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Old 08-21-2012, 06:07 PM   #1 (permalink)
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Nintendo Power Set to Stop Publication

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The Nintendo magazine will stop publication soon after nearly 25 years of circulation.


Nintendo Power, a magazine in circulation since 1989, will no longer be published, according to Ars Technica and confirmed by Nintendo Power staffers.

Ars Technica cited a source that told them that Nintendo and magazine publisher Future were unable to work out a deal regarding the Nintendo Power brand, which is owned by Nintendo, as they ran the magazine from 1989 to 2007. Supposedly, Nintendo was difficult to work with and not interested in working with Future on digital ideas that Future thought was necessary for the magazine and brand's success.

The current issue available is #281, dated for August 2012. It is unknown how many more are left, but Nintendo Power's Phil Theobald commented on Twitter that they have "something sweet" planned for the final issue.

The Nintendo Power staff is being transitioned to Future's other publications and sites, which include GamesRadar, MacLife, @Gamer, Official Xbox Magazine, and PlayStation: The Official Magazine. However, there is no confirmation that every staffer will be afforded this opportunity.
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There goes another piece of my childhood.
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Old 08-21-2012, 06:59 PM   #2 (permalink)
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Re: Nintendo Power Set to Stop Publication

I loved getting Nintendo Power when I was younger, I still would get
magazines from time to time, it's a shame they have to go but I will always
cherish them for the joy they gave me. Thanks Big N.
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Re: Nintendo Power Set to Stop Publication

Wow I can still remember getting Nintendo Power. I think my brother still has a bunch of them somewhere including the first issue.

The fact that it has been 25 years since it started makes me feel old.
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Old 08-21-2012, 07:08 PM   #4 (permalink)
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Re: Nintendo Power Set to Stop Publication

These magazines were before my time, but Ive read the odd one. Sad to see something so iconic in the video game world come to an end.
Might just have to get a copy of the final issue
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Old 08-21-2012, 07:23 PM   #5 (permalink)
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Sad to see it go, even if it's just a mere shadow of what it was in the past at this point.
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Re: Nintendo Power Set to Stop Publication

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Sounds like Nintendo refusing to acknowledge the existence of the Internet and digital media again. They're really losing a lot of potential profit in not developing any online presence.
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Yeah, they sucked ever since they changed the bg in Classified Information.
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Old 08-21-2012, 08:02 PM   #8 (permalink)
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It was an infomercial :P

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It was cool back in the NES/early SNES days.
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Sounds like Nintendo refusing to acknowledge the existence of the Internet and digital media again. They're really losing a lot of potential profit in not developing any online presence.
I came here to say this. Shooting themselves in the foot for no good reason.
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@SHWK & DB: You guys do realize that Nintendo does not own Nintendo Power, right?
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It was an infomercial :P
Yeah nah, that mag was jammed up with great stuff back in the day.
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Am I misreading this
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Nintendo Power brand, which is owned by Nintendo
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@SHWK & DB: You guys do realize that Nintendo does not own Nintendo Power, right?
Yeah Seahawk quoted the part that explains the relationship and why Nintendo is stupid.
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Factoid: 5% of NSMB 2 in Japan were digital dl's.
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Does that fact have anything to do with Nintendo Power?
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Does that fact have anything to do with Nintendo Power?
No, just a point of reference for how many units were dl's vs. retail. Ties into Nintendo not embracing digital stuff, seems like the Japanese don't want digital.
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I wish I still had my old NP magazines and EGM magazines. I use to have a whole bunch of their really early issues. I did hold on to Issue #1 though.
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@SHWK & DB: You guys do realize that Nintendo does not own Nintendo Power, right?
NoA does own the brand, but they handed the publishing duties to Future US several years back.

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Factoid: 5% of NSMB 2 in Japan were digital dl's.
That was enough to crash the eShop in Japan on release.

My point wasn't entirely digital games specifically anyhow.
I meant about online news and media, something other than their happy sanitized press releases.
Despite being handled by an external company, the Future staff reported a lot of news in their mag that you will never hear from Nintendo or any other online game news site, and usually earlier than everyone else, such as about Shantae, as well as developer interviews and etc. If I recall right they also had the news about Megaman 9 earlier than anyone else.

Once again it's just NoA being stuck up and being unwilling to make any effort at all.
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Yeah nah, that mag was jammed up with great stuff back in the day.
"back in the day" is right. There was a period (late snes/n64 era) where the reviews would have CONS of "Too addictive" and crap along those lines. The magazine went from cool/lifestylish to thin articles about upcoming games. When Nintendo start ramping up selling those strategy guides (the one's you get for free with a subscription) their content held back. Nintendo power used to have full page maps and awesome guides. At some point it just became irrelevant.
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Re: Nintendo Power Set to Stop Publication

Nintendo owns the name "Nintendo Power". Almost five years ago Nintendo decided it was no longer going to publish the magazine. A company named Future Publications came along and signed a five year contract with Nintendo for the use of the "Nintendo Power" name.

I don't mind bashing Ninty when they do something stupid but they have zero obligation to support another company, especially one focused on such an obviously dying media. I can not remember the last time Nintendo Power had any real scoop that was already unknown, including Shantae.
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Wow I can still remember getting Nintendo Power. I think my brother still has a bunch of them somewhere including the first issue.

The fact that it has been 25 years since it started makes me feel old.
I hear you on that. I remember when the magazine went from bi-monthly to monthly, and I still have most of those magazines (and a bunch of EGM's around too). 25 years. Yikes!


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It was cool back in the NES/early SNES days.
That it was. I remember waiting for the magazine to arrive each month to find out what new games were coming out and what was worth dropping $50.00 on. Even, though paper magazines are going away in general, I think I will miss the old Nintendo Power days.

For those who read the magazine, what was your favorite cover of all time?

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I read this one so many times, the cover literally ripped off and I had to tape it on. I still have this one to this day.




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This Toads focused issue also got a lot of read from me. Good times.
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What the heck is on the ground between Raphs legs?
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[/COLOR]What the heck is on the ground between Raphs legs?
Turtle-poo. No not really. It's those reflector things on roads. I see alot of them in big cities like New York and Las Vegas. Do you guys have those in Canada?
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In Canadia the roads are paved with moose pelts.

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