By OperationPowerUp / December 11th, 2013
Today, December 11, 2013, it has been one year since the cancellation of Nintendo Power. Many gamers, young and old, were deeply saddened when this gaming magazine titan and its legacy ended so abruptly.
Let’s take a look through the volume 285, also known as the last issue Nintendo Power. (For now.)
The cover features New Super Mario Bros U, as well as a giant homage to the first issue of Nintendo Power.
This special issue featured articles that delved into the past 25 years of Nintendo Power, from going through the greatest moments of Nintendo Power, as well as current and former Nintendo Power editors sharing their memories while working on the world’s greatest gaming magazine. It also has reviews for games of 2012 as well.
The most heart touching moment in the magazine was the inclusion of the last Nester comic. It depicted an all grown up Nester reading the last issue of Nintendo Power.
However this wasn’t a game over for all Nintendo Power readers. Some players decided to continue what Nintendo left off.
A Nintendo centric blog known as Pure Nintendo, created by Justin Sharp on June 13, 2006, launched a Kickstarter to create a subscription service for their new magazine, Pure Nintendo Magazine. Their magazine is a bi-monthly publication that comes in both digital and physical, (issue no. 6 being the first to be available in print.) It’s nice to mention they offer a free digital subscription!
When the news of Nintendo Power cancellation was confirmed, IGN’s Lucas M. Thomas created a magazine known as Nintendo Force. The staff of this magazine features staff members from many gaming websites. The first issue was released January 9, 2013. Nintendo Force is a bi-monthly magazine and also provides a digital and physical subscription, as well.
These magazines did attempt to capture the spirit of Nintendo Power, however it wasn’t enough for one group.
A small programmer and big Nintendo gamer known as Jeremy A. started the campaign “Operation: Power Up” to convince Nintendo of America to bring back Nintendo Power and to prove NoA that people still want a Nintendo centric magazine. Our goal is to bring Nintendo Power back in a form for this generation such as a digital publication and or a interactive website.
With Pure Nintendo, Nintendo Force and Official Nintendo Magazine, there’s no doubt that gamers still want a Nintendo dedicated publication, and we hope that Nintendo of America would lend their support to Pure Nintendo or Nintendo Force so they can officially bring back the power.
See you next mission!
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