Nintendo Power publisher considering magazine closure

Realizing that print media was becoming niche, Nintendo sold the Nintendo Power publishing rights in 2007 to a British company named Future. Turns out, Nintendo Power might not have much of a future, at least in its current print form.

“United Kingdom lifestyle website and magazine publisher Future plc has long publicized its challenge in maintaining operations in the United States, but if recent statements are an indicator, the company may announce a major move soon,” reports Gamaustra. “In a note to investors ahead of the close of its fiscal year on September 30, company representatives said that a challenging quarter means that the company will not only accelerate its plans to transition Future U.S. to a primarily digital model, it is also now considering more drastic measures,” including closure.

That said, Nintendo Power boasts nearly 500,000 monthly subscribers, the most of any official console mag. In other words, under the right leadership, it’s more than capable of surviving, if not thriving in digital/app form.

13 Responses to Nintendo Power publisher considering magazine closure

  1. XCWarrior says:

    I still subscribe to Nintendo Power, I hope they don’t close it down.

  2. Hitokiri_Ace says:

    I’ve been a subscriber since.. 2001? It really just isn’t the same since they got rid of all the senior editors. Getting rid of Alan (the slime dude), Chris, and the others was horrible. It lost all of it’s passion, and soul. It used to be awesome.. Now I get it for the novelty basically. Not like you’ll read any real news in a monthly publication anyway.

    Farewell NP, you’re not what you used to be. (Though I’m pretty sure I got a 2 yr subscription this time around… lol We shall see what happens.)

  3. Neil N says:

    I’ve been subscribed to these guys for around 5 years now and I’d hate to see them go

  4. Diagoras Of Thebes says:

    When the new company took over, apparently they forgot to send me the renew notice. They had only had Nintendo Power for about half a year. I thought, “Gee, if they treat their old customers like this, do I really want to subscribe to them?” Now I get Scientific American instead.

  5. lOEJ says:

    I had it for years but just cancleed because it has become basically a 2ds mag and I dont have one. I get the feeling that Nintendo is going down anyways!

  6. EdEN says:

    They need to take an approach similar to what EGM did in order to survive. Now, Nintendo Power has a huuuuuuuuuuuuge number of subscribers so I think out of all their publications it’s the only one that makes sense to keep around for a while.

  7. WII-LUIGI$ says:

    Hmm, if this sounds like what I think it does like the article says, then I guess Nintendo Power’s fate is maybe probably already written in stone. With the way of how everything is this day and age, magazines will probably be obselete in a few years. I will say one thing, if Nintendo Power does stop getting printed, I hope Nintendo is as least smart enough to release the magazine as a channel for Wii U or as a small app for the 3DS with you being able to have the option to download magazines from the past for people who missed out on the opportunity to read them. Like everyone else, I too am a Nintendo Power subscriber since 2002 I believe and will be a a bit upset if the magazine stops being printed. But if that does happen, then all I have to say is, “Farewell my friend, we had a great long run together. 🙂 “

  8. Skotski says:

    It’s very interesting the differences between sites…
    Even a site known for its normally anti-Nintendo fanbase has had more comments saying that Nintendo Power’s the best of all the video game magazines and that it’d be dreadful if it was lost…

    Yet here, where the fans are normally known for defending Nintendo heavily against negative news and reviews: there are actually more comments here of saying that it’s okay if Nintendo Power dies.

    Intriguing data.

  9. Kaherka says:

    I subscribed last summer because it was only $5 for one year on amazon. But it just ended, and there’s no way to renew through amazon, it’s been removed.

    Personally, I really enjoyed the magazine for the year that I got it.

  10. David says:

    Looking forward to the iPad version of Nintendo Power. It’s really one of the best ways to read magazines, now. (Except on the toilet.)

  11. Nfanboy says:

    I’m not surprised.

    Nintedo Power is stuck in the old days…

    They have to evolve like th other magazines.

    Why not having an evolution like Gamepro and Gameinformer which both hve compellin website that are something more than the magazine.

    Besides, i think Nintendo Power looks like a Kid magazine. It dosen’t appeal to me anymore.

  12. Mohan says:

    They really go all digital.

  13. MrMiyamoto says:

    Nintendo Power turned into a sack of crap when they outsourced it to Future. As far as I’m concerned, that’s when the magazine died. It’s just a shallow ad-filled mess now anyways, so why should anyone care if they close down?

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