Report: R.I.P. Nintendo Power Magazine (1988-2012)

The long-running magazine will cease publication with its September issue.

According to an Ars Technica report, a source is claiming that following some extended difficulty working with the Nintendo team, the publisher and hardware manufacturer has decided not to renew its contract with Future Publishing, who held the rights to Nintendo Power.

Nintendo was apparently uninterested in assuming control of the magazine, which is understandable at a time when print publications are hemorrhaging readers every month (the likewise long-running GamePro shut down last winter). It’s really unfortunate that Future Publishing and Nintendo couldn’t come to an agreement on some kind of alternate release strategy like a premium, quarterly digest.

Employees were notified last week and it’s finally making its way out to the public with Senior Editor Chris Hoffman taking to Twitter to say they’re planning something memorable with the final issue (those Tweets have subsequently been taken down), but we want to wish the best to all of the Nintendo Staff.

The magazine has come a long way over the years from a monthly marketing pamphlet to an actual tech review publication. On a personal note, between this and EGM, I was able to get my video game fix during that long-ish stretch where my single mom wasn’t able to feed my gaming habit (I know, poor baby, right?). Still, as much of a marketing piece the magazine was at the time, I it also fed my love of gaming, with extensive features about upcoming releases, gorgeous art from the likes of Yoshitaka Amano, and real evangelism for home video gaming which was getting a second life thanks to Ninendo’s console.

[Source: Ars Technica]

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