It's a sad, sad day for those of us who still remember getting our video game news from a physical page instead of a web page.
Crunchy Roll confirmed earlier that Nintendo Power, the long running magazine that was at one time the exclusive news source for all things Nintendo, will be delivering its last issue to news stands sometime at a currently undetermined time in the near future.
For the uninitiated, Nintendo Power was a magazine that launched in 1988, bringing subscribers and eager readers news, previews, hints and more on the latest Nintendo games straight from the guys at Nintendo. Around 2007, the title transferred ownership from Nintendo itself to Future US publishing, who took the reins of the magazine and have been bringing news and previews on some of Nintendo's biggest new games since. Including breaking such stories as the US release of Tatsunoko vs Capcom and, more recently, the announcement of Castlevania: Lords of Shadow - Mirror of Fate for the 3DS.
As it turns out, the announcement comes with some other equally disappointing twists. According to other unnamed sources, Nintendo was "difficult to work with" when it came to working with Future US. Evidently, the Big N also saw no desire to take care of the Nintendo Power brand, deciding against renewing their contract with Future US and having no interest in the publisher's ideas of taking the magazine into the digital space.
This unfortunate truth doesn't come as too large a surprise, given the decline in sales of most traditional print media. Last year saw the final curtain call for another long time magazine Game Pro. Before that, Electronic Gaming Monthly almost shared the same fate before being resurrected back in 2011 with a new focus on digital publishing.
If there is any sort of good news in all this, it is that the current Nintendo Power staff will still have jobs at the magazine's conclusion, as they'll be shifted over to other gaming magazines under Future's umbrella of publications such as @Gamer. Still, this does not take away from the timely event of Nintendo Power's impending final days.
It's my personal hope that Nintendo Power will see a return in the same way that EGM did. But until then, as a long time fan, I wish the current staff the best of luck in all their future endeavors.
If you're a long time Nintendo Power fan, sound off in the comment section. Feel free to reminisce, share your favorite stories, comics, covers or what have you.
SOURCE: Crunchyroll.com, Arstechnica.com
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