The Nintendo Power Podcast has just aired its Zelda: Tears of the Kingdom special and it turns out it's actually the final episode.
At the start of episode #57, host and Nintendo of America employee Chris Slate announced this sad news - revealing this Zelda-themed show was the "last episode" currently planned for the Nintendo Power Podcast. The first episode back in 2017 was about The Legend of Zelda: Breath of the Wild.
Here's what the host had to say about the podcast wrapping up:
"The podcast has been a real passion project for myself and people who have generously made time to help produce the show or appear on it and we'll all still be here in our regular roles at Nintendo of America popping by each other's desks to talk about games like we always do...I can't thank all of you enough for listening, whether this is your first time or you've been with us from the start."
Chris mentions how the podcast has been running for five long years, and the team may return for some "special episodes", but there are no plans in the immediate future. All of the previous episodes (including the final episode above) will remain available online, so fans can go back and listen to them.
How are you feeling about this news? Were you a regular listener? Leave a comment below.
First the magazine, now the podcast... 😭
They cancelled Nintendo Minute and now Nintendo Power? What is going on?!
I thought it was pretty good for Nintendo News and discovering new games on the eshop but it did get annoying when it became obvious no one was allowed to criticize a Nintendo game or even mention any non-Nintendo games.
Wait last! I just thought it was another day another episode! What the heck!
Well that was short lived. Feels like it, anyway.
R.I.P. Nintendo Power
Considering Nintendo took down Nintendo Minute, I wouldn't hold my breath that this will remain online indefinitely. Someone should download the videos and post them to Archive.org if they haven't already.
I was so sad to hear that announcement at the beginning of the podcast. The Nintendo Power podcast was one of my favorite things to listen to when I had work to do in my office. I'll definitely miss it.
Any other Nintendo focused podcasts recommendations?
The Nintendo Power Podcast kinda sucked though.
Imagine being given the opportunity to make an official podcast for Nintendo, to carry over the long-loved Nintendo Power name and having every contact in the industry, including various directors and studio leads who would love to talk about their games. And instead of planning these interviews (especially when COVID had shut down typical events for Nintendo to showcase their 1st and 3rd party games), you just drop these boring hour-long PR pieces for Nintendo with the most surface-level takes and no new information for 4 years straight.
Like, how do they go from interviewing Aonuma, Fujibayashi, Maddy Thorson and Pete Hines to dozens of episodes of the few people from across the office?
Gave this a chance a while ago but if they were passionate about games, it sure wasn't coming across on the podcast. Very buttoned up and PR heavy. Tough to compete with various fan and journalist podcasts where hosts can actually speak their minds.
I guess tbe name Nintendo Power is cursed.
@MTMike87 try the Kit and Krysta Podcast!
At the end of the day it’s an advert from Nintendo. Usually they would release one every month to talk about the game that was releasing that month. It definitely feels we’re getting less games for the end of the life of the Switch, so I would guess they haven’t got much to talk about for a while.
I wouldn’t be surprised to see Nintendo launch something new, probably an on camera thing when the successor launches.
Nintendo scrapping this aswel "too much personality get rid of it"
I highly recommend checking out NintendoForce magazine. It's the spiritual successor to the NP magazine created by the fans with the same energy and writing creativity.
It had been a while since they posted anything so I had a feeling they were shutting down. It was nice to listen to the Nintendo perspective on games but sometimes it was fluff. It is still disappointing to see another avenue of game information from the company going away.
Even if most episodes were basically hour long commercials, as someone who is nostalgic for the magazine, it was nice to have one last remnant of Nintendo Power in the form of this podcast so unfortunate to see it go.
@Axecon Agreed - I've been a subscriber for years and love that magazine!
Fun while it lasted, was cool to see NP back again in some form. Hopefully it'll return on a regular basis when the Switch's successor is out, but if not, at least Nintendo Power was given one last go.
why Nintendo shutting down this podcast, is giving me a feeling the Switch sucessor reveal and launch is imminent.
I always thought it was hilarious when someone on the show clearly wanted to say "Metroidvania" but clearly that's a banned word in Nintyland so they'd say something like "Metroid style action exploration Castlevania game."
Didn’t touch it. Can only imagine how a Nintendo corporate controlled podcast would sound. I listen to the NWR teams and N64 Josh when I need some background Nintendo talkie talk
@mauhlin12 Metroid-like is a better name for it anyway, akin to Souls-like or Rogue-like. The Igavania games are awesome, but they didn't add anything essential to the style.
Good god, you’re really telling me I’m old enough to have now lived through two entire Nintendo Power lifecycles?! That’s just mean.
RIP Nintendo Power, again. 😭
Looks like Tears of the Kingdom aren't the only tears being shed this week... 😭
It was too corporate to begin with.
As a die-hard video game fanatic, I can't help but feel a profound sense of disappointment and sadness after learning that Nintendo Power will no longer be produced. Growing up with the magazine was like having a constant companion, guiding me through the ever-evolving world of gaming. It not only fueled my passion for video games, but also shaped my understanding of this incredible form of art and entertainment. It’s disappointing to now lose it once more. Its legacy will forever be etched in my mind, reminding me of the profound impact it had on my life and the world of gaming as a whole. Hopefully one day I can get around to framing my copy of the first and final issues.
@AX-7 people frequently mentioned games on Nintendo platforms not made by Nintendo, non-Nintendo platforms, and non-Nintendo games on non-Nintendo platforms.
@Axecon Thanks for the recommendation, I'll absolutely check it out as I've seen they release their issues also digitally (couldn't support them for long if at all if it were physical only since I'm from Italy)!
@Axecon thank you for the recommendation, didn't know about this. Unfortunately it's quite a bit more expensive for people living outside of the US/Canada so I might look into some digital issues before deciding if I want to go for physical which I probably prefer
From the jump I would have a hard time feeling like I’m getting any genuine perspectives on a Nintendo game from a Nintendo-made podcast. I already see people trying to defend Wii Music on the internet, don’t need it in my ears too.
@TotalHenshin Don't be so closed-minded. The NP podcast had lots of fabulous insight on first and third-party games, and also gave some spotlight to some lesser-known games.
@Kyloctopus @NinChocolate @Greenmanalishi @swoose @AX-7 Having opposition for the sake of opposition will result in a far worse outcome. And as for claiming how "corporate" it was, it was no more offensive at advertising and PR than Nintendo Directs were, so I find this a non-issue. Again, the interviews and other insights made the experience worthwhile.
It's a shame the podcast is going away, hopefully we'll see a successor of some sort.
@Nintendoh You're not wrong but Nintendo directs are like breaking news in terms of game trailers so most Nintendo fans watch it. in terms of a podcast for people to voice their opinions and perspectives, I prefer something less corporate and biased and having restrictions on what they can say makes the experience less valuable to me.
@aumgn They were definitely allowed to talk about Non-Nintendo games on Nintendo platforms but I remember a tidbit in an episode where one of the podcasters admitted that they couldn't mention a game because it wasn't on a Nintendo platform
An official Nintendo podcast is a cool idea, but unfortunately their discussions on the game didn't go as in depth as I would like. I only got new information a couple of times. They mentioned that tableturf was getting multiplayer before I heard it anywhere else.
@Nintendoh I’m not trying to insult the podcast itself, since I’ve never listened to it. I’m saying that the structure gives consumers a reason to be skeptical. You’re clearly an ardent fan and I’m sorry for your loss, but please try not to cast aspersions just because someone is incredulous about something you happen to enjoy.
I listened to a few episodes. That was enough.
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