Bummer: Nintendo Power Is Ending

Man. I can distinctly remember the first time I ever read Nintendo Power. I was at a babysitter’s house and her 16 year-oldson had an ENORMOUS pile of them stacked along the wall next to his bed. I was about seven, so since the babysitter didn’t have cable, I spent most of my time with my face buried deep in cheat codes, walkthroughs, and glimpses of games to come.

Ars Technica reports:

Nintendo Power is one of the longest-running game magazines in the country, having been published continuously since the summer of 1988, when it started as a bi-monthly outgrowth of the previous Nintendo Fun Club newsletter. Nintendo produced and distributed the magazine (with articles that were often just thinly veiled marketing copy) from 1989 through late 2007, when it started contracting the brand out for a more independent angle from tech-and-game-focused Future Publishing.

But our source says that Nintendo, which was always “difficult to work with,” was uninterested in renewing that contract or in taking part in a number of digital initiatives that Future saw as necessary for the long-term health of the brand. He added that Nintendo doesn’t seem interested in taking over direct control of the magazine again (Nintendo and Future representatives did not immediately respond to a request for comment for this story).

Nintendo Power editors and staffers were told of the magazine’s impending shuttering last week, the source said, and are currently being transitioned to work on other Future properties, including GamesRadar and MacLife magazine. The move should not affect Future’s other gaming magazines, which include official periodicals for the PlayStation and Xbox brands, as well as Best Buy’s @Gamer.

It’s unclear exactly how many more issues of Nintendo Power are planned after the recently published August issue (its 281st), or how current subscribers will be compensated. Nintendo Power enjoys a total monthly readership of 475,000, according to Future press materials.

My life was changed forever and without those hours of filling my brain will gaming knowledge, I know for a fact I wouldn’t be the same person that I am today and this very site would probably never exist. Then I found a shoebox of pornos hidden under all gaming mags and my life changed in a completely different way.