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The Zapper!: "Nintendo Power"
Posted: Tuesday August 21st, 2012 by

We all know print isn't doing well. The internet beat it up for it's lunch money and moved on. And today brought word of the closure of an institution. After 24 years, Nintendo Power will soon disappear from mailboxes. [more info]

Interestingly enough it doesn't seem to be an issue of numbers. The magazine still has nearly half a million monthly readers. The problem is that Nintendo is "difficult to work with" and is uninterested in renewing the contract with Future, the magazine publisher who has been handling the title since late 2007.

Nintendo Power was the first game magazine I knew about. So, it's sad for me to see it go. The D&D nerds and I were discussing our preference for consuming text from books rather than reading words on a screen just the other night. But, magazines are not prized in the same way. I still have shelves of books, but I've long since recycled all of my magazines*. And with constant online updates, they lack the convenience, the immediacy of the internet information machine.

Understanding that we'll likely continue to see them slowly disappear until Times, PlayBoy and Seventeen are the only things left on the shelves.

* Recycling isn't the best option. If you can spare the time to make a short drive, Cancer Centers and certain Detention Facilities welcome and appreciate donated magazines.

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