Nintendo Power

I was a loyal subscriber to Nintendo Power. I subscribed for over nine years. Now, Nintendo Power is being produced by Future US, the people who started the “Official” Xbox Magazine. Well, to be honest, I wasn’t going to renew my subscription. Ironically, my last issue is the last issue that the NP Crew made, which I just got yesterday. If you ever wanted to know about this magazine, I’d be the one to ask. I know many who did not renew their subscriptions. Looking into some demographics, NP had been losing its subscriptions steadily. They even tried a massive new look once, right around the time that Pokemon Emerald was released. Nothing really changed. I got Nintendo Power in 1998, right before The Legend of Zelda: Ocarina of Time was released. It was because of the magazine that I held an interest for that game. Boy, was the coverage for that fairly extensive.

Nintendo Power used to do coverage on every game, like strategies or just a few pages talking about it. Even the dreaded Superman 64 had a few pages. Nowadays, few games get coverage, and there never seemed to be a good reason for anything to get coverage. I still don’t know what I want out of a gaming magazine, to be honest. It’s just that I used to thoroughly read my Nintendo Power issues when I was younger. I would read each issue for 30 minutes every day, and I would usually get done in about 20 days. I always looked forward to receiving my next issue. I was always a big fan of the magazine when I was younger. I guess I grew out of it, though. This past year it really hit me that I really don’t read the magazine at all. At the very least, I would read the fan mail, but even now, I don’t care.

Maybe that’s why things went the way it did with Nintendo Power. I’m sure that I’m not the only person who feels this way, like some things changed for the worse. I can’t really claim any one thing, though. It may be solely based on me growing up. I also think, though, it has something to do with the Internet. I can’t say I follow any particular gaming site, but I definitely visit IGN and GameSpot a lot. GameSpot is a little different, but overall is better. I actually modeled my review system for NReviews after Nintendo Power’s old review system. They had five categories: Graphics, Sound, Control, Game Design and Satisfaction. Satisfaction was the most arbitrary for me, and I realized that a really big part of a game is the replay value. It really isn’t held to high regards even nowadays; at least when I see games like Prince of Persia: The Sands of Time get as high ratings as Zelda games with much longer main games and hundreds of collectibles, I wonder where people are putting the values.

Anyway, I can’t say I’ll miss NP, but it’s a little sad to see it go. Then again, the other day I looked at EGM and found it intriguing. Perhaps Future US can do something unique to NP now. I guess I’ll keep my eyes pealed when I’m shopping next.