Yesterday, it was reported that Nintendo had declined to renew the licensing agreement for the Nintendo Power magazine with American media corporation Future US. Today, in an official statement, it was confirmed that the magazine’s 24 year run is coming to an end. Here is Nintendo of America’s 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/
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Online news sources have become a death knell for many gaming magazines, and, according to the numbers, Nintendo Power is no exception, as the once ubiquitous magazine saw a 10% decline in circulation in 2012. Whether or not that is the only reason for the cancellation is unclear, as reports simply indicate that Nintendo was “difficult to work with,” and were uninterested in renewing the contract with Future US. Whether or not there are plans to continue publishing the magazine online is unclear, but Senior Editor Chris Hoffman stated that Nintendo Power will try to make its last issues memorable. At the moment, however, it seems that the magazine will simply be discontinued in all formats.
Nintendo Power saw its first publication in the summer of 1988, with a cover featuring the then upcoming NES title Super Mario Bros. 2. Over the course of its twenty-four year run, Nintendo Power has borne witness to some of the most significant shifts in the gaming industry: from 8-bit to 16-bit, 2D to 3D and from traditional controller to motion sensor. While it’s sad to see such a long-standing piece of gaming history about to end, it’s fitting that its last issues should document the move from Wii to Wii U. Hopefully, those who worked on Nintendo Power will find success in the projects they are transitioning to, and that, in its last few issues, Nintendo Power really does do all it can to ensure it is remembered.