Since 1988 if you’ve been a fan of Nintendo, Super Mario, the Duck Hunt Dog,or anything related to Shigeru Miyamoto you’ve been collecting issues of Nintendo Power, the long standing magazine published in-house by Nintendo of America. Originally featuring game strategies — the magazine shifted to reviews, previews and special looks at upcoming titles — but after 24 years the magazine is calling it quits.
According to Nintendo Power senior editor Chris Hoffman, in a message via Twitter, the magazine only has a couple of issues left and that he’s “sad to see it go”. Since then the tweet has been removed, but Chris did promise that he and the editorial team would “try to make the last issues memorable”, so it’s not like their going to take the publication out behind the Nintendo building to put it out of it’s misery.
In a confirmation of Chris’ promise though, Nintendo Power writer Phil Theobald posted on Twitter that they had “something pretty sweet planned for the final issue.” Phil’s tweet was also removed by the time this article went to post but one can only assume that he’s talking about that Princess Toadstool centerfold that they’ve been teasing for eons.
With the progression of the digital age this was bound to happen, but it still sucks to see it go. The magazine has long been a source for anyone who loves Nintendo and their work, but like most publications it’s had to suffer in the age of digital publishing. Sadly, there is no word yet on if Nintendo Power will live on in the digital realm and until we know what the future holds it feels right to say thank you for giving us Nintendo nerds something worth waiting once a month for, we tip our plumber hats to you all Nintendo Power.
Seriously… This may be one of the creepiest Mario videos I have seen. It’s as if Mario was put into the Silent Hill universe and someone cranked the fucked up meter to 11. Hell, even Shigeru Miyamoto reminds me of a creature from Silent Hill and don’t get me started on Reggie Fils-Aime and that look he has.
While watching this video though, I did find a hidden message behind it, which was Mario is all fucked up thanks to the Wii. Whoever made this video believes that Nintendo is slowly killing Mario because of Wii and it’s games that are aiming towards a casual gamer/family audience. Obviously, the maker of this video hasn’t played any of the Super Mario Galaxy gamesas it has placed it self as a legit and great Mario game.
Another hidden message can be that even though Nintendo has announced and are releasing/already released games towards the original/hardcore fans, it may be too late as the damage is already done.
Either way, check the video out as it’s probably something you may have not seen before and may see the hidden message that I was talking about. One thing for sure, I know I won’t be able to look at Reggie and Miyamoto the same again.
(Post by nerdbastards contributor Nick Bungay- Twitter @NickBungay)
We, well most of us, have tryed playing through Super Mario Bros. and we’ve all tried playing through on a speed run. Going level to level, as fast as you can, without dying and not everyone makes it out alive. Those that have, like gamer Andrew Gardikis, have some pretty sweet bragging rights. One thing that separates him from us, Andrew did it in five minutes flat. Now imagine having to repeat that feat while Shigeru Miyamoto, the man who gave birth to the plumbers a quarter century ago, watched. Not so easy now is it?
The two men were at the Nintendo World Store today, as part of a celebration at the Manhattan Nintendo World store, for the 25th anniversary of Super Mario Bros. The store was packed with tons of Mario fans, it’s a shame though, not one princess. Miyamoto watched on as Andrew tried his hardest to repeat his five minute bounce fest.
So close yet so far, sorry Andrew. Maybe next time he should taken the extra second and grab a star. At least Miyamoto told him to “break a leg”.
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