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Nintendo Power's Final Cover

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  • by Anonymous Coward
    gent, swank, penthouse, hustler, and barely legal are still published.
    • by Grayhand (2610049) on Sunday December 02, 2012 @02:49AM (#42159679)

      gent, swank, penthouse, hustler, and barely legal are still published.

      The fact you would lump Nintendo Power with a bunch of stroke mags I find deeply disturbing. Your mother's basement must be a very scary place.

      • by jhoegl (638955) on Sunday December 02, 2012 @03:38AM (#42159827)
        What? You dont get them for the articles?
        • by dasunt (249686)

          What? You dont get them for the articles?

          You can get compilations of the Playboy Interviews in book form.

          They are worth the read.

          Ironically, for all the jokes about getting those types of magazines for the articles, some of them had really decent articles and short fiction.

      • by mwvdlee (775178)

        Why? They're all single-"platform"?

      • Re: (Score:1, Insightful)

        by hairyfeet (841228)

        Here is what I don't get....why should anybody care again? It was basically an infomercial for Nintendo...okay? Why should we get weepy about what was really nothing more than a 30 page ad for Nintendo?

        I mean they'd throw in the occasional tips and tricks, but did you ever ONCE, just one time, see them telling kids "Don't waste your money on this game" ever? They would find something good to say about any old crap shoved out the door and call me weird, but I don't get weepy about an infomercial just because

        • Re: (Score:3, Insightful)

          by Anonymous Coward

          Well you see, for most of us we did not have to grow up with our parents beating us to within an inch of our lives, and who despite ability to do so, wanted us to be loved and have things that we loved to do.

          For those of us with GOOD memories of our childhoods, quite a few have equally loving memories of Nintendo, and actually have feelings of sadness and sorrow when those memories have to be put fully behind us.

          People such as yourself, who did not grow up with loving parents, and had no friends to play Nin

          • Re: (Score:3, Funny)

            by Anonymous Coward

            You were adopted and your parents never really loved you.

        • Re:the good news: (Score:5, Informative)

          by Anonymous Coward on Sunday December 02, 2012 @09:05AM (#42160667)

          "but did you ever ONCE, just one time, see them telling kids "Don't waste your money on this game" ever? "

          You have a selective memory. Here is the list of review scores they've given Wii games. http://www.gamerankings.com/sites/768-nintendo-power/index.html?platform=1031

          I see plenty of low scores. I also see that their scores on Nintendo-made games generally fall with the consensus, including some of the less favorable scores.

        • What are you talking about? Of course it was an infomercial for nintendo games.

          It did that by containing interviews, previews, game-related comics, walk-throughs and strategy guides complete with screenshot maps.

          • by hairyfeet (841228)

            And all of those things we have been able to get BETTER on the net and with them actually honest opinions, sometimes too honest as we saw by that reviewer getting fired for refusing to say Kane & Lynch was anything but a stinker, instead of the "buy it! Buy it now, don't you know you should buy it now?" infomercial crap that Power practically made their hallmark.

            So I just don't get the nostalgia, it was a few tidbits worth having wrapped in an infomercial. It was one of dozens, was as unbiased about i

        • Re: (Score:3, Interesting)

          by boygerms (777079)
          I have a feeling you have never read Nintendo Power.
        • by ildon (413912)

          Because Nintendo Power was an integral part of a lot of people's childhoods. Before the internet became a thing, it was one of the few ways to get maps, guides, cheats, and codes for Nintendo games. It's not about the magazine being relevant, or even very good; it's about nostalgia.

        • by eWarz (610883)
          They did say this though...maybe not as much as other mags, but they gave some games a bad review. For a Nintendo sponsored mag they did a damn good job. Nintendo Power was AMAZING for me as a kid. I'll never forget the ultimate free-bee...Dragon Warrior for the NES in exchange for a $15/year subscription...
  • the last-ever issue of Nintendo Power. It's bittersweet seeing a part of my childhood ending.

    Yeah no kidding. I can't get over the demise of the Phonograph Monthly myself...

  • ... this long considering magazines really haven't been relevant since the late 90's early 2000's for gaming.

    • by Meshach (578918) on Sunday December 02, 2012 @02:43AM (#42159651)

      ... this long considering magazines really haven't been relevant since the late 90's early 2000's for gaming.

      Why does everyone assume that if they are not interested in something no one is interested in it?

      • by blahplusplus (757119) on Sunday December 02, 2012 @02:51AM (#42159687)

        "Why does everyone assume that if they are not interested in something no one is interested in it?"

        It's not about interest, it's about usefulness vs what you are paying. I read all sorts of gaming mags back in the pre-internet era. Nintendo power was one of my first magazines but they were supplanted quickly by better magazines even back then by EGM and gamepro. The primary purpose of gaming magazine is to get info on new games for different consoles. The net pretty much replaced mags in this capacity around that time for much cheaper. I don't see how anyone would continue to pay for what you can now get for free.

        The end of Nintendo power is proof of this, it's just a little late (about a decade).

        • I used to buy it on occasion, in those pre-internet days, because it was the only place then to learn about the game secrets and cheat codes. With those, I could really get my moneys worth and stretch those games out.
    • By the way, if you guys want to see what the Finland's largest magazine (Pelit) looks like, there's a torrent [piratereverse.info].
  • by Anonymous Coward

    This story was on Hacker News two days ago.

    There was a time when Slashdot used to be the site that every other news aggregator cited. Now Slashdot seems to be a site that just cites other aggregators...two days later.

    • by Anonymous Coward

      There was a time when Slashdot used to be the site that every other news aggregator cited.

      Ars got it two days ago. And in the 10 years I've been on slashdot I can't remember it ever being the place you go for breaking news. When exactly was this era you speak of?

  • What is the "print" of which you speak?

    • by Anonymous Coward
      I think it means they used a sans-serif block-style font instead of a cursive or script-style.
    • Re: (Score:3, Funny)

      by Psicopatico (1005433)

      What is the "print" of which you speak?

      It's pretty much like an SMS, but with all the vowels.

    • by darkain (749283)

      "print" is another term for "echo", which is used to put characters on your screen.

  • Correction (Score:4, Insightful)

    by michaelmalak (91262) <michael@michaelmalak.com> on Sunday December 02, 2012 @03:14AM (#42159757) Homepage

    Being in print for 25 years means it's got most single-platform computer magazines beat.

    I think you meant "single-manufacturer".

  • by CodeBuster (516420) on Sunday December 02, 2012 @03:18AM (#42159767)
    It's so bad!
  • by _xeno_ (155264) on Sunday December 02, 2012 @03:19AM (#42159773) Homepage Journal

    I'm kind of surprised that Nintendo is flat-out killing the Nintendo Power brand instead of just moving it online. I mean, it's not like video game journalism is dead. It's just moved entirely online. (Are there any print video game magazines left? That are still printing physical copies, that is. I'm not aware of any.)

    I would have thought there'd still be demand for a Nintendo Power, just not in print form. I guess not? Or was there a website, that's since been replaced with the current information about going out of print?

    It's kind of sad to see it go, but I haven't subscribed since the mid 90s, I guess. Still, it's a nice cover and a nice tribute to their first issue.

    • by mysidia (191772)

      It's not obvious to me... it just looks like Nintendo decided to kill the licensing deal with the company that is actually handling the magazine. Possibly, they weren't able to pay Nintendo enough what Nintendo wants anymore, to be allowed to continue to use their trademarked name?

    • Are there any print video game magazines left? That are still printing physical copies, that is. I'm not aware of any.

      Game Informer is still being pushed pretty heavily by GameStop.

    • Based on my last visit to the bookshop there are still a hell of a lot of them. I still read Edge myself.
    • by ildon (413912)

      So they can get 0.1% of the share of Gamespot, IGN, GameTrailers, GameFAQs, etc.'s pie? What would be the point?

      • by _xeno_ (155264)

        To advertise Nintendo products? Same as the original?

        I dunno, it seems strange not to make any attempt at keeping it going online. I'm assuming it had some readers to keep it going as a pure-print magazine for the past decade, during which it would have made sense to bring it online.

        After all, Sony has the PlayStation blog [playstation.com] and Microsoft has... uh... whatever this is, I guess [xbox.com]. (Does Major Nelson's blog [majornelson.com] count?)

        Nintendo has, well, nothing. Sure, there's nintendo.com [nintendo.com], but that compares more to us.playstation.co [playstation.com]

  • ...when you're already looking at a screen to play the game.

    • by wbr1 (2538558)
      Yep. when you have only one screen in your residence. Printers worked. Now you have a smartphone or tablet right there with you. Or just save your game and google your problem on the console.
      • Now you have a smartphone or tablet right there with you.

        There are people still who don't have second screens with internet access. There are actually people who don't own smartphone's or tablets.

        Or just save your game and google your problem on the console.

        I've done that.., works better if your console has linux so you can print something if you need to rather than trying to memorize or write things down.

        There is just "something" about a nice thick paper gaming magzing though. I'm talking classic "Shoe" EGM, "Johnny England" OPM or Next Generation.

  • by joeflies (529536) on Sunday December 02, 2012 @04:28AM (#42159931)
    While I agree that Nintendo Power played a big part of my childhood, in retrospect, it seemed to be really a gigantic set of ads masked as articles. Every article made every game sound like it was good, with no mistaking the bias behind it. Maybe that was fine when Nintendo Power came first came out, both because the average quality was higher (and also perhaps when I was young and the parent were paying, I was less discriminating on quality). Today, we do have to sort through a boatload of bad games. What's needed is to call out the bad games if they're not pulling their weight. With the price of games today, it doesn't take long for bad purchases to add up quick. While I will miss Nintendo Power, I also miss Atari Age as well New Zork Times.
  • Being in print for 25 years means it's got most single-platform computer magazines beat.
    The Chicago Cubs have been around since circa 1876, and last won a world series in 1908.... guess that makes them the single best baseball team ever.

    PC World started in 83, Byte in the mid 70s, CGW in 81, and countless others on this list, let alone those local published underground ones for BBS's

    http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Computer_magazine [wikipedia.org]

  • /. is only a few days behind of the rest of the web. Feels like progress!

  • by Drakonblayde (871676) on Sunday December 02, 2012 @05:36AM (#42160135)

    ... but I choose to remember the mag through the innocent eyes of the kids I was. I don't care that the entire mag was a marketing stump for Nintendo. I enjoyed the mag when I was a kid, and I haunted the mailbox whenever an issue was due. Early on, when they were publishing strategy guides, I got all kinds of use out of them (Particularly Super Mario 3 and Final Fantasy).

    I grew up poor, getting a new game was a once, maybe twice if we were lucky, a year thing. Every month or two mom could afford to let us rent something for a few days, and Nintendo Power gave me a way to look at what was coming out and judge if it was something I wanted to spend those precious rental or acquisition opportunities on.

    The adult in me agrees with all the scorn and criticism heaped on the mag, especially as it grew longer in the tooth.

    But the wide eyed child in me remembers those first few years of Nintendo Power with great fondness.

    • Well said. I was in the same boat. My friends and I would go over every page, digesting and absorbing every photo and every screen shot. The world seems so much cooler when you are a kid.

      I think that is part of why we 30-somethings feel a small bit of sadness to see Nintendo Power go. It's not because we loved the magazine (who still has a subscription, really). We feel a tinge of sadness because it is a cold reminder that our childhood is forever gone.

      my .02
    • by guises (2423402)
      I used to love Nintendo Power too. It wasn't so much that I cared about reviews, I just wanted to read about video games. Like some people read about cars - I was fantasizing.

      That was up until I got Battle Toads and Double Dragon, based on their enthusiastic endorsement. That was when I learned that not only should I not love Nintendo Power, I should never have loved them. Was a hard lesson for me.
      • Byte your tongue. Double Dragon is one of the greatest games of all time. (Extremely hard, but what game up to then allowed you to level up your fighting moves....and pick up weapons the enemy dropped!)
        • by guises (2423402)
          Maybe I should have put it in quotes or something to be more clear: "Battle Toads and Double Dragon." It's a single game, a crossover between Battle Toads and another franchise:

          https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Battletoads_&_Double_Dragon [wikipedia.org]

          Bizarrely, the Wikipedia entry says that the game was good. That's odd. One of the worst video game purchases I've ever made.
  • You can't complain that something is disappearing if you don't buy it anymore. That's the problem nobody else is either.
  • by Anonymous Coward

    Nintendo Power's true final cover was in November 2007. When Future US took over publishing the magazine from Nintendo, it ceased to be Nintendo Power.

  • Meanwhile, Nintendo-Gamer (previously N-Gamer, NGC Magazine, N64 Magazine, Super Play), which I've been subscribed too since 1994 has also died.

    I used to read that magazine over and over, copying the artwork, trying the cheats, spending hours which two games I was going to ask for for Christmas/my birthday (right next to each other).

    Sad times.

  • NINTENDO POWER SUCKS, SEGA POWER FOREVER! (but seriously, it's sad to see it go. also i need this to get past cap filter)

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