The Nintendo Fun Club was a fan club marketed by Nintendo starting in back in 1987. It was free to join and with a membership was a free subscription to Nintendo Fun Club News, a newsletter that discussed popular games and upcoming releases. It was full of tips and tricks, news, etc. The first four issues were quarterly with the final three issues being bi-monthly.
The Fun Club was marketed via catalogs and flyers contained in Nintendo Entertainment System boxes, as well as in at least one game, Mike Tyson’s Punch-Out!!. During the intermissions between rounds, when Mac’s trainer is giving him hints to help him defeat his opponent, one of the things he says is “Join the Nintendo Fun Club today! Mac.”
After only 7 issues, the Nintendo Fun Club News was discontinued and revamped into Nintendo Power, a traditional subscription magazine that still exists today.
These tend to fetch a pretty penny these days, with the earliest ones obviously pulling in the most.
Complete Shantae (Game Boy Color)