The video game of my childhood has run out of extra lives.
Toy Fare, Wizard, Newtype USA, all causalities of the digital age. Today, word got out that a staple of my childhood is biting the dust. Nintendo Power, the magazine dedicated to EVERYTHING Nintendo, is shuttering after it’s next two issues. In the age of the Internet with video, sadly, a lot of Nintendo Power’s necessity is gone.
Nintendo Power was the first magazine I ever received a subscription to. Every year for my birthday, my aunt would renew my subscription. The cover above was the VERY first issue I ever got in the mail. From the age of six to 12, I got a new issue every month. In those early days, when Super Nintendo was emerging, I would base a lot of games I would either rent or end up on my Christmas/ Birthday lists via this beautiful magazine.
Nintendo Power wasn’t just a magazine to the shrine of Nintendo, it was a symbol of quality. The layouts where magnificent, with vibrant, crisp pictures that were unmatched by any other magazine. And in those early days, there were these:
The COMICS! God I was hooked on these things like a junkie on crack. Hell, I’m looking on Ebay now for the collections.
While I haven’t bought an issue in years, it’s still very sad to see it go. Like many, I took it being around for granted. And now it’s gone. But it’s memories and the several back issues like the one below in my garage, remain.