Thursday, August 04, 2016

Nintendo Power Available Online!

Update 8/10/16: Nintendo has issued a DMCA notice to Archive.org and all digital copies of Nintendo Power have been removed from the site.

The official statement from Nintendo:

'Nintendo’s broad library of characters, products, and brands are enjoyed by people around the world, and we appreciate the passion of our fans. But just as Nintendo respects the intellectual property rights of others, we must also protect our own characters, trademarks and other content. The unapproved use of Nintendo’s intellectual property can weaken our ability to protect and preserve it, or to possibly use it for new projects.'
 
Original story below:

The nostalgia is real. Archive.org unveiled yesterday that they now have Issues 1-145 of Nintendo Power. The magazine was born in 1988 to cover all things Nintendo. Everything you ever wanted to know about upcoming games from the company, Mario, and Zelda were listed on the pages. It was one of the first gaming magazines, and it was the perfect way to get kids to read. I know I was a fan of it!

The magazine ended it's run in 2012 after 285 issues, due to dwindling readership and changes in the market. But the legacy still continues, with the magazine paving the way for current leaders such as Kotaku and Game Informer (oddly enough), while creating game guides specific to Nintendo Power and even gaming magazine awards. The release of back-issues on Arcive.org is a treat. You can start reading today, completely free. Delve into the wonder that is late-80's/early-90's advertising and game culture. Kids, you do not know how good you have it these days. There's no word on if Archive.org will expand the library, but this is a fantastic start and hopefully they will add in more magazines down the line.

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