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2012-08-21 05:18:56 PM  
Damn that is pretty sad. I had a subscription to that back in the day (Nintendo 64 times). I loved getting that magazine every month and reading what was happening at Nintendo, but lost interest when the Gamecube came out and all their stories switched to that.

I remember that each issue would have a fraction of an image on the spine, and when you had a full year (and stacked them up) a nintendo character was formed. I know Link from Ocarina was one.
 
2012-08-21 05:36:06 PM  
Yep, found this one (and other's here).

oyster.ignimgs.com

I flipped my shiat when it finally arrived because I had just bought the game (with my own allowance money of course).
 
2012-08-21 05:44:02 PM  
I'm old enough to have been right in the wheelhouse of Nintendo's target demographic when the magazine started and had the very first issue delivered to my door (lost to time now I'm afraid). I had a subscription for a long, long time. Sorta bummed that it's gone.
 
2012-08-21 05:44:08 PM  
Man, I subscribed during the NES days. I remember when the the SNES came out, it was rather mind-blowing. My parents let my subscription lag just before the N64 was announced; since I never owned one, I didn't get too upset about it. I'd already moved on to PC gaming by then.

Alas, signs of the times. I think my parents still have a bin full of (well-used) issues in my old room back home. Heck, I still break out the special Final Fantasy guide when I play that for old times' sake.
 
2012-08-21 05:48:03 PM  
I last had it back when NES was the system.
 
2012-08-21 05:48:07 PM  
(adjusts onion)

I remember before Nintendo Power, when the "official" magazine was Nintendo Fun Club magazine. The only issue I remember owning had R.C. Pro Am either on the cover or as a story. I lost it when NP #1 came out with the article about SMB 2.
 
2012-08-21 05:49:58 PM  

hstein3:

Alas, signs of the times. I think my parents still have a bin full of (well-used) issues in my old room back home. Heck, I still break out the special Final Fantasy guide when I play that for old times' sake.


Heh, I remember buying the magazine was essentially the only way to beat Zelda II without sinking untold hours into trail and error/random exploration with fingers crossed(oh hai there Bagu).
 
2012-08-21 05:50:57 PM  
Damn that is pretty sad. I had a subscription to that back in the day (early NES through SNES times). I loved getting that magazine every month and reading what was happening at Nintendo, but lost interest when the Nintendo 64 came out and all their stories switched to that.

I remember they had a subscription special once, where you actually got a free Dragon Warrior game with subscription. The UPS guy asked us how we got Nintendo to mail us a game.
 
2012-08-21 05:52:16 PM  

hstein3: Man, I subscribed during the NES days. I remember when the the SNES came out, it was rather mind-blowing. My parents let my subscription lag just before the N64 was announced; since I never owned one, I didn't get too upset about it. I'd already moved on to PC gaming by then.

Alas, signs of the times. I think my parents still have a bin full of (well-used) issues in my old room back home. Heck, I still break out the special Final Fantasy guide when I play that for old times' sake.


I think I still have my Final Fantasy guide I got from them. Might still have the Ninja Gaiden II guide they did as well. I know I've still got the Dragon Warrior guide with the Akira Toriyama illustrations.
 
2012-08-21 06:00:42 PM  
RIP NESter!!
 

hn.iodized.net
 
2012-08-21 06:01:07 PM  

scottydoesntknow: Yep, found this one (and other's here).

[oyster.ignimgs.com image 550x738]

I flipped my shiat when it finally arrived because I had just bought the game (with my own allowance money of course).


Good choice, and awesome link too, man.
 
2012-08-21 06:02:16 PM  
RIP Nintendo Power, you will be missed.
 
2012-08-21 06:03:25 PM  
they still published it?
 
2012-08-21 06:04:43 PM  
I had a subscription when it first came out through through SNES. Though as soon as we got the internet I told my parents to cancel it. It just wasn't necessary any more. Same with that ultra expensive tip number they ran.
 
2012-08-21 06:20:37 PM  
Oh man, I still have a dozen or so of them laying around from the late 80's and early 90's.
Not mint condition, but good enough to look through.

I assume you can't still order the old issues, but that'd be a sweet thing to do for their last year.

Oh, and the "scratch and sniff" Earthbound ad still makes me want to vomit.
 
2012-08-21 06:30:07 PM  
I had a subscription back during the NES and SNES days; got out around the time of the N64. May pick up the last issue if I can figure out when it's going to be.
 
2012-08-21 06:31:57 PM  
Sounds like their fans have finally gotten tired of a Nintendo's very own magazine telling them just how pants-wetting awesome the latest Nintendo something-or-other is.

I'm only surprised it took this long. The magazine was painfully sycophantic nearly twenty years ago when issue 100 came out covering Star Fox 64 and Goldeneye.
 
2012-08-21 06:32:23 PM  
Video game magazines are going to be one of those "back when I was a kid" things we'll describe to our grandchildren someday.

I used to get Nintendo Power and Electronic Gaming Monthly delivered...lots of memories just flipping through them and wishing I could afford the games they showed off.
 
2012-08-21 06:33:14 PM  

God-is-a-Taco: Oh man, I still have a dozen or so of them laying around from the late 80's and early 90's.
Not mint condition, but good enough to look through.

I assume you can't still order the old issues, but that'd be a sweet thing to do for their last year.

Oh, and the "scratch and sniff" Earthbound ad still makes me want to vomit.


Hah! Really? I remember being disappointed with them, they didn't smell like anything. Maybe I got a bad copy.

I waited so intently for Earthbound to show up in stores. Something about the clay art in the previews just hooked me in. I've since played that game through more times than I can count. Never saw that damned Sword of Kings, though.

. . . Man, now I'm sad the sequel never made it state-side. What was Nintendo thinking?
 
2012-08-21 06:41:00 PM  
I used to love the magazine. First issue I had was when Super Mario 3 came out. Used to buy stuff from their catalog, like game soundtracks and a replica of Link's ocarina. The comics were great too, especially the "Link to the Past" comic done by Shotoro Ishinomori. I stopped my subscriptions around the time Gamecube got big, since I didn't have one and barely anymore N64 games were being made.

I did save some of the issues, and saved plenty of the fold out posters that each issue had.
 
2012-08-21 06:47:32 PM  
Last time I picked up Nintendo Power was when I was playing Metroid on NES and the magazine was quite helpful.
 
2012-08-21 06:49:52 PM  
Heard the super mario bros death sound in my head when I read that.
 
2012-08-21 07:01:42 PM  
I had a subscription back in 1989, my mom set it up for me. One more part of the world I grew up in is gone, and what is there to replace it? Churls on Xbox live and the Angry Nintendo Nerd.

/going to play one of the 1000 or so NES/SNES ROMs on my Android tablet
 
2012-08-21 07:10:29 PM  
Goodnight, sweet princess.
 
2012-08-21 07:19:04 PM  
Mark Discordia just lost his shiat.
 
2012-08-21 07:19:08 PM  
cache.kotaku.com

They've tried to kill it three different times, and it's still the only rag that actually counts as gaming journalism.
 
2012-08-21 07:20:25 PM  

Jedekai: [cache.kotaku.com image 494x662]

They've tried to kill it three different times, and it's still the only rag that actually counts as gaming journalism.


So much great vaporware fantasized about, or japan only games.

But yeah, EGM was the best.
 
2012-08-21 07:28:37 PM  

Dervex: Damn that is pretty sad. I had a subscription to that back in the day (early NES through SNES times). I loved getting that magazine every month and reading what was happening at Nintendo, but lost interest when the Nintendo 64 came out and all their stories switched to that.

I remember they had a subscription special once, where you actually got a free Dragon Warrior game with subscription. The UPS guy asked us how we got Nintendo to mail us a game.

I still have that game, and the big pack of extras that came with it. I'm not sure how it arrived, but still remember seeing it sitting on the kitchen table.
 
2012-08-21 07:29:26 PM  
I still have my #1 handy. The Metroid and Zelda maps alone are gold
 
2012-08-21 07:29:27 PM  
Casuals ruin everything.
 
2012-08-21 07:32:47 PM  
That's a shame. Nintendo Power was a huge part of my childhood, and I had a subscription when it just started up. Back then there were no ads, it was just 100% video game goodness. When you didn't have the internet, those magazines made you a gaming god among your peers when you showed them the new secret trick they didn't know about. Man I still miss Howard and Nester, the Goofus and Gallant of the Nintendo universe.

It was with a bit of melancholy that I allowed the subscription to lapse. It was one of the first signs that I was growing up, and I knew a chapter in my life was closing because those magazines weren't going to come in the mail anymore. I was less sad when I picked up an issue at the newstand and saw that it had turned into every other gaming magazine. It just didn't have the same magic that it used to.

That doesn't mean I stopped playing video games. I still do, and now I get all my gaming news from the internet, and Penny Arcade has more than filled the Howard and Nester hole in my heart.
 
2012-08-21 07:34:48 PM  
I still have my very first issue, the one with the claymation looking SMB2 cover.

This makes me a bit sad, heh. Feeling ooooooooooooooold.
 
2012-08-21 07:36:53 PM  

P-Money All $tar: RIP NESter!! 

[hn.iodized.net image 605x826]


Is it just me or is that version of april o neal hot as fark.


any idea what the guy who drew nester and howard did afterwards for a living?
 
2012-08-21 07:41:10 PM  
I had my subscription running from the first year (may have gotten a fan club mailing, can't remember) up til Future took over. I loved, and still do love, getting Nintendo news from the source, but damn did they run it into the dirt.
 
2012-08-21 07:42:51 PM  
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2012-08-21 07:56:50 PM  
I had it from the third issue until the mid 90s. Have a stack of them at my parents house.

RIP
 
2012-08-21 07:57:52 PM  

hstein3: ...I think my parents still have a bin full of (well-used) issues in my old room back home. Heck, I still break out the special Final Fantasy guide when I play that for old times' sake.


Dude...you can love Kirby, just don't...you know...love Kirby.
 
2012-08-21 08:06:06 PM  
oyster.ignimgs.com

/ i has it
 
2012-08-21 08:12:15 PM  
The Simon Belmont cover was the best cover of any publication in history.
 
2012-08-21 08:23:00 PM  
They were still making Nintendo Power?
 
2012-08-21 08:39:52 PM  
I'll miss that giant Nintendo ad...hell, I'm amazed it was still in print.
 
2012-08-21 08:46:56 PM  
I used to get this back in the Super Nintendo era. I remember writing 'Earthbound 64' in the most wanted box on tons of Players Poll card.

Of all the video game mags I got, this one was, by far, the best.
 
2012-08-21 09:05:10 PM  

Hiro Nakamura: (adjusts onion)

I remember before Nintendo Power, when the "official" magazine was Nintendo Fun Club magazine. The only issue I remember owning had R.C. Pro Am either on the cover or as a story. I lost it when NP #1 came out with the article about SMB 2.


Hey, look! Someone else who gets the Nintendo Fun Club reference in Punchout!!
 
2012-08-21 09:10:28 PM  
I had the first issue, and subscribed all the way until SNES. I found their write-ups very entertaining. Anyone remember those huge gameplay guides they published for Final Fantasy and uh, Super Mario Brothers 3 was it? Very impressive.

I remember Nintendo Power made a big deal out of Captain N The Game Master when that show was released, but they made absolutely no publicity when the Dragon Warrior anime came out (and I just found that by accident).
 
2012-08-21 09:34:27 PM  
Nintendo Power has actually gotten really good since Future Media took it over a couple of years back. The writing, reviews, news are all great for gaming journalism. I'm really sad that I won't get anymore issues.

//Also, EGM used to be good gaming journalism. Now they're on an anti-used game crusade like they've been bought off by someone.
///fark EGM.
 
2012-08-21 09:47:42 PM  
I used to subscribe until around the N64 days. The FF Strategy Guide rocked for the original NES port and subsequent ports.

Hell, it even helped me remember dungeons when I played FF on Android. :)
 
2012-08-21 09:51:40 PM  

P-Money All $tar: RIP NESter!! 

[hn.iodized.net image 605x826]


Fun fact: the "Howard" character is based on Seattle Mariners fan nemesis Howard Lincoln
 
2012-08-21 09:52:29 PM  
Holy man, I had a subscription during the NES days, I even remember the covers you guys are posting.

*sniff*
 
2012-08-21 09:53:17 PM  
NOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOO! !
 
2012-08-21 09:54:21 PM  
I had no idea the magazine was still around. I'll definitely try and get some for nostalgia sake.

/We used to keep pornos in them. 
 
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