Ars Technica is reporting that Nintendo Power, one of the longest running gaming magazines in the United States, is finally coming to an end. A source from the publisher, Future Publishing, tells the site that the company is planning to axe the magazine, which is one of the most cherished among gamers. And especially for those who grew up in the 90′s.
According to the source, Nintendo has always been “difficult to work with,” and they were apparently not interested in renewing their contract with the publisher. They also didn’t want to take their advice on digital initiatives to help give the magazine more life in a new world of smart phones and tablets. Nintendo gave control of the magazine to Future back in 2007 (after running it themselves since 1988), but it seems they don’t wish to take control of it once again.
The editors and staff of the magazine were reportedly told of the impending shut down last week according to the source. They will be moved on to other magazines under the Future Publishing brand like GamesRadar and MacLife. How many more issues of Nintendo Power are left, however, is unknown. As well as what will happen to the 475,000 subscribers who enjoy the magazine’s monthly coverage.
This industry has been hit pretty hard in recent years, with fellow magazine GamePro also shutting down late last year after an impressive 23 years in publication. If this report pans out I will be pretty sad, as the magazine has always been one of my favorites. I will certainly miss their great editorial coverage and all the nice posters they always gave away in every issue.
For a very entertaining and interesting retrospective on the magazine, be sure to check out this video by the Angry Video Game Nerd.
Update: Nintendo themselves have confirmed the news with the following official statement:
Nintendo can confirm that Future US will end the production of Nintendo Power magazine with the last issue slated for December 2012. For Nintendo Power subscription inquiries, please visit nintendopower.com/customerservice. Check out Nintendo at nintendo.com, on Facebook at facebook.com/nintendo or on Twitter @nintendoamerica.
Source: Ars Technica