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Posted by Greenshoes

I wonder if this will have the same effect in Norway as when GRIN closed in Sweden.

Posted by MideonNViscera

I totally gotta get the last Nintendo Power. I had so many from the N64 days, when the sides would all stack up to make a picture of Mario or Link or whatever.

Posted by Nux

Man that really sucks about Nintendo Power. I'll miss it for sure.

Posted by SmilingPig

Dose Jeff Green still work at PopCap?

Posted by Cold_Wolven

That really is a bummer for Nintendo Power but unfortunately with the popularity of the internet and dedicated gaming websites it made lesser sense to pick up a print magazine and read news you already knew about. I hate to think every game magazine will turn out like this, maybe they have to become a weekly issue that's slimmer but keeps relevant on the news and reviews that are timed when the news and game releases actually happen.

Edited by Lurkero

Why does George Boussard have the power to announce these things?

@BannerThief said:

What the hell is happening with social games companies?

It's called a bust. As the bubble gets bigger it's more likely to burst.

There were so many social game companies and divisions popping up that the market was eventually going to become saturated and fall to an equilibrium.

Edited by Xymox

"longstanding publication Nintendo Power is closing"... didn't that close down in like... 1991 or something? They stopped releasing them here a loooooong time ago. Wasn't even aware it was still a thing. What does a 2011 edition of Nintendo Power look like? I only have old ones where they had like mario and zelda comics inside them and it was about the NES and SNES games. They stopped selling them when that stuff died out.

Posted by Bones8677

I think it's safe to assume the social games industry bubble is about to pop.

Posted by djhicks1

@SmilingPig said:

Dose Jeff Green still work at PopCap?

This is the first thing that came to mind.

Posted by DeathbyYeti

Layoffs at Popcap?

Did they make a flop or something? Nope, that is just the video game industry

Edited by Dberg

I find it sad that this happens to Funcom yet again even though they released a fun MMORPG for once. Maybe it's time to stop sinking all that cash into a genre that hit its peak ten years ago.

Posted by kerse

Damn, can't say I didn't see it coming though magazines just seem pointless these days. It's awful for those losing jobs though.

Posted by Shindiggah

Haven't held a regular subscription to Nintendo Power since mid 2007, but I still buy their magazines from time to time if they cover something of particular interest to me...it'll be sad seeing them go.

Posted by theharleyquin

@djhicks1: Jeff Green is back at EA.

Posted by D_train_lives

does anyone play there wii anyway who is going to miss nintendo power?

Posted by Junpei

I think part of the sales decline in NP (aside from print sales overall dropping for everyone) is the fact that no one gets by on just a Nintendo console anymore. If you had/have a Wii the majority of people who would even be interested in a gaming magazine are the kind of people who had another console in addition to the Wii. Those people (like myself) most likely wanted something that covered all their systems. GI being roped in with Gamestop certainly doesn't help the cause either. Unless you are dedicated to only Nintendo there wasn't much call for the exclusive magazine (or inflated scores due to lack of real quality software on the Wii). I realize PS and XBox have their exclusive mags but lets be honest, there is a lot more news to be had there then near anything Nintendo was having come out on their systems most months.

As someone who used to have a subscription to NP during the N64 days I am sad, but there just isn't a market for NP anymore. Unless the WiiU ends up being a system that caters to everyone and not just shovelware while we wait for Mario or Zelda, there won't be that market again.

Posted by Progman9000

Poor NP. I've felt for the past couple years that I was like one of the last people subscribing to it. Apparently I was not wrong.

At least I'll finally have an excuse to box everything up and put it away now.

Posted by sephirm87

@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?

Buggy whips!

Posted by BasketSnake

They should sell nintendo power like for example "1990" collection or "90-92". Nice collections for fans.

Posted by Shuborno

Maybe it's unreasonable of me to think of this as such, but the dots connected in my mind this way:

1. PopCap acquired by EA

2. PopCap lays off a bunch of people a year later

Isn't that what always happens with the big guys (eg. EA, Activision) acquiring the little guys?

Posted by LordXavierBritish

Nintendo Power has been dead for years, Future was the final nail in the coffin.

At least I have my three tubs of NP to go back to whenever I'm feeling nostalgic.

Or want some quick cash.

Posted by RedRavN

Im a bit upset about the nintendo power. I still remember the first n64 previews in that magazine and how that felt at the time when I was young. I still have some issues at my parents house that I have looked at when Im feeling nostalgic. Its not at all surprising, however, that a nintendo print magazine is no longer viable.

Posted by ObsideonDarman

Sad to see Nintendo Power go.

I thought Popcap were rolling in it?

Posted by TehFlan

I can't really fathom the idea of Nintendo Power stopping.

Posted by Fungiefips

Hits me right in the childhood.

Posted by avantegardener

100 jobs lost from Popcap in Dublin, tough blow for our recent burgeoning video game industry, tough break for all employees layed off, hopefully they can all find work, but probably not it Ireland which is really rough.

Posted by MormonWarrior

Meeeeh, I had Nintendo Power a few years back and it was pretty awful. Sad to see people losing their jobs but at the same time it's been an outdated, lame publication for a long time. And its reviews are useless.

Posted by Trilogy

@Fungiefips said:

Hits me right in the childhood.

Stings doesn't it?

I'm honestly kind of depressed right now.

Edited by vinsanityv22

First off, very sad to hear about Nintendo Power. Holy shit. I learned to READ because of Nintendo Power. Future was doing a good job with it too from what I've seen, whenever I would pick up an issue. I'm sad to see it go, but I will definitely pick up the final issue.

Also sad to hear about Funcom. Figured this would happen though, since Secret World's launch didn't exactly rock the world.

As for Popcap, I say, "Fuck you EA". I don't even hate EA, but I loathe it when huge, publicly traded mega publishers buy talented developers. EA, Activision, Microsoft, etc. It doesn't matter. They all have proven in the past that they're about investors, not gamers, or game studios. When investors demand blood - and those greedy fucks ALWAYS want more money - than operating costs have to be lowered. Costs must be cut. Which means shutting down studios and firing staff. That's not how studios like Popcap should operate. Selling out to EA was a dumb, dumb decision - if they didn't know that before, they do now.

Posted by killawogg

man thats a damn shame that they are closing the mag down, gonna have to go dig out my past mags to look through

Posted by Binarynova

Very sad about Nintendo Power. I haven't had a sub in ages, but those memories.

A bit of nostalgia: http://hn.iodized.net/main.htm (Howard and Nester archive)

Posted by ViciousAnchovy

And to think I had finally made up my mind to let my subscription run out.

Posted by Lucidlife

@ShatterShock said:

@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.

You must be very young to think in such a way. No life experience. No fear of making the rent. In short, you must be living with mom and dad because no mature logical thinking person would react that way. It's incredibly scary to lose a job right now. It's even worse if you have a mortgage and a wife and kids to support. So take that apathetic-everything-will-be-okay crap somewhere else. The real world doesn't work that way.

Posted by FMinus

@Shuborno said:

Maybe it's unreasonable of me to think of this as such, but the dots connected in my mind this way:

1. PopCap acquired by EA

2. PopCap lays off a bunch of people a year later

Isn't that what always happens with the big guys (eg. EA, Activision) acquiring the little guys?

It's called restructuring, it's shit, but sometimes it has to be done.

My father owned a car paint shop, and as his business grew, he bough a already established full car shop (metal workers, painters, mechanics, electricians, etc..) but he had to let go most of the painters and metal workers, since he already had his own from his own business - it's super shit, but else he would make no profit and all those guys would have nothing to do but to sit there and turn thumbs. If he had an abundance of money, he could have kept them, but he really needed mechanics and electricians + all the equipment that's why he invested in the purchase.

His shop still runs and makes profit 20 years later and all the old staff that wasn't let go on the merger is still working there, except people who went into pension.

Posted by Olivaw

I remember Nintendo Power. I got a CD of live orchestrated Smash Bros. music from them.

A sad day indeed.

Posted by Timnoldzim

I'm sad about Nintendo Power, but not so much about the layoffs. Yeah, it's unfortunate that some people are now out of work, but it was coming eventually. Social games are starting to wind down, and that means they're not worth as much.

Posted by AoDfan

Bummer about Nintendo Power. Hope the best for people affected at PopCap.

Posted by EwThatsNerdy

Really sad to hear about Nintendo Power. I feel bad that I haven't been subscribed to it recently. I remember loving the older issues though. They will be missed.

Posted by EwThatsNerdy

@ShatterShock: It's a loss to the many people who lost their jobs as a result. It's never a good day to see good companies fail, regardless of whether or not you think they are outdated.

Posted by ChrisTaran

The only thing I care about:

Does anyone know if Jeff Green was affected by this?

Posted by MeatSim

Rough seeing Nintendo Power go but it seemed inevitable.

Posted by Nethlem

@Lucidlife said:

@ShatterShock said:

@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.

You must be very young to think in such a way. No life experience. No fear of making the rent. In short, you must be living with mom and dad because no mature logical thinking person would react that way. It's incredibly scary to lose a job right now. It's even worse if you have a mortgage and a wife and kids to support. So take that apathetic-everything-will-be-okay crap somewhere else. The real world doesn't work that way.

You are right, the mature course of action in this situation would be to panic, roll up in a corner of the room, start crying and wait for the end to finally arrive?

People lose jobs, people get new jobs. You know what kind of people don't? Those that are not willing to adapt or lower their standards.

No, it's not nice and it's not easy, but that's life in a nutshell. The "real world" doesn't care how unfair or sad losing a job is, the "real world" just keeps on going. As such, mature and logical thinking people usually have some reserve assets build up for such cases. Even more so if you work in an industry where personnel is shifting rapidly and often like the videogame industry.

Btw: If you are having trouble making your rent each month, you should consider moving to a place you can actually afford. That would be the logical and mature course of action..

Posted by doosmacleod

Man, I always hoped the best for Funcom. Anarchy Online pretty much was responsible for any semblance of a social life I had in high school. Never got into AoC or TSW -- which probably means I'm part of the problem -- but I always hoped they did well.

Edited by ShatterShock

@Lucidlife said:

@ShatterShock said:

@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.

You must be very young to think in such a way. No life experience. No fear of making the rent. In short, you must be living with mom and dad because no mature logical thinking person would react that way. It's incredibly scary to lose a job right now. It's even worse if you have a mortgage and a wife and kids to support. So take that apathetic-everything-will-be-okay crap somewhere else. The real world doesn't work that way.

Please, stop swinging at the dark. It makes you look desperate.

I would think a mature logical thinking person would know that technology is a natural job killer, always has been and always will be. Is it bad that people lost their jobs? Yes, and I've never said otherwise. I genuinely wish the best for these people. However I'm not going to give these people a disproportionate level of empathy just because they happen to be involved in a hobby I'm passionate about.

Posted by thebipsnbeeps

Maybe it IS nostalgia talking, but I felt Nintendo Power could've been more if it just did more viral stuff and made every Nintendo product not always seem like "the shit" (seriously, I think they only hated Geist as far as Nintendo-made fare is concerned). I guess the latter's a lot to ask, given it being ridiculously in close ties with Nintendo itself. Still, I'd-a been interested in how Chris Hoffman would sound like in a podcast, vlog, or something. When it went to Future, it felt more fake than it may have already felt, and I guess it was only a matter of time. Still, I'd like to see some of these guys out there more.

Posted by Oni

@iAmJohn said:

Okay seriously, what the fuck does George Broussard even do anymore? It seems like his job ever since 3D Realms closed down has been breaking studio closures and downsizings on Twitter.

Came here to say this. How does that guy know everything?

Posted by coaxmetal

Hrm funcom layoffs don't bode well for that other dreamfall/TLJ game ever getting made. Dang.

Posted by Gabriel

I love that George Broussard is our go to for layoff news.

Posted by crithon

wasn't Nintendo Power having problems about 5 or 4 years ago. Around the same time as EGM was closing?

Posted by Haruko

I hate to say it but Nintendo Power has really really not been worth reading since about 2004 about when the Wii coverage started. They stopped reviewing games fairly and just started to say anything on the Wii was amazing. Not that I expected them to give anything put out by Nintendo a bad score but its far, far from the fair coverage they had back in the Snes and N64 days. I'm just surprised it took this long for them to close. Not that it's ever good for anything to shut down but the completely sychophantic coverage they've had was not really worth it for anyone involved.