Like a whole bunch of kids, I was not much of a fan of school. I couldn’t get wait to get back to my home on the coast of the Atlantic ocean and play outside, or even better, spend some time banging out record times on Mario Kart.
This was the early to mid 1990s and we didn’t have the internet yet and even when we did get it, meaningful websites did not really exist unless some super geek decided to make one themselves for the exact topic you loved. For me, that was Nintendo.
There she was, in all of her glory, an episode of Nintendo Power Magazine sitting on the magazine rack at my local drug store. I stumbled across it in boredom waiting for my mother. At the time, this magazine was the most beautiful thing I have ever seen, it gave me access to the Nintendo community, something I never felt before.
What was so fantastic was it would sometimes come with game demos, but it also connected me to real people around the world. They would submit their top scores for games and my brother and I would demolish these numbers such as Mario Kart course times. It would challenge us and we would perfect our corner slides. If we went around a corner by even a slight pixel or two, we would just restart the race because we knew it was over.
I was sad to hear that the magazine stopped in December of 2012, but at the same time I was surprised it kept going that long, about 21 years.
Want some good news though? It was announced that December 2017 would be the return of Nintendo Power, but in a podcast format. Hosted by the original Editor-in-Chief, Chris Slate. I personally have no listened to it yet, but I am going to try it out today!
Let us know in the comments if you subscribed to this awesome childhood magazine for Nintendo!