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RIP Nintendo Power: Magazine Shutting Down After 24 Years Options
BurningDoom
Posted: Tuesday, August 21, 2012 6:29:44 PM

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http://news.yahoo.com/rip-nintendo-power-magazine-shutting-down-24-years-182014659.html

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RIP Nintendo Power: Magazine Shutting Down After 24 Years



It looks like Nintendo Power -- one of the longest-running video game publications -- is shutting down.

For more than 23 years the publication has offered monthly coverage of the Nintendo gaming ecosystem. In 2007, Nintendo stopped publishing the magazine and shifted responsibilities to Future Publishing.

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As first reported by Ars Technica, the venerable brand is preparing to shut down after Nintendo and Future decided not to renew a publishing contract.

According to Ars Technica's source, Nintendo seemed uninterested in taking over publication of the magazine themselves or in creating more digital initiatives to prolong the health of the brand.

Nintendo Power editors initially tweeted what looked to be confirmation of the magazine's demise but those tweets have now been removed. Writers at Nintendo Power are reportedly being transitioned to other Future publications.

Nintendo Power is just the latest video game magazine to go out of print. In late 2011, GamePro ceased publication after 23 years. In 2009, Ziff Davis stopped publishing Electronic Gaming Monthly -- although the magazine was revived by a different publisher in 2010.

If you were anything like me, large portions of your childhood were spent buried in the pages of the original Nintendo Power. I would spend hours pouring over each issue, reading about upcoming games and existing favorites. The first hundred issues or so are tucked away in my parent's basement, living on as mementos of childhood I'm still unready to discard.


How sad. Glad I still have a lot of these from the older days.

It's especially sad to see because lately, the magazine has REALLY gone up in quality. Great articles and features, retro sections, and posters or timelines along with the standard reviews which used to be all it was.

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I thought they were already gone.... it's been impossible to find a copy on newsswtands around here for almost a year.

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Xylob wrote:
I thought they were already gone.... it's been impossible to find a copy on newsswtands around here for almost a year.


It must be your stores. Not only does Barnes & Noble still carry it here, but I see it in grocery store racks like Winco Foods, Safeway, and Rite Aid. In fact I just picked up the 25th NES Anniversary issue and the Wii U Preview issue both at Winco Foods.

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Havent looked at a copy of Nintendo Power in over 15 years or longer, but still it saddens me to hear of its demise.

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Sad news. I actually have the issue that is pictured in the first post.

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Looks like there's gonna be a new Nintendo magazine to fill the void:

http://www.nintendoforcemagazine.com/

BTW, here's a cover image of the final issue, which was a really good final issue (so bittersweet):



Which is an homage to the first issue's cover:



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