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Nintendo Power's Final Cover 79

skade88 writes "Ars Technica has a review of the last-ever issue of Nintendo Power. It's bittersweet seeing a part of my childhood ending." Being in print for 25 years means it's got most single-platform computer magazines beat.
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Nintendo Power's Final Cover

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  • 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).

  • Correction (Score:4, Insightful)

    by michaelmalak ( 91262 ) <> 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".

  • Re:the good news: (Score:1, Insightful)

    by hairyfeet ( 841228 ) <bassbeast1968@gm ... minus herbivore> on Sunday December 02, 2012 @05:01AM (#42160029) Journal

    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 its an OLD infomercial, because in the end its still about shoving games, good or not, and I don't think that is really something to mourn.

    Now if Angry Joe, or Yathzee were calling it quits? Then yeah i would feel sad, because they have given me actually USEFUL information about games coming up, and even when I didn't agree with them on a verdict I still learned enough about a game that I knew whether or not it would be something I like. Considering even hand held games are nearly $40 a pop and big name games $60? I want REAL information, not some "Buy it, buy it now! Have I told you that you should buy it, buy it now yet?"

    If I want to feel sad about something its the fact that we didn't have any real and honest mags easily available back then, man the amount of money i would have saved if I would have known about some of the stinkers i shelled out money for, Castlevania 64 anyone?

    Honestly i just don't get all the nostalgia, I mean here I am in my mid 40s and instead of looking back I want everybody to just look at what we have now and be fucking amazed! Computers that would have been the stuff of sci-fi even 20 years ago, and ANYBODY can afford them! Handheld computers everywhere, nice well working tablets for less than $100 that can give you a wealth of information and entertainment (including gaming) in your hands any time! Incredible graphics, incredible speed and power, and thanks to the economies of scale just about anybody can afford to enjoy all this incredible technology!

    So excuse me if I don't shed a tear for a 30 page advertisement, I'll just never understand nostalgia for that kind of junk.

  • 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.

  • Re:the good news: (Score:3, Insightful)

    by Anonymous Coward on Sunday December 02, 2012 @08:35AM (#42160569)

    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 Nintendo with (either from being too abused as a child to have such toys, or being such an obnoxious prick due to it to be tolerated spending time at friends who did have one) - Yes we can understand why you would want to put such hell behind you.

    When your life ambition is to become a professional slashdot troll, like harryfeet has been for the past decade, and your only goal is to trash talk everything that others find joy in, it is not at all surprising that you would not shed a single tear for happy memories which you simply do not have.

    Just try to realize that not all of us hate our self and our lives so fully, and actually want to preserve the happy memories of our childhoods. This, is why we feel nostalgia and sadness at it's loss.

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