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01 December 2012 @ 12:44 pm
Last Nintendo Power Issue  

I think i mentioned something when the end of Nintendo Power was announced awhile back. Well the last issue just came out, and i'm feeling kind of sad all over again, especially given the last cover.

I don't even remember how one found out about such things back in pre-internet days, but was there from the first issue. I still have it lying around somewhere and remember it quite well. I remained pretty dedicated for about six years, until i headed off to college. I was a sporadic reader for the next four years i think, and finally let the subscription lapse sometime around the time i graduated. I'm not even quite sure when at this point, though i could probably dig up the old magazines somewhere and check. That's not exactly a huge timespan. Arguably i was a real fan of the magazine for just under a quarter of it's entire existence. But six years when you're a kid is a huge chunk of your life.

Obviously my declining interest in Nintendo Power (along with the only other magazine i subscribed to, Dragon) followed my uptake of the internet. A pattern that clearly mirrors the issues facing the publishing industry.

In retrospect i'm wishing there was an electronic version i could have subscribed to during the late N64 and GameCube days, Though like many "hardcore" gamers I'm not sure if there were enough "real" games during the Wii era to make a subscription worthwhile, even only in e-form.

But in any case, it's sad to see it go.
Current Mood: melancholymelancholy
Beth Leonardbeth_leonard on December 1st, 2012 10:20 pm (UTC)
I remember how that Zelda issue came out just 1 month *after* I had spent months painstakingly mapping every last bombable wall and fireable bush, and all nine leves. I made maps that my brother and I sold to our friends for $1 each. Somewhere I have the letter I sent to Nintendo asking for permission to sell it and their response back. (Something along the lines of, as long as I don't claim it's an official guide from them, I'm allowed to sell it.)

DonAithnen: happydonaithnen on December 1st, 2012 11:52 pm (UTC)
Wow! I'm impressed! I don't think i've ever been quite that dedicated about finding out everything about a game on my own.