Nintendo Power was published in-house by Nintendo of America during the late 80s and 90s, and covered some of the most popular releases for the NES, SNES, and Gameboy. They frequently published detailed hint guides to the most anticipated releases of the day, including the Ultima series. What was especially wonderful about these publications were they often included bright full-page colour graphics and custom illustrations.
In February 1991, Volume 21, Nintendo Power produced an 8-page article featuring Ultima: Quest of the Avatar, which had been released the previous Christmas season. The article gave the game a rating of 3.3/5 for graphics and sound, 3.4 for play controls, 3.5 for challenge, and 3.7 for play and fun, making it the highest ranked of any of the Ultima games released for the NES.
Here for your viewing pleasure is the complete 8-page Nintendo Power hint guide.