Posted on December 11, 2012 AT 01:00am
From its first issue back in the summer of 1988, up to the final issue in 2012, Nintendo Power has always been a magazine for the Nintendo Fans of the world. But as the cliche goes, all good things must come to an end. For Nintendo Power, it was annouced with the August issue, then in November, the magazine officially closed its doors for good. Then today, December 11, 2012, the final issue went out to newstands and subscribers everywhere.
Nintendo Power started with the NES era, covering strategies and reviews for all the old Mario and Zelda games. As Nintendo grew, the magazine started to cover more things, from the Game Boy to the dreaded Virtual Boy, Nintendo’s one failure. They introduced every home console starting with the SNES, all the way to the Wii U always covering them in the best way possible. For a time they even ran sweepstakes, offering prizes ranging from free systems and games to fully paid for vacations, unfortunately though, these had to be cut back and eventually gotten rid of due to budget cuts and the economy.
It could be said that the Internet was the harbinger of NPs demise, as it has been for many printed publications. NP stopped posting strategy guides, basically saying “it’s easier and free to just do it online”. Reviews are also easier to find for free online. Much of NPs content could easily be found through a simple Google search, and many of the stories they ran, online media had already posted months in advance. Nintendo Power simply could not keep up with an instantaneous world.
And so now we must say good bye to a great gaming magazine. It was fun while a lasted with 285 issues, but such is life. Good Night, sweet prince.
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