A Nintendo magazine, covering Game Boy and NES, and later Super NES. Supposedly all written by two people, a policy also seen on Mega (qv), though obviously a very large portion was in fact freelanced.* Oddly, the magazines which pursued this policy seemed to be only those featuring a writer called Andy Dyer, now the editor of kids' Playstation title Playstation Max. I draw no conclusion from this.
SUPER MARIO, THIS IS YOUR LIFE - June 1992
A feature tracing back the history of Mario.
42 - LIFE THE UNIVERSE AND NINTENDO GAMES - June 1992
A free covermounted book detailing the best 42 games on each of the two formats covered by Total at the time (Game Boy and NES).
SUPER SMASH TV PLAYER'S GUIDE - September 1992
A more exhaustive playing guide than you could probably imagine, for a game whose entire objective is to shoot everything you can see and not get killed. The SNES version of the game was such a good conversion of the arcade original, though, that you can use these tips on the coin-op.
THE SHOOT-'EM UPS FAMILY TREE - February 1994
A feature tracing the evolution of shoot-'em-up games, and how you could best experience those games using Nintendo consoles. Sadly, the actual family tree diagram showing the paths of development isn't here, but I hope to locate it and scan it in smetime soon.
* I haven't as yet included any of the dozens of reviews I wrote for Total, since as they were being credited to other people, I didn't take a lot of trouble to make them very good. Also, the mag was aimed mainly at kids (the editor and deputy were known throughout the mag as "Misery Guts" and "Thicky"), and I've never been much good at writing down to a young audience. I'm not proud, but hey, I had bills to pay.