After 24 years of publication, the final issue of Nintendo Power will hit newsstands on Dec. 11.
The artist for the cover, Leslie Levings, released the cover for the last issue after it was leaked by a suit at Future Publishing. On its own it seems like a great piece of art. When compared to the first issue (on right) it seems to be a fitting homage to go out on.
The final cover arrives in time to advertise Mario’s latest game New Super Mario Bros. U.
When Nintendo Power announced it would be closing its doors at the end of the year, I was greatly saddened. It was one of the longest-running games magazines in the country. It was continuously published since 1988. It began as a bi-monthly product that spun off of the Nintendo Fun Club newsletter. The magazine began monthly publication in 1990.
In 2007, Nintendo contracted the brand out to Future in an attempt to give the magazine a more independent point of view and less like the thinly veiled marketing ploy.
The end of the magazine comes during a time of turmoil for the US magazine industry. Magazine sales fell almost 10% in the first half of 2012. Even Newsweek is ending their print publication at the end of this year.
It is unfortunate that Nintendo Power couldn’t continue their reporting through digital publications similar to Newsweek. But Power staffers were distributed to other Future properties including GamesRadar and MacLife magazine.
Nintendo Power subscribers who have a subscription that extends past their final December 2012 issue will receive a refund for remaining value of the subscription.