Nintendo Power to Cease Publication Confirmed, Digital Version Unlikely

By Jorge Ba-oh 23.08.2012 9

Nintendo Power to Cease Publication Confirmed, Digital Version Unlikely on Nintendo gaming news, videos and discussion

The iconic magazine that has followed generations of Mario, Nintendo Power, is reaching its end this year.

In the aftermath of rumours and deleted tweets this week, the House of Mario confirmed via Twitter that "the December issue of Nintendo Power magazine will be its last".

Nintendo Power is one of the longest running gaming publications to date, starting life back in July 1988 when the NES was in full force. However after 24 spectacular years of coverage, a licensing agreement with publisher Future will not be renewed.

According to Ars Technica, Nintendo have been reluctant to take the brand into the digital age by having the magazine up for download only. Staff working on the publication have already started drafting into other areas.

It's uncertain whether Nintendo themselves will eventually bring the magazine in-house once again, though with a continually strong digital presence on YouTube and Nintendo Direct, a new official magazine is unlikely.

Comment on this article

You can comment as a guest or join the Cubed3 community below: Sign Up for Free Account Login

Preview PostPreview Post Your Name:
Validate your comment
  Enter the letters in the image to validate your comment.
Submit Post


Uuuhhhh.....1998? I think you need to recheck your year there guy, you're off by about 10 years MINIMUM. Still it's hard to believe they'll be's a sign of the Apocolips!!

( Edited 23.08.2012 04:32 by Vorash Kadan )

It is not wise to speak on subjects you do not know all facts about, nor is it smart to judge a game based on looks alone. PSN: Nintendo_Gamer 3DS: 4296-3029-7422

1988, according to Wikipedia.

It's a little sad to see it go, but I can't remember the last time I looked at one. Game magazines are kind of pointless when the internet is chock full of video game web sites.

( Edited 23.08.2012 04:36 by TAG )

TAG: That American Guy

"If it is possible, as far as it depends on you, live at peace with everyone." Romans 12:18

I still have my Zelda map.

themazemonster (guest) 23.08.2012#4

And I still had another year subscribed... will I get reimbursed or something for that...

What the glob!? Smilie

First the Dandy, now this. Smilie

Stupid internet!

Kind of inevitable, I suppose. I'm sure many will be disappointed. I'm a bit surprised they didn't at least try​ the online publishing route.

Monkey D Super (guest) 23.08.2012#7

Can't say I will miss NP since they were not part of my childhood that much but it feels a little depressing to see them go. Bye NP!

Darkflame (guest) 23.08.2012#8

The internet needs decent micropayments, thats the problem. Adverts really cant support many staff unless you get, like IGN-level hits per day. (and look how much they spam adverts).

Its very VERY hard for traditional magazines and papers to go online. I do think people would be willing to pay something too - but only, say, 10cents, and taking that sort of money per user is impossible without it costing, like 9 cents. Payments need to be one-click too.

Its real sad. Print will die off completely in our lifetime - but atm, online cant really pay for a true replacement in terms of staff, research and manhours.

I'm completely shocked by this. I've been a subscriber to Nintendo Power since the '80s (it was my first gaming mag subscription and I have every issue so far). NP was a HUGE part of my childhood. No, my gaming life. I have so many fond memories between NP and all my friends. Especially when I was a kid. This breaks my heart. It's like losing a close friend. Smilie

( Edited 24.08.2012 18:15 by MechaG2 )

Chance favors the prepared mind.

Subscribe to this topic Subscribe to this topic

If you are a registered member and logged in, you can also subscribe to topics by email.
Sign up today for blogs, games collections, reader reviews and much more
Site Feed
Who's Online?

There are 1 members online at the moment.