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Posted by AuthenticM

Poor Jeff Green. Having to live this twice.

Posted by Gonmog

The bubble has popped people....

Posted by Wrighteous86

@algertman said:

If this isn't does wake people up on how much Nintendo is doomed I don't know what will.

Yeah, not the magazine industry; Nintendo. Get real.

Posted by Fattony12000

Fuck.

Posted by mosespippy

@fisk0 said:

@mosespippy said:

The worst part is that it sounds like Nintendo Power would have been just fine if Nintendo would just let them make a digital version. Their refusal to adapt to the business models of modern technology will be their downfall.

Have Nintendo actually had anything to do with it since 2007? Never having read or really kept up with Nintendo Power I have no idea, but looked like Future Publishing took over in 2007, in that case I don't think Nintendo are to blame.

Nintendo wouldn't let Future publish a digital copy and Future can't make it profitable without it so they won't sign an extension on their deal. Nintendo doesn't want to publish the magazine themselves and no one else will without digital versions so the magazine will stop existing.

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Posted by Lava

This is most unfortunate.

Edited by algertman

If this doesn't wake people up on how much Nintendo is doomed I don't know what will.

Posted by jakob187

Why the fuck would George Broussard know anything about PopCap's potential layoffs? That's just the oddest fucking source ever!

As for Nintendo Power, that's such a huge bummer.

Posted by Tesla

While I never subscribed to Nintendo Power, I have read many an issue back in the day. Even though my interest in Nintendo products has waned over the years, I find myself a little sad that Nintendo Power is closing it's doors. Like a piece of my childhood just went out of business.

Posted by AlexW00d

It's ok, Jeff Green still has a job.

Posted by PiltdownMan

@Undeadpool: Those were always my favorite part of Nintendo Power. I still have all my old ones, and even some of the ones from before Nintendo Power what was that called Player's Club?

Posted by BooDoug187

Man I remember getting Nintendo Power back in the NES days. Got them all the way up to the N64 time, about then I owned the Playstation. Might have to pick up the last issues when it comes out

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@Brodehouse said:

I'm beginning to find layoff news to be useless. Because there's never hiring news. If we went by layoff news, every person in this industry is out of work. The only positive news I've ever seen posted on this level is excitement over the Minerva's Den people forming a studio. Otherwise it's non-stop negativity. I'm not even blaming our news guys for it, it just seems like its a big oversight.

news always has and always will have a bias towards the negative. just turn on the tv. it's human nature. and besides, if the site was reporting every time there was substantial hiring done by a particular company (which isn't always public information), people would probably start throwing around favoritism accusations.

the industry is in flux- nobody knows how the traditional space will end up looking vs. the mobile/social. and in the interim lots of folks are going to lose their livelihood. it's a bummer- but that's how it goes, i guess.

Posted by ch3burashka

Mad bummer, yo. At least they get a last issue - if I recall correctly, EGM was straight-up murdered in cold blood without being allowed a final issue.

Posted by DoctorWelch

Let's start a Kickstarter to keep Nintendo Power alive.

Posted by ShawnS

@ShatterShock said:

The internet age doesn't need dead tree magazines, and the end of Nintendo Power is no loss to anybody but the nostalgic.

Thank you.

Posted by langdonx

I loved Nintendo Power so much... subscribed to the Fun Club for like 3 issues and immediately jumped into a Nintendo Power subscription after getting the first issue. I lost interest sometime after Nintendo 64 and let my Nintendo Power subscription expire after ~100 issues or so. Sad news even though it won't have a huge effect on me.

Posted by JoshyLee

Well Popcap hasn't produced much since EA bought them. I was hoping all that EA money would have given them some room to develop without these problems.

Posted by Stubee

I had never heard of Nintendo Power beyond the Bombcast. Is it a US only publication?

Posted by Brodehouse

I'm beginning to find layoff news to be useless. Because there's never hiring news. If we went by layoff news, every person in this industry is out of work.

The only positive news I've ever seen posted on this level is excitement over the Minerva's Den people forming a studio. Otherwise it's non-stop negativity. I'm not even blaming our news guys for it, it just seems like its a big oversight.

Posted by Ghost_Cat

I always felt like casual game companies like PopCap would hit a wall one day, but these stories are sprouting faster than I thought. Maybe a huge crash is coming around the corner...

Posted by ShatterShock

@WilliamHenry said:

@ShatterShock said:

The internet age doesn't need dead tree magazines, and the end of Nintendo Power is no loss to anybody but the nostalgic.

And the people who lost their jobs right?

Such is the nature of the beast. I'm sure that the people who were good at their job will be able to find positions elsewhere.

Edited by MikkaQ

Oh shit. I know magazines are on the way out, but this one just felt like it was untouchable. It's fucking Nintendo Power, you can't just shutter it. Well apparently you can.

I haven't bought one in years but I'll grab the final copy.

This magazine and NOM (the UK version, essentially) were my childhood magazines of choice.

Edited by Baal_Sagoth

@msavo said:

Is Jeff Green safe?

Edit: @Sword5 @Lokno @thesage: Ah, ok he is very much still employed. It may sound cold - because it probably is - but that is the fact I personally most cared about concerning this story. The rest is still bad news, but every sad story is. And most of them don't even get reported anywhere. Even if they're usually much, much worse than a somewhat trivial thing like unemployment (in the grand scheme of things).

Posted by BaconGames

Wait, Nintendo Power still ran? Weird. Am I the only one who thought the official magazines of consoles was always a busted deal? Even if their staff were pretty good at times, I still don't find anything of worth in them. Obviously back in the day Nintendo Power had its use but with the internet, the role it had was completely usurped.

Obviously I'm going to wait until more reports and confirmations come in but if Jeff Green is any indication, there are in fact layoffs going on. Damn shame too because with titles like Peggle, Bejeweled, and PvZ, I always thought higher of them than any other "casual" game developer. And here I was thinking PopCap was going strong but I guess not :(

Posted by LAR

@HeghmohQib said:

My brother subscribed to it when it first came out. We use to have something like the first 50 issues sitting in boxes @ my parents place. Can't find them now. Anyone know any legitimate way of getting virtual copies of them?

That sucks. This article made me want to look at them.

Posted by TehJedicake

Every time I hear of Nintendo Power I just get reminded of the AVGN episode all about it.

Posted by Vegetable_Side_Dish

Oh shit. I may no longer be on board with Nintendo but seeing that magazine go hurts. Reminds me of better times. 

Posted by Nadafinga

If you would have asked me a day ago, "Do you think Nintendo Power is still going?" I would have said "Probably not." So, I guess I'm impressed they lasted this long.

Edited by bigsmoke77

@BannerThief: The bubble has burst.

Posted by TurboMan

How does a company like PopCap have layoffs? They print money over there.

I remember reading every edition of Nintendo Power when I was a kid, sad to see it go.

Posted by fisk0

@mosespippy said:

The worst part is that it sounds like Nintendo Power would have been just fine if Nintendo would just let them make a digital version. Their refusal to adapt to the business models of modern technology will be their downfall.

Have Nintendo actually had anything to do with it since 2007? Never having read or really kept up with Nintendo Power I have no idea, but looked like Future Publishing took over in 2007, in that case I don't think Nintendo are to blame.

Posted by Nottle

Man that sucks. I stopped getting nintendo Power around the time that Red Steel 2 was a cover. I have some sentimental feeling for it even though i haven't subscribed for some time.

Posted by Fauwf

@HeghmohQib said:

My brother subscribed to it when it first came out. We use to have something like the first 50 issues sitting in boxes @ my parents place. Can't find them now. Anyone know any legitimate way of getting virtual copies of them?

There are ways (Retromags) but nothing legal.

Posted by SmokePants

The NES years of Nintendo Power were really the only ones that I remember. My subscription continued into the SNES era, but I just don't recall them as well. Probably because I had discovered EGM.

Imagining a modern Nintendo Power, produced by a third party, covering Wii and 3DS makes me want to dry heave. It's a shame that jobs were lost, but it sounds like a mercy killing to me. The Nintendo Power zombie has finally been decapitated and it can rest in peace.

Posted by Phished0ne

@connerthekewlkid said:

i think pop cap didnt really need that many studios in the first place if they were just making social games i still fell bad for the people laid off

In all fairness, its hard for a studio that develops those kinds of games to break into the bigger picture without more people. Sure you can make Plants vs Zombies 2, or Bejeweled 33 with a few smallish studios, but if they were trying to make something a bit bigger it would be a tough row to hoe. Who knows what Popcap had in mind before this went down.

Posted by big_jon

So wait, Popcap just reveals PvZ 2, and lay-offs all ready, good job EA.

Posted by mosespippy

The worst part is that it sounds like Nintendo Power would have been just fine if Nintendo would just let them make a digital version. Their refusal to adapt to the business models of modern technology will be their downfall.

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Posted by Sword5

Jeff Green said he still has a job. I wouldn't worry about a public figure like him.

Too bad about the other people. Maybe they will spin off and create a new fun phone game or something.

Posted by nintendoeats

Nintendo Power is probably as responsible for who I am today as The Hotspot is. I'm sad to see these parts of my personal history die off.

Posted by WilliamHenry

@ShatterShock said:

The internet age doesn't need dead tree magazines, and the end of Nintendo Power is no loss to anybody but the nostalgic.

And the people who lost their jobs right?

Posted by Lokno

@msavo: Yes, he said as much on twitter.

Posted by HeghmohQib

My brother subscribed to it when it first came out. We use to have something like the first 50 issues sitting in boxes @ my parents place. Can't find them now. Anyone know any legitimate way of getting virtual copies of them?

Posted by thesage

@msavo: Yeah Jeff Green is safe, he tweeted that he still has his job.

Posted by bingbangboom

I bet Popcap had some cancelled games or something. Something that they were working on that went unannounced but canned. :/

Posted by laserbolts

Damn that is some awful news. Nintendo power was awesome back in the day.

Posted by RE_Player1

Is Jeff Green safe?

Posted by ShatterShock

The internet age doesn't need dead tree magazines, and the end of Nintendo Power is no loss to anybody but the nostalgic.

Posted by connerthekewlkid

i think pop cap didnt really need that many studios in the first place if they were just making social games i still fell bad for the people laid off