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Update: Nintendo of America confirmed Nintendo Power will ship its final issue in December. The company issued the following statement:
Nintendo can confirm that Future US will end the production of Nintendo Power magazine with the last issue slated for December 2012. For Nintendo Power subscription inquiries, please visit nintendopower.com/customerservice. Check out Nintendo at nintendo.com, on Facebook at facebook.com/nintendo or on Twitter @nintendoamerica.
Original Story: Nintendo Power, one of the longest-running game magazines, is shutting down, according to reports. Ars Techinica first reported the details, saying Future Publishing is planning to stop publishing the magazine.
The report says Nintendo Power staff was informed of the closure last week and are currently being transitioned to other properties at Future. It's unclear at this time how many more issues of Nintendo Power will be published or what will happen to current subscribers.
A source speaking to Ars Technica said Nintendo was always "difficult to work with" and the company was uninterested in renewing its contract or "taking part in a number of digital initiatives that Future saw as necessary for the long-term health of the brand."
The magazine first started in 1988.
Both Nintendo and Future have been reached for comment.
[Source: Ars Technica]
I only read Nintendo Power a few times. When I was a little kid, it was a fun magazine to read because I couldn't find enough info about Zelda and Mario and that was all I cared about when I was little. When I got a little bit older, I decided to subscribe to it for a while, but I realized that the "information" that was being provided was easily found elsewhere and not nearly as biased as it was presented by Nintendo Power. I can't even remember a bad review coming out of that magazine, so I didn't renew it and have been with Gameinformer since.
This is some sad news, i didn't even get to suscribe to the magazine yet, man truly sad but awesome job and great run nintendo power! :)!
I already thought this happened years ago. Then I realized it didn't and now it actually is happening.
When all else fall GI will be there.
Hope everyone is still playing and having as much fun as we did back in the early days... Most of what we used to share with Nintendo Power magazine can now be shared directly amongst each other on the web - it makes for another sort of game I think, trying to find the information that is most acurrate and relevant to you as an individual gamer.
Sadly, methinks this the future of all similar publications. For a more relevant example, look at how GI is pushing its digital magazine.
I too would have said NOOOOOOOOOOOO!!!!! If I had replied the day this article was posted indeed this is a very sad day for Nintendo fans and gaming in general having said that the fact that now if you want to know anything about a particular game you can just look it up online is really hurting gaming Magazines in general. Still I loved Nintendo Power it's been out since I was born and I had a Subscription for at least 3 years. I do hope they at least let it's readers know that the December issue will be it's last issue and not just simply stop like EGM did.
Although i have been reading GI for upwards of ten years and have deep love and respect for it. It pains my heart to learn that NP will not be around anymore. I remember getting a Nintendo game and opening it and seeing the special NP tie-in item for that particular game. In fact, the NP tie ins were one of my fondest childhood memories.
RIP Nintendo Power.
I hope GI does a shoutout in it's december issue because NP paved the way for gaming publications like the one that GI has become.