So another gaming print publication is going away. Just like GamePro before it , Nintendo Power has announced that it will be no longer be selling print magazines soon. Nintendo Power started in 1988 and the number one thing I loved about Nintendo Power was when I got Dragon Warrior for free with subscription . Nintendo Power was also the place to go for all the tips, tricks, and guides when I was a kid. There was no Internet to look up what to do, so you had to wait for the next Nintendo Power issue and hope it had a guide for your game or you had to hope your friend had the answer.
Some of my memories of Nintendo Power included the pull-out posters that could never be removed without tearing the poster to shreads most of the time. Also, the contests were hilarious when you had to take a picture of your TV screen and they had to provide step by step instructions on how to properly take a picture of your high scores before submitting them to Nintendo Power. I did win a surfing Pikachu for Pokemon Yellow so I was happy about that. Nintendo Power had top 30 lists that made no sense and no one ever knew how the heck they ranked these games to begin with. The reviews should have been more biased than they were (heck they were writing about Nintendo games in a Nintendo published magazine), but the majority of the reviews were actually well written and to be honest, you couldn’t really find reviews back then and these reviews were much better than expected.
The covers were awesome and they always made me look forward to receiving the next magazine to see what game would be featured on the next cover . Classified Information was my favorite section of the old Nintendo Powers and I always turned to those pages first to see what games were being covered. The upcoming game previews were clutch as well with no Internet to rely on.
So what more can I say. I no longer subscribe to Nintendo Power but deep down I wish I still did. It was a great magazine and it fills me with many childhood memories that I would never replace. It’s sad to see it go, but print media seems to be going the way of the dodo with the Internet providing information at the click of a button. Here’s hoping that Nintendo Power goes digital in the future or we an Android/iPhone app that lets you go back and read all the old versions of Nintendo Power.
So long Nintendo Power… and thanks for the happy memories . Now you’re playing with Power… Nintendo Power.
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