This month saw the end of Nintendo Power, a print magazine that covered the gaming company's news and goings-on since 1988. Frankly, I'm surprised it lasted as long as it did, but the death of Nintendo Power isn't going to stop Lucas M. Thomas. He and his team are launching Nintendo Force Magazine in January 2013 to pick up where Nintendo Power left off, and to hopefully not end up with the same fate.
In case you hadn't noticed, the magazine industry isn't doing so hot. That's especially true for gaming magazines. Sure, Game Informer managed to move into the third most popular magazine in the United States, but there isn't another single one in the top 25. As times get tough, magazines that just can't cut it anymore close shop. That is allegedly what is happening to Nintendo Power, as Ars Technica is reporting that it will cease publication.
Nobody likes hype more than game companies, and Nintendo has started up its hype machine, announcing that a special section in next month's Nintendo Power Magazine will preview upcoming 2010 Nintendo releases, including something deliberately left mysterious and ambiguous to keep you interested.