Past
Try beating Ganon with the following armor, sword, # of bottles, magic level and number of hearts
Red Armor, lv 4 sword, 2 bottles, 1/2 magic, 17 hearts
Blue Armor, lv 3 sword, 1 bottle, 1/2 magic, 15 hearts
Green Armor, lv 3 sword, 0 bottles, regular magic level, 13 hearts
#8 Super Play Action Football
Try to finish a game without letting the opposing team gain any yardage on-
High School level
College level
Professional level
#10 Dragon Warrior III
Try getting to the first key with these followers-
Three pilgrims
One fighter and two merchants
Three goof-offs
#11 Faceball 2000 (GB)
Can you beat these custom arenas?
4 Turkeys in Big Center board
2 Bouncers in Twist board
4 Gremlins, 2 Turkeys and 2 Bouncers in Shatter board
#12 Adventures of Lolo III
Here's the password for the final level: D49(Triangle) DKQ(heart) Q(Triangle)QP T56V. See if you can make it to the end while only losing-
Five lives
Two lives
Zero lives
#13 Lemmings (SNES)
Here's the password to the Sunsoft levels: KCGHCNC. Try to make it through all five stages, self-destructing no more than-
Two times
One time
Zero times
#14 Gargoyle's Quest
Try to make it through the first level without-
Losing 2 lives
Losing 1 life
Getting hit
#16 U.N. Squadron
Finish the first stage without using an special weapons on-
Normal level
Hard level
Gamer level
#18 Wizards and Warriors X: Fortress of Fear
How far can you go without swinging your sword or losing a life-
To Level 1-2
To Level 1-4
To the First Level Boss
#20 Super Smash T.V. (SNES)
Try to beat Scarface using only your normal gun in-
Six lives
Three lives
One life
#21 Battletoads (NES)
In the second level, how many extra lives can you earn for repeatedly bopping birds into the wall?
Two
Five
Eight
#22 Felix the Cat (NES)
How far can you go without picking up any Magic Bag Power-Ups?
Past Poindexter
Past Gulpo
To the Professor
#23 Final Fight
Using only the moves in which you grab an enemy, how many levels can you complete?
One
Two
Three
#25 Dr. Mario (NES)
How many matches can you make from putting one vitamin into place-
Three
Five
Seven
#26 Kickle Cubicle
Here's the password to the Special Levels: FbgJIYAX. Try to beal all 30 Special Rooms using only-
Two continues
One continue
Zero continues
#27 MetalStorm
On Stage Seven (password W8L-66Z(Heart)-3R3), beat all seven bosses using only-
Three lives
Two lives
One life
#29 Wings 2: Aces High
Here's the password to Level 15: NHQCKwblHXQ. How quickly can you destroy all three enemy planes?
Four minutes
Two and a half minutes
One minute
#31 Dino City
How far can you go in the first level using only your jump and pounce attack?
The second section
The forth[sic] section
Crasher, the boss
#32 Super R-Type
Challene: Finish the first stage using only your regular gun and without picking up and Power-Ups on-
Easy level
Normal level
Hard level
#33 Prince of Persia (GB)
How quickly can you finish Level 9 (password:33826685)?
11 minutes
8 minutes
5 minutes
#34 Pac-Man (GB)
How many levels do you have to finish before you can earn 50,000 points?
Five
Three
One
#35 R.C. Pro-Am Racing
On Level Twelve, how many enemy cars can you destroy?
15
25
35
#36 Super Mario Bros. 3
Try to beat these bosses using only fireballs-
World One - Larry Koopa
World Three - Wendy Koopa
World Six - Lemmy Koopa

KingMike

Darknyht

I've thought about that. I managed to find roughly 60 of the cards on ebay with the images of the backs. I have already started a Google doc of them that can be found here (https://docs.google.com/document/d/1OO9apFtafLIZXWGzgwHSkj0rMbl-J3RDZ1Hx-f8S5LQ/edit?usp=sharing). I really don't mind filling them in, just lack the cards to get the information.

I honestly think that pac-man has a typo. 5,000 points makes sense, while 50,000 is impossible.

Darknyht

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KingMike

Internet out for a bit so I had time to type out the rest that I own.

Wario Land (#129) is an impossible challenge, as I said. I think it should've been 5/10/15 Treasures.
Also I think #162 is impossible due since I do think it is an actually unreleased game: John Madden Football (from UBI Soft). This is the Game Boy version, but it was also in development for NES. The card says the game was "released" 11/94, but I don't think it was. Madden '95 was released, but by a different developer. Perhaps EA pulled the license and gave it to the other guys. (odd that Madden never made it out on the NES, but it did on the TurboGrafx-CD)

#37 Gargoyle's Quest II
Try getting the Night Drop from the Hinom Woods without-
Losing a life
Getting hit twice
Getting hit at all
#38 Batman (NES)
Try to reach the 1st boss without punching or shooting, and losing no more than-
Two lives
One life
Zero lives
#39 Super Mario Land 2: 6 Golden Coins
Try clearing all of the stages in one of the following zones using only one Mario life-
Turtle Zone
Mario Zone
Pumpkin Zone
#40 NCAA Basketball
Try winning a game-
Without substituting any players
Shooting only three point shots
Without substituting and players and shooting only three point shots
#41 Battleclash
How far can you get without using Bombs?
Thanatos on Easy Level
The Moon on Medium Level
Babel on Hard Level
#44 Spy vs. Spy: Operation: Booby Trap
Try to finish a level without-
Setting any traps
Punching
Jumping
#45 Centipede
Try to finish 10 levels while staying at the very bottom of the screen on-
Novice Level
Standard Level
Expert Level
#46 Solar Jetman
Can you finish the following planets without ever letting up on your thrusters?
Mexomorph (Level 2)
Bokky (Level 5)
Shammy Gen (Level 10)
#49 Desert Strike: Return to the Gulf
In Campain #1, try destroying these objectives without finishing the objectives preceeding them and without losing a helicopter-
The Power Station
The Air Fields
The Command Centers
#50 Boomer's Adventure in Asmik World
Try to beat the following without using a shovel-
Beetle
Moth
Spike
#55 Black Bass Lure Fishing (GB)
On the first lake, how many fish can you catch in one day?
Ten
Fifteen
Twenty
#58 Bart vs the Space Mutants
Try to finish the first level and still have-
10 Coins
15 Coins
22 Coins
#60 Mega Man 4 (NES)
Try to beat the following bosses using only your Mega Buster and without using any Energy Tanks-
Drill Man
Dust Man
Dive Man
#66 Hunt for Red October (GB)
Try to make it through the First Level taking no more than-
Two hits
One hit
Zero hits
#70 Tom & Jerry (GB)
Try to finish the first screen before your timer falls below-
2:40
2:50
3:00
#72 Tecmo Super Bowl (NES)
In one season, try to earn (by rushing)-
4,000 yards
5,000 yards
6,000 yards
#73 Top Gear 2
Using the Password: )FHD T?<P 7?TW WL4D> 743HH, can you beat the following times on the Abu Sunbul course in Egypt?
3:25:00
3:10:00
2:50:00
#74 Clay Fighters
Can you get through three rounds of fighting, using only special moves with these characters?
Blue Suede Goo
Taffy Man
Helga
#75 Kirby's Adventure
Can you make it to Grape Garden without:
Defeating any enemies, except for the bosses
Using any captured enemy attacks
Using any normal attacks
#76 Final Fantasy Legend III
How many Hit Points do you need to defeat Dogra?
145 H.P.
110 H.P.
90 H.P.
#77 Shadowrun
Can you finish the game using only the:
UZI Sub-Machine Gun
Ares Viper Pistol
Baretta Pistol
#78 SimCity
Without using the Million Dollar Code, at which level can you create a Metropolis in 50 years?
Easy Level
Medium Level
Hard Level
#80 Golf (GB)
Can you beat these scores?
Shoot Even Par on the Japanese Course
Shoot -5 on the US Course
Shoot -15 on the Japanese Course
#81 Super Mario All-Stars
Can you finish these games WITHOUT warping?
Super Mario Bros. 3
Super Mario Bros. 1
Super Mario Bros: The Lost Levels
#82 Vegas Stakes
Try to make $100,000 playing only:
Poker at the Golden Paradise
Blackjack at the Hideaway
Slots at the Buffalo Head
#84 Yoshi's Cookie (SNES)
Score more than 6,500 points on these speed and level settings:
Speed low, round five, beat score before stage six
Speed medium, round three, beat score on stage one
Speed high, round seven, beat score before stage four
#85 The Legend of Zelda
Can you beat Ganon in the first quest without:
The Red Ring
The Magical Sword
The Blue Ring or The Magical Sword
#88 Top Rank Tennis
In the practice mode, can you beat these players without losing a game in a 3-set match?
Jim Quarter, Rank #93
Dave Quarter, Rank #87
Ken Quarter, Rank #74
#89 Yoshi's Cookie (NES)
Starting at Round Five with speed set at High, how far can you go?
Round Five, Stage 4
Round Five, Stage 10
Round Six, Stage 2
#91 Battletods & Double Dragon: The Ultimate Team (NES)
With what character can you beat the Stage 1-2 Mini Boss, without losing a player?
Rash
Billy
Zitz
#94 Mortal Kombat (SNES)
How far can you get on the Medium Difficulty Level without using any special moves?
To the 3rd Fight
To the Endurance Marches
To Goro
#97 WWF: King of the Ring (NES)
Playing as yourself, can you become the King of the Ring?
Easy Difficulty Level
Medium Difficulty Level
Hard Difficulty Level
#98 7th Saga
After reaching Aran Castle, can you defeat Romus at one of these levels?
Five
Five, using no magic
Four, using only magic
#100 Secret of Mana
Which person can you beat the Spikey Kitty using the weapon of your choice?
The Hero
Dyluck's Love
The Sprite
#102 Street Fighter II Turbo
In the Normal Mode, see if you can beat M. Bison with E. Honda at--
Difficulty Level of 2 Stars
Difficulty Level of 5 Stars
Difficulty Level of 7 Stars
#103 Wicked 18
In the Tournament Mode how high can you place?
In the top 30
In the top 15
As the Tournament Champion!
#105 Rock n'roll Racing
Can you score the maximum points at each level?
Password: F6VH TLHB 1CZG (4800 pts)
Password: SGY8 R4CV VQPT (2400 pts)
Password: XWC7 HZB5 5TJ! (5600 pts)
#106 NHL Stanley Cup
How many total goals can your favorite team score in a season?
200
300
500
#107 ActRaiser 2
Can you finish these stages using only one life?
MFCL SYMC MSXF (Easy)
MFCL SYMX WKID (Med)
MFCL SYMX FJSD (Hard)
#108 Disney's Duck Tales 2 (GB)
Make it through Niagara Falls without using any special items on:
Easy level
Normal level
Difficult level
#110 Claymates
How many points can you gather before the area Moldy Lane?
425,000
550,000
675,000
#111 Metal Combat: Falcon's Revenge
How quickly can you dispatch the Giga Desp: Second Form?
Under 2:30
Under 2:00
Under 2:00 without defeating Rola
#112 Kirby's Pinball Land
How many points can you score on your first ball?
400,000
750,000
1,000,000
#114 Daffy Duck: The Marvin Missions (SNES)
Can you get through the end of 20,000 Martians Under the Sea without using:
A Continue Gem
The Freeze Gun
More than one life
#115 Zoda's Revenge: Star Tropics II
Which Chapter can you finish without taking any damage?
Chapter 2 - Cave Dwellers
Chapter 4 - 19th Century London
Chapter 7 - King Arthur's England
#116 Lester the Unlikely
Without using a single Continue, how far can you go?
Stage 3: The Totem Poles
Stage 7: The Jungle
Stage 12: The Docks
#117 Mega Man X
Can you beat these stages using only the X-Buster for your weapon?
Flame Mammoth
Armored Armadillo
Storm Eagle
#118 Turn & Burn: No Fly Zone
Can you complete the following missions without using any missiles?
GSZWBFPT
RRHCZJVM
PDTBCZNJ
#119 Darkwing Duck (GB)
How many points can you score using only one Duck?
3000 points on New Bridge
4000 points in City Center
5000 points in the Sewers
#121 Super Metroid
How fast can you finish the game?
Under 10 hours w/ over 80% of the items
Under 5 hours w/ over 40% of the items
Under 2 hours w/ over 15% of the items
#122 X-Kaliber 2097
Without using any Continues, can you make it to:
Tatoo (on Normal difficulty level)
Kane (on Very Hard difficulty level)
Raptor (on Hardest difficulty level)
#123 Mega Man VI
Can you defeat the following bosses WITHOUT using the Mega Buster?
Yamamoto Man
Mr. X
Dr. Wily - Second Form
#124 TMNT Tournament Fighters (NES)
Can you win the Tournament mode without..?
Losing more than 3 fights
Losing more than 2 fights
Losing any fights at all!
#127 Bonk's Adventure (NES)
How many faces can you finish Level One with?
7
12
20
#129 Wario Land: Super Mario Land 3
How much treasure can collect when you finish the game?
10 Treasures
15 Treasures
20 Treasures
#130 Black Bass Lure Fishing (GB)
How heavy is the biggest fish that you can catch?
Over 4.5 pounds
Over 6.0 pounds
Over 7.5 pounds
#132 Monster Max
How many lives does it take you to complete the first three levels?
5
3
1
#133 Super Street Fighter 2: The New Challengers
Using any character in the Time Challenge, how fast can you beat M. Bison?
45 Seconds
25 Seconds
18 Seconds
#134 Donkey Kong (GB)
Can you make it through these levels using only one Mario?
Level 1-3
Level 2-2
Level 3-3
#135 Joe & Mac 2: Lost in the Tropics
How many hearts can you finish the Stegosaurus with?
One heart left
Three hearts left
All five hearts left
#136 Walt Disney's The Jungle Book (NES)
Using only one Mowgli, how many levels can you finish?
Level 2
Level 4
Level 8
#137 Champions World Class Soccer
What is the largest margin of victory you can achieve?
Using Germany, win by 12 goals
Using Cameroon, win by 10 goals
Using USA, win by 10 goals
#138 Super Battletank (GB)
Finish the first mission without using:
Laser Guided Shells
Laser Guided Shells & Smoke Screens
Laser Guided Shells, Smoke Screens & 120mm Shells
#139 Tommy Moe's Winter Extreme Skiing & Snowboarding
Can you beat these times, skiing or snowboarding?
Course 1: 1:10.55
Course 2: 1:18.67
Course 4: 1:06.50
#140 Bugs Bunny's Rabbit Rampage
What is the best Style Rating you can get on Level 1.1?
Hare Brain
Long Eared Galoot
Wascally Wabbit
#144 Donkey Kong Country
Can you finish these levels using only one monkey?
Platform Perils
Mine Cart Carnage
Snow Barrel Blast
#146 Star Trek: The Next Generation (SNES)
How many Missions can you complete without using your phasers to destroy any enemies?
1 Mission
3 Missions
5 Missions
#149 The Death & Return of Superman
How far can you go using only 1 Continue?
2 Levels
5 Levels
9 Levels
#150 The Legend of Zelda
How far can you get with only a certain # of heart containers?
14 Containers
11 Containers
8 Containers
#154 Contra: The Alien Wars (GB)
How many missions can you complete without a Continue?
1 Mission
3 Missions
5 Missions
#157 WildSnake (SNES)
Can you eliminate:
75 Snakes
135 Snakes
200 Snakes
#158 Space Invaders (GB)
Can you beat these scores?
1,200 Points
5,500 Points
12,000 Points
#159 FireStriker
How far can you go with only 1 life?
3 Stages
6 Stages
12 Stages
#162 John Madden Football (GB)
How badly can you blow-out the other team?
3 touchdowns ahead
7 touchdowns ahead
14 touchdowns ahead
#164 Wario's Woods (NES)
Can you beat the gold medal times for:
Easy
Normal
Hard
#166 Disney's The Jungle Book (GB)
Can you finish these levels with this much time remaining:
Jungle by Day; 1 minute
Dawn Patrol; 1 minute, 45 seconds
Tree Village; 2 minutes, 15 seconds
#167 Earthworm Jim (SNES)
How far can you go on 1 Continue?
2 Levels
5 Levels
8 Levels
#170 Tin Star
Can you beat the following scores?
650,000 points
1,000,000 points
1,500,000 points

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