Nintendo Power is ceasing publication. In related news, yes, up until now Nintendo Power was still in publication.
Nintendo Power has been published continuously for over 24-years. For most of that time Nintendo itself produced the magazine in-house, but starting in 2007 production was farmed out to another company, Future Publishing. Readership has remained fairly strong, but apparently Nintendo is a giant pain in the ass to deal with so Future Publishing is throwing their hands up and walking away. Nintendo has no plans to revive the magazine themselves.
Between the ages 8 and 14 pretty much the only thing I read (that didn't feature Batman) was Nintendo Power, so this is a sad day for me (and I'm sure plenty of other nerds in their late 20s to early 30s). But hey, enough gloom! Recently somebody put the entire first issue of Nintendo Power online, so hit the jump for a trip down memory lane...
via Ars Technica
Nintendo Power #1 via Eoin Stanley
You can read the entire first issue of Nintendo Power in PDF form right here.
Holy s--t, if any younger folks want to know why us old codgers are nostalgic for 80s gaming, this is why. The games covered in detail by this one magazine -- Super Mario 2, The Legend of Zelda, Double Dragon, Contra, Gauntlet, and uh...Wheel of Fortune. Okay, so it wasn't all great. Next issue -- Castlevania, Bayou Billy and Bionic Commando!
For those who don't want to wade through an entire kids magazine from 1986 (for shame) here are my five favorite pages from Nintendo Power #1...
Mario 2 was never my favorite, but I bet my opinion would have been different if its box art looked like this.
More insane Mario 2 art. They're at the Olympics...for...some reason? I love how this has obviously been colored in with magic markers.
Pretty much everything about this foldout poster is great. Flying hot dog! Cup full of refreshing mercury! The Bat signal! The guy inexplicably belting a homer with a giant piece of licorice!
You heard it here first! Ninjas and Kung-fu Masters are no longer heros [sic] to Japanese players! American born sword and magic games are making one great hit after another in the eastern country of Japan!