A Fond Farewell To An Old Friend
The year was 1989. I was a freshman in a high school of which I knew absolutely nobody. I had never stepped foot in a school larger than my elementary school in Pleasant Shade Tennessee of which I was 1 of 4 in my 8th grade graduating class, (which had 70 students K-8 in the entire school). So for the first few months of my high school career, I was in literal hell due to the 3 Steps to High School Hell: I hardly knew anyone, I was smaller than everyone, and yes, I collected comic books.
But thanks to a little device called the NINTENDO ENTERTAINMENT SYSTEM, my world and social circle got a lot larger. I met one of my best high school friends, that year and it wasn't long before you could find me hanging out and spending pretty much every other weekend at Phillip's house, trying to beat THE LEGEND OF ZELDA, MIKE TYSON'S PUNCH-OUT or many others. Phillip was a great gamer and he introduced me to a secret weapon that helped him conquer these games. That secret was NINTENDO POWER MAGAZINE.
NINTENDO POWER MAGAZINE was to young Nintendo fans and gamers as THE WALL STREET JOURNAL might have been to a financial investor. There were articles about current and upcoming games, posters, reviews and so much more stuff. He had lots of issues and we would stay up until 2am, eating pizza and punching in cheat codes we found in these magazines.
Flash-forward over 20 years. I don't get to see my dear friend as much anymore, but when I think about my days hanging out with him, I think about PIZZA, NINTENDO and NINTENDO POWER MAGAZINE.
On December 11th, 2012, the final issue of NINTENDO POWER (#285) hit newsstands.
It has a cover paying tribute to the very first issue and includes a poster featuring every single cover throughout their publication, including the subscriber editions, which were often different.
For the last 4 years, I have been on a mission to complete an entire set of the series from Issue #1 in 1988 to current, but didn't make it a priority since there was no bookend. Copies of Nintendo Power magazine have ALWAYS been highly collectible and because kids like me let our copies double as paper plates for slices of cheese pizza, high grade copies of issues are in demand by video game collectors. Since this is a final issue, there's not many floating around, and this one has been snatched up everywhere...except EBay or AMAZON, where you'll be forced to pay a premium price anywhere from $30 to $75 a copy. The Subscriber edition variant (which features a thank you form letter from the President of Nintendo) will most likely be one of the most sought after issues since #1. If you happen to be one of the lucky ones who wander into their local WAL-MART, grocery store or bookstore and see NINTENDO POWER #285 on the shelf, you might want to do a Power Jump (which can be accomplished by pressing left, right, left, right, up, down, up, down, Button A and Button B on your NES controller) to snag a copy or 4.
So I bid NINTENDO POWER MAGAZINE a fond farewell. You might not have as many readers to justify publication, but you'll always have value to me, both monetary and sentimental.
And because of you, I'm always playing with power.