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Nintendo Power To Shut Down

Soulskill posted about 2 years ago | from the thanks-for-the-dragon-warrior-3-maps dept.

Nintendo 78

stillnotelf writes "Ars Technica is reporting that the official Nintendo magazine, Nintendo Power, is shutting down after 24 years. The gaming magazine has been run by independent publisher Future US since 2007, but Ars Technica's source and deleted Twitter posts say that Nintendo is uninterested in continuing the paper magazine in today's digital age, and also unwilling to convert it into a primarily digital experience. There's been no official confirmation of the cancellation or word of how many issues remain of this bit of childhood nostalgia for so many gamers."

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Noooo! (2, Funny)

Anonymous Coward | about 2 years ago | (#41077277)

Now where will I get my biased game reviews from?

Re:Noooo! (5, Funny)

Lord_of_the_nerf (895604) | about 2 years ago | (#41077313)

Gamespot, like everyone else.

Re:Noooo! (1)

Anonymous Coward | about 2 years ago | (#41077857)

For that extra bit of bias and stupidity, I recommend Jim Sterling or Colin Moriarity.

Re:Noooo! (2, Informative)

Anonymous Coward | about 2 years ago | (#41077343)

Metacritic (their secret is that they pretend to be unbiased).

Re:Noooo! (3, Informative)

noh8rz7 (2706405) | about 2 years ago | (#41077413)

to be fair, so many nintendo-designed games are incredibly awesome, and it was cool to dedicate an entire issue of nintendo power to them. remember the zelda cartridges came in gold? that was cool too.

Re:Noooo! (4, Funny)

Anonymous Coward | about 2 years ago | (#41077553)

No shit. This is about Nintendo Power, not Nintendo. If Nintendo were to shut down the Internet would explode and millions of gamers around the world would simultaneously commit suicide by banging their heads against bricks, jumping down random pipes, and eating strange mushrooms.

Re:Noooo! (1)

Kell Bengal (711123) | about 2 years ago | (#41079617)

banging their heads against bricks, jumping down random pipes, and eating strange mushrooms.

Sounds like a good weekend to me!

Re:Noooo! (1)

Dogtanian (588974) | about 2 years ago | (#41081623)

Now where will I get my biased game reviews from?

To be fair, I'm not a gamer anyway, but I never understood the appeal of "official" games review magazines.

There may be a case for official endorsement in other areas, but for magazines, there's no obvious benefit beyond (possibly) getting privileged access to (e.g.) Nintendo's news and announcements- when it suits *them*, that is. And that's the issue- isn't any official magazine always going to be compromised at some level, and isn't the reader going to be aware of that?

Even if it's not a blatant mouthpiece for the manufacturer's PR, one is always going to be wondering what level of interference and tolerance is permitted and how it affects (e.g.) reviews. It might be that (e.g.) reviewers are aware that they shouldn't rock the boat, and thus pull their punches even if the manufacturer isn't explicitly interfering.

Would Nintendo really be happy if their officially-endorsed mag published a blistering attack on the company, even if it was justified? Would they like it if the latest Newer New Super Mario 3D Bros 2 was given a stinking review for its production line nature?

That said, even non-official magazines probably aren't unbiased as they have to pander to the readers' fanboyish tendencies. Even publishing the aforementioned attack on Nintendo in a non-official Nintendo-specific mag would possibly be bad business practice for that reason. And, of course, the influence of pissed-off advertisers has been an issue for many years. (I remember reading an article in an Amiga magazine 20 years ago commenting that one advertiser threatened to pull their advertising because their game only got something like 85-89% ("good to very good"), short of the magic 90%. (Yes, rose-coloured-spectacle-wearers, even 20 to 25 years ago review ratings were skewed towards the top of the scale with many overhyped games getting silly ratings like 96%).

Re:Noooo! (1)

Cinder6 (894572) | about 2 years ago | (#41082531)

A lot of people have fond memories of Nintendo Power because of the walkthroughs and hints the magazine had for various games. I, on the other hand, was always resentful of Nintendo Power, because it often felt like games were intentionally obtuse just to make you go out and get a subscription.

Re:Noooo! (1)

captjc (453680) | about 2 years ago | (#41083393)

I always figured that games were made intentionally obtuse because they were made for the Japanese audience and only later given to Americans as an afterthought. I also figured that the reason (Japanese published) games started getting simpler was because they realized the value of and started catering to western audiences.

Re:Noooo! (1)

Rotag_FU (2039670) | about 2 years ago | (#41085951)

I was a subscriber when I was a kid back in the early days (late 80's to early-90's) before gaming info was widely available online. My favorite part was the really well done maps they had of the various scrollers. They had what appeared to be linearly stitched screenshots with pointers to important areas, items, and enemy bosses that referenced legends of useful information (e.g. the location of a heart container). It was really fun to play the game and then go back and open the magazine and see all the stuff that you missed and then go back into the game to find it. No other magazine provided the same quality of maps, relying upon (often confusing) text directions and maybe a screenshot or two. It extended the replayability of lots of games for me. Of course as a kid I had no money so I had to make games last.

RIP (-1)

Anonymous Coward | about 2 years ago | (#41077299)

It's like a death in the family.

Re:RIP (2, Insightful)

Lord_of_the_nerf (895604) | about 2 years ago | (#41077385)

Yes, if that family member was clearly a corporate shill.

I miss Uncle Unilever.

Re:RIP (0)

kamapuaa (555446) | about 2 years ago | (#41077817)

My old boyfriend Subway.

Re:RIP (0)

Anonymous Coward | about 2 years ago | (#41078079)

Corporations are people too, you insensitive clod.

Now how will I know that renting games is wrong? (3, Funny)

Kenja (541830) | about 2 years ago | (#41077305)

All other sources refuse to cover how renting games is "grey market" and wrong.

Package nintendopower has been deprecated. (2, Funny)

cwrinn (1282510) | about 2 years ago | (#41077317)

This package has been superceded by the package nintendochannel, proceed with install? [Y/n]

Re:Package nintendopower has been deprecated. (1)

VGPowerlord (621254) | about 2 years ago | (#41082105)

This package has been superceded by the package nintendochannel, proceed with install? [Y/n]

You only wish installing stuff on the Wii and 3DS were that easy.

For those people who don't know what I'm referring to, Nintendo Channel is a Wii channel available for free in the Wii store that Nintendo posts videos and other info about their current and upcoming games.

nintendo power shutting down... (0, Funny)

Anonymous Coward | about 2 years ago | (#41077345)

but white power is still going strong!

Re:nintendo power shutting down... (-1)

Anonymous Coward | about 2 years ago | (#41079249)

It is obvious to all intelligent and good looking people that white people suck. That's part of the reason some of the particularly stupid white people talk about white power, it's to make themselves feel better.

Looking at history, and we can say that white people are generally thieves and scoundrels, stealing ideas, land, resources etc. and claiming it as their own. They are very war like, not very intelligent and really do just smell. (And obviously it's not about them not having access to the facilities to wash themselves. They just exude this rank odour, like they've been eating rotten meat or something. Eew.)

Of course not all white people are bad. Hell, some of my best friends are white! But, overall, I would feel generally uneasy about moving into a white neighbourhood, and warn my younger relatives to watch out they are suddenly in a crowd of white people.

Re:nintendo power shutting down... (1)

Anonymous Coward | about 2 years ago | (#41079561)

It is obvious to all intelligent and good looking people that white people suck.

So white people who don't like white people?

only now can i understand comic book collectors (1)

Anonymous Coward | about 2 years ago | (#41077379)

if only i could get back that first copy of nintendo power i had back in 1988. its worth so much now on ebay. very nostalgic. would love to have it back, but i can't afford to spend 80+ dollars on a magazine.

Re:only now can i understand comic book collectors (0)

Anonymous Coward | about 2 years ago | (#41081377)

Damn, now I'm wishing that I hadn't sold the first three issues on eBay for $6 a few years back. Still have more than 60 of the first 80 or so issues that I couldn't sell...

Re:only now can i understand comic book collectors (1)

Fatch Racall (2330110) | about 2 years ago | (#41085317)

That was the copy with the clay figures of mario, featuring super mario bros 2, right? I have a copy, but it's in terrible condition.

maybe they will return... (0)

joocemann (1273720) | about 2 years ago | (#41077381) Nintendo Underpowered?

Fanboi mod me funny. The gamecube was the last "powerful" nintendo.

I had the very first issue (3, Insightful)

m93 (684512) | about 2 years ago | (#41077389)

Got it when I was in 3rd grade. Had a subscription for years afterward. That was a great time to be a kid and be fortunate enough to have access to high-tech gadgets like the NES/Super NES.

Re:I had the very first issue (4, Informative)

GoodNewsJimDotCom (2244874) | about 2 years ago | (#41077607)

Nintendo power was fun propoganda to get you hyped up to play video games in the 80s. As a kid, I loved that stuff. Games were already fun, but when you have a magazine talking about strategies, and easter eggs when there was no internet to get any discussion, that was indeed great times!

NES era was a huge time in my childhood because the jump from atari2600 to NES was so huge that you never knew what they could make next as a video game, and the games for NES were really fun compared to atari2600 games which rapidly got boring, but I played them anyway because there was no alternative. Around 1989 is when I realized I wanted to be come a computer game programmer, and it was when I was standing around a bunch of NES games we played out and I was getting kinda bored with.

Re:I had the very first issue (0)

Anonymous Coward | about 2 years ago | (#41077731)

SO! Are you a 'game programmer'? lol :) Sorry. I'm passionate about my job although that is pretty amazing if you actually had a concept of what a game programmer really was at that age let alone had the opportunity to learn how to program.

I knew a lot of kids growing up from computer camps I attended. Of those kids I have respect for maybe two. One kid was eight and had a Sony laptop with GNU/Linux. That is pretty impressive alone as at the time Linux didn't work on laptops. Period. 2nd the kid actually seemed to know something about Unix/Linux. It took me 18 to get where that kid probably was. I was programming at 11 too and dabbling with GNU/Linux. It wasn't until I was 18 that things had really come along sufficient on the desktop and all the necessities of switching to it had come round to me. And even then it took me a summer to pick up the missing skills that dabbling never will.

Then there was another kid. He would probably have been like 9-11 when I first met him. I would have been 12-13 probably. He also was amazingly skilful. He'd started out about the same place I did and just shot up. By the time our last encounter he was a god. He blew me away. He could throw a game together (and actually be programming it- not just hacking some mod together for Quake) no problem. He actually did all the basic stuff to create a super mario like game in front of my eyes. Now- that was amazing. It might not have been a full fledge game although see the little guys on the screen run and jump was just freeken awesome. Ohh... and he did code Quake mods I think too.

Re:I had the very first issue (1)

darthdavid (835069) | about 2 years ago | (#41078459)

posting to remove accidental moderation, sorry

Re:I had the very first issue (1)

hairyfeet (841228) | about 2 years ago | (#41081577)

Bah! I had the Coleco which had the great graphics AND could play the 2600 games to boot! I still think the Coleco version of DK Jr was better than the NES version.

The problem I always had with the NES is despite the "Nintendo seal of quality" the amount of shitty shovelware they let into the channel was just insane. For every decent game you probably had a dozen truly crap games, not even counting all the movie license crap they let loose upon their system like a chili fart on a bus. Friday The 13th or Total Recall anyone?

Lets face it folks the only reason to look at a Nintendo Power today would strictly be nostalgia, that's all. Back in the day before everyone had the net it was really useful, it would have tips and codes and walkthroughs for some of the harder popular games but today you can get that stuff in seconds from any number of websites so there really isn't a point anymore.

So lets all bow our heads in a moment of silence for one more thing we old farts remember that has gone the way of the 8-track and then get back to the infinite goodness that is the web.

Re:I had the very first issue (2)

JDG1980 (2438906) | about 2 years ago | (#41082543)

The problem I always had with the NES is despite the "Nintendo seal of quality" the amount of shitty shovelware they let into the channel was just insane. For every decent game you probably had a dozen truly crap games, not even counting all the movie license crap they let loose upon their system like a chili fart on a bus. Friday The 13th or Total Recall anyone?

All consoles had (and have) a lot of "shitty shovelware", but the ratio of good games to bad games on the NES was higher than on most other systems. Nintendo limited each third-party licensee to a certain number of games released per year, so this meant that a lot of the worst Famicom games never made it to America. (Of course, quite a few good games didn't, either.)

And not all licensed titles for the NES were bad. The NES version of Batman, for instance, was a very good platformer. DuckTales was a well-designed game, too.

Re:I had the very first issue (1)

m93 (684512) | about 2 years ago | (#41081817)

You are indeed right on target. It WAS propaganda to get you interested in buying their games. I got my NES when it first came out (I even had the damn Robot). I remember playing Duck Hunt and Gyromite at first, and then ignoring it briefly. Then, Nintendo Power came out, and around that time the supermarket in my town started renting movies and games. From that point on I had information and a supplier. All downhill from there! Looking at some of those old covers brings back memories.

Re:I had the very first issue (1)

synapse7 (1075571) | about 2 years ago | (#41079567)

I still have two boxes containing most of the first few years of Nintendo Power, now they might start going up in value? My GF keeps telling me to dump them. Sadly I never had the first issue. I have the 25th anniversary issue with Mario in the raccoon suit on the cover and the original matching issue, yeah..

Re:I had the very first issue (2)

mister_playboy (1474163) | about 2 years ago | (#41079883)

I got started with the issue that came with a free game(!) It was Dragon Warrior, the start of my RPGing...

Not sure what issue that was, but it was probably a bit later (#12 or so).

Re:I had the very first issue (1)

PseudoCoder (1642383) | about 2 years ago | (#41080569)

I remember getting the little subscription card included in the NES box before the first issue came out and the marketing made you feel like you were getting in on something special and exclusive. Then getting my first issue in the mail, it was every bit as glorious as I've ever seen any bit of propaganda. I was a subscriber for a good many years until I started moving around a lot, at which point the SNES was starting to show its age and the N64 wasn't really appealing to an overachiever with more schoolwork than he could handle. Hard to believe, I still have the first issue in very good condition, somewhere in my box full of collectibles.

Re:I had the very first issue (1)

Phusion (58405) | about 2 years ago | (#41081875)

Oh man, yeah I got a subscription in the early 90's and was so very excited every month when it came. Kids my age had a collective shitting of bricks when the SNES came out and promptly developed some Nintendo thumb. It was a great magazine, but I have no idea what happened to it after the 90's.. I suppose that other company bought it?

With All of the Recent Bad Press about Nintendo (1)

casings (257363) | about 2 years ago | (#41077395)

I am surprised to find out that this is not due to it be the front of some sort of energy company that gets energy from baby seal pelts.

Re:With All of the Recent Bad Press about Nintendo (1)

casings (257363) | about 2 years ago | (#41077397)


Re:With All of the Recent Bad Press about Nintendo (0)

Anonymous Coward | about 2 years ago | (#41078143)

Thank you for that wonderful clarification. It helps so much.

Woz (5, Interesting)

guttentag (313541) | about 2 years ago | (#41077403)

Steve Wozniak was denied a Game Boy Tetris high-score listing in Nintendo Power, so he resubmitted his score with his name spelled backwards (Evets Kainzow), and they printed it [] ! Classic moment in crossover Apple/Nintendo geekery... They later gave in and published his photo and a paragraph [] about his Tetris obsession.

For those who remember Nintendo Power and are feeling nostalgic, there's a good cover gallery [] with a smattering of selected inside pages (sadly, Woz's high score in issue 24 doesn't seem to be among the scans).

Re:Woz (1)

twocows (1216842) | about 2 years ago | (#41077899)

That's really cool and I'd mod you up but you're already at +5. Fantastic!

Re:Woz (0)

Anonymous Coward | about 2 years ago | (#41078693)

Wow, I remember going for a high score on that game for ages. I managed to break 200k, but to break 500k, Woz must be more machine than man.

pwntendo (1)

Penurious Penguin (2687307) | about 2 years ago | (#41077525)

Venetian Snares - Pwntendo []

All I can say

Ehhh... (1)

Guppy06 (410832) | about 2 years ago | (#41077543)

Nintendo Power has been "just another gaming mag" for too long now. I'm not sure if the shark-jumping point was when publishing shifted away from Nintendo, or when they started publishing advertising, but the copies I've picked up and thumbed through didn't feel like the magazine of yore.

Personally, I'm still more depressed by Nintendo no longer publishing official game guides (I believe the last was for Super Paper Mario) than this news.

Sad to hear (2)

flimflammer (956759) | about 2 years ago | (#41077547)

If only for nostalgic reasons. I used to read Nintendo Power in the 80s and early 90s. My friend had and probably still has a huge stack of them from that time period. I felt similarly sad when GamePro suffered the same fate. I used to read those all the time back in the 90s.

It's kind of like hearing that a relative or old friend you haven't seen in years died.

Kinda sad (2)

ildon (413912) | about 2 years ago | (#41077613)

As a kid I had a subscription to Ninteno Power from like 1990 until 1998. Sad to see it go but I honestly hadn't looked at an issue since then. The internet (and me not being a kid, as it was clearly marketed at the 10-16 year old demographic) made it totally irrelevant. I'm honestly surprised it managed to stick around this long.

Final Fantasy Fanny Pack (4, Interesting)

Daetrin (576516) | about 2 years ago | (#41077645)

I remember the promotional material they did for the original Final Fantasy. It seemed like that went on forever, but i was a kid so it was probably only one or two issues right before the game came out. Then the next three issues after it came out they did trivia contests. I entered all three, and got second place in one of them!

I won... a neon pink fanny pack. I believe it came stuffed with a t-shirt and some chocolate coins. The t-shirt was kind of crappy, and the coins were quickly consumed. And the neon pink fanny pack was... neon pink and a fanny pack. So kind of the worst prize ever, but i remember the shit out of having actually won something!

Re:Final Fantasy Fanny Pack (2)

Daetrin (576516) | about 2 years ago | (#41077689)

Re:Final Fantasy Fanny Pack (1, Informative)

kamapuaa (555446) | about 2 years ago | (#41077831)

Not to worry. Nintendo hasn't had any games worth paying attention to since 1995, anyway.

Re:Final Fantasy Fanny Pack (1)

twocows (1216842) | about 2 years ago | (#41077915)

That's not true, there have been a lot of good Nintendo games since 1995. Metroid Prime is probably my favorite of those, though I'm sad they haven't been making more in the style of Super Metroid (and I'm really sad about the flop that was Other M).

Re:Final Fantasy Fanny Pack (1)

Hsien-Ko (1090623) | about 2 years ago | (#41080625)

I stopped reading after Nintendo Power became "ULTRA 64 IS COMING" power. Why would I want to subscribe to a magazine that covers only like the 2 n64 releases per month?

88-95 subscriber.

Re:Final Fantasy Fanny Pack (0)

Anonymous Coward | about 2 years ago | (#41081845)

Yeah, totally, it's not like they made OCARINA OF FUCKING TIME after 1995.

Re:Final Fantasy Fanny Pack (0)

Anonymous Coward | about 2 years ago | (#41087601)

Yeah "Zelda 7" or whatever fucking number that was. I don't like endless retreads of the exact same shit.

Re:Final Fantasy Fanny Pack (1)

GoodNewsJimDotCom (2244874) | about 2 years ago | (#41077725)

I remember playing that competition. What stumped me is that I could not find Warmech []

I beat the game like 3-4 times in search of him, but the Random Number Generator never let me encounter this dude :) Congratulations on your win. Back then I was so hungry for any video game competition. I did pretty well in the Super Mario Bros/Rad Racer/Tetris world championships once. I guess I should fire up Starcraft2 and play for serious because that's where some of the best Esports is right now.

Re:Final Fantasy Fanny Pack (1)

twocows (1216842) | about 2 years ago | (#41077929)

I was kind of disappointed with SC2's competitive. Sure, it's balanced and all, but it's not very fun to me. I enjoyed the campaign a lot more (which I thought was brilliantly designed).

Re:Final Fantasy Fanny Pack (1)

BigSes (1623417) | about 2 years ago | (#41078645)

I won... a neon pink fanny pack. I believe it came stuffed with a t-shirt and some chocolate coins. The t-shirt was kind of crappy, and the coins were quickly consumed. And the neon pink fanny pack was... neon pink and a fanny pack. So kind of the worst prize ever, but i remember the shit out of having actually won something!

LOL, sorry man, you know you have to be a kid to eat chocolate coins. They gotta be the worst chocolate ever! To think, I was gonna make some snide remark about you still wearing the fanny pack, but I held back, I figured eating those coins was punishment enough. Sorry man. Their prizes were useless though, no joke.

bad decision on digital (3, Interesting)

petsounds (593538) | about 2 years ago | (#41077919)

Nintendo Power is one of the few magazines that could have thrived in a digital format, due mainly to their enthusiastic fanbase. I think quite a number of people would have subscribed to a digital version of Nintendo Power that had exclusive sneakpeak videos, developer interviews, NES game emulations, et al. I think it shows that Nintendo still doesn't 'get' how the internet can benefit them.

I haven't read Nintendo Power since I had a NES back in the '80s, but I have fond memories of it. It was a classy mag with good features; at least the kid version of me thought so. Good quality paper stock, nice art direction. I remember the multi-page dungeon maps of Legend of Zelda. I remember the Legend of Zelda 2 preview and thinking it looked like the best game ever, and then I got the game and it totally was. Metal Gear, Ninja Gaiden. I remember looking at those previews and wondering how a videogame could look so cool. Heady times for videogamers. Constant innovation (well, at least from the top studios) because the industry was still so young.

Surprised no one mentioned (1)

ganjadude (952775) | about 2 years ago | (#41080285)

The fact that the early years the spine on the books, when on a bookshelf in jan-dec order would make a neat picture

Just like EGM, damn. (1)

BigSes (1623417) | about 2 years ago | (#41078133)

I own every single issue of Nintendo Power ever printed, even all the Nintendo Fun Club newsletters. Sad, I know, but I felt that I should continue my subscription as it was one of my favorite magazines when I was a kid. I remember getting Metal Gear strategies from there, and actually getting in the magazine for maxing out the score on Xenophobe (had to send a Polaroid pic, which was my only camera, but it had to show your TV and Nintendo. Not an easy shot.). I guess I'll eBay them all when they finally nail it to the cross, just like I did my EGM2 collection. It's decent that something like this is revealed, unlike EGM, who just ended production and unceremoniously replaced my subscription with a sub to Maxim. Not that I minded, but it'd have been nice to have a choice. Anyhow, these things happen, its the digital age now, and kids don't hang on every word from a video game magazine nowadays. Hell, those were the ONLY places that you could get video games tips / strategies / cheats back in the day. Now, we have the internet. As biased as it was, I gotta say: Fly high, Nintendo Power!

Re:Just like EGM, damn. (0)

Anonymous Coward | about 2 years ago | (#41080245)

I also have every (subscriber) issue. Sad to see it go even though I haven't actually read one in years. Like you, I just felt like I should continue my subscription, it being my favorite magazine when I was a kid. But, in a way, I'm glad so that I don't have to give any more money to Future US. When Future US took over, it was right around time for my NP subscription to renew. It took me almost 6 months to realize that I was no longer receiving my Nintendo Power... but I was getting two copies of Maximum PC. Somehow they applied my NP renewal to MPC as a new subscription. When I realized what happened and contacted them about it, explained that I had been a subscriber forever and had every issue up to that point, etc... all I got from them was a link to their back-issue order form, which of course didn't have all the ones I was missing, not to mention the fact that I shouldn't have to pay for them again because of their screw-up. Long story short, they never helped *at all* and I ended up having to find my missing issues on ebay. I cancelled my MPC subscription and swore that Future US would never get any more of my money other than continuing my NP subscription.... and I *hated* giving them that. I'm going to miss seeing my Nintendo Power show up in the mail every month, but good riddance to Future US.

Farewell NP (1)

manwargi (1361031) | about 2 years ago | (#41078505)

I too had the very first issue; the one with Super Mario Bros 2 on the front cover. However, I have to admit that I dropped my subscription a few years later, and afterwards only re-subscribed because each time my subscription was about to run out they offered free Player's Guides worth the same (if not greater) cost as the annual subscription. Not only was this in an age before GameFAQs, the art was pretty and wasn't going to be found anywhere else.

Sure Nintendo Power was very biased, but you have to admit that they really knew how to make every game, even the crappy ones, sound like a lot of fun. With the maps, walkthroughs, and extensive coverage of the games they reviewed, they really knew how to hype up pretty much anything. Being from an era when video games weren't as popular and gamers were not nearly as connected, they pulled off things that can't be pulled off anymore.

They fell out of relevance fast once arcades and other companies started to give Nintendo consoles some decent competition, and I never would have guessed that they would have outlasted EGM-- or even survived this long after the internet started running circles around gaming magazines. But when they first began they were all young gamers had, and that will earn them a special place with many.

Thread is SAD! (1)

BigSes (1623417) | about 2 years ago | (#41078659)

My other two posts are one of the 37 current comments on this thread. Thought everyone loved original Nintendo / SNES? Just for cozy feelings, at least!

Re:Thread is SAD! (1)

damnbunni (1215350) | about 2 years ago | (#41079171)

By the time the NES came out, I had a computer. And I was completely smug about the superiority of the Commodore 64. Zelda, pfft. I had The Bard's Tale and Pool of Radiance!

The 8 Bit Wars left many scars.

Re:Thread is SAD! (1)

BigSes (1623417) | about 2 years ago | (#41081649)

Indeed, my man, C64 was superior. I was a big PoR player myself, along with Hillsfar, Rocket Ranger, and Red Storm Rising (and any other Microprose game). Damn, those were indeed the days. ANYTHING Cinemaware put out on C64 was superior to most things on NES, especially in the early 1990s when shovelware really bloated the NES offerings. I was always so jealous of my friend who had an Amiga, my family couldn't afford to get me one, but the graphics looked amazing. Heck, the first DOS-based PC I had was an IBM PS/1 386SX-16mhz. Once I got ahold of Kings Quest 5, it was all over, I was a point and click adventure game fiend. Those types of games never translated to consoles very well, they still don't.

But WHY? (0)

Anonymous Coward | about 2 years ago | (#41078749)

Why close it if it makes money?
Move it to a quarterly magazine, hell even only twice a year if you really wanted.
But close it permanently? Sounds retarded.

Not everyone has internet and it is better to have an official magazine than it is to allow 3rd parties to have it all.
No, nobody is going to pay you a premium that you want, Nintendo, to release that oh-so-juicy news. Certainly not the price you are hoping.

What is wrong with them? Really? Why are Nintendo so broken right now?
Wii U seems to be the only thing anyone even remotely gives a damn about. Not even 3DS since everyone only bought it when the price was slashed. (which Sony badly needs to do! Those PS Vita ain't gonna move themselves you know!)
And if it ends up the awful mess Wii was, I think they will lose considerably more fans than they did with Wii.
RIP old Nintendo - The Nintendo that actually gave a damn.
Now who is left?

surprising (0)

Anonymous Coward | about 2 years ago | (#41079455)

that people still want to pay for what is basically advertising. Sure, I used to buy the Official magazines back in 'nam, but then I turned 14 and realised that being "Official" meant following specific lines. Couple of years later I realised it was all of games journalism that was like that

About time (1)

TheSkepticalOptimist (898384) | about 2 years ago | (#41079929)

How much "news" about Mario and Zelda do you really need from a magazine? I don't think there was one issue printed that didn't have Mario or Link in it. I mean my nephew showed me an issue I thought it was one of my old copies, but it was brand new issue and showed another history of Super Mario Bros which they usually print about 2 or 3 times a year. I think the only other magazines that are entirely self promoting are Martha Stewart Living and Oprah.

They are probably shutting it down due to the fact the core demographic of people still playing Nintendo can barely read or have enough allowance to afford a magazine in any format, or maybe there just isn't anything more you can say that you haven't said a thousand times already about Mario. It must be hard to write for a magazine when the content is so limited and vapid.

Nintendo (1)

poptropicagamer (2713165) | about 2 years ago | (#41080751)

I had this Nintendo since I was 12 yrs. I thought for a long period of time they are working with it. Got the reason why it has been more fun and not fun at all. -- poptropica [] | funbrain []

Good riddance (1)

bedouin (248624) | about 2 years ago | (#41081333)

Other than the occasional maps, Nintendo Power was shit.

I remember when it first came out (1)

chemosh6969 (632048) | about 2 years ago | (#41081683)

I got a couple free issues and every review was basically, "This is the greatest game ever". Didn't bother subscribing after that.

Why? (1)

kent.dickey (685796) | about 2 years ago | (#41082367)

The article said Nintendo Power has over 400,000 print subscribers. How could they not make a go of this? What did they need from Nintendo, anyway, other than early access to games to review them? I get Nintendo Power currently since I can let me kids read it and not have to explain, again, why they can't play M rated games.

I suspect the threat of shutdown is part of a ploy by the publisher to get something from Nintendo (which was hinted at in the article). If the shutdown actually happens, then the publisher is stupid to throw away several million dollars/year in subscriptions.

Re:Why? (1)

BigSes (1623417) | about 2 years ago | (#41083287)

I suspect it might cost more than $8 million a year to run a magazine. On advertising for games, they only feature Nintendo available products, or marketing for other teen related products, such as movies, snacks, etc. Maybe its not such a financial windfall.

Lmao never heard of it (-1)

Anonymous Coward | about 2 years ago | (#41087399)

probably because nintendo sucks ass now

I remember (0)

Anonymous Coward | about 2 years ago | (#41090525)

There used to be a 2-page spread near the end of many of the Nintendo Powers I had that showed a picture of a gamer dream room with black and white tiled floor, an industrial shelf stocked with games and toys (joystick, power gloves, etc), and a huge fanboy blown away in amazement staring into the screen, in a dimlit room. This was a promotion for the sweepstakes they were running for a chance to win game hardware and prices. I remember how cool that room was and how I always wanted one for myself (I had to argue with my parents just to get a tv into my bedroom by the time I was starting high school).

Anyways, my man-cave now is so much cooler now (I've got a dual monitor setup and a crazy fast computer!) and with all the gadgets that we have now, you can't help but realize NP, as we knew it, was a cultural relic fit for another time. Great times as a kid, we feel sad because this reminds us of then, but we and the kids today have it so much better today, it's time to move on.

missed opportunities (1)

zodwallopp (1243130) | about 2 years ago | (#41093357)

Wow, sad to hear this, I have very good memories of begging, borrowing and buying Nintendo Power. As an online marketing professional it's irritating to hear that they're not going to switch to a digital version or a 'nintendo power blogger network', the brand has a huge following and could easily be revitalized in a new medium. It's probably a management fuck up, it usually is.

Not surprised. (1)

djnforce9 (1481137) | about 2 years ago | (#41110625)

I actually didn't even realize the magazine subscription still existed (I stopped caring about it long ago). Anyway, as my title states, I am not surprised by this. With the widespread wealth of information the Internet provides, having a magazine to advertise upcoming games is just redundant. All the latest information can be posted and archived online anyway where is it accessible without any special subscription. Same goes with game hints and tips.

Back in the late 80's and early 90's, this was an awesome magazine to have when Internet access was not so widely available like it is today. Otherwise you and friends were left to your own devices to figure out secrets and getting a new game was a leap of faith so to speak unless you could read up on it first. On the other hand, since when would Nintendo Power say "don't buy this game, it sucks" so yes, biased indeed.

On a side note, I wonder how long before auctions start popping up which include a literally "complete" collection of Nintendo power from the first issue to the last.

Editing NP from '88 to '91 was a ton of fun... (1)

Gamemaster Howard (2715599) | about 2 years ago | (#41125499)

...because there were so many great games to focus on editorially. Despite the expected cat-calling above, during that period NP staff worked hard to keep the integrity stellar even as forces were increasing pressue to put business interests over those of gamers. I have lots of great memories from that time period...
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