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Final Nintendo Power Cover Pays Homage To First Issue

Posted by Andy Green

Clay models make a comeback

A few months back Nintendo revealed that Nintendo Power, the magazine with 25 years of history, would sadly not be making it into 2013.

Advent calendar windows across the land are now being opened, and Nintendo Power’s doors will unfortunately be closed for the last time on 11th December when the final issue is released.

Images have emerged revealing the final issue’s cover, and it’s something that could well bring a nostalgic tear or two to the eyes of dedicated readers. It pays homage to the very first cover from over two decades ago which saw a clay version of Mario and Wart from Super Mario Bros. 2. The new cover has a hand sculpted clay version of New Super Mario Bros. U, styled in the same way as the first issue and naturally replaces Wart with Bowser. It's bound to be a popular edition, so you'd best be at your newsagent sharpish should you want a copy.

Are you sad to see the popular magazine go? Will you be picking up a copy of the new issue? Let us know in the comments section.

[via joystiq.com, i.imgur.com]

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User Comments (52)

WildMan

#1

WildMan said:

So sad to see them going... I'm definitely get a copy of the final issue!

Knuckles

#2

Knuckles said:

I'm getting my subscriber issue, and buying the newstand issue to collect.

Nibelilt

#4

Nibelilt said:

I'm so sad to see the magazine ending, and I never even read it more than once. :( Now I feel bad.

hydeks

#8

hydeks said:

I love that look, can't wait to get that in the mail! To sad there will be no more Nintendo Power. I don't have any Nintendo system at the moment, but maybe I can love Nintendo again sameday :( Maybe Wii Mini or Wii U someday.

TysonOfTime

#11

TysonOfTime said:

I'm getting my mail one and will try to find the newsstand one as well.

I'm so sad to see it go...

TimeGuy

#12

TimeGuy said:

I should be getting my copy in the mail any day now. From now on Nintendo Life will be my primary source for Nintendo news, etc.

Crystalking18

#14

Crystalking18 said:

I'll be picking mine up the day it comes out. I'm sad to see Nintendo Power go, but at least it's been one hell of an enjoyable ride. I'm gonna just browse through my collection the day before.

Alpha2797

#15

Alpha2797 said:

Aww...I really enjoyed Nintendo Power. I haven't bought an issue since October 2012, but I will definitely buy one since it is the final issue. I still can't believe they're shutting down. We can only blame the people that don't buy the issues...that includes me. :( I have only about 11 issues. I should've bought the issues monthly. Unfortunately, this is the second time a magazine I sort of read has been shut down, with the first being GAMENOW.

Aqueous

#16

Aqueous said:

I have not gotten any in years, I've seen them by library issues. At least I still have about two years of them or more. Though this is still sad news.

Zombie_Barioth

#17

Zombie_Barioth said:

Its sad seeing such a great magazine go, I'm going to miss reading all the interesting articles like power profiles and star power. At least I have my backlog of past issues.

Normally I'd say can't wait for the next issue, but.....well.:'(

KingDunsparce

#18

KingDunsparce said:

I'll be picking one up this week. I always loved getting subscribed to Nintendo Power every Christmas, but one time my parents forgot to subscribe and accidentally just bought an issue. So even though its been a while, it's been good Nintendo Power.

DestinyMan

#19

DestinyMan said:

What a great cover to end with. I'm getting both versions, since the subscriber and retail versions might be slightly different in design. It's sad to see Nintendo Power go. I'll have to make some kind of box to keep all of my issues in so I can have a place to open to read and see the memories I've had with Nintendo Power since the early 2000's.

Pichuka97

#20

Pichuka97 said:

Goodbye childhood, I will miss you. What a perfect cover to end the magazine though. Farewell old friend. :(

Jaco

#21

Jaco said:

This is sad, I remember a time when I wanted to write for them, I thought it would br so cool. Heck it still woulf be cool

Thanks Nntendo Power for many years of awesome Nintendo gaming!

Jaco

#22

Jaco said:

This is sad, I remember a time when I wanted to write for them, I thought it would br so cool. Heck it still woulf be cool

Thanks Nntendo Power for many years of awesome Nintendo gaming!

coolvw93

#23

coolvw93 said:

I cant beleive its really over.... im getting mine through the mail, since this month was the month my subscription was supposed to end before they announced the magazine was over... sad to see this go...

NGamerZero

#25

NGamerZero said:

That is probably the best cover in NP history. Is it the newsstand cover or the subscribers cover? Either way I will buy the last issue.
If anyone loves NP as much as I do, you should definitely go the Future US website. I just got all the special issues, as well as the ones that I was missing due to late subscription renewals.

Emaan

#26

Emaan said:

Is the subscriber's cover like this as well? I sure hope so. Sometimes the newsstand covers look better. I'll be getting my subscriber edition hopefully soon in a few days. Sad to see it go, I love Nintendo Power. This is a wonderful final magazine though.

zoroarkrules25

#28

zoroarkrules25 said:

I can't believe it finally is going. It was an epic and amazing game magazine that will be dearly missed. I am definitely getting a copy of it.

ianmage1

#29

ianmage1 said:

I've never wanted to cry over a magazine before! :'( It has such a huge legacy.
I think I'm gonna have to buy one from the newsstand, because there's no way I'm going to open my subscriber edition; it's going to be so valuable.

player310

#30

player310 said:

Can we do something about it? A petition or something? Is there any hope to bring this print magazine back??

Doge

#33

Doge said:

Ah..... Nintendo Power, my highlight of each month, the ketchup for my fries, i will always miss you, every time i read you, i think about how Nintendo may not have as much fans if it weren't for you. you shall be dearly missed.

Doge

#34

Doge said:

by da way, Nintendo Life, i hope you don't take offense, but you will never be as fun and as engaging as Nintendo Power, and remember, don't hassle the hoff

JLSniper

#37

JLSniper said:

When does it come out ? Its sad. My subscription ended in sep. and iv had to go to wal mart just to buy the book. Cuz the other stores didnt sell it. Bought my 1st issue in 2005 and the last.... soon.

Ren

#38

Ren said:

I think I have a torn up copy of that first issue somewhere still! I need to get this one to go with it. I'm not that sad, though, they failed to stay relevant. Theres no reason Nintendo couldn't have better integrated their Brand with games, online stuff, promotions, all kinds of things even starting a digital version early on so they could transition more smoothly like other publications have had to. But then Nintendo isn't known for their willingness to embrace the internet as a real phenomenon. Even now they are barely coming along with the WiiU, Kicking and streaming. EVERYONE USES THE INTERNET, NINTENDO! HELLO? HELLOOO?!

WolfRamHeart

#41

WolfRamHeart said:

I am definitely picking up the last issue. That cover really is the perfect tribute. I am very sad to see it go. I remember getting that first issue in the mail when I was just a kid. I was a subscriber for a number of years. I even got a free game from them(Dragon Warrior NES). It was a fantastic magazine with tons of information in the age before the internet. They will be greatly missed but I won't ever forget them. Thanks for the memories Nintendo Power.

StarDust4Ever

#42

StarDust4Ever said:

I'm definitely taking a trip to Barnes and Noble on December 11th. I'm certainly glad their doing a throwback issue as opposed to stuffing it with Wii-U and 3DS reviews.

Kid_A

#43

Kid_A said:

Wow. That genuinely struck a cord with me. Like so many people my age, the latest Nintendo Power was always like getting a present in the mail. There was a time before the Internet, before gaming news was an obnoxious bombardment. I still love seeing it in my mailbox, even if it's no longer as revelatory.

HawkeyeWii

#44

HawkeyeWii said:

Kinda pissed that my subscription for some unknown reason just ended the same month that they came out about only 4 issues remaining. I have been forced to get the newsstand version of the last 4 issues, I hope the subscriber version isn't much different.

Tasuki

#45

Tasuki said:

@WolfRamHeart: I too got the free copy of Dragon Warrior in fact I still have it to this day. That was the best subscriber bonus any magazine every did.

Its sad to see it go but like they say all good things must come to an end. Thank you for all the countless memories and good times NP, you will be missed.

Gamer83

#47

Gamer83 said:

I'm getting a copy and I'm still furious and disgusted beyond belief with the a-holes at Nintendo of America for this decision.

Whopper744

#48

Whopper744 said:

I have got to find this... no stupid stores around here carry the magazine half the time any more...I wish I was still subscribed so bad....

Rect_Pola

#49

Rect_Pola said:

This will be missed terribly. I know NP was not so subtlely phased out to more immediate sources for news and the like, but they held up as a great resource for smaller games that only get 2% of the attention the big boys everyone already knew about months before their marketing blitzes polluted information channels.

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