What was Nintendo Power?
For those who may not know, back in July 1988, the first issue of Nintendo Power was released; a video game news and strategy magazine. It was produced by Nintendo of America, which originated in the following month as the official print magazine for North America, by Nintendo. Unfortunately, the journal was concluded by Nintendo in 2007, and then only carried on for an extra five years until 2012 by Future US. The licensing agreement between Future Publishing and Nintendo would no longer be renewed.
The final issue – volume 285 – was released on December 11th, 2012 and subsequently the San Francisco, California based magazine would shut down. Fast forward another five years, and Nintendo Power returned as a podcast on December 20th, 2017. It was even hosted by the former editor-in-chief, Chris Slate. The podcast was referred to as a “passion project”, and Slate was eager for Nintendo Power to make a return.
Further into the first episode of the podcast, Chris Slate interviewed the developers of The Legend of Zelda: Breath of the Wild, and even discussed the new Nintendo Switch. Anyway, back to Nintendo Power itself, what made it so great?
Always there for us
Nintendo Power was like the parent you never had. Stuck in a certain point in your game? You could write to them, and even though you’d have figured out the problem before their letter came back, you would always get that letter back. There was also a Nintendo Tip Line back in the day, for all your enquiries. To think that there was a specific department just to help you get through the tough parts of games was just unbelievably good customer service.
Nintendo Power was there to give harsh reviews for Pokémon games that we didn’t want to hear, and was known for rating very harshly compared to today’s standards. Nowadays, we’d just see the numbers 7 through 10 (looking at you, IGN), but Nintendo Power was less afraid to go to 1 than they were to go to 10 in their rating system. If you needed something great, something terrible, or something in between, this magazine was there for you. Tips, tricks, pioneering in journalism, it was all there. So who’s there now?
A great alternative for Nintendo Power, Nintendo Force is a great alternative and refused to let the legacy of the magazine die. The new team of writers, designers and artists alike banded together to pay homage to the past of Nintendo Power, and embrace its new future by providing new Nintendo coverage in the form of a magazine that is easily accessible and has been ongoing for several years, with hopefully more to come.
Running through the Patreon service, it may not be like the magazines we were all used to 30 years ago, but you can order either a digital or printed copy of your magazine, whichever is most convenient for you. Or even both! Nintendo Force was not founded upon limitations, and if you’re a Nintendo fan, this is a must buy, along with some Nintendo Power posters to fully represent how much these old and new magazines mean to every fan out there.
For the enthusiasts
Perhaps you want some retro games, some figures, or maybe you’re looking for somewhere you can get some Nintendo Power posters from way back when? Unfortunately, they’re unavailable. Gone, poof. However, there’s still plenty of reprints and remakes over on Etsy. Retro artwork can be hard to find, but it shouldn’t be!
These Nintendo Power posters can be found right here, and there’s an unbelievable amount of designs from plenty of games to choose from. For an original collection, this might not be your thing, but for a big reminder of some great times in gaming history, along with a substantial amount of nostalgia, these Nintendo Power posters will fit on your wall very nicely.
Is the Legend of Zelda your style? Celebrate almost a decade without Nintendo Power, and almost four decades from the first Legend of Zelda game by sticking this beauty up on your wall. Fancy something less about the games themselves and more focused on the consoles? Pick up one of the promotional Gameboy Nintendo Power posters and bring your room back to 1989.
They’re all handmade in high quality on glossy vinyl paper, with solvent ink. There are some designs around 24” by 14”, some smaller than that, and some as large as the Smash Brothers Ultimate in-game complete mural poster at a staggering 45”. It looks fantastic, the customer service is flawless, delivery is quick despite the pandemic, and it would be an amazing holiday gift if you’re fresh out of ideas. Don’t miss out!