Final issue of Nintendo Power pays homage to origin

Cover art for final issue of Nintendo-themed publication returns to roots as clay-themed recreation of 1988 original.

The final issue of Nintendo Power will be delivered to readers next month, but it has leaked ahead of its official arrival. The cover (via Kotaku) pays homage to the magazine's first issue, and is a recreation of the clay-themed design that started it all.

The old and the new. Image credit: Kotaku.

The 1988 debut Nintendo Power issue featured Super Mario 2 on its cover, and the 2012 issue is in a similar vein, offering a 20-page spread on New Super Mario Bros. U for Wii U.

It was announced in August that Nintendo Power would shut down for good following its December issue after being continuously published since 1988. According to a report, Nintendo was not interested in renewing its contract with publisher Future or participating in a range of "digital initiatives that Future saw as necessary for the long-term health of the brand."

Gaming magazines have shut down in spades recently. In addition to Nintendo Power, PSM3, Xbox World, PlayStation: The Official Magazine, and GamePro are all planning to shut down or have already ceased publication.

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StinkySkunkGirl
StinkySkunkGirl

Seeing those covers next to each other like that, it's the very image of the end of an era. All good things come to an end, and they often have their reasons, but damn if it doesn't make you sad just looking at it.

game-ster23
game-ster23

Big fan of the final cover the magazine, but so sad that it's the last issue ever.

MAS_LUDICREN
MAS_LUDICREN

Pretty sad actually I remember waiting for weeks to get the next nintendo club issue...

farcorners
farcorners

The internet (and sites like this) may have the scoop on things, but I still enjoy printed magazines. I'm surprised that nintendo lost interest here. The magazine would have been a valuable mover of software for them. Nintendo may have their own magazine in the works, in one form or another.

DiscGuru101
DiscGuru101

It's weird. I haven't bought a magazine in many years, but whenever another one I liked goes down, I feel sad...

mr_squibble
mr_squibble

Not sure when I let my NP subscription stop but it was probably somewhere around 1994 when I went to college. I still have all of those classic NP issues at my parents home, including issue #1. Some great memories there!

decoy1978
decoy1978

Has it been 25 years! I remember that first cover when I was 10 yrs old. Sad to see it go along with other video game publications. But this is not necessarily the end of Nintendo Power, just its PRINTED run. It wouldn't surprise me if it went digital after a few months break...

PumpkinBoogie
PumpkinBoogie

Damn....hurts my heart to see it go, honestly. I wasn't a subscriber but growing up I do remember picking up an issues here and there over the past 25+ yrs (YES, I'm that much older now, lol) keep up on Nintendo. Sad really. I'm gonna have to hunt my local BN (among a few others) to see if I see it and get it.

 

Man, gotta give 'em credit for doing a throwback homage like that....send it off in style, NP. That's what's up. ;)

Diamondsoulz
Diamondsoulz

I had the orginal issue along with the old Nintendo Fun Club issues =) Hey they even put Mike Tyson on the Cover of Nintendo Fun Club I was like who is that Bad A and he gets his own video game to top it.

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RIP. I remember back when I had the SNES I looked forward to this magazine every month. I hadn't subscribed since the SNES, but I always remembered how excited I was...

Vodoo
Vodoo

In 1988, when the first issue launched, I was head over heels in love with my NES. Back then Nintendo could do no wrong. But for Nintendo to just dump Nintendo Power magazine like that is just terrible. That magazine, whether you like Nintendo or not, is a piece of gaming history and should go into the video game hall of fame. Because Nintendo is too cheap, gamers lose a great piece of gaming history and many others lose their jobs. Way to go little N.

Richy_Krimmel
Richy_Krimmel

i used to get the mail everyday in anticipation, sad how things change.

rrajc
rrajc

I remember that issue! In fact I may have that issue lying around in the garage somewhere. I had just gotten the NES a year earlier and have been playing SMB to pieces.

 

Shame to see it go :(

GH05T-666
GH05T-666

Shame its the last issue. i used to get these back when i was a kid. 

i guess people dont read magazines as much any more now that they have there iphones, tablets and laptops

drgribb
drgribb

who here remembers those promos they used to put in the mags tho?  Like the pokemon comics/inserts when red/blue was new, occasional pokemon cards (i remember i got a pikachu and a charmeleon), mario rpg trading cards, mortal kombat trading cards, donkey kong country trading cards, the star fox/rumble pack promo vhs, the smash bro's orchestral cd, the KILLER INSTINCT GOLD COMIC BOOK.... etc!

jark888
jark888

There's nothing like glancing through game magazines, and that's something game websites can't do.

In my home country, game magazines are much better because they provide all detail info (platform, release date, developer, publisher, etc.) for all of the games they advertised. Besides, there's also cheat code, walk-through, game secrets, art competition, freebies, and any valuable information that make them worth collecting or looking forward to. This may be one of the reasons why game magazines in US can't survive.

 

da_chub
da_chub

It's a sad day. Been a reader off and on since beginning.

Ovirew
Ovirew

Well, I think it was a pretty good send-off cover for the magazine. 

nate1222
nate1222

I fondly remember Nintendo Power back in middle school, in the late 1980s. In all honesty, it was just shameless self-promotion: Nintendo covering Nintendo stuff to pump up sales.

 

But, it was ahead of its time in its vision of building a sense of community among gamers. Game Pro, EGM, Game Informer...even modern gaming sites like Gamespot wouldn't exsist if Nintendo hadn't paved the way.

hobotech64
hobotech64

Back then, you needed Nintendo Power just to beat some games!  If it wasn't for Nintendo Power, nobody would know how to beat Mike Tyson's Punch Out.  It was truly the inspiration for all video game media coverage for the future that followed.  NP has admittedly gotten stale and I haven't even touched it in years, but I'm definitely picking up this issue in its honor.

RiKanKiDD
RiKanKiDD

Wow I remember getting every issue i could possily get and reading through everyone of them. When i was big on Nintendo, i made sure i had the mags. Even though i don't look into Nintendo anymore, it is still sad to see where it ends. Missing the old days right about now...

Jir11
Jir11

Ah Nintendo Power! Brings back so many memories! Sad to see this go.

Phazevariance
Phazevariance

:( I used to get that mag when i was a kid.  I guess they should have changed to digital subscriptions a long time ago.

WoZe
WoZe

I won a years worth of NP magazines from a box of Corn Pops when I was kid. Still have them and will defenitly pick up the final copy.

franzito
franzito

Wow, Bowser used to be a croco!

BlueFlameBat
BlueFlameBat

I might pick a copy up since it's the last issue. Maybe.

Cat_Astrophy
Cat_Astrophy

It's all nostalgia. Print media is a dinosaur and Game Informer is only alive because of Gamestop's member tie-in.

granola_goodnes
granola_goodnes

Aww dude.  I used to read Nintendo Power as a kid.  They gave me my very first strategy guide: Mario Mania.  That was an AWESOME guide.  At that age I would have never noticed that Mario in Mario 3 ran faster than in any other game (up to that point).

Dragon_Nexus
Dragon_Nexus

Oh hey, it's doing what Nintendo always does.

Copy the original Mario because that's where the nostalgia lies.

 

I kid, it's actually a pretty cool send off. I don't think they could have done it any other way.

jon_bone
jon_bone

There is something special about reading a video game magazine like NIntendo Power, my subscription to this magazine will never get to be renewed ever again and that saddens me. I'll miss you Nintendo Power!

GetDaved
GetDaved

A very tasteful choice for the finale of a magazine that brought me a lot of happiness as a kid. It's not without a little bit of sadness that I say goodbye to it.

BadMrSnake
BadMrSnake

R.I.P. NP!  It's sad to see the once great Nintendo going the way of Sega.  Will Sony follow?

king_wrecked
king_wrecked

wow.  can't say i've touched a copy of this rag since 1993, but i guess all things come to an end.  it's funny with this internet thing that back in the day, if you wanted tips and tricks for games, you had to get a nintendo power mag, catch a rare tv show about vids (i'll be damned if i could remember the name of that one show), or be suckered into calling a 900 number.  we lose gaming mags, we lose tv networks just for gamers.  the hundreds of websites for gaming are something i guess, but not as good as the media of old.  this kind of thing makes me want to drink.  good thing i've already started ;)

tgwolf
tgwolf

That's hilarious, Super Mario Brothers 2, what a way to date the issue! That's great...

GamerOuTLaWz
GamerOuTLaWz

was that king K. rool on the old cover or the NES super mario 2 Frog boss? lol

Flint247
Flint247

Sad to see these things go, but it also saves on paper materials.

 

Nice remake of the first cover.

SS4kronos33
SS4kronos33

a real shame.another piece of my chilhood gone.i remember reading every issue up to the end of the n64 era when it was still a good magazine.its a crying shame it lost its appeal in the gamecube and beyond eras.i definately will be buying this copy just to say goodbye. RiP NINTENDO POWER.NOW YOURE DYING WITHOUT POWER

BigGhost_AJT
BigGhost_AJT

@buzznugget: HAHAHAHA! THat's old school.

 

I'm a little sad to see all the mags going away.  But such is the nature of the biz.

buzznugget
buzznugget

So many free posters ruined trying to extract them.  ***king staples!

Tauu
Tauu

Back when I was too young to understand the concept of media bias Nintendo Power got me so psyched about the launch of the N64. After the epicness that was the NES and SNES, the N64 was going to be heaven on earth. It was going to offer amazing 3D graphics! The 64DD was going to allow for custom game content! The colored controllers were mesmerizing! Then the launch got delayed. NOOOOO!! More hype, lots of it, month after month coming from my mailbox. After such a long and painful wait, September 26th, 1996 finally arrived!!! :D

 

The console did turn out to be pretty good but it didn't quite live up to the hype. PC games were actually offering better gaming experiences in my opinion partially because of online play, an amazing concept back in the mid-90s. Warcraft 2 and Descent 2 were absolutely fantastic. Bye-bye Nintendo Power subscription!

 

Still, it's sad to see the magazine go.

KratosHump3R
KratosHump3R

The last issue will be worth $8000. Gotta get one now!

amazing_waffles
amazing_waffles

now Nintendo Power is "dying" with power.

:(

 

 

 

RPG_Fan_I_Am
RPG_Fan_I_Am

Last Nintendo Power magazine I've read was back in like 92 or 93 or something.... It had the nintendo power glove in it.... and some things on the super nintendo lol. O how I miss the prime days of gaming.....

Redsyrup
Redsyrup

Good riddance. While I can't blame Future Publishing I would certainly blame NOA for killing Next Generation Magazine (the best games magazine in human history).

AvatarMan96
AvatarMan96

Oh no, I'm gonna cry when I get this issue :(

TheBigBadGRIM
TheBigBadGRIM

I hope I don't come out as a jerk here, but only the best magazines survive IMO. I'm a PC Gamer subscriber and podcast listener. Those guys connect with their customers in ways other mags don't. Some of these dead magazines were very bias towards their platform. How many 9/10s and 10/10s were given out to mediocre games this gen? If EGM is back I'll check it out, but the rest.......I don't miss them.

leeko_link
leeko_link

Nintendo Power you will be miss. Thanks to all the powers you gave me for my gaming experience.

juiceair
juiceair

If Nintendo Power is gone, how will I get the power?