21 posts tagged magazine
Nintendo Force Magazine launches
Nintendo Force Magazine is a new effort by a group of Nintendo-focused journalists and artists — check out the star-studded lineup here – launched to fill the space left by the now-dead Nintendo Power.
The first issue, with a cover story on Fire Emblem: Awakening and exclusive info about Mutant Mudds Deluxe, is on sale now through MagCloud. A printed issue is more “collectibly” priced than most magazines at $18, but includes a free download. A PDF-only version is $5. And all proceeds are going to an as-yet unannounced charity, which is hella classy.
PREORDER Fire Emblem: Awakening, other upcoming games
Cover for the first issue of Game Boy Magazine
Speaking of gaming magazines, a bunch of online writers who cover the Nintendo beat just started a new one, Nintendo Force, which aims to be a spiritual successor to Nintendo Power. Watch out for this one!
The first and last Nintendo Power covers, the latter issue coming out next month. Perfect homage.
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See also: More Nintendo Power posts [Via @Mudron]
As you’ve likely heard, Nintendo Power will soon close up shop after serving fans of Nintendo platforms for nearly 25 years. There goes the last major print outlet that covered games for Nintendo systems, big and small, in the U.S.
I know that very few people who grew up on the magazine actually maintained their Nintendo Power subscriptions in recent years, but I think it was still putting out interesting features, informative interviews, and exclusive announcements that gamers cared about.
Some fun Nintendo Power links to remember:
- Apple co-founder Steve Wozniak sneaking into NP
- Touching story of a Dragon Quest fan’s letter in NP
- Nester returns for NP’s 20th anniversary issue
And an obligatory link to 2pac’s “Pour Out a Little Liquor”.
See also: More Nintendo Power-related posts [Image via Konstantin Boyko]
Two things that are very important to me have come together: vintage cheat codes (about which I wrote a terrible, and often way off-topic, Wii Fanboy column back in the day) and Ray Barnholt’s SCROLL Magazine.
The latest issue focuses on “Codes of Our Lives,” a historical feature about famous cheat codes, including a Game Genie sequence for high jumps in Super Mario Bros., Metroid and Kid Icarus passwords, and even the ubiquitous Konami code (in a writeup about its ubiquity.)
It’s beautifully written and beautifully laid out – so beautiful, in fact, that it makes total sense for Ray to start selling art from the magazine as standalone prints, including the above typographical Slime.
Find: Nintendo DS/3DS release dates, discounts, & more See also: More posts on Scroll
Game Informer’s The Legend Of Zelda: Skyward Sword cover. Along with this custom piece from Nintendo’s artist, this October issue features a “14-page run-down of every major Zelda release up to this point”, and a “10-page exclusive hands-on with Skyward Sword”.
Preorder: The Legend of Zelda: Skyward Sword
Feel like checking out Ray Barnholt’s labor of love, Scroll magazine? That actually wasn’t a question. Feel like it.
Thanks to “one too many printing gaffes,” Barnholt has reduced the price of the downloadable edition of the Dragon Quest-themed Issue 2 to “free forever,” providing an excellent opportunity to see what the magazine’s about.
I suspect that once people get the chance to e-thumb through an issue, Ray will see increased sales in the future, because Scroll is totally great and makes you feel good about enjoying video games. If you’re like me, you could use a bit of a reboot in the fandom department after E3.
See also: More posts on Scroll
I’m a bit late telling you all about this, but in case you hadn’t heard: Ray Barnholt, formerly of 1UP and currently continuing to impress with his Game Center CX episode guide, has created a new game magazine pretty much all on his own.
Scroll is intended as a “journal of video game appreciation,” without either the fanboy or pretentious modes of posturing. Just, you know, video games, and how it is fun to play some of them. Which sounds perfect!
The first issue is available now through MagCloud for $10, and apparently it’s already a success, with sales breezing past 100 (what Ray called his “oh shit” number). PDF copies are forthcoming, at least before issue 2.
Videogames Hardware Handbook Volume 2. Whoa, I had no idea Retro Gamer put out another one of these!
This 260-page “Games Machine Collector’s Manual” features the systems/add-ons that weren’t included or covered thoroughly in the first volume, like the PlayStation, Neo Geo, Famicom Disk System, Sega 32X, and PC Engine GT. It’s essentially a collection of hardware articles previously published in Retro Gamer magazine.
I’m not sure if this is already available in the U.S. (or if shops have taken it off their shelves by now), but if it is, you should be able to grab the “bookazine” at your local Barnes & Noble. I paid $20 for the first volume — a great Christmas gift to myself — and I don’t expect this one will be any cheaper. If you manage to procure one, let us know what you think and where you got it!
Naoyuki, a product manager for an unnamed Japanese game company, remembering his Dragon Quest youth for GamesTM’s “Famicom Memories” feature (issue #100). Imagine if you couldn’t buy Dragon Quest IX without first purchasing a copy of Petz Fantasy: Moonlight Magic!
Also imagine the conversations this shopkeeper must’ve had with his cellmates in the clink:
“What are you in for?”
“Murder, kidnapping, you name it. You?”
“Making kids buy Transformers: Convoy no Nazo if they wanted to play Dragon Quest.”
“… You motherfucker.”
E3 2010’s highlights summed up in one image (click for a larger version)! Nintendo president/CEO Satoru Iwata holding up the 3DS! The Tether Girls! Konami weirdness!
I featured this artwork, which was used for the latest cover of Swedish gaming magazine Level, at GSW last week, but I’ve since found a digital, wallpaper-sized version of the piece posted by artist Jnkboy — download it here!
See also: More E3 2010 artwork
Videogames Hardware Handbook Volume 1, a 256-page collection of video game console features originally published in UK’s outstanding Retro Gamer magazine. According to Kevin Gifford, this volume covers “everything from the NES and 2600 to more obscure byways like the Konix Multi-System”. I really want this!
You can probably pick one up for around $20 at your local Barnes & Noble or any other shop that goes through the trouble of importing the mag (might want to call first).
See also: G3: The Encyclopedia of 8-Bit Heroes