Jumbo Editorial Team
The news of Nintendo Power's closing has been confirmed less than 24 hours after it was first reported on August 21 that the magazine will cease publishing at the end of the year.
“Nintendo can confirm that Future US will end the production of Nintendo Power magazine with the last issue slated for December 2012," the company said in a statement, directing users to a customer service page for subscription inquiries.
"Nintendo Power magazine is closing and is not moving to a new publisher. We have nothing further to announce at this time,” a spokesperson of the company said which seemed to have ruled out the possibility that it might once again publish the magazine internally.
Nintendo Power has been one of the longest-running game magazines in the United States of America (USA), having been published continuously since the summer of 1988, when it started as a bi-monthly outgrowth of the previous Nintendo Fun Club newsletter.
The magazine had switched its periodicity to monthly in 1990, with Nintendo producing articles that were often just thinly veiled marketing copy through late 2007, when it started contracting the brand out for a more independent angle from tech-and-game-focused Future Publishing.
The gamers fondly cherish the days when their main fix of information about new and upcoming video games came in the form of the monthly Nintendo Power magazine that was delivered directly to their mailbox.
That experience will now become a thing of the past with the advent of 2013. It was the magazine that had actually become a habit of the gamers who will have to learn to to live without it come the new year.
Nintendo Power Senior Editor, Chris Hoffman, was quoted to have said on Twitter that he was ‘sad to see it go’ and that the editorial team would ‘try to make the last issues memorable.’
Nintendo Power writer, Phil Theobald, promised on Twitter that they had ‘something pretty sweet planned for the final issue.’
The Nintendo Power editors and staffers were reportedly informed about the magazine's impending closure a week or so ago and they were being transitioned to work on other Future properties, including GamesRadar and MacLife magazine.
Nintendo Power will continue making an appearance until the end of the year but the mood of the editors and the staffers won't obviously be upbeat. They face an arduous task to produce a few more issues and make them memorable too.