i’m still trying to finish a long game (not to mention two others that i’m halfway through), but i thought i’d throw up a quick post saying that finally, after years and years of waiting for the day to come, i’ve finally subscribed to nintendo power. i’ve been a long-time fan of the magazine ever since i got a sample copy of the very first issue waaaaaay back when, but i never could seem to bring myself to actually subscribe to it, especially in this day ‘n age when in terms of being up to date the printed form can’t even begin to compete with the speed of digital news. but NP has always been more than just news, and ever since i became a renewed nintendo fanboy with my own income i’d been thinking about subscribing. so yesterday when i saw that amazon was having a promotion on magazines it was just too much to resist. through the end of june it’s $10 off a subscription or renewal, which ends up being $10 for 1 year or $25 for two. here’s the link if anyone’s interested.
there’s a lot of good stuff to say about the magazine. for a while now i’ve been reading through stacks of back issues i’ve gotten off of ebay, some from the earliest NES days and some from as recently as last year, and the magazine has certainly evolved. in its current form it’s clearly as much geared to adult gamers (rather more so, actually) as to kids, as opposed to the original incarnation which had a humongous font. there’s a lot of retro love in the modern version as well, which is always appreciated. i’d been noticing on metacritic that the scores and reviews i tend to agee with most often are from NP, and the staff have been so on the same wavelength as i am in terms of being a nintendo fanboy but still able to be insightful in their criticisms of the big N that for me paying to read the full reviews in NP easily outweighs reading the reviews off of a site like IGN for free. they’re still close enough to nintendo that they get unique interviews/information, and i’ve been really enjoying such regular features as “power profiles” which are interviews with luminaries in video game history, and “playback” which spotlights lesser-known retro titles. i also have to say that i really enjoy the magazine as a medium: i really like being able to dip into the magazine at my leisure in various physical locations, all of which are far away from a computer screen. maybe the younger crowd lacks the appreciation of the non-digital world, but for this old-timer i’m glad i finally made the leap back to the realm of physical media. haha.
nintendo power-ful links:
– the official site which lately has been including the table of contents of the current issue and some excerpts
– i’ve come across a lot of great links to the older issue, including this fan page that indexes games that have been featured in issues #1-100 and includes the top 5 games featured in the “power charts” for a lot of the issues.
– this index at retromags.com used to have a lot more information on the contents of individual issues, but it looks like a lot of it has been removed, perhaps to be added back in later. in any case it still has nice-sized scans of all the covers.
– retromags also has tons of downloads of old issues of NP (issues that are 10 years or older). sweeeeet.
– entry at wikipedia