A rumor has surfaced that one of the longest running gaming magazines in the world will cease publication in the near future. Nintendo Power, published by Future, will reportedly shut their doors soon. An exact date for the supposed closure was not indicated.
Ars Technica, the outlet with the scoop, did indicate that the Nintendo Power staffers would have jobs once the magazine stops publishing. They’ll be transitioned to other gigs within Future’s (the magazine’s publishing company) stable at places like GamesRadar.
On a personal note, I grew up with Nintendo Power. My room was covered in posters printed with each monthly issue. I poured over the magazine’s contents and heavily invested myself in writing letters to the editors and trying to crack into the high score tables. Nintendo Power, and I’m sure I speak for a lot of us here, defined my youth.
However, there’s something to be said for a magazine that never attempted to build an online personality. Nintendo Power operated in print only. There was no Internet community following the rag, no forum body and no way to interact with its writers. I have to think that Nintendo Power may have enjoyed some modicum of success were it forward thinking enough to embrace an online daily publication standard.
It’s sad to see this magazine go. If the reports are true, I’ll likely buy the next few issues simply for the sake of posterity.
[via Ars Technica]