RIP Nintendo Power: Magazine Shutting Down After 24 Years [REPORT]

Mashable
RIP Nintendo Power: Magazine Shutting Down After 24 Years [REPORT]
.

View gallery

Nintendo Power Issue 1

It looks like Nintendo Power -- one of the longest-running video game publications -- is shutting down.

For more than 23 years the publication has offered monthly coverage of the Nintendo gaming ecosystem. In 2007, Nintendo stopped publishing the magazine and shifted responsibilities to Future Publishing.

[More from Mashable: Behold the Fearmaster: Activision’s Gaming Gun With a Twist [EXCLUSIVE]]

As first reported by Ars Technica, the venerable brand is preparing to shut down after Nintendo and Future decided not to renew a publishing contract.

According to Ars Technica's source, Nintendo seemed uninterested in taking over publication of the magazine themselves or in creating more digital initiatives to prolong the health of the brand.

[More from Mashable: First Look: ‘Architectural Digest’ on the iPad]

Nintendo Power editors initially tweeted what looked to be confirmation of the magazine's demise but those tweets have now been removed. Writers at Nintendo Power are reportedly being transitioned to other Future publications.

Nintendo Power is just the latest video game magazine to go out of print. In late 2011, GamePro ceased publication after 23 years. In 2009, Ziff Davis stopped publishing Electronic Gaming Monthly -- although the magazine was revived by a different publisher in 2010.

If you were anything like me, large portions of your childhood were spent buried in the pages of the original Nintendo Power. I would spend hours pouring over each issue, reading about upcoming games and existing favorites. The first hundred issues or so are tucked away in my parent's basement, living on as mementos of childhood I'm still unready to discard.

In honor of Nintendo Power's 24 years in print, we've tracked down ten of our favorite covers. From Super Mario Bros. to Metroid to Zelda, we've rounded up some of our favorites from the past.

Nintendo Power Issue 1

The first issue of Nintendo Power was released in the summer of 1988, and featured Super Mario Bros. 2 on the cover.

Click here to view this gallery.

Share your Nintendo Power memories with us in the comments!

This story originally published on Mashable here.

View Comments